Forget Wimbledon, Glyndebourne or Glastonbury. The creme of London’s prime resi industry has been congregating at an alternative set of social season diary dates so far this Summer – and we have the pictures to prove it.
While the five semi-legendary gatherings below probably haven’t made it into Tatler or Hello’s party pages, there was no shortage of glamour and shenanigans at the annual LonRes takeover of Belgrave Square, Manhattan Loft Corporation’s 25th birthday rooftop bash, the HQR Summer Ball (which raised £108,000 for charities including the Grenfell Tower fund), Mishcon de Reya’s 1920s-themed office party, or at Kay & Co’s family-friendly affair on Montagu Square.
LonRes Summer Party
- When: 21st June
- Where: Belgrave Square, SW1
- What: Networking & trophies for LonRes subscribers
LonRes once again stocked Belgrave Square with many of prime London’s top property types for its annual Summer palooza, which this year also marked the launch of new services LonRes Country and ResDev. Aside from the stilt-walkers, ornamental classic cars and glorious garden setting (and the presence of a life-size cow mannequin), this year’s event was made even more special by the dishing of gongs for the inaugural LonRes Awards… See who won what here.
The event was sponsored by David Phillips, with PrimeResi on board as media parter.
Manhattan Loft Corporation 25th Birthday
- When: 4th July
- Where: 36th Floor Roof Terrace, Manhattan Loft Gardens, Stratford E20
- What: Lavish celebrations on a 36th-floor construction site
This highly-glamorous event saw hundreds of society and property types head East and clamber into construction lifts (with gin in hand), to reach the spectacular 36th floor roof terrace of Manhattan Loft Corporation’s latest and most ambitious project – a 42-storey tower in Stratford – to celebrate the firm’s 25th birthday with founder Harry Handelsman. Cleverely-themed artisan cocktails (some in coconuts; some poured from boozy chandeliers) and an open kitchen by Bompas & Parr with a towering pyramid of grub, ensured that shmoozing happened seamlessly. Entertainments – amongst the construction paraphernalia – included a modern dance performance, DJ, and a moving speech by Handelsman – but the sunset views over London topped all.
The HQR Summer Ball
- When: 17th June
- Where: Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane W1K
- What: Black tie banqueting, bidding & boogieing for good causes
The second HQR Summer Ball saw a large proportion of major players in the prime resi construction sector dress to the nines and descend on Park Lane. 750 guests were entertained by some high-octane drumming from Slam (who played to a construction theme by featuring step ladders, oil drums, HQR high viz jackets and helmets) and after-dinner dancing to the sounds of Hand Fulla Soul.
A raffle and auction saw some cracking lots – including a Silverstone Classic Car Track Day, exclusive tickets for Wimbledon and a four person Las Vegas trip to the USA Rugby Sevens – go at generous prices for charities, and then guests dug even deeper for a spontaneous collection for the Grenfell Tower fund.
Spearheaded by Walter Lilly’s Andrew Crispin and Sizebreed’s Darren Size, the event operates as a charitable trust, with 100% of money raised going straight to worthy causes; this year it raised a tremendous £108,000 for The Lighthouse Club, YoungMinds and the Grenfell Tower fund.
Mishcon de Reya’s Residential Property Party
- When: 11th May
- Where: Mishcon de Reya, Kingsway WC2B
- What: 1920s-themed cocktails and jazz – & a dessert table
It’s almost as though the London offices of top-notch law firm Mishcon de Reya were designed with parties in mind… A large permanent central bar and a full catering set-up were complemented by a suite of 1920s-themed sideshows this year, for hand-picked clients, prospects and the resi property/private client legal team to power-mingle and make merry.
Kay & Co on Montagu Square
- When: 26th June
- Where: Montagu Square, W1H
- What: Celebrating Kay & Co’s 35th birthday with the locals
Marylebone estate agency Kay & Co celebrated its 35th year in business by hosting the Montagu Square Garden Party in June – raising £8,000 for the West London Day Centre, a charity which supports homeless people, in the process. Home House provided grub for around 350 locals and invited guests, who were entertained by celebrity-endorsed magician Magic Marco and live music from house band The Gents.