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 Afternoon Tea in London

Handpicked

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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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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Daphne’s Restaurant Review

Restaurants

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

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Florence Travel Guide

Travel

Florence is a vibrant and dynamic city steeped in history and art – it’s an ideal place to visit to…

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On The Roof With Q – Restaurant on the Roof at Selfridges

Events

If the very notion of department store dining sinks your heart with visions of indifferent food, joyless interiors and a…

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The Month Ahead – September 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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Brasserie Gustave Restaurant Review

New Openings

We visit Brasserie Gustave, a new Parisian bistro in Chelsea offering an authentic French experience in London.

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Lima Floral Street – Peruvian Delights in Covent Garden

New Openings

This is a guest post from one of my favourite food bloggers, Dominic Rowntree from Samphire and Salsify – visit…

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Four Seasons Canary Wharf

Hotels

Fiona visits the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf for dinner and checks-in for the night.

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Summer Pop-Ups in London

Bars & Clubs

Whether you want to dine while suspended 100 feet in the air above Canary Wharf, drink cocktails in a garden…

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MODE – Restaurant, Bar and Club in Notting Hill

Bars & Clubs

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that Notting Hill must be in want of a decent place to go out…

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Mele e Pere – Italian Restaurant in Soho

Restaurants

From the enchanting coloured glass window display to the prosecco on tap, Mele e Pere is well worth a visit.

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Barnyard Restaurant Review

Restaurants

Barnyard is the second outing from Ollie Dabbous, of the eponymous restaurant fame. The concept is totally different to that…

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Paradise (By Way of Kensal Green)

Bars & Clubs

If I had to pick one word to sum-up Paradise (By Way of Kensal Green), it would be eclectic. Offering…

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