Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

London

Zia Lucia
A harried and frenetic restaurant that could just as easily exist in Naples or Rome, Zia Lucia is known for its authentic but creative pizzas.
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.
40 Dean Street
A cosy Italian bistro, 40 Dean Street is a Soho stalwart serving traditional, well-executed Italian classics.
May Fair Kitchen
Housed within W1 hotspot, The May Fair Hotel, May Fair Kitchen serves up sublime small plates of Spanish, Italian, Mexican and Peruvian cuisine. All minimalist décor with industrial lighting and informal raised banqueting tables, the vibe is distinctly laid back for its Mayfair environs.
Pizza East Kentish Town
Found near Hampstead Heath, Pizza East Kentish Town serves a moreish menu of ciabatta-style pizzas, as well as a great cocktail menu.
Luca
A modern British-Italian restaurant from the team behind The Clover Club, Luca offers stellar cuisine in its chic Clerkenwell location.
Palatino
Palatino, brainchild of London restaurateur Stevie Parle, serves Roman cuisine made with British ingredients in its industrial-chic space in Clerkenwell.
Rotorino
A Southern Italian restaurant and wine bar from restaurateur Stevie Parle of Dock Kitchen, Rotorino serves fine food in sleek surrounds.
The Opera Tavern
Formerly a traditional English pub, The Opera Tavern is now an elegant two-storey tapas restaurant and bar, specialising in Spanish-Italian cooking.
Radio Alice
In the midst of London's artisanal pizza boom, it's Radio Alice's lovingly made, slow-fermented pizzas that make it a stand-out.
Bocca di Lupo
Bocca Di Lupo has become destination Soho dining thanks to its authentic, delicious Italian menu and atmospheric surrounds.
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.
Cafe Murano
Little sister to Michelin star Murano down the road, Cafe Murano bears all the hallmarks of an Angela Hartnett outfit.
Cecconi’s
Originally Italian. Born in London. Now in Hollywood.
Locanda Locatelli
Inspired Italians are few and far between in London - and we're not talking about people - so it's refreshing to stumble across Locanda Locatelli in Marylebone which serves up lipsmackingly good Italian fare in sumptuous surroundings. yEve
Theo Randall
Theo Randall relies on seasonal ingredients to create Italian masterpieces.
C London
Celebrity-crammed C London is a prime place to see and be seen.
The River Cafe
The best Italian produce money can buy meets a perfect setting, educated service and lovely Italian wines.
L’Anima
Modern Italian L'Anima is a stone's throw from Liverpool Street Station.
Polpo
Pizza East Portobello opens on Portobello Road
In light of the success of Nick Jones' Pizza East in Shoreditch, West London can now enjoy its very own outpost in the form of Pizza East Portobello.
Polpo is London’s new ‘it’ restaurant
Polpo owner Russell Norman talks about his latest venture, and what'd in store for the capital's dining habits.

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