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Evans & Peel Detective Agency. 310c Earls Court Road SW5 9BA.

| Pubs | 17/07/2013

Evans and Peel

Last week, I travelled through space and time.  This had nothing to do with Doctor Who or my own aptitude for quantum physics. It did though, have everything to do with the folks over at The Evans and Peel Detective Agency.   Be forewarned, Evans and Peel pride themselves on secrecy.  With that in mind, I’m sure they won’t mind me blowing their cover and telling you that their establishment is in fact a speakeasy straight out of 1920’s America.  Oops.

The Evans and Peel Detective Agency sits down a side road in the heart of Earls Court.   There’s no garish pub sign outside, no lads mouthing off, no inclination of anything untoward.  It’s quiet, too quiet.  There’s a brown door, an intercom and a clapped out Mercedes parked outside. In fairness to the “Agency”, I don’t think the clapped out Mercedes has anything to do with them.  Fortunately, we were saved the awkwardness of buzzing the intercom by a blonde haired gent who’d gone outside for a cigarette.  We followed him in before being told by the accented receptionist to “Waaaait on the stairs, please”.

After standing on the stairs for about five minutes, and nervously listening to the intense questioning below, we were finally summoned to discuss our case with the receptionist.

“So, what’s your story?”

“We have reason to believe that the local PE teacher is training up children to be deadly ninja-assassins.

“That sounds serious”

“It is serious, very serious indeed”

“Has he got any targets in mind?”

“Yes, lots of high profile ones.  He’s a very dangerous man.  We’re worried about the children”

“Follow me please”

And so we did follow her, through the secret entrance and into a dimly lit jazz bonanza that bubbled with cinematic vibes.  A waiter, who looked and sounded the part, then showed us to our table. For what it’s worth, our chairs were antique theatre seats.  I’m not sure if that’s your bag but if it is, well you’re in luck.

After waiting an absolute age for our waiter to come back and take our order, we finally got our hands on some delicious cocktails.  I don’t pretend to be a connoisseur of alcoholic beverages, but each of the ones I sampled had a real quality to it.  I can’t remember the name of the first one I tried, but it tasted like a gust of cooling breeze on a hot summer’s day.  Very refreshing.

So what are my thoughts on The Evans and Peel Detective Agency?  Well, it’s definitely pretentious and you’ll probably age a few years whilst waiting to be served.  That being said, it’s also a lot of fun and makes you feel like the member of a very exclusive club.  This is a place that’s certainly worth investigating.

By Jack Clayton @BilboTalk

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