As the country lies in Brexit chaos, the politicians feast on red meat, red wine and red interiors. Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage dined together last Thursday evening, in a week where their efforts would best be served elsewhere. They chose Boisdale of Belgravia, a favourite of Boris’s father Stanley, who was also there. All three did not seem thrilled to have been seen.
Jeremy Paxman was spotted having dinner at Berry Bros & Rudd on Monday night. The Piccadilly site generally functions solely as a wine merchant but does have a private dining room for special, catered events: the University Challenge host was with chef Rowley Leigh and other jury members of The Idler’s Bad Grammar of the Year Award, mulling over this year’s winner and enjoying a meal.
A few streets away, Rita Ora dined at Annabel’s with friends and family on Monday night. The singer was celebrating the launch of her second album after a much-delayed release. Made In Chelsea original Millie Mackintosh was seen there for lunch the next afternoon.
Richard Caring added a new landmark to his restaurant empire this week. He was at Selfridges for the opening of the Brasserie of Light. Other guests included Damien Hirst, who designed the equine chandelier, singer Lily Allen and budding photographer Brooklyn Beckham.
Fresh from a right royal honeymoon, Jack Brooksbank was back in London on Tuesday night. He recently married Princess Eugenie in a controversial, taxpayer-funded wedding but spent the night away from wedded bliss. He was at Fucina, the Marylebone Italian.
As four of the five Spice Girls prepare for their reunion tour, one is busy with breakfast. Victoria Beckham was seen at Harry’s Bar on Wednesday morning. The fashion designer was presumably finalising her plans with the Mayfair restaurant, which has decorated her Dover Street shop in time for Christmas.
Later that day, she ate out again. She and her husband David Beckham and their oldest son Brooklyn were out for dinner at Texture, the Scandinavian restaurant in Marylebone.
Rosamund Pike, star of Gone Girl and Die Another Day, had a slap-up lunch at Mark’s Club on Wednesday afternoon. Pike is playing Marie Colvin in a new film, and was guest of honour at a lunch made up of noted war correspondents.