Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

May Fair Kitchen
Housed within W1 hotspot, The May Fair Hotel, May Fair Kitchen serves up sublime small plates of Spanish, Italian, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. All minimalist décor with industrial lighting and informal raised banqueting tables, the vibe is distinctly laid back for its Mayfair environs.
Skylon
With views over the River Thames, the fine dining restaurant Skylon showcases British produce through its modern European menu.
Restaurant Sauterelle
Within the architecturally impressive Royal Exchange, Restaurant Sauterelle gives French and Italian classics a creative flourish.
The Ivy Market Grill
The Ivy's more approachable sister, The Ivy Market Grill serves a largely British menu in a setting that blends the classical with the zeitgeisty.
La Suite West
Designed by London interior designer Anoushka Hempel, La Suite West is a tranquil and minimalist boutique hotel just off Bayswater.
The Beaumont
The first hotel from uber-restaurateurs Corbin & King, The Beaumont is a sophisticated, contemporary take on old school glamour, with requisite restaurants
Dandelyan
Decadent but prevailingly elegant, the Tales of the Cocktail-award-winning bar lists “modern botany” as its theme.
Nobu
The National Cafe
The Dining Rooms in the National Gallery and the Portrait Gallery next door provide surprisingly stylish spaces for slap-up lunches and afternoon tea.
London Eye
The London Eye only had planning permission for five years but since its opening in 1999 it has become England's most popular paid tourist attraction - and has been allowed to remain.
Comptoir Gascon
This Clerkenwell deli/bistro hybrid is perfect for meat lovers and Francophiles alike.
Plum + Spilt Milk
Set on the first floor of the refurbished Kings Cross GHN Hotel, Plum + Spilt Milk is not the kind of railway restaurant we're used to here in the UK.
Chinese Restaurant 1997
Simple Cantonese staples populate the menu at this kitsch Soho canteen.
Min Jiang
One of the best Chinese restaurants in London, Min Jiang's beautifully-presented food is as delicious as it looks...
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.
The Greenhouse
The menu of this discreet spot is French with subtle Asian undertones.
The Capital
The Capital combines British ingredients and French expertise to create something special.
The Albemarle
The revamped restaurant of Brown's Hotel in Mayfair serves great British classics.
Tamarind
Serving some of London's finest Indian cuisine, Tamarind is a Mayfair institution.
Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
Ramsay or no Ramsay in the kitchen you're in good hands at his Chelsea establishment: great food and high price tags along with the height of luxury.
Reform Social and Grill
A take on the English gentleman's club not only for the boys.
Quo Vadis
Top-quality meats meet excellent service at newly revamped Quo Vadis.
Pied a Terre
Allow your palete to be stimulated by Pied à Terre's thoughtful flavour combinations.
Hix Oyster & Chophouse
Hix, as the name suggests, serves oysters and prime cuts of meat.
Wright Bros. Oyster House
This atmospheric seafood bar boasts a quite unimaginable selection of oysters and praiseworthy mains.
Theo Randall
Theo Randall relies on seasonal ingredients to create Italian masterpieces.
The Square
A contender for the best modern French in London the dishes delight and the wine impresses.
Royal China
Done up like an imperial palace, all dark wood, vermillion lanterns, and plush chairs, Royal China doesn’t take the ‘Royal’ part of its name lightly.
E&O
E&O's acclaimed reputation is consistent with this smart area in Notting Hill where its fabulous food attracts equally fabulous people. di
Dishoom
Dishoom takes traditional Indian cuisine and gives it a fresh, innovative twist for a new generation of city-dwellers - in fittingly old-generation surroundings.
Chez Bruce
As a visitor to London, Wandsworth is not going to feature heavily in your plans, but Chez Bruce is such a fantastic place to eat that it's more than enough reason to head south. yEven
The Soho Hotel
With 91 rooms the Soho Hotel is considerably larger than its Charlotte Street and Covent Garden siblings and appeals to a more media crowd
The Rookery
There's something about former brothels that make them the most decadent of hotels. The Rookery has lost none of the former incarnation's charm retaining cherubic figures overseeing bedroom activities and throne-like ablutions for the most lordly gue
The Orange
Restaurant-quality room-service because these four king-sized rooms, luxuriously appointed with aircon, blonde woods and crisp linens, are above the Orange gastropub. yEventWatch
The Pelham
The Gore's sister hotel, acquired from the Kemp-ire, is predictably a fresher, more contemporary affair, with 52 five-star rooms conveniently located for museum action. yEventWat
The Knightsbridge Hotel
The ever-expanding Firmdale group has sewn up London's boutique hotel market in recent years with this outpost offering its signature mix of intimacy comfort and an unsurpassed eye for detail.d
The Landmark London
Five-star Landmark London hotel, originally built in 1899 and one the last of the great Victorian railway hotels.
The Langham
A vast building rather discreetly hidden beside the BBC The Langham was one of the first luxury hotels in London. Today after a Hilton refurb it continues to mix classic charm with modern opulence.
The Halkin
Sister hotel to the Metropolitan, The Halkin has a more intimate approach to life than her rockstar sibling.
The Athenaeum
Art Deco interiors park views and a guest-book that reads like a who's who of Hollywood; it's all here at the Athenaeum Hotel & Apartments.

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