Esoteric London

No. 170: Drury Lane, WC2

Posted in Eating places by esotericlondon on October 22, 2010

Drury Lane, London, WC2. Photo © Roger Dean 2009

The Independent – January 25th, 1998:

Ms Buck is entirely, and extremely feebly, famous for being famous. Hiring Max Clifford, the patron saint of fame-hungry under-achievers, in 1994, she promptly sold the story of her seminal fling with Sir Peter Harding, wrecked his career, and treated a pretty much indifferent public to revelations of their bedtime Nato discussions in London hotels. Her enthusiastic dedication to matters in the public interest also ended her first marriage to Sir Anthony Buck, a Tory MP thirtysomething years her senior. Thus our adventuress became a bit player in that tiresome phenomenon, London cafe society.

[Reni and Gino Corsini ran the Tea Rooms cafe for 44 years until Gino died on their yearly holiday back to Italy. Whilst I was not a customer for the full 44 years I did begin eating their freshly prepared crusty cheese salad rolls (35p) and sipping their tea (10p) back in 1986. R.D.]