The invitation said: 'Sushi, champagne and chocolate.'
No surprise, then, that the occasion was to celebrate the launch of Phaidon's new book on that advocate of 'noble poverty', John Pawson. Host was developer Chelsfield in the 'Skysuite' that Pawson has just completed on the 16th and 17th floors of a 1960s office block, inbetween Sir Terry Farrell's MI6 and Jeffrey Archer's penthouse on the south side of the River Thames, once proposed for the mayor of London's headquarters. No architectural surprises but an amazing view, embracing Westminster and the City, from Millbank Tower to Canary Wharf.
If Canaletto could return to reprise his London skyline painting, this is where he would want to stand.