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Don't sweat the small talk

A Thursday night in Mayfair and, in the rosy-hued vault of a chi-chi cocktail bar, members of London’s glitterati swirl, performing their nightly routine of small talk and smiles-for-the-camera.

In one corner, an up-and-coming actor bears down on the canapés; in another, three dewy-skinned young models pose for a selfie. A few yards away, a famous chef guffaws as the barman — sorry, mixologist — shakes and strains his drink.

In the middle of it all: me…READ MORE

Photography: Louise Haywood-Schiefer