I’m very sad to read of the death of Lord Weidenfeld. He was one of my Trustees at the National Portrait Gallery – worldly, extremely well connected and shrewd. He rang me up one day and asked me if I was free for lunch. I wasn’t. He said, ‘A pity, as I wanted you to meet Henry Kissinger’. I used to enjoy the amazing dinners he held several times a week in his apartment on Chelsea Embankment which were the nearest thing I have experienced to eighteenth-century salons: full of writers, thinkers, diplomats. He founded the Club of Three to promote cultural relations between Britain, America and Germany. Not to forget his role as a publisher. I last saw him in November having lunch at the Carlyle.