It’s been a wonderful summer, hasn’t it? The weather may not have been on our side, but it’s been a breath of fresh, lifted-lockdown air. The months may have been peppered with pings and lateral flows, and we may not have jetted off to any far-flung destinations — but we’ve all discovered a newfound appreciation for the little things; things we used to take for granted.
Things like staycationing in Salcombe, Scotland or another unexplored corner of the British Isles. Or meeting up with friends after long days back in the office. Or even, as Gentleman’s Journal enjoyed yesterday, a simple good night out at a pub. As the office beckons, and we take up our briefcases for another September, we welcomed friends of the brand to The Cadogan Arms in Chelsea last night; a newly reopened and thoroughly convivial space where we could celebrate a return to normality.
And what an evening it was. Guests including Eric Underwood, David Gandy, Harrison Osterfield and Alistair Guy, among others, flocked to the renowned Chelsea pub — a neighbourhood stalwart — to celebrate its triumphant reopening and see in autumn with a night of delectable cocktails, mouth-watering canapés and war stories of the last long eighteen months.
Throughout the night, VIPs and Chelsea locals alike sipped on Tanqueray-infused cocktails from ‘Blackcurrant Negronis’ to ‘Dirty Martinis’ and enjoyed delicacies including Cornish Lamb Ribs (dipped in anchovy and sorrel yoghurt), Pork & Sage Scotch Eggs, Buttermilk Fried Chicken and Raw Summer Vegetables.
Guests showcased their ‘end of summer’ styles in, sophisticated glory — and the softly lit space evoked a timeless glamour; guests were surrounded by the freshly renovated Georgian architectural details of the pub that have been meticulously and magnificently restored.
So, while summer may be over, and we’re all heading back to work in earnest, Gentleman’s Journal is confident that the return to corporate life will be replete with elegance, style and that debonair edge we’ve been missing all these months. It’s a brave new world out there, gents — we’ll see you in the office.
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