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Gala Evening for Renaissance Capital Investement Bank

Spencer House was delighted to have seventy guests representing Russia's highest ranking economic and political elite, invited by the financial group Renaissance Capital. The house itself is one of the most ambitious private palaces ever built in London, which is one of the few remaining eighteenth-century English neo-classicist buildings in London.

Spencer House, London, April 2005

Spencer House was delighted to have seventy guests representing Russia's highest ranking economic and political elite, invited by the financial group Renaissance Capital. The house itself is one of the most ambitious private palaces ever built in London, which is one of the few remaining eighteenth-century English neo-classicist buildings in London.

The guests enjoyed a champagne reception with a string quartet in eighteenth century dress performing classical music. This was followed by a fabulous one-woman show, Liza Minelli singing some of her most famous songs from Cabaret.

Nevertheless, as one of the most extravagant entertainers she concluded her performance with the traditional Russian song "Kalinka" which delighted the guests. The magnificent concert was followed by a four course dinner prepared by the private chef of the Rothchild family in Spencer House's luxurious dining room which previously welcomed the Russian president Vladimir Putin who dined at the house with the Queen during his state visit to the UK last year.

After dinner the guests were invited to Sir Rothchild's library with an open terrace with a magnificent view of Green Park. The guests enjoyed a melodious repertoire by a well-known pianist and indulged in a reflective end to the evening with brandies and cigars.

Overall, the night was a great success and it could be said that the Rothschild's and Duponts who had previously occupied the house were in some ways similar to the privileged Russian guests, in a sense that the time that Russia is going through is very similar to the time when the Rothchilds were creating what is now known as Western post-industrial society.