The £11,000 office night out: Employees of prominent London bank’s pies, burgers and 110 bottles of whiskey

Corporate entertainment within London’s affluent financial center is most certainly en vogue, and indeed the high budgets are back on the menu, along with the finest champagne – or in this particular case, Scotch whiskey. Scottish game and seafood restaurant Mac & Wild handed a bill totaling more £11,000 to employees of one of London’s […]

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Corporate entertainment within London’s affluent financial center is most certainly en vogue, and indeed the high budgets are back on the menu, along with the finest champagne – or in this particular case, Scotch whiskey.

Scottish game and seafood restaurant Mac & Wild handed a bill totaling more £11,000 to employees of one of London’s investment banks after they dined at the restaurant in Great Titchfield Street, London W1 – the heart of central London’s media district.

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Adam Pinder

Perhaps rather unusually, these particular well-heeled city executives, all of whom were young men, eschewed the array of modern European or Asian delicacies offered by fashionable chef restaurants that now proliferate across London’s elegant and sophisticated Square Mile and Canary Wharf, instead quaffing 10 bottles of Glenrothes 88 Speyside Single Malt whiskey, alongside Irn Bru, a famous Scottish soft drink, haggis and scotch eggs in the rather more traditional surroundings of the West End.

FinanceFeeds this morning spoke to Adam Pinder, General Manager of Mac & Wild, who confirmed the £11,000 spend and whose representative then confirmed that the young gentlemen were employees of one of London’s recognized large financial institutions, however it was requested that the firm maintains anonymity.

100 bottles of whiskey to go, please!

At this point, it would most certainly be quite sensible to begin to wonder how some haggis and a few scotch eggs, followed by a classic Chateaubriand (beef steak particular to the Loire-Atlantique region of  North Western France), three burgers and a fish pie would amount to £11,000, even with the 10 bottles of Scotch whiskey taken into consideration.

Just before leaving, the bankers ordered 100 bottles of whiskey, and asked to take it away, which took the bill to £10,027.85, which attracted a service charge of £1,253.48 making the total charge £11,281.53.

Whilst the individuals and institution consider that discretion is the better part of valor, all will likely be revealed to our dear colleagues in London as 100 bottles of Speyside Single Malt are not that easy to disguise, and one or two may turn up on the desks of those who now know what an expensive night out really is.

Photograph: Regent Street, London from Oxford Circus. Copyright FinanceFeeds

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