Who ate all the pies in Mayfair at hedgie lunch

TO the gilded rooms of Dartmouth House yesterday, where the wealth management industry flocked for the second annual Macmillan Pies and Prosecco luncheon – Mayfair’s equivalent to the traditional Gull’s Eggs luncheon held every year in the City.

A highly indulgent menu choice for midday on a Tuesday, but all for a very worthwhile cause, as Dan Jarman – who benefited from Macmillan’s cancer support – explained.

During his treatment for Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Macmillan nurses made a discovery which today means that Jarman is still able to have children.

“Although they haven’t yet found me anybody to have children with” he joked. “Apparently that isn’t part of the service.”

Adrian Morgan (above) head of Xuber
Xchanging relaunched its software business, Xuber, yesterday by hiring butlers to hand out free coffee outside Lloyd’s. The “essential morning lubricant” was intended to symbolise Xuber as “the engine that keeps the London insurance market humming”.

Despite advertising the position for the very first time, it doesn't appear that budding candidates are queuing up at the Bank of England's door to jostle for the position of governor. Manchester-born Jim O'Neill, chairman of Goldman Sachs Asset Management and football fanatic, explained yesterday why he took his name firmly off the table: “My wife said to me after the Southampton game ‘would you be able to stand in the United away end if you had such a position’ and I said that I didn't know that I would.”