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.
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.
An amazing day cooking bolognese with @michelrouxjr. But who is the best chef ?? You will be surprised ahahahahaha pic.twitter.com/ZT74Wh7j6e— Patrice Evra (@Evra) April 10, 2018
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.