Having spent 30 years running trading floors in the City and Canary Wharf, Grant’s next career move wasn’t obviously to become a hospitality professional; but too many hours spent scanning the wine lists of the West End’s restaurants looking for wines that were not triple their market price convinced him that there had to be another way…
It is fitting that as a former banker he was the one to take on Hambros’ former west end branch, to create a temple to wine rather than to mammon. Having been empty for 15 years the building was crying out for a 21st century purpose, which its location in the heart of Clubland with its illustrious wine neighbours fitted the Club’s needs perfectly.
Grant’s financial career started longer ago than he cares to recall at Samuel Montagu & Co, before progressing via UBS and Salomon Bros, to become Head of European Credit Trading for Barclays Capital. After a stint as CEO of Infinity Capital Markets and as a partner in a hedge fund, Omni Partners LLP the commitment required to take the 67 Pall Mall concept off the drawing board and to put it on the map became too much and he left the financial world to immerse himself (willingly!) in wine.
His sometimes scary singlemindedness has enabled the Club to open with a full Members list, with the largest collection of wines by the glass and one of the finest wine lists in the UK, if not the world.