It’s a grey day here in Richmond after a very late night with friends. Friends who, it turns out, are headed for Merry Old in two weeks. Asked for recommendations I could only think of the bar at Claridge’s and The American Bar at the Savoy (a pilgrimage for me as I own a copy of the eponymous cocktail book thanks to Mrs. E.), which I understand is closed pending the completion of renovations. As they have no interest in visiting Savile Row or Jermyn Street, I was stumped.

A poor showing all around. So, in an effort to not let down the side, any recommendations for digs, drinks and delectables? It’s been a number of years since Mrs. E. and I made the scene for the Art Deco exhibit at the V&A…

Thank you in advance for your recommendations. I remain your faithful correspondent,

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