Pre-Olympics Partying in London

7/27/2012 3:12:00 AM


Pre-Olympics Partying in London

London is in social lockdown on day one of the Olympics. A fleet of super-yachts has sailed into the futuristic Docklands skyline of East London. The most fashionable is no doubt Microsoft man Paul Allen’s 414 ft Octopus - this is the boat that socialites jostle on to when it’s moored off Sardinia or St Barths. Stratford - where the Olympics are being held - well, that’s a whole different sort of vista. Nevertheless it’s been followed down the Thames by fellow Microsoft man Bill Gates’ boat, although the guest list on the Goygpus is more mover and shaker in the boardroom rather than the mover and shaker of the nightclub dancefloor. Despite the competition Roman Abramovich’s Eclipse is rumored to be only a matter of nautical miles away. But while Allen’s after party is one invite worth sharking for a host of landlocked parties are what is getting the city’s socials overexcited. Wednesday night at the Victoria and Albert Museum Muhammad Ali was feted at the Sports for Peace dinner with a host of our finest socials - Lady Victoria Hervey and Jemima Goldsmith - queueing to hang with Boris Becker and Bob Geldof. Or anyone interested in getting down with Warner Music’s coolest acts tonight when they throw what’s set to be the most fashion-focused bash of the week with a party in the Tanks, the newly opened space carved out underneath the Tate Modern gallery on Bankside. A host of the prettiest girls Bip Ling, Poppy Delevigne, Tallulah Harlech, and Sara Brajovic - will be getting tanked up in The Tanks. All the better for when they settle down to watch Danny Boyle’s Opening Ceremony extravaganza on the TV on Friday night (unless they’ve cadged a plus 1 from a visiting government minister, that is) - but then isn’t it (as everyone not invited is saying) - “made for TV anyway?”

Contributing Editor: Richard Dennen

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