Foyles to celebrate 80 years of lunches

Foyles to celebrate 80 years of lunches

<p>Foyles will mark the 80th anniversary of its literary luncheons with a black tie dinner in central London next month. The black tie dinner, at Grosvenor House on 21st October, will feature guests such as Sir Michael Parkinson and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson discussing their lives and their books.</p><p>The first literary lunch, the brainchild of Christina Foyle, was held on 21st October 1930 in response to customers&rsquo; demand to meet authors. Since then the independent bookshop has held more than 700 luncheons with more than 1,000 authors entertaining almost 500,000 guests.</p><p>Among those who previously attended are General de Gaulle, Margaret Thatcher, Lauren Bacall, TS Eliot, Frederick Forsyth, Jilly Cooper and John Lennon.</p>