Representatives of over 30 nations were brought together with some of the UK media’s leading figures last week for the London Press Club’s reception for members of the Diplomatic Press Attachés Association London (DPAAL) at Northcliffe House in Kensington.
Home not only to seven newspapers – the i, the Independent titles, the London Evening Standard, the Mail titles and the Metro – and the world’s most popular newspaper website in Mail Online, Northcliffe House is now the base for new TV channel London Live. So Press Club chairman Doug Wills welcomed his international guests to “the vertical Fleet Street”. They were treated to a glimpse of the Mail’s newly unveiled Editors Hallway before attending the reception on the sixth floor.
Independent editor Amol Rajan, Mail on Sunday managing editor John Wellington, Metro editor Kenny Campbell and Chris Blackhurst, group content editor for the Standard and Independent titles, were among the Press Club’s guest. 40 of London’s embassies, drawn from five continents, were represented, from Argentina and the Bahamas to Sri Lanka and Ukraine.
“It was a rare opportunity for members of the club to meet and establish contacts with the diplomatic community in London,” said Wills. “It was a marvelous turnout, from the smallest of embassies with just half a dozen staff to others with hundreds of officials. It was fascinating to hear their stories and to find out so many began their careers in journalism. Special thanks must go to DPAAL’s Maria Moneiro, of the Embassy of Portugal, for making the event possible.” Several of the embassy guests have already taken advantage of the new, reduced membership rates to join the London Press Club.
The reception comes after DPAAL invited London Press Club members to the Embassy of Brazil for its forum on social media in January.