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JAAP AND FERRY

JAAP AND FERRY

Darwin Sinke and Ferry Van Tongeren made the decision to leave the successful advertising firm he ran and start up his own taxidermy company over dinner with his wife while on holiday in New Zealand. He didn’t look back, and… Read More

PEREGRINE ARMSTRONG-JONES

BENTLEY'S ENTERTAINMENT

‘Entertaining is the ultimate way to show your friends and family how much you value their friendship,’ says Bentley’s founder Armstrong-Jones. ‘Sharing drinks or dinner in fabulous surroundings which create lasting memories form a bond with your friends and family… Read More

CAROLINE BAKER

CAROLINE BAKER

At Caroline Baker, they claim to be able to ‘make the impossible happen’, and HNWs continue to flock to them for the discreet and expert independent family office support and property management services with which the firm has become synonymous…. Read More

HARRY BECHER

BHB PARTNERS

Becher once told Spear’s that in his world ‘there’s no such this as a normal request’; and there are no lengths to which the chief-fixer will not go to deliver for his clients who include a range of brands, MFOs,… Read More

CHRISTOPHER BELCHER

MILLS & REEVE LLP

Christopher Belcher is a very good lawyer, but he’s also a very good athlete. ‘This year I have competed for Great Britain in the World Duathlon Championships where I finished 25th, and in 2017 I will be competing in the… Read More

SAM BOMPAS AND HARRY PARR

BOMPAS AND PARR

There is nothing that Sam Bompas and Harry Parr haven’t been able to fashion out jelly since their emergence in 2007 as London’s very own real life Willy Wonkas. They’ve since been transforming venues from the V&A to the Serpentine… Read More

MAST BROTHERS

MAST BROTHERS

They have been described as ‘hipster Willy Wonkas’ for their big, bushy beards, stripped back store and factory in east London, and beautiful packaging. American Brothers Michael and Rick Mast have been making their chocolate since 2006, and they now… Read More

SHANE CONNOLLY

SHANE CONNOLLY & CO

Connolly is the florist best known for erecting hornbeam and maple trees down Westminster Abbey’s aisle for Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding. Most of the trees used have subsequently been planted in the Prince of Wales’ garden, which is… Read More

LADY COSIMA SOMERSET

CONCIERGE LONDON

Anything is possible at Concierge, and their clients, who include Lord and Lady Freddie Windsor, Tamara Mellon and the Goldsmiths, will readily testify to this fact. Called ‘ruthlessly efficient’ with ‘perfect manners’ by one happy customer, Lady Cosima Somerset’s girls… Read More

PHILIPPA CRADDOCK

PHILIPPA CRADDOCK FLOWERS

Craddock’s floristry business came out of her plant gift service, which delivered potted plants around the UK. Shortly after she launched, a television program commissioned Craddock to supply the pots as wedding table centres and also asked for bridal flowers…. Read More

PAOLA DIANA

SIGILLUS

Italian businesswoman, author, mother and self-confessed ‘glass ceiling-breaker’, Diana runs Sigillus, the exclusive private office providing boutique luxury lifestyle and concierge services to the most demanding private and corporate clients in London and Rome, and also America, Russia, Asia and… Read More

JULIA DOWLING

‘Events are like theatre productions, but delivered without rehearsal’ says Dowling. ‘Extraordinary attention to detail, style, flawless logistics and commercial savvy are the qualities that distinguish the merely creative, from the truly excellent event planner’. Dowling founded Snapdragon after a… Read More

JULIA DOWLING

SNAPDRAGON

‘Events are like theatre productions, but delivered without rehearsal’ says Dowling.  ‘Extraordinary attention to detail, style, flawless logistics and commercial savvy are the qualities that distinguish the merely creative, from the truly excellent event planner’. Dowling founded Snapdragon after a… Read More

ANTHEA DUNCAN & MAIREAD CURTIN

REBEL REBEL

‘Flowers are natural rebels,’ say Duncan and Curtin, ‘don’t tell me a huge Dhalia bush doesn’t know how brazen it is being with its massive head out there shouting “hello, look at me!” Together they established Rebel Rebel ‘to make… Read More

BEN ELLIOT

QUINTESSENTIALLY

When Elliot and his co-founders set up Quintessentially in 2000, it was a London-centric operation with relatively modest ambitions. Membership cost £250. Now the firm operates in more than 60 cities and has separate divisions for everything from property to… Read More

KALLY ELLIS

MCQUEEN'S

Ellis’ route into floristry went via finance at a role in a French bank in the City. ‘After a few years I decided it just wasn’t for me,’ says Ellis, ‘I needed to do something hands on and creative.’ Her… Read More

BALTHAZAR FABRICIUS

FITZDARES

Growing up on the Goodwood Estate where his father ran the racecourse for the Duke of Richmond and his son, Lord March, has left Fabricius with betting coursing through his veins. After a stint at Ladbrokes, he started the private… Read More

JULIAN FARROW

JULIAN FARROW LTD

Luxury lifestyle guru Julian Farrow is probably the busiest and best connected man in London. The big brands rely on him to advise them on what UHNWs are looking for and UHNWs rely on his vision. If he’s not hosting… Read More

TRACY FINN

HARRODS CORPORATE SERVICES

A jovial South African, Finn joined Knightsbridge’s cathedral of retail in 2008 as a temp helping with the Christmas rush. She now heads up Harrods corporate services department, creating bespoke ‘synergies’ for clients looking to get the most out of… Read More

PETER GRESWOLD

WRIGLEYS SOLICITORS LLP

It’s important to note that if you want a law firm that does business litigation or commercial work, you shouldn’t go to Wrigley’s Solicitors, because they won’t do it. Their business practice is non-contentious private client, and working with a… Read More

MATTHEW HANSELL

MILLS & REEVE LLP

Mills & Reeve’s private clients business in Birmingham, which Hansell heads up, is focused on HNWs, family-owned businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals. And while that doesn’t mean they don’t have assets abroad — which they do — they normally live in… Read More

CHESTER KING

STOKE PARK

Designed by James Wyatt, architect to George III, Stoke Park became Britain’s first country club when Nick “Pa” Lane Jackson bought it in 1908. King’s family bought the estate in 1988 and, finding it in need of significant repairs after… Read More

RUTH LAWTON-OWEN

THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON

The Admirable Crichton events company is named after the protagonist in a play written by Peter Pan novelist James Barrie. The character is a butler who, with his employers, ends up shipwrecked on a desert island. He salvages fine wine… Read More

GEORGE LYALL

BOND DICKINSON

George Lyall isn’t a big believer in the impact of Britain’s vote to leave the EU. ‘I don’t believe that [Brexit] will [cause a big impact], other than because of current uncertainty, which it is causing, it will affect my… Read More

PIERRE MARCOLINI

PIERRE MARCOLINI

‘Ever since I was a child,’ says Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini, ‘I’ve had this hunger to succeed, this crazy passion for my work.’ From a young artisan, Marcolini has risen through the ranks, taking inspiration from masters, exhibitions, his travels… Read More

STUART MCNEILL

KNIGHTSBRIDGE

What do you give the people in the world who have everything? McNeill has two answers. The first is exactly what they want, be that a helicopter to courtside seats at a Lakers game, a private serenading by Jennifer Lopez… Read More

ANDREA RODELL HEALD AND BIBI LEMOS

TOWN AND COUNTRY STAFF

Rodell Heald and Lemos first met when they were both working for another domestic staff recruitment agency. They clicked over a shared idea of how to run an agency distinctively, and three years ago decided to take their 30 years… Read More

MICHELLE ROSE

VEALE WASBROUGH VIZARDS

There’s one thing for certain: Michelle Rose’s specialism in inheritance disputes means that the work is definitely not repetitive! ‘It always feels like a privilege when clients share their family backgrounds with me — this is often as important as… Read More

THE ROSEBERY

SWIFTSURE PROJECT LLP

The Rosebery is a 1966 Routemaster London bus, reinvented to become a sophisticated 1930s-style cocktail bar with a dining room that can be taken to parties across the UK, Europe and beyond. The daper Rosebery has witnessed the most significant… Read More

DEBBIE SALTER

GREYCOATS LUMLEYS

‘Reliability, loyalty, discretion, honesty, diligence, high levels of care and attention’, are the traits managing director Salter looks for in recruiting domestic staff. However, with 39 different revenue streams on a permanent and temporary basis, it is impossible to define… Read More

DIRK SEYFRIED

JJ FOX

Dating back 229 years, JJ Fox in St James’ Street, Mayfair is the world’s oldest cigar shop. Along with a museum and a smoking lounge upstairs, the shop sells a range of the world’s finest, handmade cigars, mainly from Cuba… Read More

STEVE SIMS

BLUEFISH

Sims, who says he is known as a real-life Wizard of Oz, heads the concierge service which promises ‘once in a life time experiences which are beyond imagination’ to a range of clients from corporate executives and celebrities to professional… Read More

ELLY STANCLIFFE

THE HANDBOOK

London is your playground, let the Handbook be your guide,’ is the motto at the thoroughly modern online event service run by founder Elly Stancliffe. With categories like ‘ten overlooked museum and gallery restaurants’ and ‘eighty bars to be seen… Read More

MOYSES STEVENS

MOYSES STEVENS

If you’re looking for a bunch of flowers that are instantly recognisable as a best of British brand, Moyses Stevens is the place to go. Each bouquet is packaged in the signature light lime and burgundy bags, the same colours… Read More

NEILL STRAIN

NEILL STRAIN FLORAL COUTURE

‘From the bunch of tulips hastily snatched from the neighbour’s garden for my mum after school,’ says Strain, ‘to the ambitious and grandiose rose and lily laden projects I embarked upon for my first love, I’ve always been infatuated.’ Now… Read More

PAUL THOMAS

PAUL THOMAS FLOWERS

When Thomas was twelve, he watched an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs that influenced the course of his life. Watching the decoration of a long table for a visit from Prince Edward VII, Thomas decided that he wanted his life’s work… Read More

NIKKI TIBBLES

WILD AT HEART

Tibbles established Wild at Heart in 1993 on the evocatively named ‘Turquoise Island’ a now listed development in Westbourne Grove. The development by acclaimed architect Piers Gough included a purpose built florist shop and Tibbles beat 70 rivals to secure… Read More

GALVIN WESTON

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER

The royal links with Charbonnel et Walker go back to 1875 when Edward VII (then Prince of Wales) encouraged Mrs Walker and Madame Charbonnel to form a partnership. And lucky for us all that they did; since the late 19th… Read More