Monday night saw BAFTA 195 PICCADILLY open its doors to esteemed guests from all walks of British life, including politics, business, education, law, sport, stage & screen, fashion & art to celebrate the publication of the 2017 DEBRETT’S 500 list in association with The Telegraph Magazine. We arrived at DEBRETT’S 500 Gala in style with the new BMW 7-Series. The luxurious interior of the 7- series made for a very comfortable ride from Chelsea to 195 PICCADILLY.
BMW and HUGO BOSS were this year’s gala partners, with special guests such as Charlotte Tilbury, Mark Francis Vandelli, Talia Storm, Georgia Toffolo, Camilla Rutherford, Stephanie Pratt, Marissa Montgomery to name a few arriving in signature BMW 7-Series cars, and other lucky additional VIPs were Jan De Villeneuve, Jay Rutland, Pattie Boyd, Touker Suleyman, Gethin Jones, Frances Morris and Yinka Shonibare MBE.
During the cocktail reception, wine flowed and waiters circled the room serving gourmet appetizers as guests greeted and congratulated Debrett’s honorees. Guests were also able to take part in a silent auction that took place throughout the evening. The generous selection of auction items and experiences ranged from a black diamond bracelet from the House of Garrard to a once-in-a-lifetime private dining experience for six with BAFTA’s award-winning head chef Anton Manganaro.
Following the reception, guests were welcome into the theater for two-panel presentations hosted by Sky News presenter Sarah-Jane Mee. The distinguished panel of speakers tackled important topics such as bullying, prejudice, and educational disparity. The panelist’s included Noma Dumezweni, currently playing Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and The Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre and Team Great Britain’s most decorated female Olympian, Dame Katherine Grainger.
Upon conclusion of the panels, the party continued in the original reception room where music played, guests posed for photos and celebrated the evening.