The Lucy Gao E-Mail

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Here the most famous e-mail ever sent out by a City intern. Lucy Gao is the 21-year-old Citigroup intern who had a placement in the company's Real Estate Equity Group in London, and whose birthday invite to her friends 13 months ago found it's way onto the internet and did the rounds at investment banks all around the world.

'21st Birthday Party at The Ritz Hotel London

Friday, 18th  of August

9pm Champagne Reception
10pm Photo Shoots
10.30pm Blowing Candles

Mid-night Pangaea, Mayfair

I have arranged the Ritz to host a Champagne Reception with a selection of Ritz Champagne for all my guests, this will be on me so please come and indulge.

A specially made birthday cake has also been ordered and the Ritz waiters will kindly serve you each a generous slice with Ritz cutleries, etc....also on me.


*When you arrive, take the Hotel entry on the opposite side of the Green Park tube station (Please refer to your arrival time at the end of this email)

*When asked "how can I help you Sir/Madam ?", you reply "I am here for Lucy's Birthday Party at the Rivoli Bar"

*You will be escorted to the lounge area next to the Rivoli bar, where you will hopefully see a gorgeous group of ladies.

If you experience any issues getting in or getting to the Ritz, please call my mobile on **** *** *** and my PA Ms *** will kindly deal with your queries between 8.30pm to 10pm.


Gentlemen: Jacket, shirt, and please also bring a tie (no jeans, trainers, flip-flops, polo-shirts)

Ladies: skirt/top, cocktail dress (no denim, mini-skirts, flip-flops, bad tastes)

Advise 1: It goes without saying that the more upper-class you dress, the less likely you shall be denied entry.

Advise 2: Photos will be taken between 10pm and 10.30pm, and these will be distributed when processed, therefore you may want to be well-groomed! (wink)

I will be accepting cards and small gifts between 9pm and 11pm... (wink wink) hehehe

I very much look forward to seeing you all at the Ritz this Friday.

ARRIVAL TIMES (Please stick to these as best you can, thank you)
9pm: (list of 9 names)

9.15pm: (list of 9 names)

9.30pm: (list of 11 names)

9.45pm: (list of 4 names)

10pm: (list of 6 names)'.

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