Guests enjoyed an evening laced with elements from the FT’s heritage. Features included paper boys and illustrations of printing presses to tablets with the FT’s web app.
Barber said: "What makes me most proud as editor of the FT is our commitment to quality journalism. Quality journalism in the age of Leveson is a cause worth defending, even if today it is increasingly challenged. Quality journalism is an arduous, costly enterprise. It requires investment in people and technology. And it is craft; a vocation not merely a profession."
Attendees included John Fallon, CEO, Pearson; Dame Marjorie Scardino; Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable; Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party; Stephen Hester, CEO, RBS; Baroness Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion; Andrew Neil, BBC Daily Politics presenter; Ozwald Boateng, fashion designer; HE Pasquale Terracciano, Italian ambassador and Will Hutton, political writer.
Another FT 125th anniversary event was held in New York earlier this year.