London Library

I had booked a slot on the first day of the London Library re-opening. I arrived at 11.25, expecting a queue round St. James’s Square, but I was allowed straight in where the books I had ordered online were waiting for me. The London Library gets my top marks for service during lockdown, sending things out by post without charge, including a rare book about the Neues Museum which is unaffordably expensive and which arrived boxed up pretty much by next day delivery. Everyone is exceptionally friendly: a consequence of not having seen human beings for months is that one greets them is if they are the only other people at the North Pole. I felt waves of nostalgia for the Entrance Hall, although one’s passage through it is much more disciplined, exit through Mason’s Yard:-

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