Everyone likes spotting a celeb in a dark corner of a restaurant (either in the flesh or framed on the wall). With this in mind and to let you into some more of London’s secrets, Alexi Duggins, Time Out’s Editor-at-large, has chosen his top five favourite celebrity restaurant endorsements.
1. Top Curry
Running past a restaurant without sparing it a glance isn’t what most of us would take as an endorsement. However, a framed, black-and-white photo of a youthful Lady Di sprinting past this Pimlico curry joint is proudly displayed in the window. Presumably her wistful expression means: ‘Mmm… if only I had time for some of their lime pickle…’
No quibbles with this Hellenic eaterie’s framed photo of Jodie Marsh. Nor Antony Costa or George Graham. The apparent endorsement implied by the cut-out newspaper article of Gloria Gaynor, though? Hmm…’
3. Fryer’s Delight
Their faded celeb photos include Carol Vorderman and Gary Lineker. However, for me, it’s Geoff Capes with an anonymous dude in a bunny rabbit costume that really screams ‘quality grub’.
4. Kennington Tandoori
Today, we have ‘Come Dine with Me’, but ten years ago the window of this upmarket curry house was the only place to see Anne Widdecombe dining with Ricky from Kaiser Chiefs, Steve Lamacq and Ken Clarke. Thank Christ.
There’s a great range of celeb photo endorsements in this old-school chippy. Worryingly, they seem to have tailed off since the ’80s, but it provides a lovely showcase of the altruistic work many celebs did for animal charities during the Thatcher years by allowing small poodles to rest on their heads.
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