It’s still a very British hotel: the politeness, the service, the courtesy and the doorman with his white gloves.
Until, that is, one day when I was walking on Hampstead Heath.
It was raining – not spectacularly as it might have rained in Johannesburg – but gently, the air not monsoon-wet but damp in that unending English way.
As I walked on, a small patch of soft blue sifted away the grey and a shaft of yellow light shone through the drizzle, and before I had time to stop myself, I thought: “Gosh, but this is beautiful.” It has continued to be so.
Not the bright fluorescent dazzle of my motherland, but the soft pale mellow beauty of my adopted world.
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By Greg Proops, American comedian American people make friends much faster than Brits but it’s not always sincere.You look over Park Lane going down towards the Queen’s gardens.To the left you see all of Hyde Park and Wellington House.Only when I sampled round, sweet, real-food British milk did I realise I rather like the stuff.American “heavy cream” is exclusively available “ultra-pasteurised”, preheated to the temperature of Mars.To customize your pop-up form, follow these next steps.