Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

Lounge Bohemia
Lounge Bohemia is a tucked-away Czech bar with a Mason-like aura of secrecy about it. Shh! We want to keep this one to ourselves.
Gin Palace
As well as the fun and the unusual, the Gin Palace knows how to do the classic – very well.
Bibendum Oyster Bar
Bibendum Oyster Bar serves sophisticated snacks and attracts a similarly sophisticated clientele. Wash it all down with a glass of champers.
The Prince Arthur
What makes this pub special is its location next to Billingsgate Market - incidentally, where it sources its delicious fresh fish. Round sumptuous seafood off with one of its fantastic ales and you've found your local.
Blueprint Café
The Design Museum's restaurant has an astounding view and a daily-changing menu.
Café Kick
Super laid-back Café Kick is just the place if you fancy a beer and a game of table football.
The Pink Chihuahua at El Camion
While you may feel a bit uncomfortable asking for Dick's Bar on the sex-orientated streets of Soho those who don't ask don't get; inside you'll find some of the best cocktails in the capital and an intimate basement lounge in which to enjoy them.
City of London Distillery
This petite distillery, whose basement setting is located in an alley off Fleet Street, is the first City of London distillery to open in over 200 years.
Dalla Terra
Simple but chic Covent Garden wine bar and shop with a menu of delectable Italian snacks and 180 bottles on the wine list.
Craft Beer Co.
Milk stouts, double IPAs and ESBs are the order of the day at this beer nerd's palace.
Blue Bar
The only non-blue aspect of the Berkeley Hotel's famous bar is the mood. Beloved by a glamorous after-work crowd knocking back the Bolly it's always buzzing with happy-to-be-rich types.
Bistrotheque
A glistening velvet-lined bar where glasses appear steaming with ice and are presented by ethereal staff perfectly reflects the surreal parallel worlds of East London.
Benugo Bar & Kitchen @ BFI
Power breakasts brunches lunches dinners coffees and cocktails are taken at Benugo Bar & Kitchen much loved by London's TV and movie industry insiders. Don't forget to pick up your super-secret script from the table before you leave.
Basement Sate
Basement Sate is sexy but lively, and places equal weight on desserts as it does its pedigreed drinks.
Barts
Sloane rangers flock in their droves to Barts for Champagne by the ice bucket-load, eclectic interiors and a gimmicky entrance policy.
Barrio North
With its beach shack Hispanic ghetto-style interiors, Miami atmosphere and music, Barrio North is made for balmy summer evenings. Try and nab the caravan seating for the night.
69 Colebrooke Row
Seemingly overnight 69 Colebrooke Row has turned into an under-the-radar hangout to one of the hippest hotspots in Islington.
Archer Street
Floral escape from the madness of Soho for relaxation and delish big girl (or boy) drinks.
Antico
Joining the collection of fashionable eateries along Bermondsey street, this local Italian is a friendly spot with delicious, back-to-basics fare.
Anglesea Arms
The Anglesea Arms is one of those reliable, go-to gastropubs who just get it right - great food, proper beer and an old school, local boozer atmosphere
Interview: Columbo Group Impresario Steve Ball
Steve Ball, founder of the Columbo Group, is responsible for some of London's hippest venues from the Old Queen's Head to XOYO he knows what makes a party
Smokehouse
Sophisticated Smokehouse, in leafy Islington, could teach a masterclass on barbeque and beer.
Paradise by way of Kensal Green
Taking its cue from GK Chesterton’s poem and joyously opening its arms to the young creative set, Paradise is one of West London's coolest gastropubs.
Sager + Wilde
The selection at Sager + Wilde is curated and ever-changing, and the owners have a way of snagging small quantities of special bottles.
Happiness Forgets
With its warmly inviting service and serious drinks, Happiness Forgets is a candidate for London's best cocktail bar.
No. 11 Pimlico Road
Once upon a time, you would be hard pressed to find eggs after 10am or anything but teacakes in the afternoon between 3 and 6 anywhere in the city. These days, it seems London has finally taken a whiff of the cappucino and embraced continental all da
The Luggage Room
A Grovesnor Square drinking den serving up sophisticated 1920s themed cocktails...
The Garrison
The Garrison is typical of a contemporary interior, some local craft beers on tap and some really excellent bar snacks, what could be better?
The Fox & Anchor
Relax with comforting pub food in The Fox & Anchor's gleaming interior.
Joe Allen
The theatre district's Joe Allen is loved by luvvies and foodies alike.
Vinoteca
A wine bar with a difference Vinoteca offers class instead of crass and plenty of beautiful bottles for you to get your discerning chops around.
The Punch Bowl
Maggie’s
While most people would rather leave neon and roller skates where they belong - firmly back in the 80s - Maggie's brings it all back to life with a bar that champions the era that taste forgot. But in a good way. =di"
The Troubadour Cafe
With arguably the best burger in town on its menu, it's hardly surprising that the Troubadour Café is wildly popular with Kensington's cool kids. Live music and the occasional appearance of Keira Knightley add to its cachet. yEventWat
St John
Great Queen Street
Balans
Nightjar
If you long for the days of sharp suits, slick whisky cocktails and live jazz music, Nightjar is just the glamorous time warp you will enjoy.
Drink, Shop & Do
Drink, Shop & Do offers a unique day, or night, out by rolling a cafe, bar, shop, club, and events into one vintage designed venue.
Winter Cocktails at the Marriott
Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, the Marriott Hotel have launched their winter cocktail collection infused with the scents and tastes of Christmas.

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