Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

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
Bluebird Dining Rooms
Run by Terence Conran's son Tom, the Bluebird Dining Rooms is the quintessential high-end English restaurant that Sir Terence himself never managed to create. =",Don't confuse this eatery with the larger Bluebird restaurant. Although both are part of Sir Terence Conran's empire of London restaurants and housed in the same building (formerly the garage where Malcolm Campbell's famous landspeed record-breaking Bluebird cars were assembled)
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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Smokehouse
Sophisticated Smokehouse, in leafy Islington, could teach a masterclass on barbeque and beer.
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Nopi
Best of all of Yotam Ottolenghi's establishments is Nopi: his accomplished, utterly delicious formal dining room.
Hoi Polloi
Scandinavian-looking Hoi Polloi offers tranquillity inside and a seasonal, accomplished menu.
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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.
The Greenhouse
The menu of this discreet spot is French with subtle Asian undertones.
The Corner Room
Another venture from Viajante's Nuno Mendes -- this time, a casual brasserie-style space tucked away in a corner of the Town Hall Hotel.
The Delaunay
Fashionable London dining that takes inspiration from the grand cafés of Vienna, Zurich and Budapest...
The Clove Club
Since its opening, the Clove Club has attracted colossal amounts of lives-up-to-the-hype praise, in part due to its striking venue as well as Chef Isaac McHale's visionary tasting menu.
The Capital
The Capital combines British ingredients and French expertise to create something special.
The Albemarle
The revamped restaurant of Brown's Hotel in Mayfair serves great British classics.
Texture
Contrasting textural treats from two titans of the European gastronomic scene chef Agnar Sverrisson and sommelier Xavier Rousset Texture does exactly what it says on the tin.
Tayyabs
This cheap BYO Indian has a simple menu but a magical way with ingredients.

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