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 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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Group Dining - The Best Private Dining Rooms in London

Handpicked

If you’re looking for the best private dining rooms in London, read on for expert tips on where to book…

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New Restaurant Openings and News – July 2019

New Openings

The Standard Hotel opens in King’s Cross, Nathan Outlaw moves to The Goring, a rice-focused restaurant from a three michelin…

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Darby’s

New Openings

As Vauxhall’s Embassy Gardens rolls up its sleeves for business, newly opened restaurant Darby’s is deservedly hogging the limelight.

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New Restaurant Openings and News – May 2019

New Openings

Bob Bob Ricard’s sibling finally opens in The City, Barrafina Coal Drops Yard opens a terrace and Mayfair favourite Wild…

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Bocconcino

Restaurants

Bocconcino opened in 2014 from Executive Chef Marco Corsica, aiming to offer Mayfair both classic and modern Italian dishes.

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The Jewel in Italy’s Crown: Lake Como

Style

Idyllic, picture postcard Lake Como draws an A-List crowd. Having grown up here, designer Maurizio Pellizzoni shares his insider’s guide…

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New Restaurant Openings and News – April 2019

New Openings

A refurb and a new menu at bubbledogs in Fitzrovia, a new co-working / restaurant space near Old Street, a…

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Wild Rice, Soho

New Openings

We visit Thai newcomer Wild Rice, a cool and contemporary addition to Soho’s restaurant scene.

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Market Hall, Victoria

Restaurants

The second site from the Market Hall team, this upscale food court in Victoria is a veritable hub of high…

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London Restaurant Openings and News – February 2019

New Openings

A new Nordic bakery in Soho, a healthy food focused restaurant and bakery in Marylebone and two big named chefs…

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The Saxon Hotel, South Africa

Hotels

Drawing up to the Saxon hotel is an experience itself, set amongst beautifully manicured lawns and landscaped gardens, the road…

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The Best New Restaurants in London – 2018

New Openings

Tomos Parrys with his first solo venture, Brat; Tom Kerridge at The Corinthia hotel; Ottolenghi in Fitzrovia with ROVI; and…

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Jidori Covent Garden

New Openings

We visit Jidori Covent Garden for their menu of Japanese small plates and skewers.

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