More than three hundred years ago today, the English publisher Richard Steele launched the first version of a society gossip and manners magazine that has been through multiple incarnations but finally settled down as Tatler.
Steele's version, published under his pen name of Isaac Bickerstaff, Esq, featured gossip from the coffee shops of London and contributors as esteemed as Samuel Johnson. Today's Tatler is best known for coverage of socialites and, of course, The Little Black Book, its list of London's most eligible under-30s.
Didn't make it into this year's edition of the book? Console yourself with a Black Cherry Martini, a deliciously simple 1990s-style fruit martini.
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