The Windsor wedding of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle - the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex - was attended by famous faces including Idris Elba, Oprah Winfrey, Carey Mulligan, James Corden and, umm, James Blunt. At the larger Windsor reception, guests feasted on a menu prepared by “world’s best” chef Clare Smyth, followed by The Royal Wedding cake from Hackney baker Claire Ptak at Violet Bakes. But not everyone made it onto the list for the smaller reception at Frogmore House, where the lucky few partied until late Saturday night. Those who wanted to carry on into the wee hours were chauffeured back to London in the wee hours, for an afterparty at Marylebone’s Chiltern Firehouse.
Orlando Bloom, currently starring in Killer Joe at the Trafalgar Strudios, was spotted at Covent Garden restaurant Balthazar on Saturday night. The play contains a scene in which unspeakable things are done to a piece of fried chicken.
Thankfully, this is not on the menu at Balthazar.
No rest for the wicked. Princess Beatrice, presumably still a little tired from Saturday’s royal wedding celebrations, put on a brave face and some red velvet to head to Annabel’s, in Mayfair’s Berkeley Square. She joined other guests in the garden terrace – complete with vast, retractable glass roof, for a dinner hosted by Dior. Other guests included Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels director Guy Ritchie, and actress Sadie Frost.
David Beckham is in Japan – treating his son Brooklyn to the local cuisine. But his wife Victoria Beckham, the fashion designer and former Spice Girl, stayed at home. She was at Scott’s on Mount Street on Tuesday morning, hosting a breakfast to mark a new collaboration with the restaurant: she has revamped the much-loved terrace area.
She stuck with the fruit plate.
Over in Chelsea, which is currently in full bloom with the annual Flower Show, model Amber Le Bon and actress Olivia Grant had brekkie at the Ivy Chelsea Garden. Fashion designer Jenny Packham, responsible for the restaurant’s new floral façade, hosted.
Anyone who watches Netflix hit Queer Eye has their favourite expert. Food fans usually go for Antoni Porowski, the resident culinary expert who teaches clueless cooks how to make guacamole. But he tried something a little less basic on Tuesday afternoon, having lunch at Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone while on a brief promo trip to London.
Yet again, a remarkable tendency to eat within a one-mile radius for London’s MPs and political types. Matthew Elliott, who was the chief of Vote Leave, had a birthday party at Westminster restaurant Shepherd’s on Tuesday night. Home Secretary Sajid Javid, Culture Secretary Matt Hancock, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox, Commons Leader Andrea Leadsom and almost impossibly posh MP Jacob Rees-Mogg were all spotted there.
Stand-up comedian and actor Marcus Brigstocke and his girlfriend Rachel Parris, breakout star of the Mash Report, were at Brasserie Zédel for a quick bite and a coffee on Wednesday night. They were heading to a nearby comedy show.
The only way is pasta… Gemma Collins, one of the more successful figures to emerge from ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex, tucked into a big bowl of spaghetti at Il Bordello on the Wapping High Street on Wednesday night. She had just launched her new fashion range nearby.