Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

Chinese Restaurant 1997
Simple Cantonese staples populate the menu at this kitsch Soho canteen.
Rosewood London
To describe the Rosewood as palatial would be an understatement. Ascend through cavernous marble staircases to the The Manor Room: an opule
Balans
Dock Kitchen
Experimental food lovers salivate for the always-changing menu from up-and-comer chef Stevie Parle at Dock Kitchen.
Southbank Centre
Londoners descend on sun-soaked Southbank when the city's skies are blue - and for good reason. Championing the arts with a number of purpose-built venues, this centre has cultural happenings all wrapped up. =display"
St Paul’s Cathedral
Aside from offering the perfect lunch spot astride one of its steps, St Paul's Cathedral is a pretty damn remarkable sight to behold. Be sure to take your camera for fantastic Facebook fodder.
The OXO Tower
Independent designers - in everything from fashion through to ceramics - congregate at South Bank's famed Oxo Tower to make and sell their wares.
Min Jiang
One of the best Chinese restaurants in London, Min Jiang's beautifully-presented food is as delicious as it looks...
J&A Cafe
If it was good enough for Alexander McQueen, God rest his soul, then J&A Cafe is certainly good enough for us. And the countless other fashion types that flit through its doors.
Science Museum
The Science Museum brings out the geek in us all, from pickled curiosities to wacky inventions; and now you can play without the pay.
The Lockhart
A clean, minimalist dining room and American fare that rings true lend The Lockhart a perfectly casual ambiance.
Albion
Man-of-the-moment Terence Conran does casual cafe in the fabulous form of Albion the latest Shoreditch venue to get the trendy-wendies hot under the collar.
Beirut Express
This perennially popular Lebanese joint does excellent meze and chargrilled meats.
Field’s Bar & Kitchen
The newest addition to the Benugo portfolio of eateries, Field’s Bar & Kitchen is a welcome oasis of leafy calm in one of London’s busiest areas.
Bonnie Gull
This former Hackney pop-up has now put down roots in central London, bringing top quality seafood to the heart of the city...
Bodean’s
Bodean's is a meat-eater's paradise perfect for a meal on-the-hoof.
Urban Retreat at Harrods
Jago
Serving Southern European, Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi influenced cuisine, Jago is the all-day eatery affiliated with start-up hub Second Home.
Jamm
Brixton's dance music scenes attract both diehard and try-hard clubbers; Jamm is filled with both, all of whom grind to an eclectic mix of music at this warehouse-style venue.
Daylesford Organic
A temple to eco-luxury Daylesford Organic worships at the altar of all that is good in the world of homegrown gastronomy.
The Porchester Spa
The Porchester Spa is arguably London's best community spa, and is a throwback to the public baths of days gone by. Just don't be shocked by a whole lotta' flesh on display.
Proud Camden
Standing, er, proud in Camden is Proud Camden (pretty self-explanatory, really). One of the best things about it is a fabulous roof terrace festooned with sculptures and kitsch astroturf - perfect for sun-soaked al fresco drinking. yEventWa
Dorchester Spa
Pampered princes and princesses get their fix at The Dorchester Spa, arguably the capital's most decadent place to unwind.
Borough Market
Borough Market is a foodie heaven crammed with stalls selling fresh produce both sourced locally and from around the world.
New Cross Inn
Notorious for hosting wild music nights, the New Cross Inn combines two dangerous elements: alcohol and talent, which can be a match made in heaven or hell
Apollo Banana Leaf
Apollo Banana Leaf offers a cheap thrillingly authentic taste of Sri Lanka
Old Spitalfields Market
Just five minutes from Liverpool Street tube, Old Spitalfields Market is a breath of artsy air in the suited and booted white-collar district.
Serpentine Bar & Garden
Forget what you think you know about public-space eating; the Serpentine Bar & Garden offers British revival food at its very best, and all against the backdrop of the shimmering Serpentine.
The Narrow
British renaissance food is the order of the day at Gordon Ramsay's The Narrow, after which you can f*** off home (as the man himself might say).
Ametsa
Wonderful Modern Basque cooking and service from the world's most accomplished father/daughter team...
The Spa at Dolphin Square
London Bicycle Tours
Although Boris Johnson may now lay claim to London's biggest bike horde, London Bicycle previously boasted the title; find everything you need with two wheels right here from mountain bikes to those that fold away when you don't need them.
The Botanist
A Sloane Square staple, The Botanist has become the after-drinks haunt of choice for local luvvies and the daytime hangout of ladies-what-lunch.
La Fromagerie
If only cheese was guilt-free eating the La Fromagerie would be packed to the rafters, as this is a cheese addict's heaven.
Sloane Street
We've all heard them called Sloane Rangers - now see the pashmina-wearing lovelies in their natural habitat - pounding both the pavement and the plastic down Sloane Street.
606
This live-music venue is consistent with its smart Chelsea address. With strict rules to enforce professional standards, you'll find no bad karaoke performances here.
The Rake
Beautiful beer is the name of the game at The Rake something of an institution within Borough Market. Drink 'til you can drink no more.
Gielly Green
If there is one salon in London where you will find the city’s sharpest and most polished ladies, it’s in Gielly Green.
The Parlour at Sketch
A byword for style. the Parlour at Sketch attracts the seriously overdressed for flouncy breakfasts and business brunches; nearby Bond Street beckons for a spot of shopping before returning to the office. =display:no"
Drakes Tabanco
Tucked down a dimly lit side street just a few paces from Tottenham Court Road, Drakes Tabanco is just about as close as you’re likely to get to a traditional Jerez tabanco in the middle of London’s sprawling cityscape.

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