Welcome to The Journal

A place to note our travels, share our musings, hot new tips and the most recent must-see, do, go-to places to have caught our imagination; the very best of London and further afield. Welcome to the world of Bon Vivant.

The Best Spas in London

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For a day spa massage, facial, full body treatment or a relaxing day all about you, read our guide to…

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The Best Afternoon Tea in London

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

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New Restaurant Openings and News – September 2016

New Openings

A new Mayfair restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin,  Phil Howard opens in Chelsea, Quo Vadis is reborn, Bentley’s celebrates…

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The River Lee hotel, Cork

Hotels

For a weekend getaway to Cork, stay at the modern The River Lee hotel.

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New Restaurant Openings and News – August 2016

New Openings

A new restaurant within a restaurant in Clerkenwell, siblings for Fitzrovia’s Portland and Soho’s Blanchette and a new Turkish restaurant…

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The Best Restaurants in Marylebone

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Marylebone has thrived as a restaurant destination over recent years. Old favourites like The Providores and Locanda Locatelli have been…

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The Best Restaurants in Clerkenwell

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Having lived in Clerkenwell for 10 years, read my guide to the best restaurants in Clerkenwell.

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Jade Mountain at Anse Chastanet, Saint Lucia

Hotels

Whether you are looking for romance, rejuvenation or adventure, St Lucia is the perfect destination offering a natural landscape of palm-fringed beaches,…

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New Restaurant Openings and News – July 2016

New Openings

This month is all about adding a sibling with BAO, Picture and Rok Smokehouse all opening second sites. The Counter…

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Amalfi Coast Travel Guide – Amalfi, Ravello and Capri

Hotels

The Amalfi coast and its dramatic mountains dropping a thousand feet into the blue sea, epitomise a classic Mediterranean holiday.

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New Restaurant Openings and News – June 2016

New Openings

A new Peruvian restaurant in Chelsea, The Ivy Cafe opens two new restaurants, Richard Corrigan boards the British Pullman and…

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The Best Restaurants in Notting Hill

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From a Michelin starred temple of gastronomy to a buzzy Pan-Asian restaurant and more casual pizza and burger favourites, read…

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New Restaurant Openings and News – May 2016

New Openings

Cherry blossom at Sake no Hana, a new restaurant from Tom Sellers, Morito goes (further) east and a new venue…

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London Private Members’ Clubs with Hotel Rooms

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For something a little different on the London hotel scene, consider checking into one of these members’ clubs with hotel…

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