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PEREGRINE ARMSTRONG-JONES

BENTLEY’S ENTERTAINMENTS

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

SAM BOMPAS AND HARRY PARR

BOMPAS & PARR

Sam Bompas and Harry Parr first came to prominence through their expertise in jelly-making, but are now famed as the masterminds behind London’s 2013 New Year’s Eve multi-sensory firework spectacle. On that occasion, spectators could not only see the fireworks,… Read More

ATHENA DUNCAN & MAIREAD CURTIN

REBEL REBEL

Athena Duncan and Mairead Curtin joined forces in 2000, and have since maintained a natural but distinctly brave approach to floristry. The pair prefers to use seasonal British grown flowers where possible, and frequently uses wild flowers and foliage. But… Read More

RUTH LAWTON-OWEN

THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON

Eighty years after Peter Pan novelist JM Barrie wrote The Admirable Crichton — a play about a butler who uses his resourcefulness to supply his employers with their accustomed luxury after a shipwreck — The Admirable Crichton events company was… Read More

JAMIE ASTON

JAMIE ASTON FLOWERS

A master of modern floral design, Jamie Aston opened his original shop in 2005 and has curated an elite client list: he counts the Hotel Café Royal among his clients as well as top names in the film and music… Read More

CAROLINE BAKER

CAROLINE BAKER

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

HARRY BECHER

BHB PRIVATE

Harry Becher once told Spear’s that in his world ‘there’s no such thing as a normal request’ — and the chief fixer is prepared to go to any lengths to deliver for his clients, which include a range of brands,… Read More

IAN COLEY

IAN COLEY SPORTING

A six-time Olympic coach who has represented Britain over 200 times, Ian Coley is an icon of the shooting world. He runs one of the largest sporting establishments in the UK, encompassing a Gun Room, Sporting Agency and Shooting School,… Read More

SHANE CONNOLLY

SHANE CONNOLLY & CO

Shane Connolly was catapulted into the spotlight after supplying and designing the flowers for the 2011 royal wedding. But he certainly hasn’t been resting on his laurels since, and continues to concern himself with the fundamentals of conscientious floral design…. Read More

JASON COZENS

GLINT PAY

Champagne was the first thing Glint CEO and founder Jason Cozens purchased with his Glint card, to celebrate his journey to find an elegant solution to the problem of ‘stability and integrity’ in finance. Glint allows gold owners to use… Read More

PHILIPPA CRADDOCK

PHILIPPA CRADDOCK FLOWERS

Philippa Craddock was recently appointed as the only in-store florist at Selfridges, winning in the process a host of accolades from the likes of Tatler and British Vogue. Her clients include Jo Malone, Christian Dior, Alexander McQueen, and Lancome. Weddings… Read More

BEN DAVIES

GLINT PAY

Few in these pages can claim the vantage point, and perhaps vision, of Ben Davies. A 20-year career in the City saw him wind up as head of rates trading at Greenwich Capital. His expertise had put him in in… Read More

PAOLA DIANA

SIGILLUS

Paola Diana is dynamic and tireless — useful characteristics for the founder of leading lifestyle concierge service Sigillus. It provides inner circle access to experts in every sector, from VIP red carpet events and corporate consultancy to premium real estate,… Read More

JULIA DOWLING

SNAPDRAGON

‘Events are like theatre productions, delivered without rehearsal,’ says Julia 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.’ She founded Snapdragon after a… Read More

BEN ELLIOT

QUINTESSENTIALLY

When Ben Elliot and his cofounders 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 absolutely everything from… Read More

KALLY ELLIS

MCQUEEN’S

Kally Ellis started her renowned business in 1991, following a career in corporate marketing at an international bank. ‘After a few years I decided it just wasn’t for me,’ she tells us. Her approach to floral design is simple and… Read More

BALTHAZAR FABRICIUS

FITZDARES

Growing up on the Goodwood Estate where his father ran the racecourse for the Duke of Richmond left Balthazar Fabricius with betting coursing through his veins. After a stint at Ladbrokes, he started a private bookmaking business in 2005 in… Read More

JULIAN FARROW

JULIAN FARROW LTD

Julian Farrow knows the UHNW world inside and out. Formerly global head of Sotheby’s Preferred, Farrow provides an unprecedented strategic business development service for global brands across the art, luxury, lifestyle and hospitality sectors. When he’s not hosting events for… Read More

PIERRE MARCOLINI

MAISON PIERRE MARCOLINI

‘There’s only one doorway that separates dreams from reality — courage,’ says Belgian chocolatier Pierre Marcolini. He’s been pursuing his passion for chocolates since the age of 14. ‘Each day is a new opportunity to surprise, and push the boundaries… Read More

ELIZABETH MARSH

ELIZABETH MARSH FLORAL DESIGN

Elizabeth Marsh Floral Design’s philosophy is to ‘inspire people’ and ‘touch their souls’ with their creative designs. Marsh believes the presence of flowers can have a profound impact upon people, and she seeks to turn floral design ‘from an expense… Read More

STUART MCNEILL

KNIGHTSBRIDGE CIRCLE

What do you give those who have everything? Stuart 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, or simply the… Read More

SALLY RENNY

DORA LOEWENSTEIN ASSOCIATES

When Sir Mick Jagger himself can’t recommend you more highly, it’s safe to say you’re okay for client testimony. That’s the case for DLA, who regularly throws parties for the Rolling Stone. With Sally Renny as managing director, the firm… Read More

ANDREA RODELL HEALD & BIBI LEMOS

TOWN AND COUNTRY STAFF

Andrea Rodell Heald and Bibi 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… Read More

THE ROSEBERY

THE BUS BUSINESS

Where better to host a memorable social gathering than aboard a striking, evergreen-hued vintage Routemaster bus, revamped with a classical and evocative interior? The downstairs is home to a glamorous cocktail bar, while the upstairs is fitted with tables and… Read More

EDDIE SAHAKIAN

DAVIDOFF OF LONDON

Eddie Sahakian believes that cigar-smoking is a happy self-indulgence. ‘The first thing I ascertain is when, where and with whom the customer wishes to enjoy the cigar,’ he has told an industry commentator. ‘Because fundamentally what we are selling is… Read More

DEBBIE SALTER

GREYCOAT LUMLEYS

‘Reliability, loyalty, discretion, honesty, diligence, high levels of care and attention’ — these are the traits that managing director Debbie Salter looks for when recruiting domestic staff. The market is more lucrative than ever, and she is an impressive force… Read More

DIRK SEYFRIED

JJ FOX

‘I usually enjoy [cigars] with a rum when I’m allowed, even sometimes when I’m not,’ jokes Dirk Seyfried, manager of the world’s oldest cigar shop, James JJ Fox Cigar Merchant, at the No. 19 St James’s Street branch. The cigar… Read More

STEVE SIMS

BLUEFISH

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

SIV SIVASAMY

ADAM PHONES

Following a chance meeting in 2016, Adam Phones CEO Adam Toop made a winning hire in Siv Sivasamy, bringing him onboard to lead the firm’s family office division. They have much in common: like Toop, Sivasamy left university to pursue… Read More

ALISON SMITH

KNIGHTSBRIDGE PROPERTY & LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT

‘We provide seamless, 360-degree solutions to daily property and lifestyle needs,’ says Knightsbridge Property & Lifestyle Management’s lifestyle director Alison Smith, summing up the firm’s specialism running high-value London residential real estate. Smith has been working with HNW families since… Read More

LADY COSIMA SOMERSET

CONCIERGE LONDON

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

ELLY STANCLIFFE

THE HANDBOOK

Founded by Elly Stancliffe when she was just 23, The Handbook’s mission is clear: ‘to offer the best of London, from exclusive events to the coolest new openings. For those truly wanting to get the low down on the best… Read More

MOYSES STEVENS

MOYSES FLOWERS

Founded in 1876, Moyses Stevens is an iconic London brand with shops across the capital. The Royal Warrant holders have outlets in Sloane Square, Regent Street, Great Portland Street and Temple Fortune, as well as inside Harrods and St Pancras… 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, to the ambitious and grandiose rose- and lily-laden projects I embarked upon for my first love, I’ve always been infatuated,’ says Neill Strain. After… Read More

PAUL THOMAS

PAUL THOMAS FLOWERS

When Paul Thomas was 12, he watched an episode of Upstairs, Downstairs which 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 to use… Read More

NIKKI TIBBLES

WILD AT HEART

Every well-versed shopper will recognise Nikki Tibbles’ flowers in pots outside the Liberty department store. Abandoning a career in advertising in the early 1990’s, Tibbles’ entrepreneurial success began inside the ethereal-sounding and iconic Turquoise Island shop in Notting Hill. She… Read More

ADAM TOOP

ADAM PHONES

Adam Toop’s success began when he failed his Cambridge interview, and Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama may be grateful he did: his company, Adam Phones, provides secure telecoms services for US presidential visits to Europe. Other clients include… Read More

GALVIN WESTON

CHARBONNEL ET WALKER

‘Social media is crucial in getting your pink truffles to conquer the world,’ says Charbonnel et Walker’s chairman and the Queen’s favourite chocolatier, Galvin Weston. Global internet domination aside, the Royal Warrant-holding brand is also omnipresent in its offline form,… Read More