My wife has been wanting to get back to London for some research on a historical novel she is writing so I gladly said "Oh, okay". It is a great city, incredible history, huge museums and very fun for a week. My only personal goal while I was there was to visit Purdey and Holland & Holland gun shops to gaze once again on some of the finest shotgun art made. The Purdey staff were very accomodating inspite of knowing at one glance I couldn't afford one of their shotguns even if I mortgaged my house. We talked shooting, guns, and the differences in our hunting and theirs. They can kill hundreds of pheasants on a "shoot" while we're limited to three, if you can find them. All of their hunting is on private land, we have thousands of acres of public hunting. I gazed upon their shotguns, incredible works of art they are. A stock takes over ninety hours from blank to finish for mounting the action. And the lowest price gun on display was $120,000. But there was the sweetest little 28 gauge...By the way, I was informed in a very, ah, stiff way, that they only use Turkish walnut for their stocks. I bought a couple of books which the salesman took into the back, carefully wrapped them in Purdey tissue, placed them in a Purdey bag, sealed it with tape and then with a Purdey ribbon. Classy is just classy.