Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

The Ivy
The National Café
Suggest meeting a Londoner in Trafalgar Square and expect ugly scowls of disapproval. Preface that with Oliver Peyton's eateries at the National Gallery and you can expect to command rather more kudos. =display:none;"
Circus
Bo Làng
An intimate little bǫte in the backstreets of South Ken, Bo LÌÊng does perfectly presented, delicate dim sum.
Blueprint Café
The Design Museum's restaurant has an astounding view and a daily-changing menu.
Café Kick
Super laid-back Café Kick is just the place if you fancy a beer and a game of table football.
The Pink Chihuahua at El Camion
While you may feel a bit uncomfortable asking for Dick's Bar on the sex-orientated streets of Soho those who don't ask don't get; inside you'll find some of the best cocktails in the capital and an intimate basement lounge in which to enjoy them.
City of London Distillery
This petite distillery, whose basement setting is located in an alley off Fleet Street, is the first City of London distillery to open in over 200 years.
Dalla Terra
Simple but chic Covent Garden wine bar and shop with a menu of delectable Italian snacks and 180 bottles on the wine list.
Craft Beer Co.
Milk stouts, double IPAs and ESBs are the order of the day at this beer nerd's palace.
Blue Bar
The only non-blue aspect of the Berkeley Hotel's famous bar is the mood. Beloved by a glamorous after-work crowd knocking back the Bolly it's always buzzing with happy-to-be-rich types.
Bistrotheque
A glistening velvet-lined bar where glasses appear steaming with ice and are presented by ethereal staff perfectly reflects the surreal parallel worlds of East London.
Benugo Bar & Kitchen @ BFI
Power breakasts brunches lunches dinners coffees and cocktails are taken at Benugo Bar & Kitchen much loved by London's TV and movie industry insiders. Don't forget to pick up your super-secret script from the table before you leave.
Basement Sate
Basement Sate is sexy but lively, and places equal weight on desserts as it does its pedigreed drinks.
Barts
Sloane rangers flock in their droves to Barts for Champagne by the ice bucket-load, eclectic interiors and a gimmicky entrance policy.
Barrio North
With its beach shack Hispanic ghetto-style interiors, Miami atmosphere and music, Barrio North is made for balmy summer evenings. Try and nab the caravan seating for the night.
69 Colebrooke Row
Seemingly overnight 69 Colebrooke Row has turned into an under-the-radar hangout to one of the hippest hotspots in Islington.
Archer Street
Floral escape from the madness of Soho for relaxation and delish big girl (or boy) drinks.
Antico
Joining the collection of fashionable eateries along Bermondsey street, this local Italian is a friendly spot with delicious, back-to-basics fare.
Anglesea Arms
The Anglesea Arms is one of those reliable, go-to gastropubs who just get it right - great food, proper beer and an old school, local boozer atmosphere
New Scottish Cooking
Is Scottish cooking finally having its moment? Young pop-up Dram & Smoke certainly seem to think so with their modern Scottish menu.
Cafe Murano
Little sister to Michelin star Murano down the road, Cafe Murano bears all the hallmarks of an Angela Hartnett outfit.
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Sometime we just need to escape the city and pamper ourselves, so we turned to Spabreaks founder Abi Wright to pick her favourite luxury spas around London
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Steve Ball, founder of the Columbo Group, is responsible for some of London's hippest venues from the Old Queen's Head to XOYO he knows what makes a party
Smokehouse
Sophisticated Smokehouse, in leafy Islington, could teach a masterclass on barbeque and beer.
The Ace Effect: The Rebirth of the Social Hotel
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Nopi
Best of all of Yotam Ottolenghi's establishments is Nopi: his accomplished, utterly delicious formal dining room.
The Seven Best Brunches in London
Paradise by way of Kensal Green
Taking its cue from GK Chesterton’s poem and joyously opening its arms to the young creative set, Paradise is one of West London's coolest gastropubs.
Casa Negra
Sister restaurant to popular Soho establishment La Bodega Negra, Casa Negra blends its creative Mexican menu with a heavy helping of Shoreditch cool.
Ace Hotel London Shoreditch
Is any contemporary hotel brand as synonymous with hipster cool as the Ace Hotel?
Sager + Wilde
The selection at Sager + Wilde is curated and ever-changing, and the owners have a way of snagging small quantities of special bottles.
Culinary Mischief
Dinner's more fun when it's secret: At least that's the theory behind Culinary Mischief, a supper club series that hosts lavish, six-course feasts.
Cecconi’s
Originally Italian. Born in London. Now in Hollywood.
Happiness Forgets
With its warmly inviting service and serious drinks, Happiness Forgets is a candidate for London's best cocktail bar.
Hill & Szrok Master Butcher & Cookshop
Shoryu
The Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen at Shoryu is transcendentally good.
The Henry Root
Named after William Donaldson - the rock 'n' roll music promoter and satirist otherwise known as Henry Root - this Park Walk venue is sure to become the toast of West Brompton.

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