Roland Rudd is not one for being fazed by party clashes. The formidable spin-meister’s splendid fiftieth birthday party last summer in his country-house near Glastonbury famously clashed with chancellor George Osborne’s fortieth birthday celebrations. One suspects some guests had a difficult choice to make but that didn’t stop around 500 of London’s business community, including Lord Rothermere, Sir Roger Carr and Sir Martin Sorrell, hot-footing it down the motorway to toast a glass or two of the finest. With Rudd’s RLM Finsbury co-sponsoring the new Picasso exhibition at Tate Britain, bankers, journalists and famous figures including Robert Gillespie, director general of the Takeover Panel and justice secretary Ken Clarke, enjoyed a preview of the show last night. This time the event clashed with a party hosted by former Sunday Times business editor John Waples in his role as UK head of FTI Strategic Communications at Claridge’s and the PLC Awards, which is annually attended by 1,500 bankers and City analysts.
Epsom Downs Racecourse yesterday signed up Boisdale, the Scottish-themed restaurant group, to provide a hospitality enclosure for the Investec Derby Festival 2012.

Launched at Boisdale’s Canary Wharf restaurant, The Boisdale Enclosure at Epsom Downs Racecourse will be situated on the finishing line adjacent to the Queen’s Stand and will reflect Boisdale’s trademark reputation for the finest whisky, cigars, jazz and cuisine.

Hospitality packages for the event on the first weekend in June, which include valet car parking, start from £675 plus VAT per person (depending on the day) and can be booked at