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Tom Kerridge’s New Restaurant Is This Week’s Celebrity Magnet

Socialites can’t resist a free lobster omelette

Great British Menu chef Tom Kerridge opened his new London restaurant this week, and celebrities were out in force Tom Kerridge/Official

Naomie Harris, the Academy Award-nominated actress and Miss Moneypenny in the current wave of Bond films, turned 42 last week. She marked the occasion with dinner, drinks and dancing at Bagatelle, in Mayfair.

David Beckham has spent much of his summer posting envy-inducing Instagram shots of his family holidays in the south of France. But now he’s back in London, and was spotted at Gymkhana on Tuesday evening. The Indian restaurant in Mayfair has become a favourite of the A List. Becks is a regular there, as is Ed Sheeran, who is particularly fond of the butter chicken.

Is a week of celebrity spotting in London really complete without a showing from the Love Island crew? This week a quartet from the ITV2 romantic reality series stepped out for dinner at Caramel, the Knightsbridge restaurant and lounge for a double date. Adam Collard, Zara McDermott, Ellie Brown and Charlie Brake were spotted dining together.

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A warm welcome to London for Tom Kerridge, the Michelin-starred chef who added a new string to his bow this week. He opened the Kerridge’s Bar and Grill at The Corinthia in Whitehall this week with a riotous dinner on Wednesday evening.

Guests at the dinner included singer Jessie Ware, Ian Matthews of Kasabian and Chris Evans, the radio presenter who just left BBC Radio 1, jumping ship to Virgin Radio.

Kerridge put on quite the spread: dinner included a (£29.50) glazed omelette lobster thermidor - which was all over Instagram - as well as fresh Cornish crab vol-au-vents, dry aged rib of beef, and lashings of Laurent Perrier.

Livia Firth, the fashion environmentalist and wife of Colin Firth, has recently returned to London after spending some time in her native Italy. This week she toasted her comeback with a private dinner at Annabel’s, the private members’ club on Berkeley Square.

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Sustainability is a journey that begins with a single step. It’s a long and difficult road, but I couldn’t be more pleased to see the beauty and fashion worlds embracing the values which were embedded in @greenandblacks from the start, and are now rippling out to the rest of the food world, too. (I don’t even care initially if companies go down this route for cynical reasons, because they feel they have to - the result is the same, and it changes the DNA of that company as the team engages with the plan...) Few people know more about that journey than @liviafirth - the woman who first brought sustainability to the #redcarpet and whose @ecoage consultancy is now rushed off its feet... Lovely to catch up with her @annabelsmayfair last night (that’s a whole story in itself, to come!) at the launch of the glorious (so my skin is telling me this morning) @luciamagnaniskincare - Livia and her brother/biz partner @mreco81 will now be working with Lucia, whose Long Life Clinic in Italy is now top of my #bucketlist - to follow a path towards sustainable luxury. It’s got to happen. I remember an @soilassociation panel years ago with the amazing environmentalist #vandanashiva when she was asked: ‘Is it too late to save the planet?’ She nodded her head sagely and said, ‘The planet will be fine without us...’ And it will unless we ALL work towards treading more lightly on the planet - which means treasuring our old clothes and buying fewer and better new ones (as Livia’s Italian mamma taught her from a young age), supporting brands that are on a sustainability journey, walking not driving, avoiding plastic-packaged food where we can, buying organic... It can be done. It’s GOT to be done... #ecoliving #changingtheworld

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The Duke of Cambridge, aka Prince William, was on Kensington High Street for lunch on Thursday afternoon. He was officially opening Japan House, a new attraction which exhibits the country’s best features, including the cuisine. So he tucked in to a meal at Akira, the restaurant on the first floor.

He seemed to enjoy the meal but nevertheless got a little mixed up: he asked a group of schoolchildren if they liked Chinese food. Oops.

Nicole Scherzinger — the former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, ex-X Factor judge, and face of Muller yoghurt — was out in Mayfair on Thursday evening. She dined at 34, one of luxury restaurateur Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings premium locations.


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