London Will Offer China More Than Singapore Can, Says Boris Johnson

Chinese flags are seen outside Buckingham Palace and infront of Big Ben in London

A pair of Russian tycoons went on a head-to-head spending spree at a trendy London nightclub Wednesday, racking up nearly $210,000 combined in champagne and booze. The Russian multi-millionaires, identified only as men in their 30s, started an all-out bottle war shortly after arriving at the club Kitsch in central London shortly after midnight, the Evening Standard reported. RELATED: CLUBGOERS TRIED TO GET ON STAGE BEFORE SOHO SHOOTING “It was one of the most bizarre nights I’ve ever seen,” one witness told the newspaper. “These two guys were competing with each other to buy more and more champagne. Each time one would buy five bottles the other would order six, then seven, then eight.” One bill included 64 bottles of Dom Perignon, 25 bottles of Cristal Brut, 16 bottles of Ace of Spades champagne, 12 bottles of Dom Perignon Rose, 20 cans of the energy drink Red Bulland morefor a tab totaling more than 64,200 British pounds, or around $102,500. Caters News The Russian clubgoers’ receipts.The ‘winner’ threw down for 30 magnum-sized bottles of Cristal Brut champagne. His rival took a slight edge by throwing down for 30 magnum-sized bottles of Cristal Brut champagne, totaling more than $65,000 alone. His credit card took a hit of more than 66,700 British Pounds, or around $106,500. The lucky servers who took care of the pair pocketed more than $14,000 in tips each. RELATED: JUSTIN BIEBER ATTACKED BY CLUBGOER IN TORONTO “I’ve seen stuff like this once before in St. Tropez where there’s a bottle war, but not in London,” the clubber told the Evening Standard.

Forget Hello Carter, it’s Hello Jodie! Miss Whittaker shows off porcelain skin in black dress at screening during BFI London Film Festival

Close: Julia posed up with the very talented writer and director Nicole Holofcener

Both will visit Beijing. Johnson will be accompanied by Justin King, chief executive of J Sainsbury; Marks and Spencers chief Marc Bolland; and leading executives from companies such as Berkeley Homes. Osbornes line-up includes Ian Livingstone, the entrepreneur behind the Tomb Raider video games franchise; Mike Lynch, founder of Autonomy; and Eric van der Kleij, former chief executive of Londons Tech City. The Chancellors party will also travel to Shenzhen, the home of technology giants Huawei and Tencent. The aim of both missions is to cement improving relationships between the two countries, and meaningful announcements confirming serious inward investment from China to the UK are expected. Were going to capitalise on what is proving to be a sensational period of Chinese investment in London, says Johnson. And were going to talk about visas, technology, London and the many attractions of investing in the capital. Related Articles Chinese manufacturing growth edges up 30 Sep 2013 Osborne will want to emphasise that Chinese money is funding a growing amount of investment across the UK and that it could fund rather more. There are serious issues which still threaten to hamper relations, not least the difficulties even senior Chinese figures have obtaining British visas. The problem, raised on more than one occasion during Cabinet meetings, is known to be deterring businessmen and tourists from China. On the visa front, London is just about to announce an absolutely record Chinese year 17.9m Chinese tourists spent 12.4bn in a big post-Olympics boost but were not exploiting the Chinese market as much as other countries, admits Johnson. Were lobbying the Home Office its an impediment and its a difficulty and occasionally its an irritation. Clearly, we want people who are going to contribute to the London economy to come to London. In a co-ordinated diplomatic push, the Chancellor and the mayor have stressed the importance of Chinese businesses to the UK. Dismissing the concerns raised by a parliamentary committee about the national security implications of Chinese investment, Osborne said in June: It is a personal priority of mine to increase trade links between the UK and China and I cannot emphasise enough that the UK is open to Chinese investment. He trumpeted Huaweis plan to invest 1.3bn into its Reading-based UK business over the next five years, generating a further 700 jobs. Despite those and other conspicuous wins, few consider Britain to be the first choice partner for China, which is spreading its tentacles across growing swathes of Africa, as well as increasingly into other European countries whose economic difficulties have made them increasingly attractive places for investment.

Sky News understands that the private equity groups behind ISS, a Danish cleaning and catering company that ranks among the world’s largest private sector employers, have appointed investment banks to oversee its initial public offering (IPO). The investment arm of Goldman Sachs and EQT Partners, a Swedish buyout firm, have enlisted bankers from Goldman and UBS for the flotation. ISS, which has around 500,000 staff, will be floated in Copenhagen but its shareholders are also evaluating the possibility of a dual listing in London, insiders said this weekend. A decision to include London would deliver a further boost to the City’s IPO market, which has been revived in the last 12 months and on Friday saw the spectacular stock market debut of the privatised Royal Mail. ISS has made at least two previous attempts to list, in 2007 and 2010, and is best-known in the City as the aborted merger partner of G4S, the UK security firm which breached a contract to provide personnel at last year’s London Olympics . G4S and ISS agreed a merger in 2011 but it was abandoned after a revolt by G4S shareholders. The Danish group is now chaired by Sir Charles Allen, the former ITV boss who also played a key role on the organising committee of the 2012 Olympics. A 5bn flotation of ISS would value the company at roughly ten times its annual profits, the mid-point at which analysts expect its shareholders to be able to exit their investment. A large stake in ISS is now owned by Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Kirkbi, the investment vehicle of the family behind the Lego empire. Kirkbi is also a big investor in Merlin Entertainments, the theme park operator which plans to announce a London flotation as soon as there is greater clarity about the fate of negotiations over the US government’s debt ceiling. ISS and the investment banks declined to comment.

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LBD: Jodie Whittaker worked the red carpet at a screening for Hello Carter during the BFI London Film Festival on Saturday The 31-year-old showed off her perfectly pale skin with a black minidress which featured embroidered detail. Not a dry ice in the house: Shelley Smith is first contestant to sing for survival as The X Factor ‘flash vote’ comes into play on 80s night She teamed the dress with a pair of black and gold sandals, while she carried a smart black clutch. Her blonde hair had been styled off her face in a stylish chignon with plenty of volume complimenting her simple yet effective make-up. Starring role: Jodie wore her hair off her face so her head-turning dress could take centre stage Contrast: Jodie’s co-star Annabelle Wallis opted for a cream dress which looked really rather elegant Proud: Jodie and her co-star Charlie Cox looked pleased to be part of the low budget comedy The gang: (Left to right) Henri Lloyd Hughes, Jodie Whittaker Anthony Wilcox, Annabelle Wallis and Christian Cooke pose up on the carpet In contrast her co-star Annabelle Wallis opted for a cream dress over which she wore a white biker style jacket. The women were joined by Henri Lloyd Hughes, Christian Cooke and director Anthony Wilcox as they made their arrival. Hello Carter tells the story of Carter, played by Cox, a man who has recently become homeless, single and unemployed. Funny and talented: Richard Ayoade and his wife attended a screening of The Double – which he directed – on Saturday evening Co-stars: British actress Yasmin Paige posed on the red carpet alongside American actor Jesse Eisenberg – both of whom star in The Double Desperate to win back his ex-girlfriend, he goes off on an adventure throughout London to find her, picking up some odd helpers along the way. Jodie plays Jenny in the film after taking on Susie in a short of the film she starred in two years ago. Speaking about the comedy she said: There was a lot of changing in loos, or in a cordoned-off area in a club in Watford but I didnt care, as long as I had a warm coat on between takes. Funny lady: Julia Louis-Dreyfus attended a screening of Enough Said, which also stars James Gandolfini in one of his final film roles Sleek and sexy: Julia wore a particularly flattering black dress with nude heels for the screening Close: Julia posed up with the very talented writer and director Nicole Holofcener Wilcox, who also wrote the film, said: ‘Carters someone who is having to embrace adulthood and start taking responsibility for his life. You can still be single at 30 while your best friend has three kids.’ Meanwhile a screening of The Double took place, which saw director Richard Ayoade walk the red carpet alongside his wife. Star of the film, American actor Jesse Eisenberg also attended however he wasnt joined by his co-star and real-life girlfriend Mia Wasikowska. Italian movie makers: (L-R) Viola Presteri, Jasmine Trinca, Valeria Golino and Carlo Brancaleoni attend a screening of Honey The Double is a comedy about a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppelganger. Another comedy which screened was American movie Enough Said, which is written and directed by Nicole Holofcener. It stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and James Gandolfini, in what turned out to be one of his final film roles. Seinfeld star Julia stunned on the red carpet wearing a simple but flattering black pencil dress. Italian film Honey, which is the directorial debut of actress Valeria Golino, was also screened on Saturday evening. The film tells the story of a divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she’s interested in learns he’s her new friend’s ex-husband.