Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

St James’ Park
The perfect park to bask in during the balmier summer months, St James' Park is a regal stretch of green in which to rest, relax and oxygenate.
Shakespeare’s Globe
Opened in 1997, Shakespeare's Globe is a meticulously crafted reconstruction of an Elizabethan playhouse that burned down in 1613; old William himself would have been proud of the reproduction, all the way down to the finer details. yEventW
Tower of London
Crooks aplenty were banged up here in days gone by, including a couple of Henry VIII's wives and even the Kray brothers. Most didn't come out alive.
Buckingham Palace
The Royal Academy
Aside from housing some jawdropping art - from paintings to sculptures - the Royal Academy of Arts is housed in a rather spectacular building, too. Stand and stare.
Royal Opera House
Tate Galleries
A byword for awe-inspiring art, Tate knows how to get people talking; and it does so at two locations in London at Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
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.
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.
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;"
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.
The Golden Hinde
The Golden Hinde is a meticulous reconstruction of a 16th-century wooden galleon, and is an awe-inspiring sight indeed.
Serpentine Gallery
Could there by a better location for a a contemporary art gallery? Perfectly positioned in the centre of Hyde Park, the sleek Serpentine Gallery lends some weight to London's art scene.
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.
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.
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"
Whitechapel Gallery
Whitechapel Gallery is a temple to the avant-garde, and is central to the ever dynamic East End arts scene.
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:"
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.
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.
The Design Museum
A shrine to international contemporary design, The Design Museum is a must for design aficionados across the capital.
The School Of Life
Held are various venues across London, The School of Life enables you to engage with a wide range of subject matters.
Lomography Gallery Store
The future's analogue at the oh-so-cool Lomography UK, who run training workshops and London walkabouts for you to test-drive their film cameras.
Big Ben is TIlting
Images show Big Ben is Tilting as years of work around the base of the clock has weakened its foundations and if left unchecked could lead to a total topple
A cockroach tour of the Science Museum
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a cockroach? Well now you can find out with a cockroach tour of the Science Musuem!
Review: the Royal Academy restaurant
Eleanor Rosamund Barraclough enjoys a night at the museume and a visit to Peyton and Byrne's newest venture; the Royal Academy restaurant.
Cirque du Soleil’s Totem at the Royal Albert Hall
The circus is coming back to town! The Royal Albert Hall has been transformed, and is hosting Cirque du Soleil's new show, Totem.

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