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Friday 18 March 2022.

Thursday 17 March 2022....6.30pm to 11pm... Dinner and drinks event. IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM - showcase - Lambeth Road, London SE1. Imperial War Museums is the world’s leading museum of war and conflict. Founded while the First World War was still raging, it gives voice to the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people forced to live their lives in a world torn apart by conflict. From the moment you step into the iconic atrium, to the countless discoveries awaiting you in the award-winning galleries, IWM London examines the continuing influence of war on our world. Hear extraordinary true stories of ordinary people’s experiences of conflict across the museum’s six floors – stories that have the power to move, inspire and transform. It is well worth going to as its free entry...open Wed to Sun to 6pm. --------------- Around 200 guests here , with 20 tables of 10. 6.30pm to 7.30pm was the reception with complimentary gin cocktails, prosecco and canapés. Then to the seated area where all the military planes , war uniforms and tanks etc are around us. Starter - salmon Mains - lamb Dessert - chocolate Along with red and white wines. For the final hour , a jazz/swing band played some good tracks. The food was superb. An excellent evening The food tonight is cooked by top chef BRYN WILLIAMS who is originally from Denbigh, Wales. He is the head chef and sole proprietor of Odette's Restaurant, Primrose Hill, London.He shot to fame as merely a sous chef in 2006 by beating established and well-known chefs to cook the fish course for the Queen's 80th birthday celebrations on the television programme Great British Menu.He is now widely regarded as one of Wales' best chefs and one of Britain's new crop of "celebrity" chefs. In 2018 he married SHARLEEN SPITERI the frontwoman of Scottish band TEXAS (band), and the pair have become something of a celebrity couple in their own right. ------------- IWM told the Guardian on Wednesday: “IWM is retaining the funds from Roman Abramovich, which were invested into the Holocaust Galleries at IWM London. This is compliant with all government regulations regarding sanctions.” Asked how much Abramovich had provided, a spokesperson said: “As this was a private donation, IWM is not disclosing the amount donated by Mr Abramovich to the new galleries.” The new galleries opened last year at the IWM, which became the first museum in the world to house second world war and holocaust galleries under the same roof.