Nigel Farage, The Brand New Heavies and Innocent Drinks founder shake it up at Jim Mellon’s Christmas party

Gabriella Griffith
Jim Mellon led a singalong finale at his party in Notting Hill last night

What do nineties band The Brand New Heavies, Nigel Farage and Innocent Drinks founder Richard Reed have in common? They were all at millionaire fund-manager Jim Mellon’s Christmas party last night, of course.

The shindig took place in Mellon’s pub in Notting Hill. The Capitalist had the pleasure of meeting the man the boozer was named after – a regular at the pub before Mellon bought it (it was a Slug and Lettuce) who’s simply known as The Commander. The pub, on Hereford Road, had been Mellon’s local before he dived in and scooped it up.

The Brand New Heavies hit the stage shortly after 7pm, singing their hits, including Dream On Dreamer, and entertaining the jovial crowd, filled with the investor’s family and friends. “I wish this was my party,” said the guitarist, as the crowd chanted back the lyrics.

Wearing a Santa hat, Mellon boogied at the front with Reed and his posse. Farage however ducked in and out again before The Capitalist had a chance to say “how’s Steph and Dom?”

But the best was saved for last. Three songs written by Mellon and his guitar teacher and performed by his friends, with Mellon taking the lead on the last song – getting the crowd to join in. Never a dull moment.

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