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Fame Hungry: Celebrity Sightings in London Restaurants This Week

Vogue bring the world of fashion to The River Cafe

Adwoa Aboah and Edward Enninful.
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Where's a bear to eat after a long day of publicity? Following the premiere of Paddington 2 on Sunday afternoon, the film's cast headed up 31 floors to Aqua Shard for much-needed sustenance. Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville and Ben Whishaw ate crispy duck, Welsh rarebit and sea bream ceviche, finished with Paddington's ideal dessert: marmalade and chocolate pots.

Rosamund Pike spent Sunday evening at The Ivy Garden Chelsea, the King's Road Ivy spin-off. The Gone Girl actress was among guests at the restaurant's annual Guy Fawkes party, with jacket potatoes, pumpkin soup and roasted chestnuts on the menu and served on the terrace.

Earl's Court café Over Under Coffee has made the jump into town, opening its second London destination in Soho's Ham Yard. They celebrated by giving out free coffee - including their turmeric lattes — all week, with The Royal Tenenbaums actor Owen Wilson seen picking up a complimentary beverage on Monday afternoon. Apparently he dropped in again on Tuesday. Evidently even Hollywood big shots can't resist a freebie.

A meeting of great importance took place in South Kensington on Monday. Rowley Leigh, Chef Patron of The Design Museum's restaurant Parabola, hosted a dinner there for guests including University Challenge host Jeremy Paxman and novelist Virgina Ironside. The group convened over fine wine, roast beef and breads and butter to deliberate on who would win the dubious honour of The Idler's Bad Grammar of the Year Award.

On Tuesday, a fashionable crowd — nay, the fashion crowd — descended on Hammersmith for a feast at Ruth Rogers' beloved Italian The River Café, which threw a feast to toast Edward Enninful's first issue of Vogue. It would be quicker to say who wasn't there: guests included cover star Adwoa Aboah as well as Kate Moss, Gigi Hadid, Alicia Vikander, Naomie Harris, Lily James and Jenna Coleman. Stella McCartney and Stormzy bonded as they pored over the new issue, with many making it an all-nighter by taxiing over to Chiltern Firehouse for a private afterparty.

My takeaway from celebrating @Edward_Enninful’s first issue at @BritishVogue... x Stella

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Cause for celebration on Thursday night at Smith & Wollensky, the American chophouse in The Adelphi Building. Christian Slater and Kris Marshall popped in for a nightcap and a burger after taking their bows onstage in Glengarry Glen Cross at The Playhouse.

Drivetribe, the car site set up by former Top Gear trio Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, celebrated its first birthday on Thursday with dinner at Westminster Indian The Cinnamon Club. A cake bearing Clarkson's face, made by Great British Bake Off winner Frances Quinn, was brought out and promptly stabbed by May and Hammond. With friends like these, who needs enemies?


224-238 Kensington High Street, , England W8 6AG 020 7940 8795 Visit Website

Design Museum

224-238 Kensington High Street, , England W8 6AG 020 3862 5900 Visit Website

The Ivy

1-5 West Street, , England WC2H 9NQ 020 7836 4751 Visit Website

Smith & Wollensky

The Adelphi Building, 1-11 John Adam Street, London , WC2N 6HT Visit Website

The River Café

Rainville Road, , England W6 9HA 020 7386 4200 Visit Website

Cinnamon Club

The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU Visit Website

Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street, , England W1U 7PA 020 7073 7676 Visit Website