Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

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 Three Johns
The Three Johns looks Lower East Side, but its beer list is one of London's best -- come for the style, stay for the brews.
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.
Mother Kelly’s
One of the best craft beer bars in London, Mother Kelly's brings New York cool to the East End.
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.
Dukes Hotel Bar
Ostensibly unremarkable the Duke's Hotel bar is a must for Martini lovers. Eschewing what they probably consider to be a terribly vulgar modern custom of fruity blends each Martini is elaborately served as God intended.
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.
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 Prince of Wales
Taxidermy toys and other ephemera set the tone at this eccentric pub in charming Clapham Old Town.
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.
Village East
Stealing a little bit of the warehouse scene first made popular in New York Village East is so hip it hurts with trendy industrial interiors matched by an even trendier media clientele.
The Old Brewery
A temple to the golden stuff we love and know all too well, The Old Brewery is a must for those serious about their ale. And let's face it, who isn't?
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.
Worship St Whistling Shop
Hidden halfway down a Shoreditch side street, the Worship Street Whistling Shop is without doubt one of the finest drinking dens London has seen in years.
The Lexington
Whiskey is the order of the day at The Lexington, served alongside a large dose of rock 'n' roll chic.
Roxy Bar and Screen
Part-drinking den part-restaurant part-cinema, The Roxy is a chic cabaret space for a contemporary crowd.
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.
QV Bar
Quo Vadis members' club has been around for as we can remember, and has been a Soho institution since it first opened its doors. Breathing new life into it is the QV Bar, a watering hole that's opened up next door.
Discount Suit Company
Cocktails at Discount Suit Company, a cosy basement drinking den, are distractingly good.
Shaker&Company
A New Orleans inspired cocktail saloon with a cracking drinks menu…
The Marksman
The Marksman has recently undergone a rebrand, and much to all of Hackney's delight, it's worked a treat and is now filled with local hipsters...
Shochu Lounge
On a rainy night Shochu Lounge is a bastion of warmth and comfort in the heart of Fitzrovia.
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 Anchor and Hope
Home of the South Bank Centre and the London Eye, there are many reasons to trundle over Waterloo Bridge. Heading that list is the Anchor & Hope, famous for serving up delicious gastropub food.
The Dove
A stylish East End crowd descends on this warm Belgian pub for cherry beer and great roasts. With a roaring fire in winter and a garden for enjoying the summer sun in, it's not hard to see why the Dove is so popular.
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
The Narrow
British renaissance food is the order of the day at Gordon Ramsay's The Narrow, after which you can f*** off home (as the man himself might say).
Serpentine Bar & Garden
Forget what you think you know about public-space eating; the Serpentine Bar & Garden offers British revival food at its very best, and all against the backdrop of the shimmering Serpentine.
The Pig’s Ear
A quality backstreet boozer, The Pig's Ear is frequented by the low-key Chelsea set who come for the good food, plentiful drinks and sun-dappled interior...
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.
The Golden Heart
Just a stroll away from the City's slick offices and venerable institutions is an institution of another kind. This classic old-school boozer comes complete with bare decor warm pub drinks and an eccentric landlady.
The Cow
As something of a Notting Hill institution, The Cow has served up Guinness and oysters to a roster of relaxed regulars for years.

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