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Salma Hayek and Rita Ora Joined Top London Chef Skye Gyngell for International Women’s Day

Plus more celebrity sightings this week

International Women’s Day for The Caring Foundation At Annabel’s With Salma Hayek Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for Annabel’s

Tough times for the hospitality industry, as the spread of coronavirus keeps many at home. But happily, many a celebrity has continued to visit London restaurants this week.

Victoria Beckham spent the weekend throwing her son Brooklyn a 21st birthday party to remember. She was somehow sober enough to emerge by Tuesday, when she celebrated her mum Jackie’s birthday. They chose one of Victoria’s favourites: Harry’s Bar.

Annabel’s was once again the place to be this week, especially on Sunday. Hosting a breakfast created by Spring chef Skye Gyngell for International Women’s Day, guests were treated to a rousing welcome by actor Salma Hayek. Guests spotted on the terrace included Rita Ora, Joely Richardson, and her mum Vanessa Redgrave.

On Tuesday night, comedy legend Jennifer Saunders took her bows at the press night of Noël Coward’s Blithe Spirit, in which she plays a medium who accidentally brings the ghost of a writer’s ex-wife back to our plane. Afterwards, she headed to the Cafe at The Crypt, off Trafalgar Square.

Not far away, Soho House hosted a dinner with the help of model Leomie Anderson and singer-songwriter Ray BLK. With singer Ella Eyre, Little Mix’s Leigh-Anne Pinnock and rapper Tinie Tempah among the guests, the meal was thrown as part of an #OwnTheTable initiative, which supports black women creatives.

In Mayfair, TTYA London — which designs clothes for tall women — threw a supper at Bagatelle. Maya Jama, a frequent visitor to the restaurant, was among the diners.

And rounding up a busy evening was Wild By Tart, the restaurant in Victoria which started out as a catering company. Needle & Thread — which recently provided a striking red crown for The Duchess of Cambridge — launched their new collection with cookbook writer Jasmine Hemsley via a dinner attended by Amber Le Bon and Charli Howard.

On Wednesday night, Lily Allen was papped leaving Scott’s. The singer, currently rumoured to be engaged to Stranger Things star David Harbour, looked stylish in red as she left the beloved seafood place.

The same evening, Brookside met Bond. Anna Friel, who rose to fame on the soap, dined out with 007 himself Pierce Brosnan. The pair and their plus ones (Pierce brought his mum) followed a Prince’s Trust event with dinner at Madera, at Treehouse London.

Wild by Tart

3-4 Eccleston Yards, London, Greater London SW1W 9AZ


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Soho House

76 Dean Street, London , W1D 3SQ Visit Website