Girl About Town

Posted on October 18, 2007 in Uncategorized

After a long, not-so-hot Summer, it’s back into the party fray as Autumn approaches for the SYP’s Girl About Town.

GAT welcomed September’s signalling of the return of party season with a truly wonderful party at The Delfina Gallery to celebrate the launch of Vintage Classics.

GAT spotted several authors enjoying the fun, including Caryl Phillips, AS Byatt, Howard Marks, Marie Phillips and Adam Thirlwell. The party carried on late into the night, with several attendees stumbling to a nearby hostelry afterwards to continue the revelry.

Place: The Delfina Gallery

We ate: mini fish and chips with lemon, dill and caper mayonnaise; Cumberland sausage and mash served in mini noodle boxes; parmesan polenta chips; cinnamon spiced lamb tortilla wraps

We drank: champagne and wine


As September continued, GAT was invited to a party to celebrate JFL’s 35th Birthday, held at the stunningly beautiful Century Club roof terrace (which was decorated for the night with beautiful fairy lights. GAT mingled with the great and good of publishing, recruitment and PR, whilst eating delicious canapés and listening to the moving speeches. Great live music made this a really fun occasion.

Place: The Century Club roof terrace

We ate: Thai chicken skewers; smoked salmon bites; wonderfully rich portions of Birthday cake!

We drank: huge quantities of champagne, followed by wine


The next party was one which GAT felt most suited her – the launch party for Bright Young People by DJ Taylor, held at the London Review Bookshop. The author gave a wonderful speech about the bright young things of the 1920s, who inspired Evelyn Waugh’s great novel Vile Bodies, and the recent film of Bright Young Things. GAT felt a great simpatico with these hedonistic, party-going young socialites. How blush-making, as they would have said.

Place: the London Review Bookshop

We ate: too busy drinking and socialising to eat food, darlings

We drank: lots of wine


The following evening saw the launch of the newly refurbished Mall Galleries. Housed on the Mall in John Nash’s elegant 1827 Regency Terrace, the Galleries looked stunning after their makeover. Simply brilliant canapés by Red Snapper Events (so good they deserve a plug!) and free-flowing champagne made this a hugely enjoyable evening (and potentially hugely expensive, as GAT debated whether to spend hundreds of pounds on some of the glorious artwork on display. Thats what happens after eleven glasses of champagne).

Place: The Mall Galleries

We ate: Thai style fishcakes with coriander and lime dipping sauce; seared peppered tuna on oriental rice cakes; loin of lamb on rosemary skewers with a pea and mint dip; mini Cumberland sausages with double-butter mash; wild mushroom tartlets with truffle oil

We drank: champagne. And how