Evidently X Factor winners stick together. Solo singer Louisa Johnson, who won the ITV talent show a few years back, had dinner with a group that included Jesy Nelson of fellow champions Little Mix on Friday night. They ate tacos and drank melon margaritas at Cantina Laredo in Covent Garden. Tennis star Heather Watson was spotted there too, on Wednesday night following her return to London after her Australian Open defeat.
Last week Kate Moss toasted her 44th birthday with a long, long lunch at Mark’s Club in Mayfair. Evidently, she’s still trend-setting: photographer David Bailey threw his own bash there on Monday, celebrating his 80th birthday that had taken place earlier in the month with a lunch of smoked salmon and Norwegian Skrei cod with roasted pepper salsa. Moss was back too to offer her happy returns, as was socialite Heather Kerzner.
Another packed service at Kensington’s new branch of Dishoom, the trendy Indian chain. Julia Bradbury, the TV presenter and former Countryfile host, was seen enjoying lunch with a friend on Tuesday afternoon.
A celebratory dinner at George, the Mayfair restaurant and club, which hosted Princess Eugenie on Wednesday evening. She was all smiles, having announced her engagement earlier that week. But she may have forgotten to invite her mother, Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York. Fergie was dining nearby, at LouLou’s on Hertford Street. Perhaps her excessive congratulations on social media proved too much.
Former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond was in town on Wednesday night. He and Scottish MP Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh were with friends at the Leicester Square Kitchen, the Mexican and Peruvian restaurant in the Radisson Blu Edwardian. Tacos, tuna tartare and calamari were all on the menu.
Happy 60th birthday to musician and Later With presenter Jools Holland. He was at Boisdale of Belgravia on Wednesday night, along with Kylie Minogue, Mel C, Bernie Ecclestone, Tom Jones, Mick Hucknall and a whole host of others. There were so many gifts that Holland, who had also had a Birthday-eve dinner at Le Caprice on Tuesday, had to return the next morning to fill up his boot.
A few years back, Charles Saatchi and his then-wife Nigella Lawson were regular fixtures at Scott’s, the Mount Street seafood restaurant. Despite their divorce, prompted by an incident outside that very restaurant, Saatchi keeps coming back. He dined there yet again on Wednesday, with his current girlfriend Trinny Woodall of What Not To Wear fame.
Britain’s Got Talent; Mayfair’s got restaurants: Simon Cowell, Amanda Holden, and David Walliams and Alesha Dixon — the quartet of the ITV programme’s judges — had a raucous dinner at 34, Park Lane, on Thursday evening.