Festive intruders in Heron Tower’s fish tank

Visitors at the City’s Heron Tower cannot miss the giant fish tank residing in the lobby. The aquarium is the largest privately owned one of its kind in Britain, and home to 67 different species of fish. It was also home to two festive guests on Wednesday, when divers donning Santa suits entered to give the tank a Yuletide spruce up.

■ The Capitalist often reports on the happenings over at spread betting firm Spreadex, and now hears that the company will be moving closer to home after opening a new sales office in London Wall. Veteran traders Darren Barton and Dave Mackay (affectionately nicknamed “the Chopper”), previously of the likes of NatWest Markets and Ambrian, are heading up the venture. Given the pair’s past record of client entertainment and long, liquid lunches, the bars and restaurants in the London Wall area are sure to be popping the champagne corks in early celebration of the anticipated additional business coming their way.

■ Another tale of Christmas party fun in the City has reached The Capitalist. The recipient of the office party jollities this time, Leadenhall Market restaurant Chamberlain’s. Loyal readers of this column will recall City bills laden with a handful of magnums of Dom Perignon or Grey Goose. However, the owners of this bill went for the quantity over quality approach – ordering a round of 191 jaegerbombs, certainly an explosive way to end the party. And on that note of social excess, The Capitalist is downing tools for the festive period, but will be back in the New Year – and in the meantime would like to wish all readers of this page a very Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year.