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Celebrity Sightings in London Restaurants this Week

Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Delbicki and Maggi Hambling were at 34 for International Women’s Day

Gemma Arterton was spotted, among other notable guests, at 34 Park Lane on Thursday
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A late supper for Game of Thrones actor Ciaran Hinds at the weekend. He is currently starring in Girl From The North Country, the new play featuring the songs of Bob Dylan, and after taking his bow on Friday night he wandered up the street to Koha, the European restaurant on St Martin’s Court. Apparently it’s particularly popular with the West End crowd, primarily due to the late opening hours, rather than the food.

Samantha Cameron, the fashion designer and wife of ex-Prime Minister David Cameron, held court at The Ned, in the City, on Saturday afternoon, toasting her brand Cefinn’s latest collection with a classic brunch of cocktails and avocado on toast with poached eggs.

A strange celebrity sandwich at the The Ivy Brasserie, on Kensington High Street. On Tuesday, Take That singers Mark Owen and Howard Donald were seen having lunch. Two tables down Maya Jama, TV presenter and girlfriend of Stormzy, had a bite with a large group of friends.

Downton Abbey and Paddington actor Hugh Bonneville swapped the Peruvian bear’s beloved marmalade sandwiches for a spot of curry on Wednesday afternoon. He had lunch at Gymkhana, the Mayfair Indian restaurant, with his friend and tailor Mat Whitley. David Beckham, Ed Sheeran, and Jason Statham have all been spotted dining there in recent weeks.

You’re supposed to wait an hour after eating before going for a swim. But what about a sail? R.S. Hispianola, the floating restaurant on the Victoria Embankment, was the site of something of an I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here reunion on Wednesday evening. Made In Chelsea’s Georgia “Toff” Toffolo, the series champion, dined there alongside fellow contestant and former Saturdays singer Vanessa White.

Cook Melissa Hemsley, one half of the apparently now redundant Hemsley and Hemsley duo, and author of new cookbook Eat Happy, is an expert at making nutritious and tasty food. On Thursday morning, she had all the food groups covered, as she was pictured enjoying her own version of a greasy fry-up on at the Hemsley & Hemsley café in Selfridges.

Upstairs at 34, one of Richard Caring’s Mayfair restaurants, was the location for one of the city’s biggest and most high-profile International Women’s Day celebrations on Thursday. For lunch in the Tracey Emin Room, actor and James Bond star Gemma Arterton, The Night Manager’s Elizabeth Delbicki and the inimitable artist Maggi Hambling dined on roasted beetroot and kale salad with whipped goat’s cheese and roasted fillet of Wester Ross salmon with primavera risotto.

Caroline Flack, the TV presenter and Strictly Come Dancing champion, had a romantic dinner date with her new boyfriend Andrew Brady, recently out of the Celebrity Big Brother house. The pair had a bite at The Boundary, the Shoreditch hotel and restaurant, on Thursday evening.

The Only Way Is Essex “star” Jessica Wright went for dinner in Mayfair on Thursday evening. She opted for sushi at Nobu, the beloved Berkeley Street restaurant which combines Japanese cuisine with a touch of Peruvian.

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