Dylan Thomas met and fell in love at first sight with Caitlin Macnamara in the first week of April 1936 at the Wheatsheaf pub, 25 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia (W1T 1JB), a favourite haunt of writers and artists at the time. Legend has it that, laying his head in her lap, a drunken Dylan proposed to Caitlin that first evening.
According to Caitlin, they spent the next five or six days at the nearby Eiffel Tower Hotel, leaving the bill to be picked up by her occasional lover, Augustus John.
Also at The Wheatsheaf he met many of the leading figures of the British Surrealist movement, and was published in the June 1936 issue of Roger Roughton’s Contemporary Poetry and Prose featuring Breton, Bunuel, Char, Dali, Eluard, Jarry, Mesens, Peret, E.E. Cummings and Humphrey Jennings.
At the International Surrealist Exhibition at Burlington Place (also in June 1936), Dylan handed out cups of boiled string, enquiring politely, ‘Weak or strong?’