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Four years ago City high-flyer, Ajit Chambers, stopped his bicycle and stared into a small, dusty shop in an inconspicuous alley in central London. It was a strange but magical moment, which would change his life forever.
So this week I'm taking a break from discovering new venues in London. That's not to say that I'm not discovering new event venues though. I'm in Sardinia, an island I'd never been to before. In fact, all I'd really heard about the island was that my grandmother had been here "on Joey's yacht" back in the 70's.
Despite being the most dramatic and theatrical of all events, Halloween Parties are still a bit of a corporate taboo because of their inherent (and compulsory) outrageousness. But outrageousness doesn't have to be mistaken for inappropriateness.
In most major cities on earth - from Paris to Chicago, from Milan to Cairo, the river is a natural focal point, a natural feature to which one naturally gravitates. Indeed, the river is the common denominator within any prominent city as it was the great, snaking waterways that sat at the heart of industry, and were essential to the thriving commerciality of their respective cities, which evolved, thrived and grew up around it.
It seems that hotels are cool again. If I cast my mind back to my 'naughties' (in every sense of the word) PR days, all the coolest bars used to be in hotels. The Met Bar at the Metropolitan (formerly the coolest club in London),
“Everybody has a plan. Until they get punched in the face!” Mike Tyson. So far this year, I’ve been mostly hosting events. Pretty big ones, as it happens. Whereas I’ve spent the last few decades marauding around the events industry as if I’m some kind of Rockstar (although, having said that in jest, check out this from an event at the Hippodrome last year!),
It was 1999, and I had one of the most massively coveted (and therefore equally massively under paid!) jobs in the world. I was in charge of all the press accreditation for London Fashion Week at one of the world's biggest PR agencies, Ketchum (formerly Lynne Franks of Ab Fab fame). This meant that it was my job to decide who goes to the shows, who interviews who and, perhaps most importantly of all, who gets in to the after-parties.
When I announced that I was taking team Londonlaunch to Center Parcs for a day (and night) of fun-fuelled and action-packed adventure, the excitement was instantly palpable. In fact, so much so that it's safe to say we couldn't have been more up for it if we'd have been off to Jurassic World...
It’s funny isn’t it? You spend a decade going to thousands of the most lavish, sensational, exotic (and sometimes even erotic!) events and when you’re asked to recount the most exciting thing you’ve ever experienced, it’s always something so small and simple that it makes you question spending such vast sums on anything elaborate at all.
With Thanksgiving fast approaching as well as an on-trend Star Spangled Christmas season looming, here’s our roundup of London’s best American restaurants and venues for events this festive season and beyond…