Food-and-fun-loving Charles Dickens told unctuously in A Christmas Carol how "The Lord Mayor, in the stronghold of the mighty Mansion House, gave orders to his fifty cooks" for just such a feast as the City of London spread before Edward of Wales last week.

The Lord Mayor of London for 1929 is bustling, up-to-the-minute Colonel Sir John Edward Kynaston Studd, but the hoar and mighty Mansion House is just as Dickens knew it, and much as it has been for over 180 years. Trooping in, last week,...

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