Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

Simpson’s in the Strand
Once a gentlemen’s chess club, Simpson’s in the Strand has been a favourite of Londoners for 190 years.
The Bloomsbury Hotel
A sleek boutique hotel in the storied area of Bloomsbury in London, The Bloomsbury Hotel has popular bars, restaurants, and a whole host of stylish rooms.
The Kensington Hotel
A luxurious hotel found in South Kensington, just minutes from some of the capital’s best cultural institutions, The Kensington Hotel offers a decadent stay.
The Sun & 13 Cantons
On any given night, you’ll find hordes of media bods 5-deep at the bar of Soho stalwart, The Sun & 13 Cantons. Such is its auspicious locale.
Ognisko
At Ognisko restaurant in Knightsbridge, the decor, like the cuisine, is elegant and artful, with delicious Baltic dishes and a curated drinks list.
Batty Langley’s
A period boutique hotel found along an historic cobblestone street in Spitalfields, Batty Langley’s is strewn with antiques and lavish amenities.
St Ermin’s Hotel
Found in historic Westminster, steps from the Abbey, St Ermin’s Hotel has a fantastic location, chic interiors, and around 350,000 honey-making bees.
The Royal Academy of Arts
Aside from housing some jaw-dropping art - from paintings to sculptures - the Royal Academy of Arts is housed in a rather spectacular building, too.
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.
The Colony Grill Room
The Colony Grill Room, from restaurant tycoons Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, offers a classic American grill menu in stylish Art Deco surrounds.
Hotel Café Royal
Hotel Café Royal, the 160-room London legend, has hosted the likes of Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill and David Bowie within its impeccably decorated walls.
Skylon
With views over the River Thames, the fine dining restaurant Skylon showcases British produce through its modern European menu.
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...
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.
The Bull & Last
The Bull & Last pairs rustic atmosphere with seasonal produce to earn its place among London's crowded gastropub landscape.
The Strand Dining Rooms
Just paces from Nelson’s Column, The Strand Dining Rooms serves season and locavore Modern British cooking, under the watchful eye of Mark Sargeant
Quattro Passi
Michelin-starred Chef Antonio Mellino brings an authentic slice of the Amalfi Coast to London with Quattro Passi, his version of Mayfair fine dining.
The Beaumont
The first hotel from uber-restaurateurs Corbin & King, The Beaumont is a sophisticated, contemporary take on old school glamour, with requisite restaurants
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The Prospect of Whitby
If The Prospect of Whitby were any nearer to the river it would be floating. With an unrivalled location and a history that spans nearly 500 years, it's an inspiring institution indeed.
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.
Maison Bertaux
Maison Bertaux is a hippy Soho hangout full of character and characters, not least the eccentric staff as well as strong coffees and teas.
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.
The Prince of Wales
Taxidermy toys and other ephemera set the tone at this eccentric pub in charming Clapham Old Town.
Gymkhana
The newest venture by Karam Sethi, Gymkhana recreates Colonial India with an ode to the gentlemen’s clubs of the British Raj.
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Holborn Dining Room
Set within the grand fa̤ade of The Rosewood Hotel, Holborn Dining Room combines casual deli-style dining with British brasserie classics.
Notting Hill Arts Club
The Notting Hill Arts Club is a glimpse of artsy rebellion in the heart of seriously smart West London; art exhibitions and credible music attract a bohemian crowd.
Art History UK
Scheduled and bespoke tours behind-the-scenes of some of London's most famous art institutions...
The Annual Chap Olympiad
Vintage is back in the form of this annual jolly-up, where games are played by men in tweed suits and Brit staples such as cucumber sandwiches are enjoyed by ladies with their pinkies in the air.
Ye Olde Mitre
Ye Olde Mitre has been a religious and regal site as well as a pub for hundreds of years. Today it still retains an atmosphere of sanctuary for busy Londoners.
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.
Min Jiang
One of the best Chinese restaurants in London, Min Jiang's beautifully-presented food is as delicious as it looks...
Chinese Restaurant 1997
Simple Cantonese staples populate the menu at this kitsch Soho canteen.
606
This live-music venue is consistent with its smart Chelsea address. With strict rules to enforce professional standards, you'll find no bad karaoke performances here.
The Botanist
A Sloane Square staple, The Botanist has become the after-drinks haunt of choice for local luvvies and the daytime hangout of ladies-what-lunch.
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.

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