WEST END FRONT: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels


WEST END FRONT: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels

MATTHEW SWEET    Book Number: 87956    Product format: Paperback

From the egregious conman Sir Curtis Lampson to the louche inhabitants of the Pink Sink Spa, Fifth columnists, communists, spies, spivs, charlatans and deposed monarchs, here is an affectionate search-light on an entirely forgotten chapter of World War Two. In the West End, the bedrooms, hallways and grill rooms of London's grand hotels teemed with those cheerfully determined to prevent Hitler from disrupting the rituals of cocktail hour. Meet spies like Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster, the woman from MI5 who has the gravy browning licked from her legs by Dylan Thomas. Meet crown prince Alexander of Yugoslavia, born in a suite at Claridge's which is declared Yugoslav territory for the night. Meet Joyce Stone, whose husband leads the band at the Dorchester, an outfit so nonchalant about the Blitz that they incorporate the explosions into the rhythm of their music. Using first-hand accounts, newly declassified government files and a wealth of previously unpublished letters, Matthew Sweet has reconstructed the extraordinary events that unfolded under the reinforced ceilings of London's grand hotels and he serves up dish after dish of scandalous and funny tales in his enjoyable account of the lives, losses and inconsiderable lovemaking at the Ritz, the Savoy, the Dorchester and Claridge's. 362pp in paperback, eight pages of photos.
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ISBN 9780571234783
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