Bill of the week: A liquid lunch at Gaucho

THIRSTY is the best way to describe the group of six wealth managers who headed to the Broadgate branch of Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho for a £17,000 slap-up lunch yesterday.

The party of six enjoyed the wallet-friendly Lunch Like a Polo Player menu, at a mere £26 for three courses. But their meal was somewhat enhanced by the addition of several bottles from the Dom Perignon Vintage wine list.

Six double shots of Richard Hennessey and a selection of Cohiba cigars well and truly finished the lunch off, and brought the bill to a grand total of £17,466. Good thing they ordered generous servings of Crozier Blue and Stinking Bishop to soak up all that fine wine.

■ We all know a high-roller or two in the City, but spread betting firm Spreadex has shown that even the comparatively lower rolling among us can match the big-stake punters when it comes to winnings. Over the long Easter weekend one of the firm’s clients used his bank holidays wisely and won just under £5,000 from a £10 bet on rugby league results. Our City better’s impressive stake-to-winnings ratio was helped by three rather spectacular scorelines: Hull KR losing 84-6 to Wigan, Warrington beating London Broncos 54-20 and Huddersfield beating Widnes 62-6. The result? A tidy £4,874 made from his five £2 stake size bets.

■ The City’s finest lawyers, accountants and bankers are once again being rounded up by fund managers Neptune Investment Management to sign up to the 2013 Neptune City Sevens rugby tournament. The annual game, this year to be played at Richmond Athletic Ground on 19 May, will see 24 Square Mile sides go head to head, with all proceeds going to the charity Child Bereavement UK. Last year’s clash, which saw players from Gamma Derivatives Solution take home the title after defeating the IG Warriors, was watched over by 1,000 keen spectators. No doubt they all came for the quality rugby, but stayed for the hog roast and beer tent.