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Adam Brown’s Guide to London
Adam Brown, Founder of swimwear label Orlebar Brown, shares his favourite places in London.
Keith Bain on the Opening of Cape Town’s Trinity
Although still under construction, Cape Town's new super-club Trinity is set to open this December. Keith Bain pays it a visit.
Hotel Le Bristol’s Feline Resident and her Picks of Paris
Hotel Le Bristol's Fa-raon shares the creme de la creme of the French capital.
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.
Hg2’s Matt Farquharson visits Amsterdam
Hg2's Matt Farquharson visits Amsterdam for The Independent.
Keith Bain visits Deluxe Coffeeworks
Keith Bain checks out Cape Town's coolest coffee spot.
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.
Cape Town Festival of Beer gets under way
Hg2's Keith Bain heads to the launch of the inaugural Cape Town Festival of Beer to hunt down some thirst-quenching South African brews.
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.
Fight night at the Armoury Boxing Club, Cape Town
The Armoury Boxing Club is more than a gym, it's a sensation on Cape Town's social scene. Hg2's Keith Bain goes to find our more.
Amazon Creek chalet brings luxury to Chamonix
Deep in the Les Bossons area of the Chamonix valley, the Amazon Creek chalet provides luxury and comfort for avid skiers.
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: The POD hotel in Camps Bay, Cape Town
A sneak preview of Hg2 Cape Town co-author Keith Bain's review of his night at Camps Bay's POD hotel. Full review on our website.
Review: Amsterdam’s Mini Bar
Ahead of the launch of the hotly-anticipated Hg2 Amsterdam, here's a snippet of our review of Mini Bar, the city's concierge-run bar.
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.
The hedonist’s guide to ski season style
Ski season is finally here, and to celebrate Hg2 presents our edit of the best ski clobber out there. Rock the slopes with these fabulous accessories.
Cape Town’s Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park
Last night, Keith Bain got suited up for a night in Old Mac Daddy, South Africa’s most audaciously cool hotel, situated in the lush Elgin Valley.
Chatwal hotel makes a dramatic entrance in New York
Once America's first and most renowned theatre club, the Standford White-designed building has reopened its doors as the home of the new Chatwal hotel.
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.
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.

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