Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

The Earl of Essex
Located in a quiet stretch of Islington, the Earl of Essex is both a local's haunt and a destination craft beer pub.
Mother Kelly’s
One of the best craft beer bars in London, Mother Kelly's brings New York cool to the East End.
A Very British Hotel Chain: The Firmdale Group
The latest artillery in Firmdale’s impressive portfolio is by far the grandest to date, here we look behind the scenes of this very British hotel chain
Hampton Court Palace Festival
Every summer the Hampton Court Palace Festival brings some of big names in music to perform in the regal splendour of the palace culminating in fireworks.
Yauatcha
Yauatcha Soho is all about gourmet dim sum. The deliciously designed interior matches the picture-perfect dishes in what is now a Soho institution...
Trishna
Set just off stylish Marylebone Road, Trishna offers up Michelin-starred, South Indian cuisine as you've never seen it before...
Hakkasan
Likened as a 'Chinese Nobu', the subterranean Hakkasan exudes glitz and glamour, the dark interior is home to wonderful cocktails and a well-crafted dim sum
Burberry
Fronted by caterpillar-eye-browed Cara Delevigne, Burberry had been leading the Brit fashion pack for some years now. Regent St is their hometown flagship.
Cargo
Chilled-out and not trying too hard, Cargo is one of the less pretentious clubs in Shoreditch, and adored by music-loving urban hipsters...
Nobu
Zuma
Zuma was the first restaurant to try and take on Nobu as the most talked about Japanese restaurant in London. Since then it has become a global brand.
Shake Shack
Die-hard devotees of the chain and new converts alike should be pleased with the quality of the burgers at Shake Shack London, set in Covent Garden.
Bliss Spa
Ham Yard Hotel
Villandry
The media set can't get enough of Villandry, and it's not hard to see why with a French-inspired menu that caters to serious foodies and simple clean interiors.
The Prospect of Whitby
If The Prospect of Whitby were any nearer to the river it would be floating. With an unrivalled location and a history that spans nearly 500 years, it's an inspiring institution indeed.
Reverend JW Simpson
Reverend JW Simpson is rarely bustling, even on weekend nights, so there's room to stretch out and make the most of the tantalising cocktail menu...
All England Lawn Tennis Club
Game, set, match! Watch the ballsiest battle in town at Wimbledon, the world's most prestigious tennis tournament. Pimm's entirely optional, but highly recommended.
Fortnum & Mason
Everyone knows Fortnum & Mason is the only place to get your picnic hampers in the summer and your Christmas pud from each year.
Rabbit
Wild ingredients and well-thought out sharing plates make the rustic British restaurant one of the standout highlights of the Kings Road...
The Lock Tavern
Cocktails and DJs elevate the Lock Tavern above regular boozers, but true to its pub roots it's still a good option for a Sunday roast.
Liberty
Jermyn Street
Jermyn Street is the ultimate shopping destination for well-groomed gents with tailors and barbers flanking both sides.
Opso
St James’ Park
The perfect park to bask in during the balmier summer months, St James' Park is a regal stretch of green in which to rest, relax and oxygenate.
The National Cafe
The Dining Rooms in the National Gallery and the Portrait Gallery next door provide surprisingly stylish spaces for slap-up lunches and afternoon tea.
Heli-tours
Skip London's traffic-choked streets and get a bird's-eye-view by taking to the skies in a chopper, the mode of transport favoured by royals and rock stars.
ME London
ME London is bringing an enlivening, design-oriented presence to The Strand.
Hyde Park Stables
The London Helicopter
A unique birds-eye tour of the city with the London Helicopter zipping up the river Thames at a 1,000 feet from Barnes to the Isle of Dogs...
The Brit Oval
As the birthplace of the Ashes, a trip to the Brit Oval is a must-do for sports aficionados.
Maison Bertaux
Maison Bertaux is a hippy Soho hangout full of character and characters, not least the eccentric staff as well as strong coffees and teas.
London Eye
The London Eye only had planning permission for five years but since its opening in 1999 it has become England's most popular paid tourist attraction - and has been allowed to remain.
ClubTEN
If you've ever stomped around St Paul's after-dark, you'll know that decent watering holes are few and far between. Not so anymore, with the opening of ClubTEN, a basement bar that serves up Mayfair-style glamour in an otherwise dead zone.  div
Tapas Brindisa Soho
Toast Spanish tapas and inspiring Iberian classics at Tapas Brindisa Soho. Trust us - it knows what it's doing.
Antara at the Chelsea Club
As if The Chelsea Club wasn't fabulous enough, it's gone and opened up its own stylish spa. As you can imagine, the Sloane Rangers are flocking in their droves.
The London EDITION
The swanky EDITION is bringing a breath of fresh air to the historic site of Fitzrovia’s old Berners Hotel.
Dinner by Heston
Dinner by Heston is the long-awaited London debut by famed British food wizard Heston Blumenthal, with prices and a 3-month waiting list to match. Expect creati
Dukes Hotel Bar
Ostensibly unremarkable the Duke's Hotel bar is a must for Martini lovers. Eschewing what they probably consider to be a terribly vulgar modern custom of fruity blends each Martini is elaborately served as God intended.
Books For Cooks
Bookshop-cum-cookery school Books for Cooks is just the thing for foodies across the capital.

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