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Hit Comedy-Drama ‘Succession’ Chooses Essential London Restaurant for Latest Showdown

The award-winning HBO drama headed for Skye Gyngell’s Spring in Somerset House

Succession on HBO puts Shiv at London restaurant Spring HBO

If as obsessed with Succession as everyone else seems to be, then consider a reservation at an essential London restaurant that popped up in a recent episode. The comedy-drama, which stars Brian Cox as the patriarch of a media company, this year saw the family fly over to London. Shiv, played by Sarah Snook, enjoys a bite at what looks very much like Spring, the accclaimed restaurant at Somerset House.

Baroness Floella Benjamin, the actress and children’s TV presenter who left it all behind to sit in the House of Lords, turned 70 this week. She celebrated with an elegance befitting her position: lunch at The Ritz on Monday afternoon. Many happy returns.

Love Island evictee Jordan Hames and The Only Way Is Essex star Ferne McCann are officially an item. The pair were spotted at a cocktail party held at Boisdale of Mayfair on Monday night. The Sun was luckily on hand.

Don’t you just hate it when someone wears the same outfit as you to a party? It wasn’t a concern for the celebrity guests at Mayfair restaurant Black Rose on Tuesday evening. TV presenters Laura Whitmore, Jenni Falconer and Kirsty Gallagher, as well as cook Gizzi Erskine, all wore the same black jumpsuit to dinner. Luckily they were supposed to: the bash was held to launch the fashion piece by designer Donna Ida.

Vin Diesel went from Fast and Furious to slow and relaxed on Thursday evening with a visit to Annabel’s. He’s been in town filming the ninth film in the lucrative franchise, which sees him team up with Dame Helen Mirren.

All the beautiful people were on the seventh floor at The Stratford Hotel on Wednesday night for the launch of new restaurant Allegra. Models Olivia Inge and Richard Biedul, as well as fashion entrepreneur Betty Bachz and designer Henry Holland, were among the diners enjoying the food from Patrick Powell, previously of the Chiltern Firehouse.

As one restaurant launched, another celebrated a milestone: St. John, the beloved restaurant on Smithfield’s St. John Street, has turned 25 and they marked it with a big bash that doubled as the launch of new book The Book of St. John. Fergus and Margot Henderson were there, naturally, as was Evening Standard restaurant critic Fay Maschler and journalist Janet Street Porter.

Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning star of 12 Years A Slave, is in London. She spent Thursday night dining at Darjeeling Express, the Kingly Court restaurant from Chef’s Table star Asma Khan. The restaurateur could barely contain her excitement.

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