Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

Galvin HOP
Galvin HOP is a trendy East London bistro and bar. Though it wouldn't be out of place if located in Paris.
Kinilaw & Buko
A edgy bolthole in Hoxton serving Filipino ceviche, hot n' meaty small plates, creative cocktails and bold coconut ice cream combos.
Heads + Tails
West Hampstead's Heads + Tails is a refreshing detour from the well-trodden cocktail crawls of central London.
Madison
Positioned on the penthouse of One New Change, most people know Madison for its stunning St Pauls views. A rooftop bar and restaurant in the city, it can get busy on weekdays.
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.
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.
Viet Lounge
The pungent smack of fish sauce gives Viet Food its authentic edge, and ascending past the busy bustle of ex-Hakkasan chef Jeff Tan’s narrow two-storey restaurant winks back to any steaming phở joint in Ho Chi Minh City. But we’re here for the illustrious Viet Lounge cocktail bar stacked modestly on the third floor...
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.
Mint Gun Club
Founded by bartender wunderkind, Richard Hunt (formerly of Mahiki and Hawksmoor) Mint Gun Club takes inspiration from his ex-pat heritage living in far-flung destinations
The Clifton
After standing empty for years The Clifton has been masterfully resuscitated by brothers Ben and Ed Robson, the twosome behind Boopshi's in Fitzrovia
Nine Lives
Sure, Nine Lives has a swanky space, killer sound-system, and excellent cocktails—but its sustainability focus really sets it apart.
Ray’s Bar
Ray’s Bar is a joint venture between the guys from Voodoo Rays – the now iconic pizza emporium upstairs, and the team behind ultra-awesome neighbouring
Original Sin
Original Sin is a chic underground bar serving superlative cocktails and a small food menu in Stoke Newington; it’s a tempting combination indeed.
Frank’s Cafe
Found on top of a multi-storey carpark in Peckham, Frank's Cafe is a South London institution, offering one of the best views in the capital.
The Book Club
The Book Club in Shoreditch - a cafe, bar, and events space - is the millennial iteration of traditional European café culture - but with ping pong.
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.
Mason & Company
The stylish Mason & Company is a delicious example of what the new generation of craft beer bars can achieve.
The Gibson
Sip the Gibson cocktail – a lesser-known cousin of the Martini – at this eponymous Old Street Bar, where drinks are ambitious and the ambiance is cosy.
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...
Les Couilles du Chien
At the cheekily named Les Couilles du Chien, the bar at Arbutus Restaurant, diners are in for boundary-pushing cocktails and small plates.
The Bull & Last
The Bull & Last pairs rustic atmosphere with seasonal produce to earn its place among London's crowded gastropub landscape.
Dandelyan
Decadent but prevailingly elegant, the Tales of the Cocktail-award-winning bar lists “modern botany” as its theme.
Peg + Patriot
Peg + Patriot proffers a drinks menu that reads more like a dinner prix fixe than, well, booze, thanks to its savoury and culinary-inspired cocktails.
The Earl of Essex
Located in a quiet stretch of Islington, the Earl of Essex is both a local's haunt and a destination craft beer pub.
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.
Reverend JW Simpson
Reverend JW Simpson is rarely bustling, even on weekend nights, so there's room to stretch out and make the most of the tantalising cocktail menu...
The Lock Tavern
Cocktails and DJs elevate the Lock Tavern above regular boozers, but true to its pub roots it's still a good option for a Sunday roast.
The Book Club
Bit of a bookworm? Join the Club.
The Salisbury
The Salisbury is a beautifully ornate Victorian pub in Central London. The best part? It's tucked away meaning it's largely tourist-free.
The Prince of Wales
Taxidermy toys and other ephemera set the tone at this eccentric pub in charming Clapham Old Town.
St Pancras Champagne Bar
Train-spotters and Champagne quaffers will indulge their greatest passions at St Pancras Champagne Bar, which serves up the best bubbly against a backdrop of arriving (and departing) trains.
The White Horse
As something of a local institution the White Horse - or 'Sloaney Pony' as it is dubbed by insiders - is at the heart of many a Sloane Ranger's night out.
The Eagle
Join the gossiping hacks from the nearby Guardian and Observer offices at this watering-hole-cum-dining room.
The Lamb and Flag
From bare-knuckle boxers to snap-happy tourists, The Lamb and Flag has seen over six-million customers during its 300-year reign as king of beer-servers.
The Lexington
Whiskey is the order of the day at The Lexington, served alongside a large dose of rock 'n' roll chic.
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.
Sketch
An opulent temple to food, art and drink, Sketch is worth a look if only for its compellingly contemporary pop-Baroque design features.
The Holly Bush
A veritable rabbit warren of nooks and crannies, this lovely pub is fabulous for an evening pint or a long Sunday lunch.
The 3 Crowns
A good old-fashioned boozer with some serious culinary credentials, The 3 Crowns is just the kind of London pub we can get on board with.
New Cross Inn
Notorious for hosting wild music nights, the New Cross Inn combines two dangerous elements: alcohol and talent, which can be a match made in heaven or hell

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