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The Hot List
What's new in Europe this winter — besides the lowest airfares in years and a chance to beat the crowds?
Boutique chic: The scene at London's Sanderson hotel. (Photo by Dafydd Jones, dafjones.com)
Where to stay: The year-old Hotel de Russie (39-06-32-88-81; pictured below), near Piazza del Popolo, is the hot hotel right now. Tom Hanks, Bruce Springsteen, and their entire families checked in the day we checked out. For something more intimate, there's the five-room Casa Howard (39-06-6992-5555), near the Spanish Steps; just a year old, but it's already about to expand.

Dining out: Not far from the Pantheon, the Riccioli Cafe (39-06-821-0313), formerly Hemingway's pub, has been reborn as an oyster and champagne bar with pasta-free dishes like sea bass with mango. Maccheroni down the street (39-06-6830-7895) is the place for modelizers hoping to spot that up-and-coming Sophia Loren.

Nightlife: Black Planet in funky Testaccio is where the Eternal City's black-clad youth dance till dawn. — SARAH BERNARD

Where to stay: While Claridge's and the Dorchester are better known, newer London boutiques like the Sanderson (44-207-300-1420) and Metropolitan (44-207-447-1000) are getting all the attention lately, along with boutique-hotel bars like the Berkeley's newly renovated Blue Bar (44-207-201-1680) and the Sanderson's Long Bar.

Dining out: The Ivy and Quaglino's, two of the city's old standbys, finally have some competition: Hungry Londoners are lining up for salted-duck-egg-and-hot-chili relish at Nahm (44-207-333-1234), a recently opened Thai restaurant in the Halkin Hotel . There's also plenty of buzz about Hakkasan (44-207-927-7000), a new underground Chinese spot near Tottenham Court Road that serves up modern fare to the beat of a resident D.J. on weekend nights.

Hot ticket: Any London theatergoer can tell you that Mamma Mia! is so last year. This winter's must-see is Luther — "It's all about that smoldering Rufus Sewell," sighs one satisfied customer. — TARA MANDY

Where to stay: The big news this winter is that those ferociously chic Costes brothers are opening a design shop in their flagship Hotel Costes (33-1-42-44-50-50). Expect lots of accessories and housewares — a very serious challenge to reigning retailer Colette. In the meantime, the hottest hotel opening this fall is Pershing Hall (33-1-58-36-58-00), decked out with interiors by Andrée Putman.

Dining out: Nobu (33-1-56-89-53-53) finally hit Paris a few months ago, and has become an instant hit. Across the river, fashion folk like Tom Ford and Donna Karan continue to fill the banquettes at the rive gauche classic Le Voltaire (33-1-42-61-17-49). And you can't go wrong getting a plate of couscous at the deceptively down-home Chez Omar (33-1-42-72-36-26) in the Marais. Ask Omar to see his celebrity sketchbook, filled with impromptu drawings by notable diners.

Nightlife: Le Nouveau Casino (33-1-43-57-57-40), behind the Café Charbon on the Rue Oberkampf, is gaining steam. But as any seasoned Parisian night owl can tell you, plus ça change: The venerable Les Bains (33-1-48-87-01-80) is still the nightclub of record. Going dancing at Queen (33-1-53-89-08-90) on Sunday night will help you get over the demise of Twilo. And mark those calendars: This January, Terence Conran opens a new club called Wagg in the old Whiskey-a-Go-Go space. — AMY LAROCCA

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    From the November 5, 2001 issue of New York Magazine.
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