ARGENTINIAN polo players over in London for the annual Gaucho Polo tournament tomorrow have to find some way to kill the time before the evening game.
And it seems two members of Team Argentina – Oscar Mancini and Adolfo Casabal – have made the most of the famous steakhouse’s hospitality.
The horsey pair were given two boys’ toys to play with – Gaucho’s Sunseeker yacht and a Maserati sports car – both of which the players raced from Tower Bridge to the O2 arena. However, they are not the most famous couple to charter the yacht. Last on board were singer Justin Timberlake and actress Jessica Alba.
■ Partners at law firm Baker & McKenzie, lawyers to the London Symphony Orchestra, were rubbing shoulders with the orchestra’s famous conductor Sir Antonio Pappano last week when he popped into a corporate aftershow party hosted by the firm in the Barbican’s tropical garden room. However, The Capitalist hears that such guest appearances are not a one-way affair. The pro bono relationship between the firm and the orchestra originally began because a partner at the time was also a part-time player with the LSO. Musical prowess must run in the company then, as current IP partner and amateur horn player Stephen Jones has apparently been known to make the most of events held for sponsors – even sitting with the horn section during a rehearsal once.
■ Current director general of the Institute of Directors Simon Walker has joined the advisory board of new corporate PR agency Seven Dials. He will be joined by ex-newspaper editor Charles Wilson. The advisory board will be chaired by Andrew McGuinness, one of the founders of BMB, an ad agency known for eyebrow-raising campaigns like fcuk for French Connection. Walker, a former comms secretary to The Queen, will no doubt be adding a touch of decorum.