The first of the year event for the BBeyond Inner Circle took place at the British Academy’s Council Room which, with its intricately ornate gilded ceiling, fine art portraits and amazing views across one of the most opulent areas of London, is a work of art itself.
The traditional gathering of collectors, philanthropists, investors and just interesting people had a theme: what constitutes a good investment. Howard Bilton, CEO of the Sovereign Group kick-started the conversation with a 60 second talk on vintage cars, followed by Alexandra Lovell on 19th century Russian art. Rafael Serrano spoke briefly about investing in London property landmarks such as the Bulgari hotel and Admiralty Arch. Nadine Barbey gave a brief perspective on precious gems and Suchit Punnose on the booming Indian markets.
Above all, fun was had by all, with the most excellent Chateau de Berne wines providing the right emollient.
More on Chateau de Berne can be seen on our sister website, The Tastemaker.
Foie gras, Charolais beef, sundried tomato and tapenade spreads had been flown in from France, fresh salmon from Scotland and chocolates, courtesy of Love and Chocolate (see our review here).
Edible chocolate candles, coconut and peanut butter cups came from Lady Chocolate and were a great success with the guests. The Tastemaker has reviewed those too. Let it never be said that BBIC guests are not foodies or epicureans in general – in addition to being some of the most successful people on the planet.