Cipriani, now named C London, is the restaurant in Mayfair where Strike meets with John Bristow, Tansy Bestigui and Ursula May in The Cuckoo’s Calling, in Part 2, Chapter 11.
“Strike had never moved in the kinds of circles that dined at Cipriani. It was only as he walked up Davies Street, the sun warm on his back and imparting a ruddy glow to the red-brick building ahead, that he thought how odd it would be, yet not unlikely, if he ran into one of his half-siblings there. Restaurants like Cipriani were part of the regular lives of Strike’s father’s legitimate children.”
“The interior of the restaurant had an art deco feeling, the bar and chairs of mellow polished wood, with pale yellow tablecloths on the circular tables and white-jacketed, bow-tied waiters and waitresses.”
Cormoran Strike interviews Tansy here and endures her and her sister Ursula’s insufferably superior, disdainful attitude toward him. “The sisters subjected Strike to the kind of brazenly critical stares that only people of a certain class feel entitled to give.”
While we were there, we thought we possibly caught sight of Bristow, Tansy and Ursula….
Visit the C London website and see where it is on Google Maps here.
23-25 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K 3DE