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The Langham incident - The response from Burgess

Burgess gives his version of events in the case of the locked door.

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The Langham incident - The response from Burgess.

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Document Type | Internal Memo

04 June 1941

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1941

Synopsis

This is Guy Burgess' response to the report from the Langham Hotel watchman. He sets out, in itemised detail, his side of the story about the night when he couldn't get into his hotel room and recalls the ensuing disastrous consequences (particularly for the door of room 316).

Read the first document in this chain of correspondence.

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The Langham Hotel, established in 1865, has had many famous guests to stay over the years. These have included American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Emperor Louis Napoleon III, writers Oscar Wilde and Mark Twain, and the explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley. The Langham was the first hotel in London to offer air conditioning and install hydraulic lifts, which were referred to as 'rising rooms'. It was also the only London hotel with its own post office.

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