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Although I do finally have a St. James's club, for some reason I still find myself taking luncheon here when having a rare day to myself.
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+Adam Baylis-West I'd love to! Do let me know when you're next in town.
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I've got a motor-car and a basket of strawberries and a bottle of Château Peyraguey — which isn't a wine you've ever tasted, so don't pretend. It's heaven with strawberries.

I bought a bottle this evening, and as Sebastian from Brideshead Revisited suggested, had it with strawberries (yes, entirely out of season, sorry). Delightful - fragrant confectionery - roses and candied orange peel.
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...It's dark and we're wearing sun-glasses. Hit it.
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Apart from the staff I may be the only person here. It isn't exactly the Drones.
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It looks rather well kept... I expected the Royal Overseas League to be all peeling paintwork and cracked rattan furniture...
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Further to my earlier posts on summer suits, it seems Cad & Dandy do at least make fully bespoke suits which still have the floating canvas but are only part lined. I had somewhat imagine that the two things were mutually exclusive, and therefore it didn't really make sense having a bespoke summer suit made if, like me, you really want it to be as cool as physically possible.
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Bought a book on UK land law. Was a bit concerned it would be dense and unintelligible, but it turns out to be incredibly straightforward.
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This may be slightly complicated by the fact that the legitimate king of England was an Australian, who died in 2012.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Abney-Hastings,_14th_Earl_of_Loudoun
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For the record, I quite like HP sauce, and have never voted UKIP.
Mr S is inclined to believe this is a piss-take, lest it be clear the Guardian completely disappeared up its own bottom. Apparently enjoying HP Sauce basically makes you some…
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+Scott Watson You've got to be wondering who owns HP by now, surely? It's the Yanks. Infiltration is a given, but they don't like it back at - em! 
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I'm not sure what "orthodoxy" Mr Farquharson is referring to here, I see nothing particularly outlandish about a three button jacket. Leaving it entirely unbuttoned when standing, however, is of course reprehensible.
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He also seems incapable of keeping his tie knot straight.
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I've just noticed I've passed 1000 followers. Which is nice.
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Whoop, whoop. etc.
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Displays of cuffs and collars on Jermyn Street. Apologies for the reflection of the ugly mug spoiling the view a bit.
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But Edward Woodward would, wouldn't he?
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This development should rather simplify your weekends, +John Hawkins...
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There will now be a full inquiry into how I got it so wrong.
 
My musical prediction for 2014: sea shanties are going to be massive.
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Do you have a prediction for 2015? Just so I know which shares not to buy.
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Sacred made a special gin for the Tate which is surprisingly different from their normal (excellent) offering, and also really interesting in its own right. This is quite unlike the usual light and citrusy profile, instead being rather spicy, exotic and complex; including frankincense, apparently. It really holds its own in a Negroni.
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Snap! Nice isn't it? Ours is bottle 202 of batch a. :-) Shame G+ doesn't allow photos in replies...
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Interested in old pubs and bars, architecture, London history, Savile Row, bespoke tailoring, vegetarianism and the occasional bit of contemporary art.
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Tiny "caff" serving English breakfasts and Italian dishes. Very strong neighbourhood feel - everybody seemed to know everybody else - and Mario is a very congenial host. Coffee actually very good - apparently in its former incarnation when Mario's Dad Tony ran it in the 50s this was one of the first places to have an espresso machine in the UK - that Italian tradition has been kept up, very intense dark roasted espresso.
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Just popped into the Negroni Bar in the basement, but assume the food is on a par with the other branches of Polpo, which I've generally enjoyed. Atmosphere in the basement bar was very dark and dingy. They have a few choices of Negroni, with a couple of different gins (Beefeater, and also a "smoked gin") and some of the usual suspects for vermouth, from the low end Martini Rosso, to the mid range Punt e Mes, to the high end Carpano Antica Formula. I of course went for the one with Antica Formula in (the "Smithfield Negroni"). For £8.50, it's a comparatively good value Negroni (very few places in London using Antica Formula charge less than a tenner), albeit that perhaps the glass is a bit small, and it could maybe use bigger / better quality ice cubes.
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Recently reopened after an extended period of being closed, now a Youngs pub. Youngs should be given credit for the amount of money they poured into making this a workable pub again - it's all too easy to sneer at the pub chains, but the reality is that an independent owner almost certainly wouldn't have had the funds to bring this place back to life. That said - and maybe it's just unfair to judge so soon - the new incarnation errs on the side of the bland and generic, and the decor has an air of Farrow and Ball about it. Still, worth revisiting a bit later once it's had a chance to find its feet and re-develop a bit of character.
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Andy Roscoe at Meaby was extremely responsive, hard working, knowledgeable, had amazing attention to detail and perhaps most of all gave me this wonderfully reassuring sense that somebody was sticking up for me and fighting my corner - as a buyer it's easy to feel like everyone else involved (the seller, the agent, the freeholder) is ganging up against you. On top of all of that his fees were lower than pretty much every other quote I got. I ultimately felt like I'd underpaid him for the effort he put in. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.
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This historic pub could all too easily be dismissed as a tourist attraction but in fact the bar on the right hand side as you go in may be one of London's tiny handful of surviving pre-Victorian pub interiors (or at least elements thereof). The sawdust on the floor may be a bit twee, but if you come in here when it's quiet, and the open fire is lit, it has a very special atmosphere.
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Great service from Alexandra at Hire Space who did a really good job of understanding our requirements and finding a unique and interesting venue for a birthday party I was planning. They specialise in dry hire venues in London, so really good people to talk to if you need a space for a party which you can take your own food and drink along to.
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Glad it exists, useful neighbourhood miniature East Asian supermarket with a mixture of Chinese/Korean/Japanese food items - including beer and other booze. Fine to shop at for ingredients to cook at home, however we tried their bentos once and they were pretty bad - all dried out and rather unpleasant tasting - I just don't think they get enough trade here to keep the ready to eat food fresh.
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