The old Bristol Hotel in Martins Street, Lagos, is being demolished today. One of the city's well-known hotels, where foreigners used to go to exchange money, it has long been on the shabby side – there was even once a lynching in its garden. For some time, it has been in steady decline. The Martins family, who own the land, has been given permission by the state governor to pull it down, following the expiry of its 50-year lease.
This is one of the last hotel Bristols in Africa – the famous one in Cairo is long gone, leaving only three, in Tunis, Tangier and Asmara, in Eritrea.
LET THEM EAT HANDBAGS
Chef Laurent Jeannine at Le Bristol in Paris has produced a fancy chocolate dessert shaped like a handbag – another must-have for the must-buy clientele of the top hotel. At only 30 euros, it will add relatively little to Sarkozy's lunchtime bill.