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Blue Christmas

I’ve been to London’s Berkeley Hotel Blue Bar only once, after a bizarre carol service at the nearby St Paul’s, Wilton Place. To get bums on pews it was running an ‘X-Factor’-style concert in which the congregation were being asked to vote for their favourite, culminating in a sing-off. Post-show, Lyndon Design’s new ‘Frank’ seating reminds me of the restrained opulence of that cocktail bar’s decor. And I ended up plumping for ‘Away in a Margarita’; or was it ‘Good Gin Wenceslas?’ I forget now…

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