Two sisters, two brunches. On Sunday, Melissa Hemsley was at Malibu Kitchen — one of the restaurants at The Ned — hosting a brunch with Clerkenwell Boy in aid of Cook for Syria. Across town, her sister Jasmine Hemsley was at Aster, the Nordic restaurant in Victoria. She was launching her first solo cookbook East by West. Buckwheat banana bread, avocado and tomato chutney and teff waffles were on the menu.
Jasmine was out again on Tuesday morning, for a very stylish breakfast on Chesterfield Street’s Chess Club, Jackson Boxer’s Mayfair haunt with a cosy dining space. Model Arizona Muse hosted a feast for friends, marking a collaboration between fashion brand Chinti & Parker and charity Women For Women.
The play may be called Long Day’s Journey Into Night but it was just a quick walk on Tuesday night, as actress Gemma Arterton headed to Browns in Covent Garden after a trip to Wyndham’s Theatre to see the Eugene O’Neill classic. She was joined there by its stars, Jeremy Irons and Lesley Manville.
Spiderman star Tom Holland was in King’s Cross on Tuesday night for a bite at Granary Square Brasserie, the new Richard Caring restaurant on the site of Grain Store. He was joined by actress Florence Pugh and singer Paloma Faith, celebrating the forthcoming BAFTA’s and the Rising Star Award. The five nominees for the prize were toasted with personalised cocktails like the Call Me Chalamet, Cocktail O’Connor and Pugh’s Punch.
Former footballer David Beckham, who has been in Miami to set up his own soccer franchise, nevertheless found the time to treat his mum Sandra to breakfast on Wednesday morning. They chose The Ritz, having the eggs benedict with asparagus (in February, David!) and sausages with HP sauce.
The BBC’s Nick Robinson — host of Radio 4’s Today Programme and former political editor — had a quick stop-off on Wednesday afternoon: he was spotted sitting down for a coffee at Holborn’s All Bar One. Nick!
Singer Jessie Ware, nominated for a Brit Award this year, performed at a dinner at The Art’s Club in Mayfair on Wednesday night. Burrata and steak were on the menu but Ware could have catered it herself: she recently set up food-based podcast Table Manners, with the help of her chef mum Lennie.
She’s not the only one with a podcast. Pop star Will Young and his pal Chris Sweeney, who interview celebrities on their LGBT show Homo Sapiens, had a dinner at Bronte on The Strand on Thursday night. They were launching their second series with a meal at the British and Asian restaurant.
Guests dined on langoustine, chicken and macaroons at Claridge’s on Thursday evening, for The Evening Standard Film Awards. Actors Kristin Scott-Thomas, Jim Broadbent and Simon Russell Beale were all seen eating. Later, revellers including actress Ophelia Lovibond and Camilla Kerslake headed for a few more champagnes, chocolate doughnuts and sausage rolls at 76 Dean Street, the members club owned by Soho House Group.