Liz Brewer first shot to fame when she swapped life as a debutante in favour of launching Portugal’s first ever Discotheque/Night club, The 7 and 7 1/2 in Albufeira, at that time, an unspoilt fishing village in the Algarve, to which she attracted an array of celebrities including Cliff Richard, The Shadows, Lulu, Cilla Black and Paul McCartney giving Liz an appetite for organising extravagant and memorable events. Initially she did this together with her then fiance, Neville Roberts who sadly had to leave Portugal after one year leaving Liz to continue single-handedly for the following nine years.
Having sold the club in the mid 70’s, just before the revolution, Liz returned to London and set up a Leisure Development Consultancy. Her major Clients at that time were British Transport Hotels - owned by British Rail and Chaired by Richard Marsh. Their group of 33 hotels included Gleneagles, Tregenner Castle, Turnberrry and The Adelphi, Liverpool. Her task was to introduce new revenue to hitherto unused areas of their hotels and introduce a younger and more interesting clientel. Soon enough, Liz added representation of Portugal and the Algarve, to the portfolio of her Marketing and PR clients followed by the marketing and PR of Jamaica, Florida and Greece. She later branched into launching London’s leading Restaurants and Clubs and representing high flying ‘luminaries’ in addition to organising star studded Film Premieres, (her clients included Allied Vision headed by Harvey Goldsmith and Ed Simons).
In September 1968 together with Neville Roberts, Liz took over a Shepherds Market discotheque that became the launch pad of Jimi Hendrix’s career. He was under contract to appear at the Club when his record ‘Hey Joe’ went to No 1! The area was besieged by such luminaries as the Rolling Stones who queued nightly to hear and see this extraordinary new performer and subsequently the landlord cancelled their contract after one month!
Liz then became the Chairman and organiser of The England Ball, presided over by the late Lord Henley to raise funds annually for The Council for the Protection of Rural Engand. (CPRE). These included The 1920s Ball, the England Ball, and the Mad Hatter’s Military. This was followed by many other benefits organised by Liz, for various Charities and presided over by some of Englands most elegant and notorious women of the last century - including Margaret, Duchess of Argyll and Lady Diana Cooper. All her glittering memorable fund raisers and events were and have continued to be recorded in the annals of history.
In the 70’s and 80’s in addition to representing a number of trendy establishments, Liz Brewer took on a number of high profile clients and became their confidante, advisor, representative and media spokesperson.
During this time for two years Liz became the Diary Editor of TATLER - writing and editing a monthly double page Diary
In the mid 80’s Liz represented Peter de Savary and assisted in the promotion of his America’s Cup Challenge and the launch and specialised marketing of his Hotels including until recently Skibo Castle in Scotland which has now been sold.
The Western Australian Government then contracted Liz to represent them when the Royal Perth Yacht Club challenge headed by Alan Bond, beat Peter de Savary’s Victory Syndicate and won the America’s Cup. For three years Liz was involved in their representation and promotion both in Australia and the UK.
Also during this time Liz became the Fund raiser for Abbeyfield, and through her introduction of international finance through Alan Bond - Abbeyfield International. For the past 20 years Liz has assisted Christopher Buxton OBE and Abbeyfield International with major fund-raising events attended by their Royal Patron HRH The Prince of Wales.
National Playing Fields Association took on Liz as their Honorary Event Organiser for three years to organise major fund raising events which led to Carlton Television and Action Time Production Company contracting Liz to Organise the notorious celebrity ‘Men For Sale’ Charity fundraising events for two years raising £ millions divided between 8 Cancer Charities, and 8 Childrens Charities and attracting 9 million viewers.
Liz Brewer evolved in the 90s as a media personality, having organised a number of glamorous TV events and regularly participating in a variety of chat shows and documentaries the most memorable being ‘The Fame Game’ and the follow-up documentary ‘Fame Game Update’ which at the time broke all viewing records!
Liz was married to John Rendall from 1978 until 1988 and has one daughter Tallulah (b.1979) who graduated from Manchester University with an 2.1 Degree with honours in Latin American Combined Studies, American Liturature and Film. She is a musician (singer, music and songwriter)… www.tallulahrendall.com.
She draws on a list of international celebrities, many of whom are personal friends as well as clients, to launch the most extraordinary and imaginative events:
Ivana Trump (click here for photo), Dame Shirley Bassey (click here for photo), Pierce Brosnan, Elaine Paige, Toyah Wilcox, Richard Branson, Zandra Rhodes, Julian Macdonald, Cilla Black and Astonaut Buzz Aldrin are just a few of the names on this list.
February 2002 Liz organised and chaired ‘The Magical Fashion Fantasia a mega Fund-raising event for National Kidney Research Fund. This included a unique auction of model 3 ft tall fairy-elves which had each been made over by leading icons in the world of Fashion and Entertainment. It was at this event that Eric Way’s million dollar Jacket created half in Denim and half in Diamonds made history and was entered into the Guinness Book of Records.
January 2003, Liz organised the launch of the Special Olympics Great Britain at 11 Downing Street, followed by a fund raising dinner for 300 at The Foreign Office hosted by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Tim Shriver.
June 2004 Liz organised and Chaired a significant and major celebrity event for The Galapagos Conservation Trust. This was not only to financially benefit the Islands but bring awareness to the Galapagos in general. The event which included spectacular Fashion shows presented by Eric Way, Bernard Chandron and Zandra Rhodes with an Auction conducted by Jeffrey Archer was heralded as the most successful social event of the Season and was held at The Chelsea Physic Garden. (see News link)
Having been a good friend of the founder of Shakespeare’s Globe, the late Sam Wannamaker, for the past 10 years Liz has been an active member of the Globe’s Development Council.
Liz Brewer’s first book ‘The Party Bible’ was published in April 2003 and she had signings at Waterstones at Harrods, when she was first heralded around the entire shop led by a Bagpipe playing Highlander and WHSmith Sloane Square. There were two launch parties, one at The Foreign Office War Rooms and the other, the main event at Sarastro Restaurant, Drury Lane, an all evening Champagne and Supper party for five hundred hosted by the owner Richard Niazi.
Liz is Hon Vice President of Westminster North Conservative Association and since 2005 has chaired and organized significant fund-raisings, creating a double-date event formula culminating with dinners at The House of Lords.
These events have been in combination with Zandra Rhodes, Heather Bird Tchenguiz, and Terence Cole, (Chairman of the Marcol Group) and his wife Niki and were primarily to assist the parliamentary candidate Joanne Cash to finance her challenge for the Westminster North borderline seat.
Her Client, Dr George Piskov, his Uniastrum Bank and Unistream Money Transfers have been the overall sponsor of these events. Liz has represented Dr Piskov since 2005. Together they have raised funds for The Prince’s Drawing School with Clay Shoots at The West London Shooting School 2007 and Holland and Holland 2008.
On George’s behalf Liz organised his sponsorship of the World Premiere of the animated film of Prokofiev’s ‘Peter and the Wolf’ at The Royal Albert Hall with the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Mark Stephenson and after party for 300 guests … including the puppets! This film produced by Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman won the Oscar for ‘best Animated Short Film’ at the 2008 Acadamy Awards.
Following the success of Liz’s Book The Party Bible, she was selected as the etiquette and behaviour teacher for the last four years, successful ITV five-part series ‘Ladette to Lady’. This series has and is being shown around the world and due to being the 3rd highest rated programme in Australia Liz will be filming the fourth series in Nov/Dec 2008 which will feature 8 Australian Ladettes!
Through this successful series Liz has represented the following as UK’s Etiquette Expert:
- Air Miles for Airline Etiquette
- Experian for Financial Etiquette
- Charnos Stockings
- Peugeot - Car Etiquette
The Post Office feature ‘Liz Brewer’s Guide to the Digital Age’ on their website.
In September 2007 Liz organized the House of Lords SPIRIT OF RUSSIA PARTY. It was hosted by Dr George Piskov and attended by H.E. The Ambassador of the Russian Federation Mr Yuri Viktorovich Fedatov
On Halloween of 2007 Liz arranged a B’day party at Papageno, hosted by Dr George and Tanya Piskov
For Christmas of 2007 Liz organized and celebrated Dame Shirley Bassey’s 70th B’day party at Cliveden House Hotel, Taplow, kindly given for their 500 guests by the Chairman of Von Essen Hotels, Andrew Davis. The film of this party was featured on CNBC’s The Luxury Channel entitled The Party Guru:
Liz went on to represent Alexander Gentsis in presenting a sample of his photographic collection during the Russian Week Celebrations at Brown’s Hotel Mayfair in 2008.
Liz was also instrumental in helping to organise Boris Johnson’s celebration party when he became Mayor of London, with Justin Etzin at his Venue ALTITUDE at Millbank Tower 2nd May 2008.
Liz continues to represents Dr George Piskov of Unistream.
Liz is currnely representing Lisa Tchenguiz-Imerman Executive Producer of ‘A World Unseen’ and ‘I Can’t Think Straight’ for Enlightenment Films at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival.