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Michael Thomas is Ducking New York in London

Long decades ago—first when I was an investment banker and then when I embarked on what seemed at the time a promising writing life, and both my fiscal and physical state were in more robust condition than now—I used to go to London regularly. Those were the palmy days, the early 1970s through the 1980s, before Mammon took over the world. My London life centered on Mayfair and Knightsbridge: after a few hours of city or publishing business, I would look in at Heywood Hill bookshop, then run by my lifetime friend, the incomparable John Saumarez Smith. Time would be found for consultations with my tailor at Anderson & Sheppard, where the cost of a suit back then didn’t require floating a bond issue, and my shirt man at Bowring Arundel, that wonderful shop now just a memory. There were bookstores and art galleries to visit. I had kind of a rounded London life.

Diane von Furstenberg’s “Tree of Love” for Claridge’s Christmas

Believe it or not, ’tis already the season to be jolly—and fashionable, thanks to one of London’s most stylish mainstays of hospitality, Claridge’s. The legendary hotel in the heart of Mayfair has announced that its much-anticipated annual Christmas Tree will this year be designed by fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg. A longtime guest and friend …

Blue Bar is Back in London Town

Exciting news for anyone traveling to London this summer: the legendary Blue Bar at The Berkeley, created by the late design great David Collins, just reopened after a six-month restoration by one of Collins’ former design protégés, Robert Angell. With its distinctive signature Lutyens blue color, the Blue Bar helped spearhead the popularity of the …