You are guaranteed to see the smart set having the time of their lives — almost — at such famous watering holes where the elite meet to eat as Annabel's, Harry's Bar, Mark's and the private club George. There is a distinctive ambience to all these cunning little spots, chic to swoon, that you don't find in restaurants in New York. Maybe it's because Mark Birley, London's aristocratic restaurateur, is the creator of all of them.
Then, of course, the fine-feathered friends of the Prince of Wales Foundation, one of Prince Charles' favorite charities with headquarters in Washington, D.C., have all been in town celebrating.
The crowd spent the weekend at Lucknam Park, an absolutely beautiful old manor house built in 1720. Lucknam has now been converted into a luxury country hotel with 41 bedrooms and naturally 21st-century amenities. A two-hour drive from London, it sits on 500 acres practically covered in birch and lime trees.
Back in London-town, Tom Quick, the New York and Palm Beach philanthropist-entrepreneur was entertaining the beau monde at a big dinner party at that perfectly darling and so-cozy club, George. Dear Tom rounded up some of the luminous London locals plus such folks "from the Colonies" as the present Winston Churchill insists on calling them. Dear Winston, who has been lecturing at what seems like hundreds of venues all over, was there with his wife, Luce, along with such worthies as the Duchess of Marlborough (she will always be Rosita to us), Pauline Pitt, who's staying at Kathy Forbes' Belgravia flat, Astrid and Kip Forbes, Deborah Norville and Karl Wellner, Hilary and Wilbur L. Ross, Joanne and Roberto de Guardiola, Liz and Peter Ward, the just-married Amelia and Jeremy Ward, Dina and Brad Martin, Carol Mack, in from Finland where her husband, Earle, is our ambassador, and the one-and-only thrillingly handsome Duncan McLaren, who along with Robert the Bruce is the man who made Scotland famous. Oh, he did, too.