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London was their town.
Sure, New York was where they had met, but SW1 was
where they fell in love. Hyde Park Corner to be precise.
And if there was one attribute Tom admired in himself
it was his aptitude for precision, especially when it came
to aairs of the heart.
As he boarded his ight from JFK he
imagined Arabella in her o ce in the West
End: the call from reception to say there
was a chaueur waiting for her outside in a
silver Bentley, the surprise on her face, and
then the thrill as she reached for her jacket,
realising that Tom had something arranged.
Tom's plan was executed with immaculate precision
(appropriately enough) by Claude, his Essence dedicated
concierge. With just one call, Tom knew that everything would
be taken care of, as impeccably as he demanded for such an
occasion, and as exquisitely as ever.
This time it wasn't just Tom's last-minute ight to London,
or a window table at Oblix with its glittering view of the city in
the summer, to secure. There was also the matter of a room at
The Dorchester that evening, and, most importantly of all, his
anniversary gift for Arabella. Now, where in the world Claude
was going to nd a rst edition copy of The Corrections, Tom had
absolutely no idea, but his dedicated
concierge had never let him down.
As the waiter poured their Californian
Old Vine Zinfandel, Arabella reached
her hand across the table. Tom's ngers
wrapped around hers as she once more
glanced at the cover of the book she had
always adored and realised she couldn't
wait any longer to give him her present. Now, where in the world
Claude had been able to source it for her, she had no idea.
But then Claude had never let her down.
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A special anniversary deserved impeccable planning, down to the very last detail,
and Tom knew his Essence dedicated concierge wouldn't let him down
With just one call, Tom
knew that everything
would be taken care of
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