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Join Santa Montefiore for an intimate Literati event with Afternoon Tea

Photo of Santa MontefioreTo celebrate the launch of our newly refurbished Park Room and the launch of Santa Montefiore’s latest novel; ‘Songs of Love and War’ we are hosting an intimate Literati event with the opportunity to enjoy Afternoon Tea with the number one bestselling author.

Guests will enjoy our brand new Anna’s Afternoon Tea in the Park Room consisting of a choice of delicate finger sandwiches, plain and raisin buttermilk scones complimented by a choice of British jams, and an assortment of tantalising Afternoon Tea pastries inspired by the Park Rooms close proximity to the Royal Hyde Park. This elegant Afternoon Tea will be served with a selection of speciality teas, a glass of bubbles and a signed copy of Santa’s latest novel.

Songs of Love and War tells the story of Kitty Deverill, Bridie Doyle and Celia Deverill, when war breaks out their lives are changed forever. The story of love, friendship and family.



Date: 20 April 2016
Time: 2.30pm
Ticket price: £45.00.  Includes Champagne Afternoon Tea and a signed copy of the book.
Please be aware that there are a limited number of tickets available for this event, tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Full payment will be taken when booking is made. Tickets are non-refundable.

Literati with William Sitwell

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Award winning food writer and Masterchef critic William Sitwell will present his latest non-fiction history book, ‘Eggs or Anarchy?’, one of the great, British stories of the Second World War yet to be told in full. ‘Eggs or Anarchy?’ reveals the heroic tale of how Lord Woolton, Minister of Food, really fed Britain.

As a nation at war, with supply routes under attack from the Axis powers and resources scarce, it was Woolton’s job to fulfil his promise to the British people and Prime Minister Winston Churchill in particular, that there would be food on the shelves each week. Persuading the public to not resort to the black market and to manage on the very limited ration was one thing, but Woolton had to fulfil his side of the bargain and maintain supplies in time of crisis.

This is the story of how he battled to save his own career while using every trick in his entrepreneurial book to secure supplies.

This book, for the first time, finds out the real story of how Lord Woolton provided food for Britain and her colonies and discovers that for him there were days when it was literally a choice of ‘eggs or anarchy’.

William Sitwell is one of Britain’s foremost food writers. The multi-award-winning editor of Waitrose Food for over a decade, he is a familiar face on TV appearing on shows such as BBC’s Masterchef, and as presenter on a number of documentaries, notably Michelin Stars; the Madness of Perfection.

Date: 31 May 2016
Time: 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start.
Ticket Price: £25.00. Includes an intimate and interactive discussion with William, a signed copy of the book, welcome drinks and canapés.


Jackie Collins – 8 September 2015

Iconic novelist Jackie Collins presented her latest novel ‘The Santangelos’, an epic family saga filled with the love, lust, revenge and passion of the Santanagelo family. The ever powerful Lucky Santangelo has to deal with the complexities of the family, with Max, her teenage daughter becoming The “It” girl in Europe’s modelling world and her Kennedyesque son, Bobby, being set up for a murder he didn’t commit. But Lucky can deal with it. Always strong and unpredictable with her husband, Lennie, by her side they don’t let anyone mess with the Santangelos…. Jackie was joined by Hannah Beckerman who led an inspirational interview with Jackie.

As one of Jackie’s last public appearances before she sadly passed away, we were truly honoured to have Jackie Collins presenting at Literati.

Jackie Collins

Jane Thynne – 25 March 2015

Jane presented her latest novel, ‘A War of Flowers’ at Literati, leading an intimate discussion about the inspiration and ideas behind her latest release, as well as hosting a question and answer session.

Jane Thynne has a passion for historical fiction and the research that it involves. ‘A War of Flowers’ is set in August 1938 and delivers a thrilling story set in Paris, a city living on its nerves with the threat of war hanging heavily.

Jane Thynne

Richard Madeley – 17 October 2014

Richard Madeley presented his latest novel ‘The Way You Look Tonight’ telling the story of Stella Arnold who, at 16, learns the full truth about her father, who to her horror is a cold-blooded, psychotic extortionist, racketeer and killer. Richard led a fun and interactive discussion in which the audience thoroughly enjoyed.

Richard Madeley

Glitterati – 28 August 2014

Our first Glitterati event hosted three authors from the award-winning Simon & Schuster ‘Books and the City’ community. The authors included Ali Harris, presenting her latest release ‘Written in the Stars’, Jane Costello with her latest release, ‘The Time of Our Lives’ and Paige Toon with ’Thirteen Weddings’. Journalist, Author and TV Executive Hannah Beckerman held a discussion with all three authors.


Santa Montefiore – 8 April 2014

Santa Montefiore discussed her novel, “Secrets of the Lighthouse” ahead of its UK paperback launch. Warm, engaging and witty, Santa shared the inspiration behind her novel and its characters; a compelling story about two women, their divided families and hidden pasts. Santa had the Literati audience absolutely captivated.


Kate Adie – 17th October 2013

Kate Adie OBE presented “Fighting on the Home Front”. Kate told the story of the First World War years through the eyes of women, unearthing in telling, fascinating and eye-watering detail just how hard the up-hill struggle for admission into the world of men, was.

Katie Adie

Michael Dobbs – 11th September 2013

Michael Dobbs, political powerhouse and author of internationally acclaimed bestseller, House of Cards introduced “A Ghost at the Door”, which saw the return of Dobb’s popular character, Harry Jones.

Michael Dobbs

Henry Hitchings – 11th April

Henry Hitchings, author and theatre critic for the Evening Standard led a vibrant discussion on English manners with the launch of his novel, “SORRY! The English & Their Manners”. SORRY! is a blend of Henry’s personal observation and fascinating historical research from Medieval times through to the present day.

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Lady Fiona Carnarvon – 27th November

Lady Carnarvon of the ‘real’ Downton Abbey was welcomed to Grosvenor House just as the hotly anticipated third season aired on UK television. Lady Carnarvon talked about her home, Highclere Castle; an exquisite Victorian castle near Newbury where the series is filmed. Lady Carnarvon, the 8th Countess, presented her book “Lady Almina and The Real Downton Abbey” exclusively for Literati, revealing fascinating facts, intricate details and the history behind her remarkable home.

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Franny Moyle – 05th July 2012

Franny Moyle presented her novel, “CONSTANCE, The tragic and scandalous life of Mrs Oscar Wilde” at Literati in summer 2012.She discussed the truly fascinating story of the decadent and thrilling world of Oscar Wilde’s wife, Constance with guests.

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Hugo Vickers – 17th May 2012.

Hugo Vickers, leading author and one of Britain’s most distinguished royal historians, celebrated the life and reign of a much-loved monarch at Literati, with his novel, ‘The Queen and the Coronation’, coinciding with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Hugo Vickers

Peter Robinson

Peter Robinson, acclaimed author and the number one bestselling author of the DCI Banks novels introduced Detective Chief Inspector Alan Banks in 1987. Peter presented ‘Before the Poison’ at Literati.

Peter Robinson

Peter Snow

Peter Snow is one of the UK’s most highly respected authors, journalists and broadcasters. He was ITN’s Diplomatic and Defence Correspondent from 1966 to 1979 and presented Newsnight from 1980 to 1997. Peter Snow introduced his novel, ‘To War with Wellington’ at Literati.

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Lucia van der Post

Known as the fairy godmother of style and luxury, Lucia van der Post had Literati guests ready for the festive season with her book ‘Celebrate: The Art of the Special Occasion’, giving inspiration and practical advice on how to make the most of any special occasion. Having spent twenty-six years as founding editor of ‘How to Spend It’ in the Financial Times, Lucia is one of Europe’s most respected commentators on both style and luxury.


Kate Adie

Katie Adie discussed ‘Into Danger’ at Literati, a book about the fearless exploration of the furthest reaches of human capability. Ever since her days as a reporter on the front line, Kate Adie earned her reputation as one of the most intrepid women of her day and shared her curiosity about the people who do the kind of work where an error is probably lethal, at Literati.

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Libby Purves

Libby Purves discussed her novel ‘Shadow Child’ at Literati. Major columnist for The Times and a presenter of Midweek on BBC Radio 4, Libby was the youngest host of the Today programme and former editor of Tatler magazine.

Libby Purves

Natasha Solomons

Author Natasha Solomons presented her debut novel, ‘Mr Rosenblum’s List’ at Literati. Inspired by the story of her grandparents who were evacuated from Berlin before the war, Natasha talked about the identity dilemma faced by immigrants to Britain.

Natasha Solomans