Just another quiet week in the royal family. The gaze of the media has turned firmly to Canada, as Meghan, Duchess of Sussex begins her new life there after retiring from public royal duties.
But she was holding the baby alone for a few days, as Prince Harry wrapped up a few commitments back home. On Friday evening, he had a cheeky pint at Brook House Pub with his friend and mentor Mark Dyer, rumoured to be godfather to young Archie.
Afterwards, both Harry and Mark headed to nearby Chelsea, for a fundraiser held at The Ivy Chelsea Garden. It’s only a matter of time before the franchise reaches Canada.
On Saturday, food legend Raymond Blanc had dinner out at Darby’s in London’s Nine Elms. It was a personal call: he was supporting chef Robin Gill, his former protege. He seemed proud, and took to Twitter to give it a plug.
yesterday was special. We went to eat at my protege @lemanoir at 9 Elm— Raymond Blanc (@raymond_blanc) January 19, 2020
SW11 7AY @robingillchef and his wife Sarah’s new restaurant. #Darby is a total success ..food ,welcome -again he buys only the best ,always seasonal and from local suppliers .Merci Robin .Sarah ,the team
Monday night saw spies and assassins descend on Soho’s Sophie’s Steakhouse. The occasion? The wrap party for season 3 of BBC hit Killing Eve. Sandra Oh, who plays the eponymous Eve, was among the revellers, as were co-stars Fiona Shaw and Kim Bodnia. No clear sign of Jodie Comer, but if she’s anything like her character Villanelle, she’s pretty good at going incognito.
David Beckham celebrated Burns Night on Wednesday evening — a few days early — by giving his whisky brand Haig Club a good promo push. The former footballer was at the Market Hall West End to help launch a Scots-friendly initiative running there until Saturday. London diners should make the most of the Beckham sightings: he’s got a new football franchise in Miami to run come spring.
The BAFTAs are approaching, and with that comes the pre-parties. Decimo, the restaurant at King’s Cross’s Standard Hotel, hosted the first big BAFTA party this week, bringing in the guests for Vanity Fair and EE’s Rising Star celebration. Guests included Kaitlyn Dever of Booksmart, Maya Jama, Munroe Bergdorf, singer MNEK, actress Aisling Bea and comedian Katherine Ryan were among those celebrating on the twelfth floor.