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Tuesday, 27 November, 2001, 17:13 GMT
Big spender buys record round
The bill is believed to be biggest of its kind in the UK
A businessman paid more than £42,000 for a round of drinks at a London club.

A spokeswoman for Brown's Club in Covent Garden, said the bill was believed to be the biggest paid for by one person in any restaurant or bar in Britain.

The German-born fruit importer bought the drinks to mark the 30th birthday of the club owner, Richard Traviss.

After taking orders from all the tables, the bill came to £42,608.25, including a £4,734.35 tip.

'Birthday to remember'

The generous man's girlfriend told people at the club that he was known for similar acts at clubs in Paris and Ibiza.

Mr Traviss said: "The gentleman in question was more interested in making sure the members at Brown's were enjoying themselves than relaxing with a drink himself.

"It certainly was a birthday for me to remember."

Anonymous act

About 200 people were at the club when the man offered to buy the drinks, after asking for the music to be turned down.

The man has asked to remain anonymous.

The drinks bought by the mystery man included:

  • 40 bottles of Cristal champagne, £10,000
  • 49 bottles of Cristal Rosť, £15,925
  • 20 bottles of Bollinger, £2,400
  • 20 Baileys shots, £140
  • 20 Sambuca shots, £140
  • 27 bottles of Jack Daniels, £2,335.50
  • 21 bottles of Moet Rose, £1,890
  • 11 bottles of Moet&Chandon, £770
  • 21 Martell brandies, £136.50

A previous record was set when six diners spent £44,007 in July on vintage wines while dining at Petrus, a London restaurant part-owned by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

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