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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The Alpina Gstaad – A Gorgeous Ski Hotel

Hotels

For a ski weekend in a gorgeous setting, try the Alpina Gstaad in Switzerland.

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The New Angel, Notting Hill

New Openings

Vilma Darling indulges in a fine dining experience at The New Angel, celebrity chef John Burton-Race’s comeback restaurant in London.

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The Month Ahead – May 2015

New Openings

A new Polpo in Chelsea, a Portuguese restaurant for Nuno Mendes in Spitalfields, Sticks’n’Sushi ventures to Canary Wharf, Yauatcha opens…

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M Restaurant – M Raw

New Openings

Two restaurants, a bar, a wine tasting room and a secret den. We check out the new M Restaurant on…

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Fera at Claridge’s – The Very Best of British

Restaurants

Emyr Thomas visits Fera at the grand dame of London hotels, Claridge’s.

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The Month Ahead – New Restaurant Openings – April 2015

New Openings

From a new Maze Grill in Chelsea from Gordon Ramsay to a Middle Eastern and North African grill house to…

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The Best Male Grooming Salons in London

Spas

Whether you need a haircut, fully body massage or general man-scaping, read our guide to the best male grooming salons…

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L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon, London

Restaurants

We visit the classic French restaurant L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon in London’s West End.

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The Best Hotel Bars in London

Bars & Clubs

London’s hotel bar scene has thrived over the last few years with some of the world’s best bar tenders and…

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Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall

Hotels

We visit Germany’s second largest city and stay at the Sofitel Hamburg Alter Wall.

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Toto’s Restaurant Review – Neighbourhood Italian in Knightsbridge

New Openings

We visit Toto’s, a neighbourhood Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge where the pasta dishes are a firm favourite.

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Barbados Travel Guide – The Island’s Best Hotels and Restaurants

Hotels

We visit Barbados to find the island’s best hotels and restaurants.

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