There is always a frisson when you walk into the main hall of The Natural History Museum, and realise that you are dining in the shadow of a dinosaur. I was there on Thursday night, continuing my hectic week, as a guest of The Firtash Foundation, who sponsored the Days of Ukraine cultural festival here in London last week. The gala evening was kicking off two days of activity, in fashion, literature and art in quite some style.
As I arrived, I saw the actress (and Bond girl) Olga Kurylenko doing her turn in front of the cameras.
Once inside I found two of my favourite stylish people, Mr Henry Conway and London Fashion Week designer Jean-Pierre Braganza.
I adore Ukranian food and, after the confit salmon above, was very happy to see a plate arrive bearing a very superior version of borscht, served with truffled creme fraiche, and a mini mushroom dumpling.
The absolute highlight of the evening was the performance during supper by Ivan Putrov amd Tatiana Lezova. Lexova is a prima ballerina with The Kiev Classical Ballet, and Ukrainian-born Putrov was a principal dancer with The Royal Ballet from 2002 until July 2010. It really was an extraordinary privilege to see such glorious dancers at close quarters.
(I thought these were marshmallows, but they are actually lemon meringue pie pops.)
Huge thanks to The Firtash Foundation for hosting me at the Gala, and for sponsoring this series of posts on the Days of Urkaine in the UK the festival this week.
Olga Kurylenko photo credit: John Phillips/PA