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British Business Club: Christmas Drinks
Ian Mitchell

On Wednesday 15th December the Marriott Aurora Hotel on Petrovka hosted the BBC’s annual Christmas Drinks party. “Drinks” was a misnomer because there was a spectacular array of food on offer as well. There was turkey for those who were already in Christmas Day mood, curry for those who wanted a taste of traditional British eating, and roast beef for those who were wise enough to have what, in the opinion of everyone I talked to, was the best beef they had ever tasted in Russia. I had three helpings. Not only that, the champagne did not run out until after 9 p.m. and the other drinks, including promotions by Parliament vodka and Famous Grouse whisky, were still going strong at 11. The Marriott Aurora has some claim to be, as one guest said to me, “the best hotel in Moscow”. Perhaps PASSPORT will start a competition. A subsection might be “best hotel guest” of the year, an award which this time must surely go to Don Scott, OBE, who presided with his usual booming aplomb over the proceedings, distributing raffle prizes and inviting everyone who is not already a member to join what is surely the most sociable, relaxed and entertaining club in Moscow. If you think life is short, can often be sweet, and should at all possible times be amusing, then visit See you there in 2011!

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