One Night Only returned to The Ivy on Sunday, suggesting that the annual charity event is actually on for more than one night. The set-up sees actors become staff for the night at the iconic West Street restaurant. This year, Sir Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson, Imelda Staunton and Downton Abbey actor Laura Carmichael were among the supporters spotted enjoying the hospitality.
Justin Trudeau, Canadian prime minister, caused a minor diplomatic incident this week by mocking Donald Trump at the NATO summit, leading to the US President cutting his visit short. But before that, he was enjoying dinner at Trishna, a source close to the restaurant informed Eater. The JKS-owned Indian restaurant in Marylebone gained its first Michelin star in 2012 and has held it ever since.
The last time Maleficient star Angelina Jolie was spotted, she was in LA, but now she’s exploring London’s modernist ice cream scene. Chin Chin Ice Cream in Camden Market says that she popped in for some sweet treats on Tuesday, posting a clip of the signed receipt. The autograph seems legit, and she is known to support local London businesses (she used to frequent a Richmond toy shop). Stranger things have happened.
Also on Sunday, Love Magazine made the most of the first day of December by opening the first door of its advent calendar, and then throwing a Christmas drinks bash at Bistrotheque in Bethnal Green. Hole singer Courtney Love, DJ Nick Grimshaw and singer Paloma Faith were among the revellers.
Monday night saw the world’s most stylish jet into London for the British Fashion Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall. Naturally, there were after parties. Actor Emma Roberts, singer Rita Ora and Vogue editor Edward Enninful all headed to Harry’s Bar on James Street. But Rihanna, who won an award for her Fenty brand, went to Laylow on the north end of Notting Hill, perhaps because it’s a quick drive to the St John’s Wood mansion she’s renting.
Also on Monday, Boisdale of Canary Wharf hosted its annual Cigar Smoker of the Year Awards, the most surreal ceremony of the year. Action hero Dolph Lundgren took the main honour this year, attending the meat-heavy dinner alongside Tom Parker Bowles and Starsky & Hutch actor David Soul.
The Crown star Matt Smith and Baby Driver actor Lily James have dominated the tabloids this week following rumours of a split. They had not been seen together in a few months, but met for lunch at The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead this week. They are often seen out and about in leafy North London - other favourites include the now-closed Pizza East in Kentish Town, and Limonia in Primrose Hill.
Matt was out again that night: he was among the guests papped outside Laylow, which hosted a birthday party also attended by Rita Ora.
Is this the most cheeky Nando’s ever? Former footballer Rio Ferdinand — and his wife Kate — were at the Camberwell outpost of the national institution on Tuesday. Diners hankering for chicken thighs that night may have gone elsewhere: Kate claims that they took the entire restaurant over for a family and friends Christmas feast.
Princess Beatrice is apparently seeking solace from the royal tumult at a Marylebone favourite. The Mail on Sunday reports that she will host an engagement party at the Chiltern Firehouse — eyes peeled for Prince Andrew, her non-sweating father.