London enjoyed a warm Friday evening today with people spilling onto the pavements from every pub I passed between Soho and Fitzrovia. The Fitzroy Tavern at the corner of Charlotte Street and Windmill Street was no exception. From the 1920s to the 1940s Charlotte Street was at the heart of bohemian London and the people who gathered at the Fitzroy Tavern included William Sickert, Augustus John, Aleister Crowley, Lawrence Durrell, Dylan Thomas, Ezra Pound, Wyndham Lewis, Nina Hamnett and Jacob Epstein. I have always thought of them holed up in the fug inside, not spilling out onto the pavements in the warm bright evenings of May, but I suppose they did.
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