Just back from two days (and two nights) in London where I have been attending the Great British Pub Awards and, last night, the TaxPayers' Alliance Gala Dinner.
Two very different events but equally enjoyable. On Thursday 700 people descended on The Hilton, Park Lane, where a drinks reception was followed by dinner in the main ballroom. Star of the show was Lenny Henry who provided the after dinner entertainment as well as compering the awards ceremony.
Guests on our table included two MPs, Brian Binley and Philip Davies, and it was Brian who presented the Best Creative Outdoor Area award which was co-sponsored by JTI and the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign.
After that it was back to the (free) bar, with guests dancing to a fantastic covers band called MiB.
Above: Brian Binley MP with the owners of The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk, winners of the Best Creative Outdoor Area award sponsored by JTI and the Save Our Pubs & Clubs campaign. Below: the winners of all 16 categories celebrate their success on stage.