I spent yesterday evening at a place I never knew existed. The Italian Cultural Institute, in Belgrave Square, is just a stone’s thrown from the Queen’s back garden. It’s been here since 1949, when the Duke of Westminster gave this smart townhouse to the then-Italian Ambassador Duke Gallarati Scotti.

Last night, it was playing host to legendary design house Pininfarina. The ‘Pininfarina in London’ exhibition is intended to coincide with the run up to the Olympics, and is a small exhibition of the company’s handiwork. It is a surprise to see the sheer breadth of the company’s output. It included the world debut - in modest 1:18 scale form - of the new personal rapid transit system Pininfarina has designed in collaboration with Korean company Vectus.