Pride of Britain

As Brett Gregory-Peake reveals, British business still has new tricks up its sleeves.



Written by Brett Gregory-Peake

Despite being an Englishman, when pressed, I normally describe my provenance as British. This helps me to side step slurs about England’s lacklustre rugby performance and exercise my ineptitude for accents, the occasional James Bond by Sean Connery impersonation notwithstanding. ‘British’ helps us to be bigger, bolder and frankly, more interesting. By coincidence, in the context of this issue’s focus, in recent months we have had the good fortune to work with an abundance of British talent and young entrepreneurs. Here’s a snap shot of some British business acts, veteran and virgin amongst them, who are leading from the front, embracing creativity and innovation.

1. March & White

When GQ call to request that you edit their ‘Bachelor Pad’ section, it’s a sign that you’re doing something right. British design duo James White & Elliot March are ‘curators of style’, whose team has grown from two to thirty five designers and architects in just five years. Following their triumph at The Arts Club, their commissions now range from London interiors, to New York skyscrapers and private yachts.

2. Hedge Brunch


Real Estate Hedge Brunch

Discerning networking outfit for the alternative investment world, Hedge Brunch, have launched their first ‘Real Estate Brunch’ with an inaugural event at the Rolls Royce Showroom in Mayfair. No name badges or panel discussions, just a highly connected audience after the same outcome.


3. Bentley


The Bentagya – Bentley’s first SUV

In recent years British motoring sensation Bentley has transformed itself from aristocratic carriage of choice to supercar slayer. Harking back to its heritage as a motor racing great, the marque is as exciting today as it was in yesteryear. This chameleon-like character is in evidence again with the launch of its first SUV, the Bentayga.

4. Burberry


Thomas’s restaurant at Burberry’s Flagship store on Regent street.

They might be owned by the Chinese, but Burberry are resolute in their support of British business. The fashion house has launched its first restaurant, Thomas’s, from its flagship store on Regent St, with an all-British menu. From breakfast to dinner, ingredients are sourced from UK farmers and artisans within elegant Art Deco interiors, including scones straight off the Aga with clotted cream.



5. Hay Hill



12 Hay Hill offers an entirely new class of business environment

Breaking the traditional members club mould, 12 Hay Hill’s hybrid has bridged the gap brilliantly between work and play to deliver a unique members-only business destination. Run by a former Operational Head of the Royal Household, from an enviable Mayfair location with Michelin star dining by chef Shaun Rankin, 12 Hay Hill does not get more British.

6. LCC



London Cabaret Club

Ushering in the bygone era of dinner and dancing, before their official launch in 2016 The London Cabaret Club is stimulating the capital with a series of 007 inspired pop up shows titled ‘London Never Dies,’ celebrating 50 years of British espionage. Choose your favourite Bond movie, get glamourous and prepare to be entertained late into the night.

7. The Lakes by yoo



The Barnhouse interiors by Kate Moss for Lakes by yoo

Arguably the most successful super model of all time and now a national treasure, Kate Moss has complemented her passion for fashion with an interior design debut at the exclusive country estate, The Lakes by yoo. Firmly cementing her long established love of The Cotswolds, Kate collaborated with British artisans to curate the ‘The Barnhouse’, which is for sale from £2.2million.

8. Battersea Power Station


Battersea Power Station Aerial View

It’s the largest brick building in Europe, once featured as the cover for a Pink Floyd album and nearly became Alton Towers 2, Battersea Power Station is already a symbol so synonymous with London. With Phase 3 design undertaken by iconic British architects Foster + Partners and Canadian talent Frank Gehry, Battersea Power Station is changing the London skyline and redefining the borough.

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