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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.
Les Deux Salons Opens on William IV Street
Michelin starred chefs Anthony Demetre and Will Smith's new venture is Les Deux Salons, a Parisian style brasserie in the heart of the capital .
A guide to the Boris bike
The Boris bike is set to become the new face of London transport. Hg2 takes it for a test ride.
A guide to the world’s best Christmas shopping cities
Christmas is on its way again. To help you prepare, we've compiled a list of the world's best Christmas shopping cities. So get packing, and get spending.
Fleur Britten on the Death of Fine-Dining
Fleur Britten casts an eye over the post-recession demise of London's fine-dining scene, and goes underground to discover the new trend dancing in its wake.
Is Harrods opening its very own luxury hotel?
Rumour has it that Harrods may soon be considering a grand extension to its Knightbridge store - its very own luxury hotel.
Rotterdam’s WATT is world’s first sustainable club
We don't yet do a guide to Rotterdam, but after seeing this - the world's first sustainable club at WATT - we think we might have to.
Hypoallergenic rooms to be offered by hotel chain Hyatt
Hyatt has already introduced the hypoallergenic rooms, Respire by Hyatt, at 60 of its hotels, and plans are now in place for another 125 to follow suit.
Visit top London haunts with Hg2 and myhotels
Hg2 teams up with boutique hotel chain myhotels to give its discerning guests a feel for the best the capital has to offer.
Hg2 Lisbon is now online
The second edition of Hg2 Lisbon is now online. Hedonist Guyan Mitra reveals all about what's happening in this 'Rio on the Med' in a sneak preview.
Rent Tokyo’s Mandarin Oriental hotel all for yourself
The Mandarin Oriental is offering its guest the chance to rent out the entire hotel for the night - Presidential Suite included - for the sum of 55m Yen.
Review: MURANO Urban Resort, Marrakech
Paul Sullivan heads to Marrakech, and experiences the hedonistic MURANO Urban Resort. Hg2 Marrakech is out online now.
Hg2 Art launch at Hix Oyster & Champagne Bar
This week was all about Hg2 Art. And to celebrate its launch, we - along with 200 of our closest friends - celebrated with an appropriately-decadent party.
Review: Cape Town’s Rocking the Daisies festival
Hg2 Cape Town co-author Keith Baines emerges from his post-festival slump to give his reaction to Cape Town's Rocking the Daisies.
The Bathhouse: Friday night in Bishopsgate Churchyard
Once concealing a subterranean Turkish bathhouse, the Victorian kiosk now leads to a slick club favoured by London's party-goers. Welcome to The Bathhouse.
Top 10 First-Date restaurants in Miami
The first date is, arguably, the most important. But not to worry, we're here to help with a countdown of Miami's most promising first-date haunts.
Hg2 London’s Fleur Britten talks to Run Riot
Fleur Britten, editor of Hg2 London, sits down for an interview with cultural listings website Run Riot to discuss the city's hedonistic delights.
The Indesit Party Laundrette at Dray Walk Gallery
Fresh from the States, the Indesit Party Laundrette combines washing, drinking and rollerblades with spectacular results. Bring detergent.
Fleur Britten’s Q&A at thesundaytimes.co.uk
Fleur Britten - writer over at Sunday Times Style and editor of Hg2 London - is doing a live Q&A session today at thesundaytimes.co.uk.
Out in Africa: Africa’s biggest LGBT film festival
The only notable film festival of its kind on the continent, Out in Africa will hit the streets of Jo'burg and Cape Town at the end of the month.
The best destinations in Miami
Now that blue skies are returning to Miami, Sara Townsend let's us in on the city's top offerings, from beaches to nightclubs, and plenty of mojitos.
A reader’s guide to Cape Town
Hg2 guide in-hand, reader and MBA student Ana Silva gives us her take on South Africa's city of 'good hope', Cape Town.
Champagne Thursdays at the Bourbon Bar
From now until the 23rd of October, JW Steakhouse's Bourbon Bar are serving knock-out champagne at knocked-down prices. Pass the Krug.
Hg2 Art review by the Financial Times
With the launch of Hg2 Art just round the corner, we're delighted with Georgina Adam's review of our new treasure tome on FT.com.
Top 10 first-date restaurants in NYC
Whether sealing a short-term deal or planning to put a ring on it in the distant future; you need this to go well. So get your first-date venue right.
Gansevoort Park Avenue hotel now open
Following on from a soft launch in August, New York's highly-anticipated Gansevoort Park Avenue is now officially open, with guests as glam as the decor.
Dinner with Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental
Dinner with Heston Blumenthal, a new restaurant by the eponymous chef, is now open at Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, just in time for Christmas.
Greek restaurant Elysee re-opens in Fitzrovia
Fitzrovia welcomes the return of Elysee, one of London's oldest Greek restaurants. After a year of refurbishments, its back - and better than ever.
An insider’s guide to the world of the luxury concierge
The life of the luxury concierge is an interesting one. In this extract from Hg2 Life, published in FHM, Imogen Thomas-Jones sheds some light on it.
The Savoy to reopen in London’s Fairmont
It's been a long time coming, but The Savoy has finally returned to London's Fairmont - albeit a few pennies over-budget.

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