Financial Times hosts annual summer party in London

Financial Times editor Lionel Barber hosted the FT’s annual summer party in London last night.

The event brought together 350 guests from business, finance, politics and media at the Mondrian Hotel in the recently refurbished Sea Containers House.

Set in the hotel’s rooftop bar with views of the Thames, guests enjoyed champagne, canapés and grapefruit juleps whilst listening to live jazz.

Lionel Barber’s remarks celebrated the FT’s successes of the past year, including its coverage of Greece, Ukraine and Silicon Valley.

He said: “Technology is not only causing upheaval in the media business, but it is also helping us transform our journalism. We are all familiar with the power of the written word; but today we produce richer forms of narrative and analysis, through data, graphics and the moving image. We call it text-plus journalism.”

“I have worked for 30 years at the Financial Times. And three decades on, I still believe the FT stands apart from the pack because of its accuracy, authority and quality.”

Guests included: HE Matthew Barzun, US Ambassador to the UK; Carl-Henric Svanberg, Chairman, BP Plc; Ana Botín, Chair, Santander Group; Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Business; Jo Malone, Founder, Jo Loves; Andy Burnham, Shadow Secretary of State for Health; Sol Campbell, former Arsenal football player; Michael Acton Smith, Founder, Mind Candy; Stephanie Flanders, Chief Market Strategist, JP Morgan; Ozwald Boateng, fashion designer; Rachel Johnson, columnist; Rona Fairhead, Chairwoman, BBC Trust; and Tidjane Thiam, Chief Executive, Credit Suisse.