Sunday, 16 November 2014

Evans and Peel Detective Agency

Jamie and I moved house on Friday. The experience was always going to be a stressful one for me seeing as I'm a control freak. On the contrary, the day ran smoothly thanks to my friend Jonathan showing up in his company car to take my boxes of house wares to the refuse centre. Many thanks to Jonathan and Jamie for dealing with my hissy fits. Jonathan even finished Amar's only assigned job; to make us a new house fridge welcome message...
48 hours later and I'm onboard the Virgin train to Glasgow from London writing a little bit about the most worthwhile attraction around my old place.

Within the first week of moving to Barons court (a whole year and a half ago) we were advised to visit to Evans and Peels Detective Agency; a speak-easy bar posing as a detective agency. For entry to the Earl's Court venue you must call and make an appointment or apply online and state your case for review by the detectives.
We recruited our fellow Scots, Dani and Sean (The beginnings of this friendship is a funny story. I'll write about another time.)
I wrote our case and it went a little something like this:

"Danielle and Sean are missing a family member, Aunt Petunia. Yesterday afternoon at 2.43pm a shrill was heard from her kitchen and after reported to the police, she was nowhere to be found. Vivacious (and young for an aunt) Aunt Petunia often had male visitors take her out at the weekend near her quaint cottage in Kirkcaldy. Jamie's father is one of them. Danielle and Sean suspect some foul play as Aunt Petunia had left the gas on the cooker on - heating up for her famous chocolate fondue. Was she cooking for a visitor or just to indulge? Aunt Petunia was always careful with the gas cooker. Her car left in the driveway and all her life savings in her underwear drawer - Petunia's everyday favourite shoes sitting on the front door shoe rack. Neighbours only report hearing one voice, that of Petunia. Her daughter Samantha is less concerned about her mothers disappearance. Mother Petunia disappeared so many times before on the whim of her many terrible boyfriends. Samantha severed communication with her mother last christmas when she found her mother in a compromising position with her boyfriend of 10 years. Tonight we ask you Evans and Peel, can you find Petunia?"

Not knowing what to expect on arrival, we followed our google maps to identify the entrance.
As we stepped down the staircase we weren't quite sure what or who would be meeting. A young lady with dark hair and dark skin faced met us at her desk at the bottom, typing up some notes on her typewriter. She quizzed us on our case and we awkwardly attempted to play our characters somewhat convincingly. She agreed to take on our case and stood up from her chair to bid us entry. We all stood looking at each other. The room had no doors. 

She opened the bookcase. I wanted to scream with excitement. The bar she led us into had a beautiful 20's basement vibe. We ordered from a menu of delicious cocktails. The boys got some sliders and we shared some pork chilli fries.

We were served by a super cute Syrian guy and a chick with a memorable bust. I only detail because it was hard to keep your eyes off her tatas as she served our drinks.
The bar had some great quirks: the house brew poured from the radiator tap, cinema row seats at the tables, 20's props everywhere. I didn't even feel bad about my headpiece or wearing my work shoes (which are disgusting but definitely in theme.)
Jamie's first drink was "Hemingway's breakfast'.  It came with a warning "Extremely strong. Not for the faint hearted drinker". It went down nicely. 
It was a darling evening. Mother Petunia, I'm sorry the booze got in the way of finding out your fate. I suppose the booze just didn't care too much.

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