Last week Hugh Grant went out for dinner to end a month of campaigning. He had visited various constituencies, hoping to encourage voters to get tactical and keep out the Conservatives. It didn’t really work out. As the exit poll results came through on Thursday, he was at Kensington’s Tendido Cero. A fellow diner snapped him looking glum over his tapas.
A few days later, some had had time to recover. Indeed, Union boss Len McCluskey was in unexpectedly good spirits on Tuesday. He was spotted sipping champagne at The Ivy. Workers of the world, etc.
Everyone’s trying to catch up with friends before Christmas, and Great British Bake Off favourite Ruby Bhogal was busy on Sunday, zipping around London in need of sustenance. She settled on Eggslut, the American chain that landed in Notting Hill earlier this year.
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Mark Wahlberg, the Oscar-nominated actor formerly known as Marky Mark, was back in the country this week. Earlier this year, he launched the UK outpost of his burger chain — Wahlburgers — and popped back to the Covent Garden site on Tuesday to make sure everything was going swimmingly.
David Beckham revisited an old favourite this week. He headed east on Monday, visiting Tony’s Pie and Mash Shop in Waltham Abbey for a lunch of … Pie and mash. David has been going to the cafe for years, and this time took his sons Romeo and Cruz along with him.
Despite reports of a cancellation, Princess Beatrice stuck to her guns and hosted her engagement party at Chiltern Firehouse this week. She was there on Wednesday evening, along with her friends Ellie Goulding, James Blunt and Pippa Middleton. Her mum, Sarah Ferguson, was also there, but there was no sign of Prince Andrew. Perhaps he was back in Woking.
Robert de Niro was also at the restaurant on Wednesday evening, but made a separate booking.
Wild by Tart, the new restaurant in Victoria founded by catering duo Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison, was looking particularly festive this week as it opened its doors for Gentleman’s Journal’s Christmas party. Guests included Harry Potter actor Tom Felton and Eric Underwood, the ballet dancer who can soon be seen in the new film version of Cats. Brace yourselves.