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Olympic legends’ ball


LAST MONTH, some of the most prominent names in sport and showbusiness attended the Mo Farah Foundation fundraising ball “A Night of Champions” in The Great Room at Grosvenor House in Park Lane. The Mo Farah Foundation – set up by Olympic gold medalist Mo and his wife Tania – aims to help save lives and support people affected by the worst drought to hit the Horn of Africa in over 60 years.


Guests at the event included Olympic champion Usain Bolt, Sir Steve Redgrave, Sally Gunnell, Steve Cram, Barry McGuigan and Colin Jackson. After dinner, Usain Bolt took to the stage to help


auction a pair of his running shoes – the winning bid for the shoes of the world’s fastest man was £36,000.


More Marlborough Bollywood fundraiser


SOTHEBY’S HELD AN EVENT last month to celebrate the launch of designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosia’s book India Fantastique. It was followed by a charity auction where items including Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan’s sherwani (a long, black Indian garment) went under the hammer.


Meera Gandhi, CEO and founder of The Giving Back


Foundation (pictured here with Bachchan) bid £12,000 for the item. The money will go to Breakthrough, which strives to prevent atrocities against women.


MARLBOROUGH CONTEMPORARY, the new gallery of Marlborough Fine Art, London opens this month alongside the existing space on Albemarle Street.


The gallery will be run by Professor Andrew Renton, formerly director of curating at Goldsmiths London and a friend of the YBAs. The first exhibition Stone Free, opening on October 11, will showcase the work of Angela Ferreira, a Portuguese artist born in Mozambique, who lived in South Africa for several years before moving to Lisbon eight years ago. Her African heritage is a crucial aspect of her work, which explores the discrepancies and cracks of displaced modernist utopias and local history.


THE CULLINAN MINE IN SOUTH AFRICA


News in brief


GIORGIO LOCATELLI and his wife Plaxy (pictured) threw a party to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their restaurant Locanda Locatelli in Seymour Street. Fellow chefs Fergus Henderson and Mark Hix and artists Sir Peter Blake and Mark Quinn were among the guests. Read our interview with Giorgio, pages 30-31.


JEREMY BROWN, previously of The Ritz, is heading the relaunched bar and restaurant at private members’ club Home House. The restaurant will offer “high-end British brasserie-style dining”, while the bar will serve classic cocktails and some Home House creations.


THE FOUR LEADS from Let It Be, the West End musical celebrating 50 years of The Beatles, unveiled the show by performing a rooftop gig in central London, echoing the band’s famous 1969 performance on top of the Apple building in


PHOTO: ANNABEL MOELLER


Savile Row. The show is on now at the Prince of Wales Theatre.


NOVIKOV RESTAURANT & Bar in Berkeley Street is hosting a series of expert lunches. The events, held in the restaurant’s private dining room, offers attendees an insight into a cross-section of companies. An Italian art expert from Sotheby’s will host on October 11, followed by Armani/Casa (November 15), Educogym (January 17), Tatessoian (February 14) and Halcyon Gallery (March 14). Tickets are £50.


BROMPTON’S AUCTIONEERS is presenting the Heath Quartet in Faraday’s famous theatre at the Royal Institution in Albemarle Street on October 22 in a recital showcasing the best of young British talent. The recital, featuring Haydn and Tchaikovsky, will last an hour from 6.30pm. All proceeds will go to the National Children’s Orchestra. For tickets, which cost £10, call 020 7670 2947/2916 or email info@bromptons.co.


MAYFAIR CHEF Philip Howard’s debut book, The Square, The Cookbook: Savoury (Absolute Press, £40) is the culmination of over 20 years at the helm of his two-Michelin-starred restaurant The Square in Bruton Street. Recipes, which are split into 12 sections, feature an overview of the dish, plus advice on how to source the ingredients.


NEWS: Selma Day selma@pubbiz.com


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