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.

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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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Group Dining - The Best Private Dining Rooms in London

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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 – November 2019

New Openings

A Michelin starred chef opens on the 10th floor of The Standard hotel in King’s Cross and Joel Robuchon’s legacy…

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Matesti Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Hotels

Set on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, on the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Matesti Victoria Falls is…

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Singita Lebombo Lodge, Kruger National Park

Hotels

Singita Lebombo is truly a world-class hotel – stunning design and exquisite food combine with friendly service and genuine hospitality…

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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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New Restaurant Openings and News – September 2019

New Openings

A new look for Franco’s, the legendary Julie’s reopens and New York’s Maison Premiere comes to the Hoxton Southwark. Read…

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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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