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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bibendum Oyster Bar
Bibendum Oyster Bar serves sophisticated snacks and attracts a similarly sophisticated clientele. Wash it all down with a glass of champers.
Kitchen W8
If you looked inside the kitchens of those affluent enough to own one in Kensington then the interiors would probably look a little something like this. Add to that Michelin star-chasing fare and affordable set menus and Kitchen W8 is on to a winner.
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.
The Design Museum
A shrine to international contemporary design, The Design Museum is a must for design aficionados across the capital.
Choccywoccydoodah
Become a part of the mad hatters tea party in this Alice-in-Wonderland-esq spot. Chocolate has never been so tempting....
Gray’s Antique Market
Bargain-hunters rejoice! Gray's Antique Market is home to a treasure trove of eclectic wonders with plenty of tat to sift through in the hope of unearthing something priceless.
Fabric
Despite misguided Twitter rumours that it had gone into administration, Fabric is very much alive and kicking. As a great supporter of underground DJs, it's a must for those serious about phat tunes. ‰Û_=display:none;""
Champagne + Fromage
Hidden away among the bright lights of London's West End, this cosy French bistro is the ideal place to refuel pre or post performance...
Joy Everley
Out of the ordinary pieces with real thought put into their design and making, Joy Everley jewellery has unique written all over it.

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