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Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon Went to Gymkhana for Dinner this Week

Plus more celebrity sightings in London restaurants from the past seven days

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Storm Reid, Oprah Winfrey, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon and Ava DuVernay 
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The cast of new film A Wrinkle In Time had its UK premiere this week, and its star cast have been enjoying themselves by sampling London’s fare.

On Saturday Oprah Winfrey and Reese Witherspoon, who appear in the film, were at the increasingly popular Mayfair Indian restaurant Gymkhana.

On Monday evening, the pair were out for dinner again, heading for a bite in Marylebone’s Chiltern Firehouse.

On the same night, across town, Witherspoon’s doppelganger daughter Ava Phillippe had a night off from her A-List mum and spent the evening with Arthur Donald, the grandson of Paul McCartney. They ate at Sketch on Conduit Street.

On Tuesday Ava DuVernay, the film’s director, took her young lead Storm Reid for a chocolate-covered dessert at Scott’s on Mount Street.

Somehow, celebrities who did not star in A Wrinkle In Time managed to find reservations in London throughout the week. Balthazar, the Richard Caring-owned restaurant just off the Covent Garden piazza, launched a new afternoon tea with FlowerBX. Model Erin O’Connor, actress Tina Hobley and designer Emilia Wickstead were all there for tea and petits fours.

Also on Friday night, a stone’s throw away from Balthazar at Jidori, the new yakitori and karaoke restaurant on Catherine Street, laid on a feast of skewers for presenter Alexa Chung. She hosted a sing-song for friends in the private karaoke room. Pixie Geldof and Radio One presenter Nick Grimshaw were among the revellers.

An absolutely fabulous afternoon for Jennifer Saunders, the comedian and actress, who spent Saturday on a wander with her husband and daughter. They had lunch at Brawn on Columbia Road, which specialises in Mediterranean small plates and pasta, before grabbing a pint at the Nelson’s Head.

Sunday was Mother’s Day, so all good celebrities were treating their mum’s to lunch. Model siblings Iris and Rafferty Law took their mum, actress Sadie Frost, for a treat at Lemonia, the much-loved and absolutely delicious Greek restaurant in Primrose Hill.

Another day, another trip to Gymkhana. The stardust had barely faded from Oprah Winfrey’s visit on Saturday when who should return but David Beckham on Monday, with his son Brooklyn? He is a regular visitor, along with Ed Sheeran.

Lunch date ❤️ @brooklynbeckham

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Tim Farron, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, was seen beyond Westminster on Tuesday. He crossed the bridge to the Southbank, where he enjoyed a meal with two friends at Chinese restaurant chain Ping Pong.

Rapper (and new restaurant critic) Professor Green and Girls Aloud singer Nicola Roberts were both an MNKY HSE, the vowel-challenged Latin American restaurant on Dover Street on Thursday. They were there to toast a new issue of Wonderland Magazine.

Not sure what you want to eat? Go somewhere that offers it all. Swingers, the crazy golf club, launched a new West End outpost on Thursday night. Aside from the golf, though, partygoers including Little Mix singer Jade Thirlwall queued up to eat at the onsite offerings from burger chain Patty & Bun, pizza place Made of Dough, Breddos Tacos and Hackney Gelato.


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Patty & Bun

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Chiltern Firehouse

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