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Thursday 27 April 2023.

Thursday 27 April 2023....I went to two events tonight... 7.30pm to 8pm. BRIAN ARIS - celebrating George Michael - book launch at Proud Galleries, London WC2. Celebrity photographer Brian Aris, has released a fantastic looking new photo book called “Celebrating George”. The hard back coffee table book (30cm x 30cm) contains 182 pages covering George Michael’s early days with Wham through to the last photo session with Brian in 2006. The edition of 350 books each signed by Brian comes in a black presentation box with an archival Giclee print included. Not cheap , as it retails for £250. Some great George Michael photos on the wall, include a stunning group photo of the musicians from the Band Aid 'Do They Know It's Christmas' recording session. Downstairs were photos other artists who have been photographed by Brian Aris including Queen, Led Zeppelin, Rod Stewart and many more. This gallery is on the small side so hard to stay here too long. Complimentary wines for all the guests. The exhibition is free entry - on from 28 April to 27 May - nearest tube Embankment/Charing Cross. then 8.45pm to 11.15pm. LADBROKE HALL - launch party - 79 Barlby Road, Latimer Road/North Kensington, London W10. Ladbroke Hall, Grade II Listed, was built in 1903 as the headquarters building for the Sunbeam Talbot Motor Company and as such was part of the first purpose-built car factory in Britain. The building contains two large spaces originally used as car showrooms as well as offices and panelled directors’ suite. Avanti Architects were commissioned to carry out the restoration and conversion of the building to provide a community arts space, a children’s television studio, café and exhibition space, a primary health care centre and office accommodation. This huge building has been stunningly restored, and looks really great inside. There are hints to the past with some Sunbeam Talbot Motor signage dotted around. Around 400 or 500 cool looking art crowd guests here tonight. A band played a few songs , then for the final hour the party got really lively as folks danced on the main floor to the tunes played by the female DJ up on the balcony. Complimentary Moet champers, tequila cocktails, Peroni beers and different bowl food for the guests. An excellent event. ---------------------------------- ---------------------------------- Wednesday 26 April 2023...5.30pm to 11pm... BROWN'S - 50th anniversary party - 82-84 St Martin's Lane, London WC2. This brasserie & bar that is popular with the pre and post theatre crowd celebrate 50 years since they opened its first venue in Brighton. Around 150 guests here, and we got there early to get some cosy seats. A female fronted band were playing covers at the rear of the venue. Complimentary Moet champers, three different cocktails, wines , beers and canapes. All guests also got a £25 gift voucher to be used there in the future. Excellent event that went on longer than expected.