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Footballer Patrice Evra Had a Pasta Cook-Off With Michel Roux Jr at Le Gavroche

Plus more celebrity sightings in London restaurants this week

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Drake, the Canadian rapper who just released a star-studded video for new song Nice For What, has been indulging his hankerings for Asian food in London this week. On Tuesday, he was at Berkeley Street’s Park Chinois to sample its dim sum. The next night, he opted for Japanese, eating at Nobu in Mayfair. But did he make an online reservation? Or just call them on his cellphone?

Joe Allen, the Covent Garden diner which recently relocated a few streets closer to The Strand, has a reputation for being the ideal haunt for West End theatre fans. So the lunch crowd must have choked on their secret burgers when Broadway legend Patti LuPone walked in to eat with Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc and actress Rosalie Craig on Monday. The trio are preparing to star in a new, gender-flipped production of the musical Company, directed by Marianne Elliott.

(L-R) Patti LuPone, Rosalie Craig, Marianne Elliott, Mel Giedroyc

The opening of Pickle & Toast, the cheese-heavy café on Soho’s Wardour Street, was a masterclass in suspense: its hoarding teased its arrival for two years before any sign of opening. So no wonder Doctor Who and Queer As Folk writer Russell T Davies seems to like it: he was spotted having lunch there on Tuesday.

The redevelopment of the old BBC Television Studios in White City brought some new punters westward on Tuesday night as Bluebird Café, the off-shoot of the King’s Road Sloane favourite Bluebird, opened the doors to their new site. I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here winner Georgia “Toff” Toffolo popped in for a bite, as did model Lottie Moss.

A pasta cook-off on Tuesday, as Patrice Evra — the West Ham United left back — paid a visit to Le Gavroche, the Michelin star restaurant from Michel Roux Jr. But he wasn’t there to eat: he took on Roux Jr. to see who could cook the best Bolognese.

South of the river, James Righton of The Klaxons — who’s married to Keira Knightley — was at Brunswick House, the restaurant practically in the middle of the Vauxhall roundabout. He dined with End of the F***ing World star Alex Lawther and actress Gala Gordon.

Sometimes I feel I have to… get away: Marc Almond, the Soft Cell singer who brought the world Tainted Love, was at the Colony Grill Room on Wednesday evening. The old school grill restaurant is found at The Beaumont; Chris Corbin and Jeremy King’s Mayfair hotel.

Chokhi Dhani, a new Indian restaurant in Battersea, opened on Thursday night. Rapper Professor Green and singer Pixie Lott were among the first night diners.


350 King's Road, , England SW3 5UU 07710 094864 Visit Website

Brunswick House

30 Wandsworth Road, , England SW8 2LG 020 7720 2926 Visit Website

Park Chinois

17 Berkeley Street, , England W1J 8EA 020 3327 8888 Visit Website

Joe Allen

2 Burleigh Street, London, WC2E 7PX Visit Website

Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, , England W1K 7QR 020 7408 0881 Visit Website

Colony Grill Room

8 Balderton Street, Brown Hart Gardens, London, W1K 6TF Visit Website


182 Stoke Newington Road, , England N16 7UY 020 7249 1203 Visit Website


104 Chepstow Road, , England W2 5QS 020 3675 7750 Visit Website