First things first: coffee. Today's a day for the fancy stuff from Brighton's Small Batch Coffee Company, owned by Risk Capital. Big meetings call for a Warburg Pincus-backed Reiss suit and Apax-owned Cole Haan shoes, all folded neatly into a Thule backpack, formerly held by Nordic Capital, before hopping on an ECI-backed Evans bike for the cycle to the city.
When it comes to a choice between being on time and food, First Round doesn't have to think twice. It's a quick stop at Lyceum-owned EAT for a breakfast pot and a croissant. Time well spent.
Lunchtime. First Round heads for that office-worker favourite Pret a Manger, acquired by pan-Europeans Bridgepoint in 2008. Spends a good 10 minutes browsing before selecting what it always gets – the Swedish Meatball Hot Wrap. Desk lunch of champions.
First Round leaves work on the dot, zooming down to the basement carpark in a Carlyle-backed Sematic Group elevator. It's back on the Evans bike and off to the gym, a Virgin Active. Previously owned by European buyout giant CVC Capital Partners, it's now in the hands of South African investment company Brait.
After a fast-paced sweat-sesh, First Round shows up a cool 13 minutes late for its 7:30 reservation at Argentine steakhouse Gaucho. Fortunately dining partner, Series B, is already there and has got the cocktails in. First Round is a repeat visitor to Gaucho, not unlike its private equity owner, Equistone, which bought the business for a second time in 2016.
From Gaucho to Groucho – that erstwhile Soho den of, if not quite iniquity, then at least of excess – which today, under its second private equity owner, is a much more civilised establishment. Or at least it was until First Round walked in.
Home. Thank you, Uber.