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It is well known that members of the British Royal Family often find it difficult to escape the paparazzi, making it difficult for the group to go out privately. However, over the years a few enterprising royals have clearly taken matters into their own hands, creating a quiet way out for a drink. The solution? A secret tunnel to a bar in London.
Richard Eden from the Daily mail reported that Princess Eugenie’s husband Jack Brooksbank had revealed to her the existence of a hidden passage under the streets of London.
“There’s one at Dukes Bar from St James’s Palace,” Brooksbank reportedly told Eden at a party in London. “I haven’t used it yet, but would like to check it out.”
St James’s Palace was once the residence of the monarch, before Buckingham Palace. It is now the home of a number of members of the royal family, including Princess Anne, Princess Alexandra and Eugenie’s sister, Princess Beatrice. Eugenie even lived in St James’s for a bit before moving to Kensington Palace, where she and Jack currently reside.
The Dukes Bar, where the secret passage leads, is a renowned cocktail bar located in the Dukes Hotel in Mayfair. The elegant place is famous for its martinis and, according to legend, James Bond author Ian Fleming took inspiration from the bar to choose a semi-dry martini as Bond’s signature drink and coined the phrase ” shaken not agitated ”.
It makes sense that Brooksbank hopes to try the switch – he works in the liquor industry himself. Before marrying Eugenie, he was the general manager of Mahiki, a nightclub in Mayfair. He is now ambassador for the Casamigos tequila brand, the label co-founded by George Clooney.
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