Inspiration: Girl about town - Abigail - Parties with the beautiful people

I'm writing this from my suite at Hotel Splendido, overlooking the Italian fishing village of Portofino. The Concerto Group has brought together 42 event agents and venue personnel for three days of networking and sightseeing. I'm here to catch up with some friends and relax from the hectic London pre-summer schedule. Judging from last night's gala dinner at Canevaro Castle, however, it seems the party will always find me.

It was only a few weeks back that I opted for sub-zero temperatures, husky dogs and vodka shots at the relaunch of the Below Zero ice bar in Soho. Next day, I was taken by Pure Events to Bovey Castle in Exeter to try fishing and archery, before being wined and dined.

Later that week, I headed north to Alton Towers to see the theme park being transformed into Chocolate Towers for the Easter holidays. My inner child shrieked with joy at the new Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ride and I was treated to a lavish meal by the park's in-house catering team.

Talking of caterers, my friends at Dish have ventured into venue management so I raced back to the capital to visit their first property, Clarges House in Mayfair, to enjoy champagne and canapes. Other caterers, including Tamarind, have kept me well fed and watered since, especially at an event at the National Trust's Wellington Arch. Agency Paragon hosted a handful of guests there, and the table decor constantly changed via the projection technology of Arcstream.

Once I had recovered from not being listed in FHM's 100 Sexiest Women, I decided to attend the party at Madame Tussauds and check out the competition.

While nibbling on a canape from caterer Moving Venue, I spotted Christian Slater. Delicious.

That reminds me, I've not told you about the night I spent at Soho's Cuckoo Club for the launch of Elevation's Monaco Grand Prix La Dolce Vita.

As I'm here in Portofino I'm sadly unable to attend the sporting spectacle.

A little tipsy after the FHM party, I left Slater behind and headed to the opening of Vince Power's 1940s-style venue, The Pigalle Club. I wonder if new girl band Triniti will perform here following the Irish trio's debut performance at Astor Bar and Grill?

A Southern Comfort party at St Olave's Manor in London Bridge, organised by agency Slice, reminded me of sixth-form parties so after a couple of cocktails I headed to Chinawhite to be entertained by magicians including Alex Crow and Sav. Dinner was surreally scrumptuous, and guests included a girl in a white rabbit costume, a dominatrix and a burlesque performer.

To finish off a hectic six weeks I opted for normality before coming to Italy. This time last night I was at The Royal Albert Hall as a guest of agency European Events for the Cathcart Spring Proms.


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