Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

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.
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.
The Pig’s Ear
A quality backstreet boozer, The Pig's Ear is frequented by the low-key Chelsea set who come for the good food, plentiful drinks and sun-dappled interior...
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"
Hamleys
Chelsea Day Spa Boutique
Judging by the prices you could be forgiven for having low expectations of the Chelsea Day Spa Boutique, but this 'hole-in-the-wall' defies stereotypes with charming interiors and staff.
Redchurch Street
Redchurch Street sums up the East End's couldn't-care-less vibe perfectly with too-cool-for-school boutiques selling everything from vintage to second-hand.
Hyde Park Tennis Centre
Claridge’s Foyer
Claridge's is perfect for those seeking a posh pitstop; indulge in bar snacks galore - the tempura prawns on skewers are highly recommended - while washing it all down with tea or Champagne. We know what we prefer. =",Since the end of the 19th century
Hyde Park
When the sun is out in London Town, people flock from the city's pavements to the city's parks. Hyde Park is the favourite with plenty of green to frolic on but very little shade. Then again, who needs shade? =displa"
The Golden Heart
Just a stroll away from the City's slick offices and venerable institutions is an institution of another kind. This classic old-school boozer comes complete with bare decor warm pub drinks and an eccentric landlady.
Kurobuta
The Cow
As something of a Notting Hill institution, The Cow has served up Guinness and oysters to a roster of relaxed regulars for years.
Corinthia Hotel
The Corinthia comes with big ambitions: 294 spacious, five-star rooms on the Thames and London's largest spa in the restored shell of Victorian grande dame the Metropole Hotel.
Oskia Spa
This tucked away spa offers sumptuous treatments using their locally produced, all natural products.
Serpentine Lido
Resistance Gallery
A fantastical fetish-inspired space where mediocrity won't be tolerated; if you don't have an edge you're not getting in.
House of Elemis
Glamour is the order of the day at Elemis Day Spa, which brings inspiration from the Far East right into the heart of Mayfair.
Stag Lodge Stables
Giddy up! For those who think four legs really are better than two, Stag Lodge Stables has riding and hacking sussed. Just ask Madonna, who rented out the entire thing. Why? Because she can.
Kirk Originals
Elegant eyewear company Kirk Originals has its flagship on London's Conduit Street, and the store is stunning.
ZSL London Zoo
Lounge Bohemia
Lounge Bohemia is a tucked-away Czech bar with a Mason-like aura of secrecy about it. Shh! We want to keep this one to ourselves.
Mews of Mayfair
Hidden down a cobbled backstreet in Mayfair, this charming four-story Mews house offers a relaxed haven from the hustle and bustle of central London
Richmond Park Golf Club
Offering London's most popular pay-and-play courses, the facilities at Richmond Park Golf Courses are matched by spectacular views. Argyle-clad golfers can't get enough.
Charlotte Street
The Charlotte Street Hotel is incredibly popular among the media darlings.
HMS Belfast
Everyone loves to have a nose around an old warship, which is where HMS Belfast comes in. Permanently moored by the River Thames it's a great way to soak up some culture outside of the confines of a museum. =display:"
Burger & Lobster
It's all in the name in this fuss-free Mayfair joint. Burger or lobster, take your pick.
St Pancras Spa
A subterranean haven of calm, the St Pancras Spa offers total tranquillity in the midst of London’s frantic Kings Cross.
Dalston Superstore
So hip it hurts, Dalston Superstore is where the East End party is. Those who aren't achingly cool needn't apply.
The Comedy Store
Mention the Comedy Store to anyone in London and they'll know what you mean. Laughs aplenty to be had here.
Whitechapel Gallery
Whitechapel Gallery is a temple to the avant-garde, and is central to the ever dynamic East End arts scene.
Gin Palace
As well as the fun and the unusual, the Gin Palace knows how to do the classic – very well.
Berners Tavern
Berners Tavern's menu of comforting fare shows that it doesn't take itself too seriously - despite its lavish looks.
Royal Albert Hall
There's nowhere more regal to watch a performance than at the Royal Albert Hall, a majestic space built to champion the arts in the late 1800s.
The London Coliseum
Those who come to the London Coliseum expecting to see gladiators battle it out or poor souls thrown to the lions will be sorely disappointed; here it's a much classier affair with musical performances throughout the year.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Forget Norman Foster or Jean Nouvel; back in the 19th-century Sir John Soane was the man of the moment. Paying homage to his awe-inspiring architecture, this museum is a marvel to behold.
Victoria & Albert Museum
The Victoria & Albert Museum - or the V&A, as it is more commonly called - is a cultural must-see, with a slew of exciting exhibitions running throughout the year.
Aman Spa
Rest, relax and rejuvenate within gorgeous Asian-inspired surroundings at the Aman Spa, found in-house at The Connaught hotel.
Beigel Bake
Shoreditch's sweet-smelling bagel haven is open 24 hours a day.

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