The Capitalist

Friday 14 February 2014
LOVE isn’t the only thing in the air today, there’s also a heavy whiff of chic – London is about to be taken over by spindly legged, spectacularly-heeled, coconut water-drinking fashionistas as London Fashion Week kicks off.
Simon Lewis received his OBE at Buckingham Palace
Thursday 13 February 2014
FRESH from collecting his OBE at Buckingham Palace yesterday, chief executive of The Association for Financial Markets in Europe and Gordon Brown’s former comms man Simon Lewis headed to The Villandry for an after party with old pals including Sir
The crowds enjoy the fanciful cocktails and canapés at The Fable
Thursday 13 February 2014
THE CITY  brushed up on its fairytales last night at the launch of bar chain Drake & Morgan’s latest outpost The Fable on Holborn Viaduct.
Thursday 13 February 2014
THE PROPERTY industry can be a pretty glamorous place but staff at Jones Lang LeSalle’s Warwick Street office have some hefty competition from one of their neighbours.
Walkie Scorchie’s Plan B
Wednesday 12 February 2014
SHIELD your eyes, the curtain has been pulled back on the plans for the Walkie Scorchie and its indiscriminate burn beams.
Christina Knudsen and Richard Steele
Wednesday 12 February 2014
WHAT do hedge funds, Sir Roger Moore and a Danish-Swedish socialite have in common? They’re all related in some way to a new social club for singles called Ochun.
Wednesday 12 February 2014
THOMAS Cook boss Harriet Green let her experience of running electronics company Premier Farnell shine through yesterday.
Wall Street’s Tiger Woman
Tuesday 11 February 2014
FORGET the Wolf of Wall Street, the City played host to a different financial animal this weekend – Junheng Li, author of Tiger Woman on Wall Street.
Virgin Atlantic concierge staff will use Google Glass’ facial recognition to get to know you
Tuesday 11 February 2014
IF YOU happen to be flying with Virgin Atlantic out of Heathrow today, you may be met with a surprise.
Dragon Piers Linney with Vini Aujla and her sauce
Monday 10 February 2014
SPOILER ALERT: A former City worker entered the Dragon’s Den last night and came out smiling, having bagged a £50,000 investment from Piers Linney in return for a 30 per cent equity share in her Indian sauce business, Vini & Bal’s.
Rathbones’ team (in black) take on the English lacrosse team at Hyde Park
Monday 10 February 2014
INVESTMENT managers at Rathbones had an unusually challenging afternoon on Friday, as a team from the City firm gathered in a muddy Hyde Park to take on the English lacrosse team at their own game.
Monday 10 February 2014
ELLA’S KITCHEN FOUNDER AND CEO PAUL LINDLEY
Monday 10 February 2014
Do you remember our story about Lucy Kuy, the City-based Catlin employee who turned to ITV’s Take Me Out to find true love?
Caught out Rawlinson faced most people’s worst nightmare
Friday 07 February 2014
IT’S THE nightmare scenario we all dread. Going for a meeting with a prospective employer and getting spotted (and overheard) by your current boss.
Bernie Ecclestone’s handy work will be auctioned off for charity this evening
Friday 07 February 2014
THE STARS of Formula One will be screeching into town this evening for Zoom, a charity auction at the InterContinental Park Lane.
Friday 07 February 2014
WHETHER the thought of Valentine’s Day has you reaching for the nearest bucket or speed dialling Interflora with little hearts in your eyes, the big day is coming up as fast as Cupid’s arrow.
Keys and Batsford will front the show
Thursday 06 February 2014
BORED of Bloomberg? Need more on top of CNBC? Two City executives are certainly hoping so, as today sees the launch of their internet TV programme TipTV.co.uk, which aims to “liven things up for home day traders.”
Thursday 06 February 2014
THOSE City-ites who manage to get into work today will be rewarded by the re-appearance of the Kerb street food market outside the Gherkin.
MKS (formerly Sugababes)
Wednesday 05 February 2014
CHAMPAGNE was flowing on the upper reaches of the Shard last night as The View From The Shard, the panoramic tourist trap on the 68, 69 and 71st floors of Renzo Piano’s masterpiece, celebrated its first birthday.
Boris Johnson
Wednesday 05 February 2014
FOLLOWING his tête-à-tête with RMT’s Bob Crow on LBC radio, Boris Johnson relaxed by presenting The London Planning Awards last night. East Village took the top gong for Planning Excellence as well as Best New Place To Live.
Wednesday 05 February 2014
APPARENTLY the world’s most expensive cocktail has been served and, we’d like to hope, enjoyed, in Russia’s Reka restaurant.
Tuesday 04 February 2014
DOESN’T time fly when you’re updating multiple statuses – Facebook, the social network that lured us away from MySpace and Bebo with its clean lines and preppy feel all those years ago, has reached double digits. It makes us feel old.
Tuesday 04 February 2014
LONDON is bracing itself for the worst – forget the storms, this evening a Tube strike is going on.
Tuesday 04 February 2014
STAFF at Wonga must be celebrating their move to Camden.
Monday 03 February 2014
FORGET the Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman – the jokes of tomorrow could be all about the Beijinger and the Shanghainese.
Ant and Dec share a loving glance at the butcher’s stall on Morrisons’ fictitious Market Street
Monday 03 February 2014
THERE appears to be no end to the amount of trendy food markets popping up in the capital – a bit of Borough here, Maltby Street there, a dash of Exmouth, etc.
Monday 03 February 2014
Deloitte’s Head of Real Estate Andrew Rothery
Bean at Waterstones reading an extract from Old’s book
Friday 31 January 2014
THE GRAVELLY northern tones of Sean Bean are something we’re not often treated to in the City, but anyone who happened upon Waterstones on London Wall yesterday was privy to a rare Bean scene.
Will Greenwood poses next to a huge rugby ball
Friday 31 January 2014
SEAN Bean wasn’t the only hard man in the City yesterday.
Friday 31 January 2014
Yvette Cooper has dished some dirt on her husband Ed Balls to the rather aptly chosen Red magazine, out today. The fellow Labour MP spoke candidly about domestic bliss with the shadow chancellor. “The most stressful time in any parent’s day is...
Grant Thornton’s Quoted Company Awards were held at the Natural History Museum
Thursday 30 January 2014
IT’S not very often the business glitterati spends a night surrounded by dinosaurs and fossils (well, not of the prehistoric kind anyway) but those who ventured to the Grant Thornton Quoted Company awards last night were sat next to the very fines
It’s a culture off – who wins? Justin Bieber v KT Tunstall, Canada Dry v Irn Bru, Salmon v Alex Salmond, Maple Syrup v Haggis, Benton Fraser (Due South) v Taggart.
Thursday 30 January 2014
YESTERDAY Mark Carney donned his well-fitting black suit, fired up the economobile and raced up to Scotland for a breakfast meeting with Alex Salmond and a rather lengthy speech at The George Hotel in Edinburgh, to give his tuppence worth on a cur
Thursday 30 January 2014
EX-ENGLAND and Newcastle footballer Rob Lee is used to a challenge, but the retired sports star has taken on an altogether different one since November 2013, he wants to put the City through its paces and give busy finance professionals a chance t
From GDP to guitars, Andrew Sentance knows his stuff
Wednesday 29 January 2014
WHEN Andrew Sentance organised his book launch he had no idea it would fall on the same day as the GDP figures were released. Cue a lot of running around as the economist juggled appearing on Sky, the BBC, writing a column for City A.M.
An etching of the 1814 frost fair – note St Paul’s in the background and prolific slipping over
Wednesday 29 January 2014
IMAGINE a hedonistic festival on the Thames replete with pop-ups selling artisanal gin cocktails and tasty food. It wouldn’t be out of place in 2014, but it’s what used to happen on the river when it froze 200 years ago.
Tuesday 28 January 2014
WHAT time do you rock up at work in the morning? Are you all “at the desk by 7am, granola eaten and ready for action”? Or more of a “rolling in the door at 10am, Square Mile coffee and croissant in hand” type?
Tuesday 28 January 2014
GREAT British purveyor of wheaty goodness, Hovis, hit the headlines yesterday having had a large hunk of it sold off. But do you know where the name comes from?
Larry McGinity’s Bailouts which features Lord King’s musings on the need for a robust banking system
Monday 27 January 2014
HISTORICALLY, some of the world’s finest artworks have been inspired by events at the time; Picasso’s Guernica, Hogarth’s Rake’s Progress, Banksy’s Jubilee-themed sweatshop boy on the wall of Poundland.
Monday 27 January 2014
BEING named on the New Year Honours list has evidently done zip to ease Karren Brady CBE’s hefty workload.
Monday 27 January 2014
Sage Pay chief executive Simon Black
Monday 27 January 2014
On Friday The Capitalist wrote about former Autonomy boss Mike Lynch’s hearing difficulties, which he had referenced in a speech. We would like to apologise for any offence caused to Mr Lynch by the manner in which his comments were reported.
PwC staff perform Cinderella at Sandler’s Wells
Friday 24 January 2014
THE CAPITALIST ventured up to Sadler’s Wells Peacock Theatre for the PwC panto, Cinderella, last night, and before you say it – “oh yes I did.” It’s the 28th year the firm has put on the show, which stars people from across the firm including seve
Friday 24 January 2014
MEMBERS of the royal family are not usually flag bearers for global equality, given their lofty birth rights and all that, but it didn’t stop Prince Andrew from getting into the spirit of things in Davos yesterday evening.
Cambridge-based Amber Martinez in her cape
Thursday 23 January 2014
THE WORLD’S most recognisable cape is back. No, not Batman, the Scottish Widow, obviously.
Thursday 23 January 2014
IT’S OFFICIAL, the person behind @GSElevator, one of the greatest spies to come our way since 007, has got themselves a book deal.
At 6’7” Kim Dotcom is pretty mega himself...
Wednesday 22 January 2014
MEGAUPLOAD founder Kim Dotcom has celebrated the two year anniversary of the week the FBI raided his New Zealand home and closed the file sharing site, by launching an album and a new music-sharing service called Baboom.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
HIGH ranking women from some of the City’s largest institutions descended on Leicester Square last night for a screening of Girl Rising – a film which presents the stories of nine girls around the world and their struggle for education.
Wednesday 22 January 2014
Wednesday 22 January 2014
BORIS Johnson’s underling Kit Malthouse gave away some interesting restaurant tips at a breakfast event for the Mayor’s Fund For London and the Berkeley Foundation yesterday.

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