Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

The Mandeville Hotel
Shopaholics and business travellers alike find this ideally located equally functional and attractive.
Pizza Pilgrims
Made In Camden
Admittedly, we don't do Camden often. But Made in Camden - a shiny dining section at The Roundhouse - is worth the venture to Chalk Farm Road.
Lord’s Cricket Ground
Nobody understands cricket, but that's not to say it's not any less enjoyable; and when the need to spectate does beckon, there's no better place to do it than at Lord's Cricket Ground.
Roxy Bar and Screen
Part-drinking den part-restaurant part-cinema, The Roxy is a chic cabaret space for a contemporary crowd.
DreamBags JaguarShoes
One of the most popular bars in the industrial wasteland-turned bar mecca that is Hoxton, DreamBagsJaguarShoes is the favoured haunt of an arty fashion-forward crowd.
Dehesa
This small tapas bar in Soho is beautifully laid out and offers small portions of tasty morsels just light enough for pre-clubbing sustenance.
Rochelle Canteen
Portobello Road Market
If you can stand the crowds, Portobello Market is arguably the finest shopping market in London.one of the more fun markets in London...
Leith’s School of Food and Wine
Cooking is a skill for life, and with London's emphasis on good food what better way to get up to scratch than a cookery school? Opt for the best at Leith's.
Holborn Dining Room
Set within the grand fa̤ade of The Rosewood Hotel, Holborn Dining Room combines casual deli-style dining with British brasserie classics.
Tate Galleries
A byword for awe-inspiring art, Tate knows how to get people talking; and it does so at two locations in London at Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
Great Northern Hotel
A renovated railway hotel, The Great Northern Hotel is set within the bustling surrounds of Kings Cross station.
Kingly Court
This serene courtyard filled with cafes and one-off boutiques makes an ideal destination for independent shopping in London.
Photographers’ Gallery
Snap-happy tourists flock to the Photographers' Gallery - the only space in England dedicated entirely to photography.
Damson & Co
Combining top quality produce with a laid-back Soho vibe, Damson & Co is something of a monument to all things British.
QV Bar
Quo Vadis members' club has been around for as we can remember, and has been a Soho institution since it first opened its doors. Breathing new life into it is the QV Bar, a watering hole that's opened up next door.
Merchants Tavern
This is a restaurant with quiet panache: the warmly inviting Merchants Tavern turns out technically flawless British cooking.
The British Museum
Artefacts and art abound at The British Museum, a museum dedicated to preserving London's most precious culture.
Natural History Museum
Jurassic Park saw a surge of entries into the Natural History Museum, what with its skeletal displays of dinosaurs and the public interest in the gone-but-not-forgotten.
Discount Suit Company
Cocktails at Discount Suit Company, a cosy basement drinking den, are distractingly good.
Benares
This high-end Indian metes out dish after dish of exotic flavour.
The Marksman
The Marksman has recently undergone a rebrand, and much to all of Hackney's delight, it's worked a treat and is now filled with local hipsters...
Shaker&Company
A New Orleans inspired cocktail saloon with a cracking drinks menu…
Notting Hill Arts Club
The Notting Hill Arts Club is a glimpse of artsy rebellion in the heart of seriously smart West London; art exhibitions and credible music attract a bohemian crowd.
Thames Rockets
Shooting down the river at 35 knots is both terrifying and exhilarating in equal measures. Thames Rockets offers water-blurred tours of the river.
Workingmen’s Club
Wedged between Shoredich, Hoxton and Hackney, the BGWC has retained its impeccable reputation since opening in 1953. A strict members-only policy has become slightly more lenient but exclusivity still prevails. =dis"
Comfort Station
Quirky with a vintage feel - anything those cool East London kids could wish for.
Cactus Kitchens
There are cookery schools and there are cookery schools - this one is run by Michel Roux Jr, widely acknowledged as one of the best chefs in the country and the heavyweight judge of Masterchef
Fernandez & Wells
Divided up into three separate venues Fernandez & Wells Food & Wine Bar offers sweet and savoury delights - as well as damn good coffee - in the heart of Soho.
The Annual Chap Olympiad
Vintage is back in the form of this annual jolly-up, where games are played by men in tweed suits and Brit staples such as cucumber sandwiches are enjoyed by ladies with their pinkies in the air.
Ottolenghi
Oh, Ottolenghi! Offering a mouthwatering fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, this casual café/deli has lunch all wrapped up.
Cire Trudon
Cire Trudon belongs in a different era, so escape tech-obsessed London for a moment and let this historic candle store transport you back in time.
Ye Olde Mitre
Ye Olde Mitre has been a religious and regal site as well as a pub for hundreds of years. Today it still retains an atmosphere of sanctuary for busy Londoners.
Daylesford Farmshop & Cafe
Certainly one shopping trip to avoid when hungry as this high-end food shop sells such fresh delight-filled produce, even those liquid dieters will find it hard to resist.
Shochu Lounge
On a rainy night Shochu Lounge is a bastion of warmth and comfort in the heart of Fitzrovia.
Barrafina
Spain is the name of the game at Barrafina an upmarket tapas joint in the heart of Soho.
Tommi’s Burger Joint
Some of the best burgers in London in a back-to-basics, concentrate-on-the-food outpost of a hip Icelandic restaurant group...
Art History UK
Scheduled and bespoke tours behind-the-scenes of some of London's most famous art institutions...
The Diner Shoreditch
The Diner Shoreditch is an all-American hangout in the heart of East London; think dim lighting, red leather booths and a clientele of milkshake- and liquor-slurping locals.

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