Earlier this month, we hosted the ‘Let the Festivities Begin’ dinner with our wonderful partners at  Cornflake, on Thursday 1st of December for some incredibly influential industry invitees.

Interior designers, Stephenson Wright, collaborated to create the most beautifully dressed Christmas-indulged table in the Cornflake boardroom.

The aim of this special dinner was, in part, to showcase how we, as partners of Cornflake and others in attendance, can collaborate in offering joint services, but more fundamentally to build and nurture our relationships with our clients.

Hosting these intimate events is proving to be thoroughly enjoyable and we are incredibly grateful for all the efforts of those who made it happen.

Stephenson Wright created  a magically festive and full display in a palette of red, cream and teal. Every place setting was dressed in a reusable Fortnum & Mason fabric cracker with red rick-rack trimmings. Vibrant red velvet bows adorned each plate with gold thread inscribed in the guests’ names.

Painted Nutcracker men and flocked reindeer added a traditional and whimsical feel, alongside sprinkles of snow, with clusters of walnuts and berries. The fabulous florist, Yoko Blooms, provided a bed of foliage and cotton tufts mixed with gold ferns and pine cones; in fully understanding the brief, we were thrilled with how exuberant and magical the flowers and foliage looked.

The team introduced layers of natural candlelight: tall, tapered candles in teal, small tea lights in silvered glass, and our favourite, Mrs Alice Pagodas, in two sizes, which added the variation of height to the tablescape.

The table was set and that left our co-hosts to kick off proceedings – Gary Lewis, co-owner of Cornflake and Philippa Somerset of Somerset Estates welcomed our guests over some wonderful drinks.

Guests included Natalie Stephenson from Stephenson Wright, Robert Cox from Adam Architecture, Randle Siddeley from Randle Siddeley, Laura Hammett from Laura Hammett, Sally Story from Lighting Design International, Diana Tran from Sotheby’s, Andrew Langridge from Chelsea Construction, Elaine Sheil from Candy London, Zaid Shuhaiber from Case e Progetti and Michael Fraser from London Hill.

The fantastic dinner itself was catered by the highly acclaimed independent restaurant, The Mayfair Chippy & The Holy Carrot, and it truly was a delectable feast!

The flowers were set to the theme by Yoko, who used an array of roses, ranunculus, anemones, nerines, blue thistles, ilex berries, red skimmia, gold asparagus fern, cotton, pines and pine cones, walnuts and viburnum berries.

For this event we also brought on gin partner, Fatty’s Organic Spirits, to tailor-make our Christmas-themed cocktails:

Fatty’s Winter Spiced Negroni

Fatty’s Organic Winter Spiced Orange Gin

Red Vermouth


Burnt Orange

Star Anise, Cinnamon, Clove, Nutmeg


Fatty’s Vodka Sour

Fatty’s Organic Vodka

Lemon juice

Cherry Syrup

Angostura bitters

Egg white

Maraschino Cherry


So, all in all, a fabulous evening and we look forward to more of these wonderful intimate events – would you like to be our guest? Why not get in touch with Philippa directly philippa@somersetestates.com

And with that in mind, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


A little more about Cornflake:

Cornflake introduces intuitive technology to create life-enriching experiences in every aspect of the home. We enable people to establish deeper connections with their living environments by introducing personalised systems to suit every individual need. As a business renowned for meeting and exceeding its commitments, we provide the best service levels for our clients. Cornflake features a unique concierge support service available 24/7, 365 days a year.

A little more about Fatty’s Organic Spirits: 

Founded in 2017 by Philippa ‘Fatty’ Gee to create spirits you can feel good about drinking. All our products are 100% organic, and Soil Association certified, from the alcohol grain to the botanicals; they are free from chemicals, pesticides and GMOs, which creates a much cleaner and smoother spirit. But we don’t just stop there; even the ink on the bottles is organic and environmentally friendly.

From our multi-award-winning London Dry Gin to our vodka and seasonal Winter Spiced Orange Gin, our range of 4 products covers all tastes. Are you looking for corporate gifting? Get in touch for more info at philippa@dulwichspirits.com.

Special thanks to our gift-bag partners, Nutriburst Vitamins & Fatty’s Organic Spirits, for providing our guests with take-home products. And to The Mayfair Chippy & The Holy Carrot for the wonderful menu.