Page 179. " to Dover Street "

Brown's Hotel, an example of classic Georgian architecture on Dover Street
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Dover Street is in Mayfair, in the west of London. Beginning opposite the Ritz Hotel at Piccadilly, it continues into Grafton Street at its southeast end. It is famous for its Georgian architecture, art galleries, gentlemen’s clubs and nightclubs, including The Abermarle Club, The Arts Club and Mahiki.

Page 179. " arrived in Brewer Street "

Brewer Street is in West London, between Wardour Street and Regent Street. It is home to a number of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Page 191. " she was a Mayfair type "
Berkeley Square, Mayfair
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Claridge's Hotel, Mayfair
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Mayfair is a very affluent area of central London, within the City of Westminster. It takes its name from the annual May Fair held there between 1686 and 1764. Home to some of London’s premium addresses such as Berkeley Square, Grosvenor Square, Bond Street and Savile Row, it boasts London’s most luxurious hotels, shopping and residential areas as well as a high concentration of embassies, private banks and hedge fund offices. Burlington Arcade has been a luxury shopping venue since 1819 and famous hotels such as The Dorchester and Claridge’s are also in Mayfair. Rents here are among the highest in London and the world.

Page 199. " meet me at an inn outside London "
The George Inn at Southwark, London's only surviving galleried coaching inn
GNU Free Documentation LicenseThe George Inn at Southwark, London's only surviving galleried coaching inn - Credit: Nick Fraser

Coaching inns were a vital part of British infrastructure between the 17th and 20th centuries. As journeys made by horse-drawn coach were often long, it was crucial to have regular rest-stops to replace the teams of horses and allow weary passengers to stretch their legs, get refreshment or sometimes stay overnight. Traditionally inns were supposed to be seven miles apart so that there was always a stop within easy reach, but many towns had more than one inn and competition between them was fierce. With the arrival of the motorcar coaching inns became redundant – many closed and others now fill the role of the traditional pub, some still with guest rooms and some just serving food and drink.

Page 199. " friends of my father in Cambridge "

Cambridge is a city in the east of England, around 50 miles north of London. It has a population of 130,000 and dates back to the 1st century AD. Cambridge is best known for its collegiate university which, together with Oxford, is the leading university of Britain and one of the top five in the world.

Mathematical Bridge, Cambridge
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The prestigious and beautiful university institutions include King’s College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library. The city is also at the heart of Silicon Fen, a high-tech business and research area which has developed in recent years. Due in part to a large student population, Cambridge has many cultural merits alongside its history, with a wide variety of sports, theatrical and artistic events and centres. The River Cam runs through the city and punting on the river in summer in front of the university buildings has come to be an iconic image of Cambridge.

Punting in front of King's College Chapel, Cambridge
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