Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

40 Maltby Street
An oenophile’s dream emporium, 40 Maltby Street sits rather inconspicuously under a railway arch in Southwark selling and serving top quality wine.
5cc Electricity Showroom
5cc Electricity Showrooms adds to its repertoire of London cocktail bars with another colourful addition to the city's crafted drinks scene.
68 and Boston
Can't decide between wine and cocktails for the evening? The stylish, Soho-based 68 and Boston specialises in both and does them with aplomb...
69 Colebrooke Row
Seemingly overnight 69 Colebrooke Row has turned into an under-the-radar hangout to one of the hippest hotspots in Islington.
Afternoon Tea at Momo
Momo launches its afternoon tea menu - traditional English classics with a North African twist.
American Bar
Housed in London’s iconic Savoy hotel, The American Bar is one of the city’s oldest cocktail bars, offering a range of time-honoured and innovative drinks.
Anglesea Arms
The Anglesea Arms is one of those reliable, go-to gastropubs who just get it right - great food, proper beer and an old school, local boozer atmosphere
Antico
Joining the collection of fashionable eateries along Bermondsey street, this local Italian is a friendly spot with delicious, back-to-basics fare.
Archer Street
Floral escape from the madness of Soho for relaxation and delish big girl (or boy) drinks.
Artesian
The pop of a cork may be the established celebratory knee-jerk to birthdays, promotions and retirement, but Artesian, the illustrious bar at The Langham, presents a far more imaginative tribute to life’s milestones.
Balans
Barrio North
With its beach shack Hispanic ghetto-style interiors, Miami atmosphere and music, Barrio North is made for balmy summer evenings. Try and nab the caravan seating for the night.
Barts
Sloane rangers flock in their droves to Barts for Champagne by the ice bucket-load, eclectic interiors and a gimmicky entrance policy.
Basement Sate
Basement Sate is sexy but lively, and places equal weight on desserts as it does its pedigreed drinks.
Behind This Wall
Benugo Bar & Kitchen @ BFI
Power breakasts brunches lunches dinners coffees and cocktails are taken at Benugo Bar & Kitchen much loved by London's TV and movie industry insiders. Don't forget to pick up your super-secret script from the table before you leave.
Beso
Beso delivers a creative breed of North African and Mediterranean tapas in the heart of the Seven Dials. Come for the robust wine list, the exquisite sharing plates and the buzzing ambience.
Bibendum Oyster Bar
Bibendum Oyster Bar serves sophisticated snacks and attracts a similarly sophisticated clientele. Wash it all down with a glass of champers.
Bijou Bar, Radisson Edwardian Heathrow Hotel
Jetting off on your holiday? There's always time for a cheeky tipple before the flight, which is why guests are flocking to Radisson Heathrow's Bijou Bar.
Bistrotheque
A glistening velvet-lined bar where glasses appear steaming with ice and are presented by ethereal staff perfectly reflects the surreal parallel worlds of East London.
Blue Bar
The only non-blue aspect of the Berkeley Hotel's famous bar is the mood. Beloved by a glamorous after-work crowd knocking back the Bolly it's always buzzing with happy-to-be-rich types.
Blueprint Café
The Design Museum's restaurant has an astounding view and a daily-changing menu.
Bobby Fitzpatrick
Neon-hued bowls of punch, rum-based drinks that come served aflame, and cocktail stirrers shaped like naked women? At Bobby Fitzpatrick, the '70s are back.
Bottles
BOTTLES is a wine bar on the perimeter of Old Spitalfields Market that blends Italian charm with London edge. The drinking den's aim is to introduce wines from independent producers and lesser-known grapes in need of some attention.
Café Kick
Super laid-back Café Kick is just the place if you fancy a beer and a game of table football.
Carte Blanche
A trendy, high-brow-low-brow restaurant in Hackney, serving American comfort food classics mixed with fine French flavours.
Champagne Thursdays at the Bourbon Bar
From now until the 23rd of October, JW Steakhouse's Bourbon Bar are serving knock-out champagne at knocked-down prices. Pass the Krug.
City of London Distillery
This petite distillery, whose basement setting is located in an alley off Fleet Street, is the first City of London distillery to open in over 200 years.
ClubTEN opens its doors next to St Paul’s Cathedral
ClubTEN, a basement club/restaurant/bar situated in the shadow of St Paul's, vows to liven up the pavements of Godliman Street.
Cocktail of the Day: Kammerling’s Townhouse Tonic
Today begins London's Cocktail Week and here at Hg2 we have decided to feature the best bars. Today's cocktail of the day: Kammerling's Townhouse Tonic.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels has reproduced its winning formula of high-end wine and beautifully prepared rustic-style French fare in Covent Garden.
Company Below
Company Below is a tiny gem of a cocktail bar beneath Soho's Balls & Company restaurant, and its botanical-themed cocktails are accordingly bijou.
Craft Beer Co.
Milk stouts, double IPAs and ESBs are the order of the day at this beer nerd's palace.
Dalla Terra
Simple but chic Covent Garden wine bar and shop with a menu of delectable Italian snacks and 180 bottles on the wine list.
Dandelyan
Decadent but prevailingly elegant, the Tales of the Cocktail-award-winning bar lists “modern botany” as its theme.
Discount Suit Company
Cocktails at Discount Suit Company, a cosy basement drinking den, are distractingly good.
Down the Rabbit Hole at Callooh Callay
Embrace the absurd at Hoxton's Callooh Callay Bar this weekend.
Draft House’s free cask giveaway – tomorrow!
To celebrate the launch of its first dark beer, Powerhouse Porter, Draft House will be giving away a cask of beer at each of its properties tomorrow.
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.
Drink, Shop & Do
Drink, Shop & Do offers a unique day, or night, out by rolling a cafe, bar, shop, club, and events into one vintage designed venue.

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