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Fleabag Starts Its Second Series in a Fancy London Steakhouse

Smith and Wollensky played out a pivotal scene in Phoebe Waller Bridge’s Fleabag

Fleabag, the hit BBC TV series by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is filmed at London restaurant Smith and Wollensky Smith and Wollensky [Official Photo]

Today is International Women’s Day, and many celebrities have been marking the occasion with dinners across London this week.

On Monday evening, Made in Chelsea veteran Millie Mackintosh and presenter Laura Jackson were at L’Oscar in Holborn for a dinner thrown by lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

Then, on Wednesday night, Dame Julie Walters, Spice Girl Melanie B and Great British Bake Off judge Prue Leith dined at Skylon — the restaurant at the Southbank — at an event held by charity Women’s Aid.

And in the same evening, presenter Maya Jama was at Bluebird Café for a dinner hosted by fashion brand TTYA.

Without doubt, the most celebrity-filled culinary destination of the week has been The Rosewood in Holborn. The hotel laid on two feasts for some of the country’s biggest talents, two days in a row.

On Tuesday, Killing Eve’s Jodie Comer, Line of Duty’s Vicky McClure and even Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick dined there at a ceremony hosted by Stylist Magazine.

The next night, the BFI chose it to host a dinner in honour of Olivia Colman, who has returned to London clutching her Oscar. Her friends David Tennant, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne-Marie Duff were among those lining up to raise a glass.

Speaking of Olivia Colman, Monday night saw a celebrity dining spot from the comfort of one’s own home. The second series of Fleabag debuted on BBC One this week, written by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge, with Colman as her cruel stepmother and actor Andrew Scott playing a new love interest. A key scene in the first episode sees them all spar over a family dinner filmed at Smith & Wollensky, the steakhouse at The Adelphi.

Vin Diesel sort of eclipsed the birthday girl on Saturday. The Fast & The Furious actor was at Restaurant Ours to raise a glass to Natalie Emmanuel, the actress best known for Game of Thrones. She turned 30 last week and celebrated with friends and family at the Knightsbridge restaurant. Vin Diesel made a speech, saying that he had flown in especially to see her.

Jared Leto, the Oscar-winning actor and Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman, dined at The Chiltern Firehouse on Tuesday evening. He previously visited the Marylebone hotspot for a Brit Awards after party in February but this was evidently less of a special occasion: he was wearing Gucci grey tracksuit bottoms and fur-lined slippers.


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