Cahoot’s, the 1940s-themed restaurant and bar hidden off Kingly Court in Soho that comes complete with an in-built tube train, draws a crowd of a certain age due to its Vera Lynn soundtrack and old-school décor. But Little Mix singer Leigh-Anne Pinnock proved that its vintage feel appeals to a younger audience by heading there for a bottomless brunch on Sunday.
The Ivy Chelsea Garden embraced its proximity to the forthcoming Chelsea Flower Show on Monday night, by unveiling its yellow and white floral frontage with a party hosted by fashion designer Jenny Packham, who is beloved by the Duchess of Cambridge. She welcomed friends including British Fashion Council CEO Caroline Rush and fashion fixture Rosanna Falconer.
It has been a good week for al fresco dining: model Amber Le Bon and presenter Laura Whitmore ate in the sun at Orrery on Tuesday evening, where they were supporting a campaign by gynaecological charity Lady Garden. The French restaurant is a Marylebone favourite but Le Bon and Whitmore are currently the only stars in its orbit: it lost its one from Michelin ten years ago, but recently underwent a refurbishment.
Actress Sadie Frost and Rafferty Law, her son with actor Jude, were in supportive family mode on Tuesday night. Sadie’s sister Holly Davidson, who may be familiar to 90s kids with long memories as the star of football show The Renford Rejects, laid on a healthy spread at The Detox Kitchen on Kingly Street in Soho. She was launching her new book Active: Workouts That Work For You.
You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? Actually everyone was talking to everyone on Tuesday night as Robert De Niro flew into London to roll out the red carpet at the new Nobu in Shoreditch — he co-owns the restaurant and hotel empire. He drew quite the crowd: former Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi, Homeland’s David Harewood, models Abbey Clancy and Lara Stone all showed their faces for the sake ceremony and cocktail party.
You wait ages for an Alfred to star in a play and then two come along at once. Alfred Molina — star of Boogie Nights, Frida and Spiderman 2 — was at The National Café on Tuesday evening with Alfred Enoch, the Harry Potter actor who just returned from America in which he appeared in How To Get Away With Murder. The pair are currently starring together in Red, a play about the artist Rothko.
Les Miserables actress Samantha Barks feasted on guacamole and margaritas at Cantina Laredo, the Covent Garden Mexican, on Tuesday night. She is currently attempting to break America by starring in Pretty Woman: The Musical but evidently popped back to London for a quick spell.
Last week Nigella Lawson dined at Delamina in Marylebone. This week, she lunched at Soho’s Quo Vadis. Visiting on Wednesday, she chose the smoked eel and horseradish sandwich, and meringue for dessert.
Could someone please tell staff in parliament that there are restaurants beyond Westminster? MP Chris Leslie dined at Roux at Parliament Square on Wednesday night. Several of his colleagues are regularly seen at the nearby Shepherd’s and Ma La Sichuan, the Chinese restaurant.
Dame Vivienne Westwood, the anarchic fashion designer, indulged the establishment for a night by dining at Chiltern Firehouse late on Wednesday. The Marylebone restaurant from André Balazs was an A-list favourite on opening. This time, though, Westwood shared the dining room with Mark-Francis Vandelli from Made in Chelsea.