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Experimental Cocktail Club, Chinatown
There's nothing quite like a late-night speakeasy-type bar to set the mood for some flamboyant cocktails. Enter Chinatown's Experimental Cocktail Club.
Enchanted Tunes at Downstairs at Momo
Following its launch last year, Downstairs at Momo was an instant hit. And now, it will become a stage for some of the world's most innovative live acts.
The Opera Tavern, Covent Garden
The group behind tapas havens Salt Yard and Dehesa introduce their eagerly-awaited third venu, The Opera Tavern, in Covent Garden.
Verru to open this month on Marylebone Lane
London's new Baltic restaurant, Verru, is due to open this month with chef Andrei Lesment at the helm.
Oliver Peyton opens new RA restaurant on January 19
Oliver Peyton, of Peyton and Byrne, will open the Royal Academy's new restaurant& bar on January 19. It's his sixth enterprise, and expectations are high.
London according to Mark Hix
Mark Hix has an impressive resume. Previous chef director of The Caprice Group and founder of Hix Oyster & Chop, he shares with Hg2 his best bits of London.
Review: The Drunken Monkey, Shoreditch
Marilyn MacDonald heads to Shoreditch's The Drunken Monkey. Being there is 'like being at the cool kid's table in the high school cafeteria', she says.
Blue Harbour Spa opens at Wyndham Grand hotel
Yesterday we saw the opening of the Wyndham Grand hotel's new Blue Harbour Spa, and destined to be Chelsea's most luxurious pitstop.
Hakkasan Mayfair opens its doors
A decade after its sibling opened on Tottenham Court Road, Hakkasan Mayfair is finally here, and already dealing with over 1000 reservation requests a day.
The Henry Root opens on Park Walk
Founded by three of London's best restauranteurs, The Henry Root opens with a modern British menu, created by head chef Sang Nguyen.
Brasa Restaurant Opens in London
Escape the heat of the kitchen this Christmas and visit Brasa for a traditional and delicious roast with all the trimmings.
Mystery Hedonists Jim and Jane review Ba Shan
Our mystery bloggers Jim and Jane step outside their culinary comfort zone and sample some Hunan delicacies at Ba Shan.
Chef Robin Gill shares some Show Stopping Recipes
Robin Gill, Head Chef at Restaurant Sauterelle, shares two seasonal show stoppers sure to impress your guess.
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.
Mason & Taylor – The East End’s New Local
The team behind the Duke of Wellington bring you East London's coolest new independently supplied pub.
An interview with Gordon Campbell Gray
We caught up with hotel owner Gordon Campbell Gray, the man behind One Aldwych in London, Le Gray in Beirut and Carlisle Bay in Antigua.
Down the Rabbit Hole at Callooh Callay
Embrace the absurd at Hoxton's Callooh Callay Bar this weekend.
Reindeer Pie at the Battersea Pie Station
Tuck into the ultimate seasonal fare this Christmas at the Battersea Pie Station. Nutritious and low in fat, reindeer pie is the new dish du jour.
Adam Brown’s Guide to London
Adam Brown, Founder of swimwear label Orlebar Brown, shares his favourite places in London.
Afternoon Tea at Momo
Momo launches its afternoon tea menu - traditional English classics with a North African twist.
Public Kings Road Opens on Friday
Guy Pelly launches new venture Public on the Kings Road.
Nick Clarke reaffirms his affection for hedonistic London
In the latest of our fortnightly columns for The Independent, Nick Clarke descends on London Town and falls in love all over again.
Floridita review: London’s Latin America-inspired haunt
Floridita review: With news just in about the appointment of Michelin-starred chef Richard Sawyer, London's Floridita is just about to get even better.
Mr & Ms Smith’s Villandry Review
For their latest review, regular contributors Mr & Mrs Smith head to Villandry, one of London's best French eateries.
Review: Made in Camden at The Roundhouse
Chalk Farm Road's live music venue The Roundhouse opened its in-house bar and restaurant Made in Camden back in 2010.
Review: Dinner at 108 Marylebone Lane
Found at the back of The Marylebone Hotel, 108 Marylebone Lane is one of London's most underrated restaurants, with food worthy of a Michelin star.
Mexican restaurants in London: the renaissance
Fleur Britten takes a look at the new crop of Mexican restaurants in London. Long-gone are the Tex-Mex caricatures of days gone by; these are the real deal.
Draft House’s free cask giveaway – tomorrow!
To celebrate the launch of its first dark beer, Powerhouse Porter, Draft House will be giving away a cask of beer at each of its properties tomorrow.
London club Maggie’s pays homage to the 80s
Named after the quintessential 1980s' icon, London's shamelessly silly club Maggie's is a much-needed dose of humour on the stuffy Sloane scene.
The Hotel Exchange: a house-swap website for hoteliers
The Hotel Exchange is an exchange service for busy hoteliers, allowing others a stay at their establishments in return for a night at theirs.
Wright Brothers open another corker in Soho
Wright Brothers Soho opens on Kingly Street, with a fresh and sustainable menu and the appointment of David Gingell as Executive Head Chef.
The Folly opens on Gracechurch Street
Charmingly eccentric and situated on Gracechurch Street, The Folly is a restaurant, a deli, a bar and a florist all at once. A welcome addition to the city.
Four Seasons London opens after £125m refurbishment
With new interiors, a new in-house Italian restaurant, and a new spa, the Four Seasons London has had an impressive facelift.
The Ivy celebrates its 20th birthday in style
Don't bother with the theatre this week, The Ivy is treating all its diners to a performance of playwright Sir Ronald Harwood's Heavenly Ivy.
Mr & Ms Smith review Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden
In their latest escapade, hedonist bloggers Mr & Ms Smith head towards Covent Garden, and to the romantic confines of Clos Maggiore.
Top 10 London hotels
London is nothing if not eclectic - and the hotels are no different. With so many to choose from, let us help with our guide to the Top 10 London hotels.
Ice skating rink opened at the London Eye
Winter is officially here, and to celebrate, London has opened its outdoor ice skating rink on the Southbank beside the London Eye. So get your skates on.
Antara health spa opens at The Chelsea Club
Fitness centre of the stars The Chelsea Club has opened the doors to its new health spa, Antara, offering a host of Indian, European and Oriental therapies.
Hg2’s mini guide to London for Glass magazine
We gave the readers of Glass magazine their very own mini guide to London, with recommendation for sleeping, eating and playing in the capital.
Soho House founder Nick Jones talks to Hg2
What makes Soho House founder Nick Jones tick? He talks to us about his impressive portfolio, and what makes him a hedonist.

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