At last great news for libraries! And it's the children who are putting their giant stamp of authority on the matter. Not only are there six writers of children's books amongst the top ten most borrowed authors of 2011/12 but children's fictions titles were borrowed a staggering 81.8 million times over that period.
Can London Metropolitan University reasonably claim that they own the Women's Library? Perhaps this is why the bidding process was so rushed and so secretive. We know that all the other bidders withdrew for various reasons, including a 'moving of goalposts' leaving only one 'bidder'; the London School of Economics.
As afternoon teas go, I've had some truly horrendous experiences, some especially wonderful experiences and some in between; afternoon tea at The Soho Hotel, was charmingly decadent and very much a wonderful experience.