But the lights were still burning Wednesday night at 10 Downing Street for a gathering of Britain’s design talent and to toast the introduction of Creative Entrepreneurs, a website intended to help what it calls “creative people” become successful.
Champagne flowed — as did elderflower cocktails for those observing a dry January — as a throng of film directors, actors, journalists, fashion designers and music executives held court on the Persian rugs of the three state drawing rooms. Ambassadors for the initiative, including the luxury-accessories designer Anya Hindmarch; Jamal Edwards, founder of the music channel SBTV; and Rohan Silva, co-founder of the creative work space Second Home, mingled with guests beneath gleaming chandeliers.
“The government has fully thrown its weight behind incubators supporting burgeoning British technology start-ups in recent years,” said Carolyn Dailey, the founder of the website. “So, it is fantastic to see a turning of attentions towards the creative industries.”
Ms. Dailey, a former managing director of Time Warner in London, was standing beneath a commanding portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and talking with Matthew Barzun, the United States ambassador to Britain.