Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Annabel's Turns 40; Anniversary Night at the Club Where Rich and Royalty Let Their Hair Down

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Annabel's Turns 40; Anniversary Night at the Club Where Rich and Royalty Let Their Hair Down

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Byline: PATRICK SAWER

IN the capital's ever changing clubland it must rank as something of an institution. Now Annabel's has celebrated 40 years of hosting London society with a glittering party. Some of the guests, who included Jemima Khan, Tara Palmer-Tomkinson and heiress Cosima von Bulow, weren't born when the club first opened its doors to film stars, royalty and the emerging jet-set of the day.

But for others on the guest list the celebrations will have been pure nostalgia. Princess Michael of Kent and her husband were frequently seen at the club in the Sixties and Seventies.

Prince Andrew held his stag night there in 1986, at which the Princess of Wales and Sarah Ferguson reportedly turned up dressed as policewomen.

The club has always upheld certain standards. In 1967 George Harrison, then one of the four most famous men in the world, was barred for not wearing a tie, a fate that also befell Prince Andrew at the age of 18.

No such problems last night for Dame Edna Everage, who provided the cabaret act. …

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