The Financial Times is staging an à la carte charity auction of lunches with leading FT journalists.

The auction, which runs until January 29, is to raise funds for the FT’s Financial Literacy and Inclusion Campaign (FLIC) charity and its war on financial illiteracy.

With 94 per cent of Britons saying they recall learning little or nothing about money at school, the FT set up the charity last year to make financial education available to those who need it most in the UK and beyond.

So place your bid while you can. Better still, as some bidders have done, you can secure the remaining lunch of your choice by donating £10,000 to FT FLIC . For the buy it now option, email

All proceeds will go directly to the charity because the classy restaurants involved (all in London, plus one in New York) are donating the meals for two. Check out the auction website or click below for details of venues and dining companions. The lunches will be held at a mutually convenient time for the winning bidder and the FT journalist.


  • Dan McCrum, investigations reporter, at The Colony Grill, The Beaumont

  • Stephen Bush, associate editor and columnist, at Turnips

  • Katie Martin, markets editor, at Il Pampero

  • Gideon Rachman, chief foreign affairs commentator, The Dining Room, The Goring

  • Chris Giles, economics editor, Hawksmoor (any one of eight London restaurants)

  • Robin Wigglesworth, editor of FT Alphaville, at St Pancras by Searcy’s Brasserie


  • FT editor Roula Khalaf, at Alain Ducasse, The Dorchester (dinner not lunch in this instance) SOLD

  • Gillian Tett,  columnist and chair of the US editorial board and editor-at-large, at the Hélène Darroze at The Connaught (London) or Zaytinya at The Ritz-Carlton, New York SOLD

  • Jo Ellison, editor of HTSI, at Quo Vadis SOLD

  • FT staff from across the business have volunteered thousands of hours of their time to support FT FLIC, increasing its firepower and containing overheads.

A recent pro bono FT Live event for FLIC — to help young people navigate the cost of living crisis — boosted to 67 per cent from 9 per cent the proportion of attendees who knew how to improve their confidence managing money.

In addition to writing stories about financial literacy, FT journalists have helped the FLIC team produce sparkling educational resources for schools on topics ranging from crypto to budgeting. This includes helping teachers broach a subject many lack the confidence to tackle. The charity is also gearing up to lobby for changes in government policy to help achieve a mission shared by the many charities FLIC cooperates with.

Leyla Boulton is a senior editor and the FT liaison for FT FLIC. Alan Smith is head of visual and data journalism.

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