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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Celgenics Couture Facial at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape

Spas

We visit the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape at The Metropolitan Hotel on Park Lane to try the Celgenics Couture Facial.

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MARCUS Restaurant – Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley

Restaurants

We visit MARCUS at The Berkeley Hotel in Knightsbridge to try the new autumn menu.

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Nozomi Restaurant Review – New Menu and New Look in Knightsbridge

Restaurants

Vilma Darling visits Nozomi, a Japanese restaurant in Knightsbridge that has recently relaunched with a new look and menu.

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Hotel Finca Cortesin – A Stunning Hotel in Southern Spain

Hotels

We check out the gorgeous Hotel Finca Cortesin in Estepona.

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Puente Romano Beach Resort, Marbella

Hotels

We visit Puente Romano Beach Resort Marbella.

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Ice Skating in London – Our Pick of the Christmas Ice Skating Rinks

Events

As the holiday season draws near, there is no shortage of festive activities to enjoy in the Capital. London has…

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The Month Ahead – November 2014

New Openings

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

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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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