Chrismukkah in Canary Wharf: Final menorah candles light up

IN addition to the Christmas lights shining around Canary Wharf, a 15ft high menorah has been installed in the gardens of Jubilee Park.

To commemorate the Jewish festival of Chanukah, the candles were lit in special lighting ceremonies, sponsored by KPMG and Citi, over eight days last week.

This is the 14th time Canary Wharf has had a giant menorah on display, the lighting of which is said to be a symbol of optimism.

Docklands-based finance folk who are feeling festive may also be inclined to take a twirl on the One Canada Square ice rink.

Those feeling less boisterous have the option to enjoy the apres skate, at the rinkside Boisdale on Ice bar which will be serving mulled wine, hot toddies and, naturally, a haggis sausage roll or two.

■ Word has reached The Capitalist of post Christmas party antics from the Drift Bar at The Heron Tower.

Party frivolities were pushed to the limit last Friday when a gentleman from a well-known City brokerage climbed the 30ft display in the bar, only to be greeted by a table of ten diners enjoying their meal in the restaurant above. You may be wondering what spurred our young climber on, to scale such dizzy heights? The answer was not pride or honour, but a £10,000 wager from his companions. Needless to say our party climber was ejected shortly afterwards. He ought to be more careful next time: they do say pride comes before a fall.

■ An unlikely Christmas Number One entry from drivers at lorry firm Eddie Stobart. Ten of the truckers, and stars of the strangely popular Channel 5 series Trucks and Trailers, have released a charity single. The parody of the 12 Days of Christmas comes complete with adapted lyrics, including “seven spotters spotting”, a nod to the legion fans of the firm’s trucks. The single, in aid of the Help for Heroes charity, is available to download now from major online music retailers.