Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

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.
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.
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.
Kingly Court
This serene courtyard filled with cafes and one-off boutiques makes an ideal destination for independent shopping in London.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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"
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.
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.
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.
Shochu Lounge
On a rainy night Shochu Lounge is a bastion of warmth and comfort in the heart of Fitzrovia.
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.
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...
Ottolenghi
Oh, Ottolenghi! Offering a mouthwatering fusion of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, this casual café/deli has lunch all wrapped up.
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.
Regent’s Park
Designed by John Nash, Regent's Park is an exercise in elegance and is a park Londoners can truly be proud of. Apart from when those wearing socks and sandals take to its turf.
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The Holly Bush
A veritable rabbit warren of nooks and crannies, this lovely pub is fabulous for an evening pint or a long Sunday lunch.
Tom’s Deli
Despite owning a culinary empire Tom Conran's most casual outpost - Tom's Deli - retains a casual family-run vibe.
Sketch
An opulent temple to food, art and drink, Sketch is worth a look if only for its compellingly contemporary pop-Baroque design features.
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.
The Anchor and Hope
Home of the South Bank Centre and the London Eye, there are many reasons to trundle over Waterloo Bridge. Heading that list is the Anchor & Hope, famous for serving up delicious gastropub food.
The Dove
A stylish East End crowd descends on this warm Belgian pub for cherry beer and great roasts. With a roaring fire in winter and a garden for enjoying the summer sun in, it's not hard to see why the Dove is so popular.
The Garden Cafe
With views out over Regent's Park and a high-end Brit classic menu, you'd never guess that The Garden Café is set in the former site of a Little Chef restaurant.
The Roundhouse
The newly reburbished Roundhouse plays host to rock, pop, theatre, dance, circus. And not just any old commercial guff, but the truly ground-breaking.
Somerset House
Ice Skating can be an enchanting way to spend a wintery evening with a loved one, so wrap up warm and get your skates on. Somerset House is the best place to indulge in some frozen-water frolics.
Dennis Severs’ House
Late American artist Dennis Sever didn't only leave his art behind when he died; he also left his home, a sprawling townhouse where visitors become part of a theatrical experience. We will say no more. =display:none;"
Spa Illuminata
Based on traditional Roman baths, Spa Illuminata offers Italian-style R&R in the heart of Mayfair. The perfect place to pamper yourself following a spot of shopping.

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