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The Best Afternoon Tea in London

Afternoon tea is a distinctly British tradition and there’s nowhere better to indulge than in one of London’s grand luxury hotels.

Whether you’re treating someone special with a full champagne afternoon tea or fancy sandwiches and cakes in a glamorous setting, read on for our choice of the best afternoon tea in London.

Afternoon tea venues in London

The Foyer at Claridge’s

Claridge’s is the perfect place to indulge in afternoon tea, which is served right at the heart of the hotel in the grand and elegant foyer, which exudes luxury and style. There’s a selection of 30 teas from all over the world and they use exclusive tea-infused jam and Devonshire clotted cream.

The Ritz London

Afternoon tea at The Ritz is a bit of an institution and it is incredibly popular – The Ritz now offers five sittings every day, starting at 11:30am with the last one at 7:30pm!

The Palm Court at The Ritz

Afternoon tea is served in the Palm Court area in the middle of the hotel’s grand lobby – dress up (men, put on a jacket and tie) and make a glamorous afternoon of it.

Aqua Shard

Aqua Shard is now offering afternoon tea in its Tea Wing and Atrium as part of its venture into all-day dining (they’re now also serving breakfast). Chose from a vast selection of teas from the Rare Tea Company to accompany a fine spread of finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones, homemade jams, Jersey clotted cream, homemade cakes and sweet treats.

Afternoon tea at Aqua Shard

Classic afternoon tea is available between 3pm and 5pm for £29.50; Aqua Shard also offers Champagne afternoon tea for £40, which includes a glass of Veuve Clicquot ‘yellow label’ Brut Champagne.

The Lobby at the Corinthia

the best afternoon tea in london

The Corinthia Lobby Lounge is a light, airy and chic setting to enjoy an afternoon tea, and at £35 per head (with a glass of Laurent Perrier for £45) it is value for money and superior to a great number of its 5* contemporaries across the capital, without the month-long waiting list.

Claire Clarke, who worked as at the celebrated French Laundry in Napa is the consultant and in-house cake maker, making this one of the best afternoon tea in London.

The Caramel Room at The Berkeley

For a more contemporary experience, Prêt-à-Portea at The Berkeley hotel offers afternoon tea with a fashionable twist, taking inspiration from the world of fashion in the style and shape of the sandwiches and cakes.

Mat Hatters at Sanderson Hotel

Sanderson has launched a brand new Mad Hatter’s afternoon tea in collaboration with Shoreditch based design collective Luna & Curious.

the best afternoon tea in london

The tea has a mix of British food and bespoke, English made ceramics with a large dash of eccentricity. Tea varieties are presented in dainty glass caddies, complete with dancing ballerina sugar boxes, with a Victorian jelly trolly circulating the heated terrace.

Bea’s of Bloomsbury

Bea’s offers great value for money afternoon tea in a small, friendly and ‘buzzy’ café environment. The cakes taste as good as they look, and not many people leave without taking home at least one cupcake.

The Lanesborough

The public areas at The Lanesborough are a delight, including Aspley’s, where afternoon tea is taken in a formal and elegant manner. The service is impeccable, including England’s first tea sommelier to guide you through the extensive options that you would expect from a contender for the best afternoon tea in London.

The English Tea Room at Brown’s Hotel

In a light and airy room with the sound of a baby grand piano in the background, Brown’s offers a selection of 17 teas, including their own blend, accompanied by friendly and attentive service. If you’re looking for the best afternoon tea in London, Brown’s was awarded the ‘Top London Afternoon Tea 2009′ award by The Tea Guild.

The Parlour at Sketch

The Parlour offers fine cakes, sandwiches and tea in a grand setting with a cool and quirky vibe. There is a no reservation policy, but any wait will be worth it.

The Capital Hotel

The Capital hotel is unmistakably British, and the sitting room is an ideal setting for afternoon tea. Given the pedigree of the hotel and the restaurant, this is great value for money in a beautiful setting.

ARTea at The Cadogan

Afternoon tea in the drawing room of The Cadogan hotel is now accompanied by an exclusive collection of works from The Kings Road Art Gallery, where you can combine your love of art with your afternoon treat.

Sotheby’s Café

Offering an unusual setting for afternoon tea, tucked in next to the famous auction house, Sotheby’s café is small, elegant, great for people watching and surprisingly good value.

The Mandeville Hotel

The Mandeville Hotel features a men’s afternoon tea, designed to be an alternative to the standard business meeting or a respite from a shopping excursion, offering ‘man sized’ portions, a selection of games and a range of whiskies as well as champagne and tea.

If you liked this top 10 feature on the best afternoon tea in London, why not read our guide to the best brunch in London, the most romantic restaurants in London or the best alfresco restaurants in London?

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A Guide to Tipping Etiquette on Holiday

Tipping Etiquette: Have you ever wondered how much to tip on holiday? Tipping etiquette varies from country to country but here we try to decipher how much to tip in some of the world’s major cities.

Tipping can be socially awkward, cause endless embarrassment and be highly inconsistent and irrational, especially since it is based on the amount of a transaction instead of the quality of service.

It is imperative to remember that tipping is a gesture of appreciation for services rendered – if the service is impressive, then it deserves to be acknowledged and rewarded. More important, perhaps, the main tipping etiquette is to remember to tip generously if you are a regular, as this will go a long way to ensure consistently good service and additional perks.

Deciding whether or not to tip is the easy part; the real problem lies in deciding how much to tip. Tipping etiquette is inherently linked to social custom and, as such, can vary between different cultures and countries. An inadequate tip could be considered an infringement on etiquette or an insult to a lifetime’s work.

In a country where a tip is considered a supplement to an income and not a constituent part of a wage, do not be afraid to not leave a tip if the service was not up to scratch – an important lesson for obliging Brits, perhaps. Let’s explore tipping etiquette across the globe.

London

In restaurants, particularly the high-end establishments, 12.5% is usually already included on the bill, with anything between 10% and 15% being customary and good tipping etiquette

In bars, it is normally at your discretion, although no tip is expected in a pub, but cocktail bars will normally add 12.5% for table service.

For hairstylists, anything between 5% and 10%, given in cash, is acceptable tipping etiquette. In London taxis, political and economical musings come at a price, with rounding up to the nearest whole pound or up to 10% of the fare being standard.

For hotel staff, a couple of pound is acceptable for maid service and for assistance with luggage is normally a good guide to tipping.

New York

In the United States, many service sector employers pay their workers on the assumption that tips will contribute to an acceptable wage, therefore the getting tipping etiquette right is of paramount importance.

Tipping is a big issue in the US in general, especially during the holiday season, with almost everyone receiving a monetary tip, including personal trainers, dry cleaners and teachers!

In restaurants, between 15% and 20% is good tipping etiquette, which is higher than most places, but this is more likely to go directly to the staff. Continuing with this trend, around 15% is considered standard in bars and pubs, with at least $1 per transaction.

If using a taxi in New York, be prepared to add between 10% and 15% to the final bill, but don’t be afraid to dispute ill-judged journeys, as you shouldn’t have to pay for a driver’s error.

If you have a haircut, you might have to forgo the blow dry, as you’ll need an extra 15% or 20% to pay for the tip. For hotel staff, a couple of dollars is consideerd good tipping etiquette for maid service and bellboys.

Paris

Parisians will tell you that there is no standard for tipping in Paris, and that the French will only tip if they deem a service to be worthy. Service is normally ‘compris’, or already included, in restaurants, but excellent service can be rewarded with a further 5% left in cash.

Tips are not normally given to taxi drivers, but generally used to make giving change easier. With hairstylists, a 5 Euro tip is standard tipping etiquette, whether the haircut costs 20 or 80 Euros.

For hotel staff, it is completely at your discretion, with a few Euros being more than sufficient. When it comes to bars, it is not customary to tip in Paris, unless, as one friend put it, you are feeling particularly guilty.

Barcelona

Tipping is not generally mandatory in Barcelona, but tends to vary with the type of venue – an upscale establishment, for example, will be more likely to expect a tip.

In restaurants, service is sometimes included in the prices, but this may not make its way to the waiters, so it is acceptable tipping etiquette to leave a further 5% to 10% in cash.

When looking at a menu, be careful to note whether tax at 7% is included in the prices, or this will also be added to your bill, by law. In a casual tapas bar, tipping is not normally expected, but leave a few Euros if the service was worth it.

Tipping taxi drivers is by no means obligatory, although between 5% and 10% is considered good etiquette. The same can be applied for hair stylists, especially if you visit the same one regularly. In hotels, a few Euros for staff is more than acceptable.

Hong Kong

Tipping is not generally a large part of Hong Kong’s culture, except in hotels, where tipping is considered mandatory. HK$10 to HK$20 should be given to bellboys and maids, and remember to tip your concierge if you make use of the service.

In restaurants and bars, 10% is usually automatically added to the bill, but you should still leave a further 5% to 10% in cash for the waiters, if you feel so inclined. Hairstylists will usually expect between 5% and 10%, and although taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, it is widely accepted that you should round up to the nearest dollar, or leave an additional dollar, at least.

Now that you have mastered the art of tipping, let Bon Vivant’s luxury travel service plan every aspect of your next trip. Contact us now for full details.

Bon Vivant’s Newsletter – 16 February 2010

Welcome to Bon Vivant’s latest newsletter, containing a selection of the highlights that are available to our members over the next fortnight. To take advantage of the offers, some of which are also available to non-members, or to subscribe to Bon Vivant, please visit www.bonvivant.co.uk

New Restaurant Opening and Competition – Colony Bar & Grill

Colony, a new venture from renowned Michelin-starred Chef Atul Kochhar will open in Marylebone on the 18th February. With a bar, lounge and Anglo-Asian restaurant, Colony will offer something for everyone, including lunch, afternoon tea, evening cocktails and dinner. There are also two private rooms, which are ideal for parties and for business meetings. For further information, please click here.

We are delighted to be able to offer our subscribers a chance to win a complimentary lunch or dinner for two, with wine, at Colony. For a chance of winning, sign up to our blog at the link below or Tweet this article, with the winner to be selected at random by the end of the week.

Complimentary Glass of Champagne when Dining at Kai Mayfair

In January 2009, Kai Mayfair became only the third Chinese restaurant in the UK to receive a Michelin star. The award is just one of a number of prestigious honours bestowed on Kai Mayfair, which was also named Best Chinese Restaurant in the £45 and over category by Harden’s London Restaurants 2009. Kai is now universally recognised as one of the capital’s finest Chinese restaurants, a place where the most discerning and adventurous foodies come to satisfy their palates.

Bon Vivant’s members receive a complimentary glass of champagne when dining in the restaurant.

Andrea Hurst Reflexology – Exclusive Offer

Andrea has come to be recognised as one of the country’s foremost exponents of reflexology and is listed as the leading practitioner in her field by Vogue magazine. Andrea is now based at Nicky Clarke’s Mayfair salon, where she combines a thorough and insightful treatment together with a deeply relaxing and pampering experience.

Bon Vivant’s members receive 20% discount on all treatments, as well as a 6th complimentary session when 5 sessions are booked.

Champneys – Exclusive Offer

Champneys – The place to be relaxed, pampered, refreshed, calmed, soothed. Discover laid-back luxury at one of Champneys’ four spa retreats scattered across the UK where sumptuous accommodation, elegant surrounds, pampering treats, water therapies, delicious cuisine and the latest fitness trends are all a part of the Champneys spa life, focusing on inner health and outer beauty.

Visit www.champneys.com and enter Bonvivant when booking online to enjoy a 20% discount on any standard tariff day or stay package.  This offer is valid until 31/12/10.

Hotel Offer – Cotswold House Hotel & Spa

Cotswold House Hotel & Spa is a historic inn overlooking the 17th century Market Hall in Chipping Campden, which is considered one of the most beautiful and well-preserved towns in England. The rooms, of which there are just 28, are decorated with charm and elegance. Some have fireplaces and all have a soaker tub that’s generously sized for two. Suites at the Cotswold House Hotel & Spa also feature a hot tub and a private garden.

Bon Vivant’s members receive a complimentary upgrade and welcome drink.

Events

Below we have included a selection of the events occurring in London and beyond over the next few weeks. If you would like to book tickets for any of these events, please contact us. Please note that these events are available to members and non-members.

London Fashion Week Closing Catwalk Show, 24 February 2010

We are delighted to be able to offer complimentary entry to a private catwalk show at Jalouse in Mayfair to mark the end of London Fashion Week, featuring the designers Angy Morton, Anh Tuan and Maria Cuji. For your complimentary entry, please contact us.

Noble Gift Gala, 13 March 2010

Eva Longoria Parker and Make-A-Wish Foundation® UK would like to extend an invitation to you to join them for an incredible event. The Noble Gift Gala will take place on March 13th in London at The Dorchester Hotel. Your participation at The Noble Gift Gala will help them to capture and build momentum for the invaluable work of the foundations involved and the positive message this event delivers.

This gala is an exclusive event supported by HRH Prince Azim of Brunei, and includes a night of entertainment, music, dinner and exclusive access to celebrities raising funds for Eva’s Heroes and Make-A-Wish UK.

Joe Calzaghe’s Help for Heroes Gala, 22 March 2010

Join Joe Calzaghe & Guests for a unique gala tribute to the world’s greatest fighting heroes at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

The evening will start with a champagne reception with Joe, the performing artists, celebrities and other special guests. This is followed by a three-course dinner with complimentary drinks served at your table and live entertainment from The Stereophonics, Joss Stone, Rhydian, The Fron Male Voice Choir and others. Joe Calzaghe will also be interviewed on stage by Adrian Chiles and the Gala’s Host is Gethin Jones.

The Empire Awards, 28 March 2010

This year’s Empire Awards will take place in London’s prestigious Grosvenor House and we can offer you the chance to attend a glamorous evening of celebration with the stars, including the awards ceremony, a three course dinner and the after party.

Price per person: £660 + VAT

Elton John’s Oscar Viewing Party, 7 March 2010, Los Angeles

We are delighted to offer you the chance to attend one of the most prestigious and exclusive parties of the year. Elton John’s Oscar viewing party is considered the most exclusive Oscar viewing party in Hollywood. Your VIP evening will include:

  • Champagne and canapé reception
  • Deluxe 4 course meal
  • Oscar screening
  • Celebrity performances
  • Charity auction
  • Price per person: $7,200

The Black Ball, 27 May 2010

Hosted by Alicia Keys, the Black Ball is an event where celebrity and philanthropy walk hand in hand, fulfilling hopes, dreams and raising funds for children and families with HIV and AIDS in Africa and India.

Previous events have featured incredible performances by Alicia Keys, Annie Lennox, Adele, Jennifer Hudson, Damian and Stephen Marley and Emmanuel Jal.

The event begins with an intimate cocktail party, followed by a live auction with world-renowned Christie’s auctioneers, a spectacular seated dinner and one of a kind performance by Alicia Keys alongside other extraordinary artists.

A Platinum Gala Table Package will include:

  • Platinum Gala table for 10 guests
  • Pre-dinner cocktail party
  • Dinner for 10
  • Front Row placement at concert
  • Meet and greet with event host at your table
  • Full page advertisement plus acknowledgement in souvenir event programme
  • Prominent recognition of company logo and link on KCA’s website
  • Gift bag
  • Cost: £22,500 + VAT per table

A Premier Gala Table will include:

  • Premier Gala table for 10 guests
  • Pre-dinner cocktail party
  • Dinner for 10
  • Half page advertisement in souvenir event programme
  • Recognition of company logo on KCA ‘s website
  • Gift bag
  • Cost: £16,900 + VAT per table

An Individual ticket Package will include:

  • Pre-dinner cocktail party
  • Premier placement at seated dinner and concert
  • Gift bag
  • Cost: £1,700 + VAT per person

Below is a selection of the concerts being held over the next few months, for which Bon Vivant can obtain VIP block and box seats.

O2 Arena Dates

  • Lady Gaga – 26th, 27th February 2010
  • Dave Matthews Band – 6th March 2010
  • Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen – 7th March 2010
  • Stereophonics – 10th March 2010
  • Katherine Jenkins – 13th March 2010
  • Whitney Houston – 25th, 26th, 28th April 2010
  • Black Eyed Peas – 5th, 6th, 27th May 2010
  • Rhianna – 10th, 11th May 2010
  • Westlife – 12th – 14th May 2010
  • Michael Buble – 15th, 16th May 2010
  • Alicia Keys – 25th, 26th May 2010
  • Black Eyed Peas with Cheryl Coe – 28th May 2010

Wembley Arena Dates

  • Ne-Yo – 14 February 2010
  • Kelly Clarkson – 19th February 2010
  • 30 Seconds to Mars – 23rd February 2010
  • Stereophonics – 11th March 2010
  • 50 Cent – 20th March 2010

We are continually striving to form more relationships that will provide our members with additional benefits and exclusive treatment. Please note that the price and availability of offers are subject to change without notice. For more information about Bon Vivant, please visit our website at www.bonvivant.co.uk

Mayfair’s Hotels, Restaurants & Bars

By Emyr Thomas – written in 2010

Mayfair has always been synonymous with style, glamour and decadence, and today it can also be proud of a new ‘cool’ status as Londoners embrace their British heritage, with the contemporary seamlessly sitting alongside old school grandeur.

Mayfair has its share of fabulous dining experiences, with a plethora of Michelin starred restaurants, including the legendary Le Gavroche and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, which was recently awarded its third Michelin star, making it only the second restaurant to currently hold that accolade in London.

Photo: Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester

The Wolseley has maintained its place as London’s most chic destination for breakfast, with businessmen and fashionistas flocking there for the grand dining room and people watching, while Automat has firmly established itself as the place for weekend brunch and a Bloody Mary.

Serving fine Italian food from first thing in the morning until the early hours, Cecconi’s is an excellent lunch spot to break up a day’s shopping on nearby Bond Street. Cecconi’s is fun and glamorous, with a real buzz about the place – and Prosecco on tap is never a bad thing.

Scott’s, on Mount street, has been a Mayfair institution for years, and in its current guise, it is the epitome of the new Mayfair vibe. From the moment the doorman wearing a bowler hat greets and escorts you into the dining room and you see the fabulously ornate oyster bar, you know you’re in for a treat, and the food, service and ambience deliver just that. Scott’s is glamorous, exciting and a place ‘to see and be seen’.

Mount Street has transformed itself in recent years, with high-end shopping boutiques such as Christian Louboutin and Marc Jacobs effortlessly neighbouring Purdey, the prestigious gun makers and Allens, London’s oldest butcher.

The newly refurbished Connaught hotel has re-established itself at the heart of Mayfair and has elevated the hotel bar scene to new heights with two of the best bars in London. The Coburg bar is a wonderful place to relax after a day at the office or shopping, while the design and the cocktails at the Connaught bar are perfect for an upbeat glamorous evening with friends.

Photo: The Connaught Bar

On the fringes of Mayfair, at the top of the former Dickens & Jones department store on Regents Street, Aqua opened towards the end of 2009 with 250 seats spread over two restaurants, both of which have a large and impressive roof terrace, which is certain to be a popular destination in the summer.

Mayfair’s nightlife continues to thrive, with re-openings and reinventions at Molton House and Morton’s competing with a new breed of cool pubs at The Punchbowl and The Only Running Footman, all in the shadow of the iconic institutions of Annabel’s and Mark’s Club.

A place to relax, pamper and rejuvenate is essential, and Mayfair does not disappoint. The recently refurbished Dorchester Spa at The Dorchester hotel is the epitome of Art Deco glamour with a contemporary twist; after indulging in the vast array of treatments, guests can enjoy champagne and cake at the adjoining Spatisserie. The Connaught Hotel has also just opened its Aman Spa, the first stand-alone Aman spa in the world.  Gentlemen are also catered for with outposts of The Refinery and Gentlemen’s Tonic and the recently launched Dunhill at Bourdon House.

With such a fine selection of venues to drink, dine and frolic, you may well need somewhere suitable to rest your weary head, and fortunately, Mayfair is home to some of the best hotels in the world. Claridge’s exudes style and luxury, the service is impeccable and the public areas are delightful. For a more hip and trendy vibe, there’s the Mayfair Hotel, the new home for any young celebrity passing through London.

The future of London’s most stylish grande dame is set to sparkle, with the re-opening of the Four Seasons Hotel and The Dorchester Collection’s new 45 Park Lane scheduled for 2010, both of which will further ignite Mayfair’s bar and restaurant scene. The chic and fabulous will surely follow; I, for one, will be joining them.

Bon Vivant

Bon Vivant is the bespoke, highly personalised concierge service that advises on and arranges every travel, lifestyle and leisure need. Members have access to exclusive treatment, complimentary benefits and discounts at top hotels, restaurants, members’ clubs, exclusive nightclubs and a range of lifestyle services as well as access to VIP and sold out events.

For further information about our concierge services, visit our website at www.bonvivant.co.uk or call 020 7278 0642.

Valentine’s Day Ideas

Here are Bon Vivant‘s top picks to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your loved one(s) in London.

Ethical roses from OnlyRoses

If in search of the perfect rose on Valentine’s day, look no further than specialists OnlyRoses, whose roses are grown in the fertile volcanic soils of the Andes in Ecuador.

OnlyRoses works exclusively with four Ecuadorian rose farms certified to meet the highest social, labour and environmental standards. The indigenous workforce is free from labour discrimination and all staff are provided with healthcare and clothing, and no toxic chemicals are used in the growing of the roses. These roses aren’t just pretty – they’re highly principled, too.

Bon Vivant’s members receive a discount of 20% on purchases from OnlyRoses.

Salsa at Somerset House

For something a little different from a dinner date, celebrate Valentine’s Day by visiting Somerset House for a Cuban night, including a live band and Cuban Salsa dancers who are there to show you some moves. Ticket includes a mojito on arrival and standing Caribbean cuisine.

Picnic on Primrose Hill

London has some beautiful open spaces that are ideal for romance. If it doesn’t rain, take a blanket, collect a picnic from Melrose and Morgan and head to the top of Primrose Hill to enjoy the view of London, snuggled up with your loved one(s).

Dinner and Massage from Extravaganza Food

Indulge in a Valentine’s dinner for two cooked by your very own personal chef at home.  For those who would like to make their Valentine’s celebration extra special, Extravaganza Food will prepare, cook and serve a four-course luxury dinner for two by an executive chef in your home.

For the ultimate pampering experience, Extravaganza Food will also bring a massage therapist who will give you both a 45-minute massage whilst food is being prepared.

This is available throughout February at any London address and for Bon Vivant’s members they will include fresh flowers, a box of handmade chocolates and a complimentary bottle of fine champagne.

The Old Faithful – A Romantic Restaurant

Our earlier post on romantic restaurants mentioned that on Valentine’s Day, many restaurants tread on the wrong side of the precarious line between romantic and clichéd.

However, some restaurants do get it just right, and a Valentine’s dinner remains the best way for many couples to share the love. Bon Vivant’s top picks for Valentine’s Day can be found here on our list of London’s most romantic restaurants.

Good luck with your Valentine’s Day Ideas!

Bon Vivant’s Newsletter – 2 February 2010

Welcome to Bon Vivant’s latest newsletter, containing a selection of the highlights that are available to our members over the next fortnight. To take advantage of the offers, some of which are also available to non-members, or to subscribe to Bon Vivant, please visit www.bonvivant.co.uk

Complimentary Glass of Champagne when Dining at Le Café Anglais

A new landmark restaurant, Le Café Anglais opened in November 2007, adjacent to the Whiteley’s centre in west London. Chef owner Rowley Leigh has created a large, bustling brasserie with menus that he describes as “both proudly English and yet utterly unashamed of our debt to France”.

With views across the rooftops and looking along Queensway to Kensington Gardens, Le Café Anglais has magnificent floor-to-ceiling windows, leather banquettes, satin curtains and linen tablecloths. It is an ideal venue for weekday lunches, weekend family brunches, early evening suppers or post-theatre or cinema dinner. There is also a bar for up to 30 people with a superb range of aperitifs. The private dining room is available for lunch, dinner or receptions, and can seat up to 26, or 75 for cocktail parties.

Bon Vivant’s members receive a complimentary glass of champagne when dining in the restaurant.

Urbanity London – Exclusive Offer

In a world that is increasingly competitive, a strong successful image built on confidence and magnetic presence is more important than ever. With most first impressions formed in just 7 seconds, and 93% of that judgement based on non-verbal data alone, it is imperative that you put your best foot forward.

Urbanity London is the UK’s premier image consultancy, specialising in image coaching, re-styling, and personal shopping.  Devoted to helping clients package themselves to achieve specific goals, improve their confidence, and enhance their appearance, Urbanity goes above and beyond in building your best image.

To celebrate the partnership between Bon Vivant and Urbanity London, the image experts are now offering all Bon Vivant members a complimentary consultation, worth over £100. To see how you can improve you inner confidence and outer style, take advantage of this exclusive offer by contacting us@urbanitylondon.com or calling 020 7691 9060 and quoting Bon Vivant.

Extravaganza Food – Exclusive Valentine’s Offer

Valentines Dinner for two cooked by your very own Personal Chef at home.  For those who would like to make their Valentine’s celebration extra special, Extravaganza Food will prepare, cook and serve a four-course luxury dinner for two by an Executive Chef in your home.  For Bon Vivant members only, they will also include fresh flowers for the table, a box of our handmade chocolates, and a complimentary bottle of fine champagne.  This offer is available on any date in February, in a London location and costs £329.

Hotel Offer – Hospes Madrid

The Hospes Madrid is a renovated 19th century townhouse located in the picturesque Plaza de la Independencia, beside Parque del Retiro. From your room, you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the city from floor-to-ceiling windows. Modern rooms feature neutral, muted shades set off by bright accents. Good-sized bathrooms house either enormous marble showers or large soaker tubs, where you’re sure to enjoy sweet treats in the form of organic Greek bath products from Korres.

Downstairs, indulge in dinner at Senzone, or check out one of three eclectic bar-lounges. A serene indoor pool, a Turkish hammam, and Hospes Madrid’s signature Bodyna spa are the perfect places to unwind after a day exploring Spain’s capital city.

Bon Vivant’s members receive a complimentary upgrade and internet access.

Events

Below we have included a selection of the events occurring in London over the next few weeks. If you would like to book tickets for any of these events, please contact us. Please note that these events are available to members and non-members.

The BRIT Awards, Earls Court Arena – 16 February 2010

The BRIT Awards is the biggest music show and TV event in popular music, featuring the best pop acts in the UK and throughout the world. This year’s event will be hosted by comedian Peter Kay in London’s Earls Court Arena.

Bon Vivant is able to offer the following packages:

Table Packages

  • Table seating
  • Access via VIP entrance
  • Pre awards champagne reception
  • 3 course gourmet dinner at your table prior to the awards (excluding       beverages)
  • Watch the BRITs from your own table
  • Access to the Official Brit Awards After Party
  • Individual Platinum seats: £1,350 + VAT per person
  • Individual Gold seats: £1,145 + VAT per person

VIP Pre Drinks Party, VIP balcony and Official Awards After Party Package

  • Champagne reception with canapés
  • Unlimited bar including wine, beer, soft drinks and house spirits
  • Balcony tickets to the Awards
  • Access to the Official Brit Awards After Party
  • Price per person: £420 + VAT

The BAFTA Film Awards – 21 February 2010

The BAFTAS are normally strictly a film industry only event, however we are delighted to be able to offer a platinum package for 10 people. Not only will you witness the exclusive awards ceremony but you will also dine and party with the stars of the international film industry.

The 2010 BAFTA Awards Platinum Package includes:

  • Access the BAFTA Awards via the red carpet
  • Take your Platinum seats to view the Awards Show (within TV camera shots)
  • Transfer to the Grosvenor House Hotel
  • Dine at the Official BAFTA Awards Dinner in the company of the BAFTA Award Winners and stars
  • Party at the Official BAFTA Awards After Party

Price per Table of 10: £15,500 + VAT

Carling Cup Final – 28 February 2010

The Carling Cup offers a chance for the lower league clubs to challenge the opposition from the higher leagues, with a Europa League spot on offer for the winner. Manchester United were victorious in 2009, beating Tottenham Hotspur on penalties. This year Manchester United defend the title against a strong Aston Villa side.

The Empire Awards – 28 March 2010

This year’s Empire Awards will take place in London’s prestigious Grosvenor House and we can offer you the chance to attend a glamorous evening of celebration with the stars, including the awards ceremony, a three course dinner and the after party.

Price per person: £660 + VAT

X Factor Live at the O2 – 20th to 21st March 2010

Having produced such major stars as Leona Lewis and last year’s winner, Alexandra Burke, The ‘X Factor’ Live Concert will include performances by all the 2009 finalists, including winner Joe McElderry.

Your VIP ticket options are:

1)    VIP entrance, VIP seats in block 102 with access to the VIP lounge pre and post concert. Price per person: £169 + VAT

2)    VIP entrance, seats in a VIP box, access to the VIP lounge pre and post concert. Box facilities include a lounge area and a private cash bar. Price per person: £195 + VAT

Love Never Dies – The Phantom returns! 16 March 2010

On Tuesday, 16 March 2010, at the Adelphi Theatre on The Strand, the principal characters of The Phantom of the Opera continue their stories in the only gala performance of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Love Never Dies.

Ten years after the mysterious disappearance of The Phantom from the Paris Opera House, Christine Daae accepts an offer to come to America and perform at New York’s fabulous new playground of the world – Coney Island. Love Never Dies is a rollercoaster ride of obsession and intrigue, in which music and memory can play cruel tricks, and The Phantom sets out to prove that, indeed, Love Never Dies.

There are a number of ticket packages available, details of which can be found here. One hundred percent of proceeds will go towards the Theatres for Theatres Appeal, an exciting three-year initiative to raise £4million to help fund two new state-of-the-art operating theatres at Great Ormond Street Hospital. The theatres will be used to treat children with complex and often life-threatening neurological and craniofacial conditions.

Tickets will be sold on a strictly first come first served basis and are non-transferable. To purchase tickets please call 0844 811 0056 quoting GOSHCC or book online at www.seetickets.com/goshcc.

Glastonbury 2010, June 2010

The Glastonbury Festival is the largest Greenfield music and performing arts festival in the world and a template for all the festivals that have come after it. U2 are lined up to headline the Pyramid Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival. Line up speculations for the 40th anniversary include:

Sting, Foo Fighters, Dizzie Rascal, Fatboy Slim, Florence and The Machine, Radiohead, Green Day, Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Muse, Kanye West, Dolly Parton and Duran Duran, Led Zeppelin and Rolling stones.

VIP Glastonbury tickets include the following:

  • Festival ticket with camping
  • Access to the VIP backstage areas
  • Access to backstage toilet / shower facilities
  • Access to backstage hospitality areas

Price per person: £710 + VAT

Below is a selection of the concerts being held over the next few months, for which Bon Vivant can obtain VIP block and box seats.

O2 Arena Dates

  • Lady Gaga – 26th, 27th February 2010
  • Dave Matthews Band – 6th March 2010
  • Dizzee Rascal and Lily Allen – 7th March 2010
  • Stereophonics – 10th March 2010
  • Katherine Jenkins – 13th March 2010
  • Whitney Houston – 25th, 26th, 28th April 2010
  • Black Eyed Peas – 5th, 6th, 27th May 2010
  • Rhianna – 10th, 11th May 2010
  • Westlife – 12th – 14th May 2010
  • Michael Buble – 15th, 16th May 2010
  • Alicia Keys – 25th, 26th May 2010
  • Black Eyed Peas with Cheryl Coe – 28th May 2010

Wembley Arena Dates

  • Ne-Yo – 14 February 2010
  • Kelly Clarkson – 19th February 2010
  • 30 Seconds to Mars – 23rd February 2010
  • Stereophonics – 11th March 2010
  • 50 Cent – 20th March 2010

We are continually striving to form more relationships that will provide our members with additional benefits and exclusive treatment. Please note that the price and availability of offers are subject to change without notice. For more information about Bon Vivant, please visit our website at www.bonvivant.co.uk