THESE off-duty City types headed to swanky Italian Vineria in St John’s Wood last weekend for a blow-out £2,500 Sunday brunch, munching their way through sea bass, monkfish, veal and a mountain of pasta.

The gastronomic feast lasted well into the afternoon, helped on its way by two bottles of Krug 1995 champagne, two apiece of luscious Italian reds Brunello di Montalcino “Case Basse” 2001 and Monfortino Barolo 2000, and yet two more of crisp white Cervaro della Sala 2006.

Brings new meaning to the phrase “hair of the dog”, doesn’t it?