Thursday, March 27, 2008

End of Summer Ball: London's Farewell to Summer

Never mind that there was no summer in Britain this year. London's smart set still showed up to celebrate the End of Summer Ball, hosted by Vince Power at Berkeley Square.

Scenesters such as Kimberley Stewart, designer John Rocha, Tim Jefferies and Princess Beatrice – who was escorted by her beau, Dave Clark – came out for the soiree, which supports the work of the Prince’s Trust charity. ASW members present included Claudia Winkleman, Alexia Inge and Daisy Bates. The all-star chef team of Mark Hix, Tom Aikens, Richard Corrigan and Bryn Williams provided a sumptuous spread while the mixologists from Nobu Berkeley kept the crowd suitably lubricated with rose petal martinis and other concoctions. But the real treat of the evening came when former Spandau Ballet frontman Tony Hadley took to the stage. The trip back to the 1980s provided enough of a cue for many of the guests to claim table tops as their personal dance podiums.

— Jessica Ramakrishnan

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