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Celebrity Sightings in London Restaurants This Week

Including Dame Judi Dench dining opposite a foxy dinner guest

“You’re easier to handle than Bond”
Neil Spence

Princess Eugenie hit the town yet again on Monday night, basking in the aftermath of her engagement announcement. She dined on the — thankfully heated — terrace of The Arts Club in Mayfair with her fiancé Jack Brooksbank. Her sister, Princess Beatrice, and fashion designer friend Misha Nonoo were also in the dining party, and ordered a special cake with a personalised message of congratulations for the happy couple.

From royalty to reality: Celebrity Big Brother alumna Casey Batchelor — who is pregnant with her first child — ate for two on Monday evening. She was at Sheesh, the Mediterranean and Turkish restaurant in Chigwell, for dinner with her boyfriend.

J Sheekey is beloved by many an old-school thespian, and on Monday it was the turn of actress Leslie Caron to tuck in. The star of An American in Paris was at the Covent Garden seafood landmark on Monday, where she hosted its latest In Conversation series before sticking around for a bite.

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Bit of a boozy lunch on Tuesday at Simpson’s-in-the-Strand, the oak-panelled restaurant specialising in hearty British fare. Dame Judi Dench, author Jilly Cooper and, curiously, Basil Brush – the fox puppet – were there for the Oldie of the Year Awards.

Chef Gizzi Erskine hosted a gin-soaked dinner party on Tuesday at the Bloomsbury Hotel, inviting friends including Great British Bake Off host Noel Fielding and TV presenter Caroline Flack. They ate scallop ceviche with charred pink grapefruit and lime, oven-roasted pheasant with black truffle, and grapefruit meringue pie.

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Coffee all round on Tuesday night, as St James’s restaurant Quaglinos opened its doors for the Costa Book of the Year Awards. Esther Rantzen, Celia Imrie and Anneka Rice were among the bookworms on hand to toast the winners.

A healthy start to the day for Arizona Muse on Wednesday. The model had a breakfast meeting at Yeotown on Chiltern Street, known for its organic ingredients and “mindfully sourced” food. The breakfast menu includes dishes called Joy (an acai bowl with granola,) Humility (porridge with berries) and Optimism (oats and seeds). What a way to start the day.

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Happy birthday to Bunga Bunga, the Covent Garden restaurant that opened a year ago as an off-shoot to its Battersea branch. It threw its first birthday party on Wednesday night, guests including model Lottie Moss and presenter Laura Whitmore. Revellers dined on the trademark Metro pizzas, natch, sipping on daiquiris and negronis.

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