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Peninsula celebrates stellar year with Kensington bash

01 January 2014

With oil prices sky-high, bunker player Peninsula Petroleum also went through the roof — at Kensington Roof Gardens.The trader and supplier treated guests thirsty from their travails during International Petroleum Week in London to a soiree at one of the capital’s most exclusive West End nightclubs.

Owned by Virgin boss Richard Branson, the swanky venue just off Kensington High Street boasts plush rooftop gardens and even four resident flamingos if your cocktails aren’t pink enough.

The drinks, and not the birds, were enough to pull the punters in as the 15-year-old company cranked up the ice, mint and spirits to keep suppliers, traders, bankers and buyers from all over the globe up until the early hours.

It has been a stellar year for the subsidiary of Gibraltar-based conglomerate Gibunco Group as it piled on over 33% in turnover during 2010. The past year has also seen the company open up new operations in Tonsberg, Norway, and Tokyo, boosting its worldwide office count to 11 with over 40 traders.

Although there may have been no sign of flamingos Ben, Bill, Splosh and Pecks, the venue’s by-now-trademarked “vodka luge” managed to ruffle a few feathers, while the dance-floor beats kept the festive flock tickled pink all night.

By Eoin O’Cinneide London

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