On Friday 4th August, in defiance of the mercurial British summer weather, Gentleman’s Journal gathered 100 or so of its closest friends on the South Lawn of Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, for its third Long Summer Lunch, which comprised an afternoon of general carousing. Set against the golden-stoned backdrop of the stately palace itself, the Long Summer Lunch lived heartily up to its name – long (many hours, at last count); summery (thanks to the copious yardage of linen on display); and very much a lunch (the delicious grilled lamb chops and salmon skewers made sure of that).
Entertainment came in the form of joyful saxophone licks from the Sax Man himself, but also via The Little Car Company, whose dinky, ingenious replicas of Aston Martin DB5 and Ferrari convertibles zipped around the green undulations of the parkland. Guests – some of who arrived via chauffeur-driven cars, courtesy of Wheely; others in helicopters from Thunder Aviation – included Che Lingo, Thomas Straker, Francis Bourgeois, Andrew Georgiades, Kit Price, Cyrill Ibrahim, William Franklyn-Miller, Harrison Osterfield, Orfeo Tagiuri and Max Chilton, and all were kept thoroughly watered thanks to Rock Angel rosé, G.H Mumm champagne, and MOTH cocktails, meanwhile the good people of Wheely ensured everyone got where they needed to go next in style (namely: Wilderness festival). All in all, a sterling success – and not a spot of rain!
Kit Price, Hugh Laughton-Scott, Naa-Okailey Adamafio and Thomas Straker
Ciinderella Balthazar, Francis Bourgeois, Amy Francis, Daniel Thomas Jones and William Franklyn-Miller
Eric Underwood and Harry Briggs
James D. Kelly and Tara Duross
The Little Car Company and Thunder Aviation
Ciinderella Balthazar and William Franklyn-Miller
Che Lingo, Joseph Bullmore and Rachel Geraghty
Francis Bourgeois and Orfeo Tagiuri
Marina Hambro and Max Dodd Noble
Andrew Georgiades, Ben Pawson and Kit Price
David Tollemache and Camilla Blandford
George Blandford, Jemima Cadbury and Alexander Spencer-Churchill
Dennis Okwera and Cyrill Ibrahim
Kevin Flag, George Blandford and Karl Flag
Mathias le Fèvre, Harrison Osterfield and Cyrill Ibrahim
Andrew Georgiades and Kit Price
Max Chilton and Chloe Chilton
Ali Gordon and Lydia Millen
Grace Hodge and Harry Gozzett
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