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

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The Best Brunch in London

Handpicked

From fry-ups to baked goods, fantastic coffee, gluten-free options and free-flowing Champagne, read our guide to the brunch in London….

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The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – 2015

Restaurants

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants award ceremony was held in London on Monday 1 June with the world’s top chefs…

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Chateau St Martin and Spa, Vence

Hotels

For a relaxed, elegant hotel in one of the prettiest areas of the South of France, we recommend a visit…

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The Month Ahead – New Restaurant Openings – June 2015

New Openings

Read our guide to the latest new restaurant openings and events for June 2015

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Engawa – Kobe Beef in Ham Yard

New Openings

For a taste of the most exclusive beef available in the UK, visit Engawa restaurant in the new Ham Yard…

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Ceviche Old St – Peruvian Delights in Old Street

New Openings

Eel and sea bass belly fritto misto, lamb’s brain fritters or ceviche? Vilma Darling dines at Ceviche Old St where…

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Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo – Belle Epoque Glamour in Monaco

Hotels

Emyr Thomas visits the Principality of Monaco and checks-in to the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo, one of its most exclusive…

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The Providores and Tapa Room

Restaurants

For excellent ‘fusion’ cuisine in Marylebone, try The Providores and Tapa Room.

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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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