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One & Only Resorts opens The Palm in Dubai
Rather understated in relation to Dubai's usual bling-encrusted interiors, The Palm is a welcome addition to the One & Only Resort family.
Prague is fast becoming the new foodie destination
Author of Hg2 Prague John Sullivan returns to his beloved city, and senses a culinary renaissance afoot. Welcome to Europe's newest foodie destination.
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.
Nick Clarke finds the hedonistic high life in Copenhagen
For our latest Hedonist column in The Independent, Nick Clarke heads to Denmark to experience the decadence of life in Copenhagen.
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.
Review: Club Jade reigns Zurich in style
Considering Jade is only open for two nights a week, the club makes quite an impact. Doubles up as a restaurant and bar for the rest of the week.
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.
Enmasse: Cape Town’s no-nonsense massage joint
Hg2 Cape Town co-author Keith Bains ditches the rigmarole of the Western spa routine, and opts Enmasse; Cape Town's luxurious but practical alternative.
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.
Vivienne Westwood stationery range launched
The Vivienne Westwood stationery set has just been launched, complete with notebooks featuring the classic Westwood prints. And just in time for Christmas!
Josef restaurant review, Zurich
Author of Hg2 Zurich Sara Townsend reviews one of the city's star players - the Josef restaurant - and finds an interesting menu and a reasonable price tag.
Park Hyatt to open new hotel in New York
Park Hyatt have announced plans to open a new hotel in New York at 157 West 57th Street. Tipped to become the brand's flagship property with 210 rooms.
Griffins’ Steakhouse Extraordinaire, Stockholm
Those who like their meat piled high will marvel at Stockholm's new Griffins' Steakhouse Extraordinaire. Find it between the Central Station and City Hall.
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.
Barbican Lounge opens at the Barbican Centre
At one of London's most popular arts and performance venues, the Barbican Lounge now offers on-trend British dining and cool cocktails.
Hg2 Life extract: Dom Joly’s pursuit of pleasure
In our latest contribution to FHM, we take an extract from Hg2 Life as Dom Joly pursues happiness on the golf course.
Hg2 Cape Town’s Keith Bain ventures to Muizenberg
Keith Bain explores the seaside village of Muizenberg, a stone's throw away from the capital, and discovers the charms of the restored mansion, Casa Labia.
New seasonal menu at Tom’s Kitchen, Somerset House
Tom Aikens is due to launch a stylish, but comforting winter-warmer menu at his restaurant in Somerset House, Tom's Kitchen.
ClubTEN opens its doors next to St Paul’s Cathedral
ClubTEN, a basement club/restaurant/bar situated in the shadow of St Paul's, vows to liven up the pavements of Godliman Street.
What to do in Paris: Hg2’s guide to stylish Paris
After a hedonistic weekend, Hg2's Marilyn McDonald gives us the low-down on where to go and what to do in Paris.
Nick Jones’ Soho House Berlin is a hit with the locals
As the Soho House group continues to take London by storm, Nick Jones has now ventured further afield. Soho House Berlin opened in May 2010.
Interview: Rick Stein on seafood and Malaysian cuisine
Hg2 talks to chef Rick Stein, now involved in the Malaysian government-led scheme Malaysia Kitchen, which works to promote Malaysian cuisine in Britain.
Jamie Oliver’s new venture Barbecoa opens in London
This collaboration between Jamie Oliver and Adam Perry Lang is a restaurant dedicated to barbecued meat. Barbecoa is open now on New Change Passage.
Dubai Fountain is world biggest performing water feature
Not content with the Burj Khalifa, Dubai can now lay claim to another superlative as its Dubai Fountain becomes the world's biggest performing fountain.
Launch of The Hotel Maison Moschino
Housed in a neo-classical railway station in central Milan, the Hotel Maison Moschino is soon to open the doors to its sixty five fairy tale themed rooms.
The Best Halloween Parties in London
In preparation for a night where the capital is out in force, we've compiled a round-up of the best Halloween parties in London.
The Cumberland Hotel Opens Rhodes Patron Bar
London's Cumberland Hotel opens its Rhodes Patron Bar, stocked with, as you might expect, an impressive array of Patron tequilas.
Womb Tokyo is House and Techno Mecca
Dance til dawn at Womb Tokyo - a must visit for any techno loving visitor to the city.
Opening of Cape Town’s Club Voom Voom
The newest addition to Cape Town's clubbing scene - Club Voom Voom - formerly the Bang Bang Club, launches on Friday.
Interview with Killer Robot’s Bruno Morphet
Keith Bain catches up with Bruno Morphet of Techno duo Killer Robot.
The Best Bathrooms in Europe?
Five star luxury at Le Meurice Hotel in Paris extends to every corner - the prestigious Villegiature Awards claim it boasts the best bathrooms in Europe.
Keith Bain Interviews Filmmaker Casper Andreas
Hg2's Keith Bain interviews Casper Andreas, and discovers the charisma behind one of the film industry's most successful gay directors.
Celebrate Halloween at the Last Legs Veterinary Clinic
Halloween in the capital comes with a host of options for a night out. In our opinion Last Legs Veterinary Clinic is sure to be a winner.
The Metropolitan Hotel’s Halloween Afternoon Tea
For a luxurious alternative to trick or treating, indulge in a Mexican Day of the Dead themed Halloween Afternoon Tea at London's Metropolitan Hotel.
Opening of Shopping Destination One New Change
Shop high street and designer stores at the capital's newest shopping complex One New Change before choosing from a host of restaurants at which to reboot.
Howard Marks on Alternate Routes to Psychoactivity
Former drug smuggler Howard Marks recounts the effects of an astonishing array of mind altering natural substances.
Mr and Ms. Smith’s Hoxton Grill Review
Fellow hedonists Mr and Ms. Smith share their Hoxton Grill review.
Samarqand – Bringing the Taste of Asia to London
Our review of new London pan-Asian restaurant Samarqand.
A Grown-Up Halloween at the Crosby Street Hotel
New York's Crosby Street Hotel plays host to the Film Club - a halloween treat for adults including dinner, cocktails and a screening of Saw 3.
Decadence and Luxury at The Dylan Amsterdam
Widely considered one of the city's best hotels, The Dylan Amsterdam is the ultimate in understated elegance.
The Kirketon Sydney – Boutique Accommodation at its Finest
The Kirketon Sydney offers 40 rooms in a prime location for those wishing to explore the city's nightlife before retiring in peace, comfort and style.
DJ Dan Williams’ Playlist Du Jour
Dan Williams, husband of Jade Jagger and DJ extraordinaire, on the new music he loves.
Baku Pays Tribute to The King of Pop
This weekend, Azerbaijan's capital Baku found itself host to a flash mob in memory of Michael Jackson.
The Royalton New York Opens Bar Forty Four
The Royalton New York launches an exclusive new cocktail bar and employs the talents of some of Americas's best known mixologists.
2010 Mashable Awards
If you love Hg2, why not nominate us at the 2010 Mashable Awards celebrating achievement in the digital world?
Guest Blogger Ana Silva in California
Blogger Ana Silva explores Los Angeles and Palm Desert. Here she shares her experiences and recommendations.
Glo Glo’s Shoreditch – Grand Opening
New East End opening Glo Glo's Shoreditch promises fabulous cocktails, DJs and Pan Asian cuisine to boot.
Mr. and Ms. Smith Review Bentley’s
Mr. and Ms. Smith give their unbridled opinions on London's famous seafood restaurant Bentleys.
Fleur Britten on London’s Best First Date Restaurants
Journalist Fleur Britten trawls the capital to bring you the best first date restaurants.
Rock The Riad / Hg2 COMPETITION
Thompson’s Smyth Tribeca opens Toro Bar
Thompson's Smyth Tribeca opens sumptuous Spanish inspired cocktail bar Toro designed by Avroko.
Nicholas Allen on the Art of Gatecrashing
Much loved author Nicholas Allen offers comprehensive advice on the niche art of gatecrashing.

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