Plenty of wine but no Guinness at Stock Exchange’s Irish day

LADIES in emerald dresses and gentlemen in green ties was the unofficial dress code at the London Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

Both British and Irish flags were flying high as the Stock Exchange hosted its first ever Ireland Day.

The occasion marked Ireland Inc, the international Irish business network, formally starting trading with the market.

Sadly, given the theme of the event, The Capitalist hears there were no pints of Guinness on offer for the 120 guests from the likes of Citigroup and Morgan Stanley. There was however, no shortage of wine.

Curry washed down with a beer and spicy naan is not the food that one would normally associate with the refined surroundings of the City’s gilded Guildhall. However, Indian fare was order of the day yesterday for the Lord Mayor’s annual Big Curry in aid of ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The long lunch saw soldiers and City old boys catch up over a korma and Cobra in the Guildhall dining rooms. The very same rooms that only 24 hours prior had hosted Jeremy Clarkson and Dame Shirely Bassey for the more sombre gathering that was the drinks reception following Lady Thatcher’s funeral. Compere and trader Martin Pope was directing curry-lovers to the silent auction but told The Capitalist that this gig was a warm-up for his auctioneering duties later in the evening – at the Stock Exchange Vets dinner. The annual gathering had a surprise performer in the form of Pixie Lott. And how did a City dinner score the young songstress? It might have helped that Lott’s father was one of the old stockbrokers in attendance.