Wednesday, March 31, 2004

Lou calls with more news of Ho Chi Minh's Culinary London.

As well as toiling in the kitchens of the Drayton Court, he also worked as a chef in the former Carlton Hotel on the Haymarket in the centre of town.

It used to be a favourite dinner spot for politicians.

Apparently Ho Chi Minh was working there when Winston Churchill and David Lloyd-George, later prime minister himself, came to dinner at the outset of World War I.

The Carlton is now New Zealand House -- and the Uncle Ho connection is marked by a blue plaque on the wall.


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