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Reason for inclusion: Where Langdale Pike the collector of social gossip ‘spent his waking hours’
Accessibility: Private members’ club
Description: London clubhouse
We are told that Langdale Pike spent his waking hours in ‘the bow window of a St James’ Street club’. There is only one possible contender and this is Boodle’s. Boodle’s is one of the most prestigious clubs in London and the second oldest in the world. It was founded in 1762 and named after its head waiter Edward Boodle.