What was the party?
La Dolce Vita held its Christmas bash at Old Billingsgate in the City to raise money for the United Nation's Children's Fund UNICEF. Invited guests included members of the royal family and an array of celebrities, who took part in a special fund-raising auction while enjoying a lavish meal and live performances from Sting, Tenors Unlimited and Kid Creole and the Coconuts.
How was the party themed?
Old Billingsgate was transformed from a large empty venue into three exciting party spaces. One half of the venue was designed as a high-class dining area complete with walls draped in black and a purpose-built concert stage, while a special VIP area, including an ice bar, was created on the mezzanine level. The other half of the ground floor was transformed into a champagne reception area where guests mingled and chatted before dinner was served. Among the arches in the basement, trendy nightclub Pangaea brought its Bedouin feel to the night with a red carpeted dancefloor, white leather sofas and a VIP lounge that was designed to lend a Moroccan feel to the party, complete with African-style tents and luxury cushions for extra authenticity. As a finishing yuletide touch, the whole venue was decorated with 50 Christmas trees, lit up in true festive style.
Who was the behind the party? Event Vision, which owns La Dolce Vita and the Silverstone Ball, left this party in the hands of event director Naomi Northen. She employed themer Ideal Solutions, furniture specialist Amber-Lounge, lighting experts White Light, sound engineers Autograph and Ice sculptors The Ice Box. The food was produced by Gordon Ramsey in association with Create Food Design, with a spectacular menu that included roasted sea bass and Scottish fillet of beef.
What were the highlights? Most impressive of all was the staggering £1m that was raised on the night for the charity. A close second was Sting's live set, which rocked as he went through a host of classic Police hits and some popular solo numbers. He got everyone, including Charlotte Church and Sophie Anderton, on their feet dancing and mesmerised the entire venue. For me, a memorable highlight was the opportunity to dance with models Penny Lancaster and Elle Macpherson, plus rock legend Roger Daltry.