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

Handpicked

For a massage, facial, full body treatment or a relaxing day all about you, visit one of the best spas…

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The Best Luxury Hotels in London

Handpicked

London is one of the greatest cities in the world, with fantastic luxury hotels to match its reputation – read…

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Kings Head Hotel – A Modern Boutique Hotel in Cirencester

New Openings

The very mention of The Cotswolds conjures images of country house hotels, bucolic landscape and quaint villages.

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Picture Restaurant – Unassuming, Charming and Quietly Confident

Restaurants

Some restaurants really come to life at night, and this rings true for Picture, an unassuming, quietly confident restaurant on…

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Game on: Cinnamon Kitchen

Restaurants

Game season kicked off in style this year at Devonshire Square’s Cinnamon Kitchen.

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Michaeljohn Hair Salon

Spas

If it’s good enough for Mick Jagger and Princess Anne, it’s good enough for me, and Michaeljohn – the salon…

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Verden Restaurant – Superb Wine, Cheese and Meat With a Striking Design

New Openings

A few Fridays ago we took a trip to Clapton in north-east London to one of the corners of Hackney…

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The Strand Dining Rooms

New Openings

On the corner of London’s iconic Trafalgar Square, set back from the street under swathes of clean, white limestone arches…

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The Month Ahead – October 2014

New Openings

Welcome to our summary of the new openings and events to have on your radar for the month ahead. From…

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The UK Michelin Guide 2015

Restaurants

The results of the UK Michelin Guide 2015 were announced this morning, 25 September 2014. Whatever your thoughts on the…

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The Gallery at Sketch Restaurant Review

Restaurants

Having been open for over ten years, Sketch is, visually, one of the most enticing restaurants in London.

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Global Gastronomy Charity Gala – Action Against Hunger

Events

We’re delighted to bring you news of Action Against Hunger’s annual Global Gastronomy charity gala on Wednesday 29 October at…

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Yauatcha Restaurant Review – Celebrating 10 Years

Restaurants

I can’t think of many places in London I’d rather visit for dim sum than Yauatcha in Soho. Launched in…

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Daphne’s Restaurant Review

Restaurants

Sophie McLean visits Daphne’s restaurant in Chelsea for a taste of la dolce vita.

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