A Great Bri­tish Af­fair LOVE ART AT THE PENIN­SULA VIP DIN­NER WITH THE ROYAL ACADEMY

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Hong Kong’s power cou­ples turned out in force for this year’s Love Art at The Penin­sula, a joy­ful gala din­ner last month to mark the be­gin­ning of Art Week and the ho­tel’s cre­ative col­lab­o­ra­tion with dar­ing Bri­tish sculp­tor Richard Wil­son. Guests ad­mired the tri­umph of art and physics that is Hang On a Minute Lads … I’ve Got a Great Idea— a bus tee­ter­ing on the edge of The Penin­sula’s 7th-floor Sun Ter­race, Wil­son’s first work in Hong Kong. In the ho­tel’s grand lobby a live band ser­e­naded guests as they sipped on Per­rier-jouët be­fore en­joy­ing a five-course feast of Bri­tish clas­sics re­worked in po­etic ways. A starter named “The Sound of Eng­land” com­prised a Scotch egg and ched­dar muf­fin pre­sented on a plate painted with the colours of the Union Jack and the names of fa­mous songs by The Bea­tles. Next up was a gourmet take on fish and chips—tur­bot fil­let with four kinds of fries—fol­lowed by beef and foie gras welling­ton, and salmon welling­ton for the pescatar­i­ans. Af­ter Bri­tish cheeses, guests mar­velled at the chef ’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of a trifle with wild straw­ber­ries and gold leaf. Ears pricked up for Richard Wil­son in con­ver­sa­tion with Fi­nan­cial Times art critic Peter Asp­den, and things got com­pet­i­tive when Tim Mar­low, direc­tor of artis­tic pro­grammes at the Royal Academy, hosted a quiz about art in film. The cel­e­bra­tions con­tin­ued at the ho­tel’s at­mo­spheric art deco speakeasy, Sa­lon de Ning.

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