Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

American Bar
Housed in London’s iconic Savoy hotel, The American Bar is one of the city’s oldest cocktail bars, offering a range of time-honoured and innovative drinks.
Artesian
The pop of a cork may be the established celebratory knee-jerk to birthdays, promotions and retirement, but Artesian, the illustrious bar at The Langham, presents a far more imaginative tribute to life’s milestones.
Barts
Sloane rangers flock in their droves to Barts for Champagne by the ice bucket-load, eclectic interiors and a gimmicky entrance policy.
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.
Bibendum Oyster Bar
Bibendum Oyster Bar serves sophisticated snacks and attracts a similarly sophisticated clientele. Wash it all down with a glass of champers.
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.
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.
Iris by Searcys
The interior of Iris by Searcys is appropriately minimalist. A scattering of monochromatic tables, gleaming bar and a DJ throbbing out chic beats on the decks are all in quiet obeisance to the heady surround vistas of London’s skyline.
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"
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.
Shochu Lounge
On a rainy night Shochu Lounge is a bastion of warmth and comfort in the heart of Fitzrovia.
Sketch
An opulent temple to food, art and drink, Sketch is worth a look if only for its compellingly contemporary pop-Baroque design features.
St John
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 Baptist Bar & Grill
Set within Holborn’s glitzy L’Oscar Hotel, The Baptist Bar & Grill brings a dose of glamour to its Grade II-listed surroundings.
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.
The Luggage Room
A Grovesnor Square drinking den serving up sophisticated 1920s themed cocktails...
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).

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