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Thursday 23 May 2024.

Thursday 23 May 2024. I went to three events tonight. 6pm to 7pm. CONCOURS ON SAVILE ROW, Mayfair , London W1. This was Day 2 of this two day annual event. Launched in 2022, the Concours on Savile Row is now established as a key date in both the automotive and bespoke-tailoring calendar. Savile Row is closed to traffic over the two-day event, thanks to the cooperation of Westminster City Council. Visitors are able to browse the spectacular cars and the fascinating tailors’ displays, as well as enjoy the talks and live jazz music on the stage. Around 40 stunning cars and 10 classic motorbikes are on display on a full red carpet. One of the cars is an exact replica of John Lennon's Psychedelic Rolls Royce , which is suitably parked outside 3 Savile Row , which was where The Beatles played on the roof of Apple HQ on 30 Jan 1969. We pop into a couple of the stores giving our complimentary drinks...Dege & Skinner then Cad & The Dandy. then 7.15pm to 9.45pm. DEAR DARLING - launch party - 91 Jermyn Street , St James's, London SW1. This venue has had many different names since the 1960s when it was a hangout in the same area where other top clubs Tramp and Scotch of St James were. Around a decade ago it was called Abracadabra . Abracadabra was owned by Dave West, who made his millions in cash-and-carry booze at Calais. Big bloke. Pink suit. A few years ago his son stabbed him to death, and was sentenced to 13 years in jail. Dear Darling now calls itself a nightclub , cocktail bar and private members club. There are are a few showgirls lounging around. At 8.15pm in the basement , is a 15 mins burlesque show from a showgirl in a cage. A DJ is playing club tunes. Lots of complimentary food and drinks including Moet champers, prosecco, spirits n mixers, wines, beers , cheeseburgers , canapes and desserts. then 10.15pm to 12.15pm. ROMEO & JULIET - press night opening party - Soho House , 180 Strand , London WC2. My first time at this newish venue. The main event was at Duke of Yorks Theatre. Set in a Brutalist building near Somerset House, the club has an outdoor terrace, a rooftop pool and two bars featuring 1970s-inspired interiors. There is stunning views of the city from the 8th and 9th floors . TOM HOLLAND is the star of the show , and i managed to get a photo of him with my friend, after negotiations with his two burly personal security. A dj is playing loud club tunes , and folks are dancing. Lots of lovely complimentary food and drinks here . Roast chicken n chips , cheeseburgers , bacon rolls , fish n chips, pizza slices canapes and desserts along with prosecco , wines and beers. ----------------------------------------- ----------------------------------------- Wednesday 22 May 2024. GEORGE GROVES BOXING CLUB live at Shepherds Bush Empire. Boxer GGBC brings his podcast to the live stage. George Groves and Carl Froch reunite in London to relive their iconic rivalry, ten years after their fight at Wembley Stadium which promises to be a night to remember for boxing fans. Carl Froch vs. George Groves II, billed as Unfinished Business and The Rematch, was a professional boxing match contested on 31 May 2014 at Wembley Stadium in London. It was a rematch of the first fight between Carl Froch and George Groves in 2013, with Froch's unified WBA (Regular) and IBF super-middleweight titles at stake as before. Froch won the fight by knockout in the eighth round, which was named the Knockout of the Year by The Ring magazine.The event drew a then-record attendance figure of 80,000, and grossed over £22 million,and was named the Event of the Year by The Ring Magazine. -------------- It is stalls seated tonight, but only 400 tix out of 1000 sold, as Levels 2 and 3 are closed and Level 1 is half empty. The show is on for two hours over two sets of 55 mins and 65 mins. There are cosy sofas and chairs on the stage. An electronic punch bag is side of stage for use later, for an audience competition. The two boxers are joined by interviewer Declan Taylor and Adam Smith from Sky Sports. The first few mins they talk about that mega fight in Saudi Arabia at the weekend just gone. There is a big screen that shows great clips of that big night a decade ago at Wembley Stadium , as George Groves entered the stadium on a Red London Bus, and Carl Froch entered via a dazzling laser display. They really hated each other back then ,but now tolerate each other as they do TV work together. Carl Froch has very entertaining banter. The end of the first set had a tug of war with Carl Froch's team winning. During the interval , an acoustic duo played some cover versions, and the crowd were told the merch included a signed boxing glove by both boxers £125. In the second half, several boxers in the crowd are name-checked including DAVID HAYE. The final section had a Q and A session from the crowd, regards both the boxers careers. At the end , the boxers posed for selfies at the front of the stage with fans......a very enjoyable event.