One Night: Seven Venues….and a truckload of celebrities!

Posted by Dean Piper On August 15th, 2008

Even by my standards last night’s adventures were pretty impressive. I hit pretty much every top venue I actually enjoy visiting in one massive swoop.

Firstly I went off to No.5 Cavendish Square for the launch night of the new Xbox 360 game ‘Lips’ which is set to be the big Christmas gift for women everywhere! It’s karaoke designed completely for the ladies….
And to celebrate the launch they paid Estelle a truckload of cash to perform and she stayed behind and did a few interviews afterwards. Estelle was celebrating after hearing news during the evening that her album Shine has just gone Gold in America – good for her. It’s a corker of an album! She also explained that she’s having to wait patiently until the hype around American Boy dies down before she can release the next single out there. She told me: “The song is still doing so well – so we are putting the plans for the second single on the back burner. I can’t wait to get the other music out over there though.” I managed to escape without embarrassing myself doing karaoke! Woo woo.

From there I headed to the Sky+ HD Designer Box event at Il Bottaccio on Grosvenor Place. This was a star-studded event packed to the brim with fun names. Kelly Rowland was the biggest name in attendance as well as Celeb Masterchef winner Liz McClarnon (who looked damn hot).

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Designers including PPQ and Henry Holland turned out as they have designed exclusive boxes for limited release. I hung out with Konnie Huq of Blue Peter fame. She’s fast becoming my favourite prson on the party circuit. She’s just like you and me – she gets trollied and at one point leapt towards a tree decoration making an animal noise as she bit a leaf off the prop! She’s wild!
Angelica Bell was also there and reveling in excitement over her new show Celeb Air. She’s finding out the full line up today about who’s going on the show. One confirmation is definitely confirmed as Chico of X-Factor fame. Erm, sounds like thrilling telly. I fear Angelica could be the best thing about that sort of show!
Drag Queen Jodie Harsh span the tunes and played my favourite track of the minute – Madonna’s Beat Goes On. TUNE!

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Elsewhere GMTV star Jenni Falconer said she was busy filming her first series as a property presenter and broadening her horizons from her usual slot on the morning breakfast show. Good for her!
Just as I was about to leave Jackson Scott and his charming model girlfriend Ben Grimes walked in. I love those two – they are an adorable couple and seem so wildly in love!

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Obviously Jackson and Ben corrupted me into popping off for a lychee cocktail at Nobu Berkeley. I can’t recommend them enough. There were lots of celebs in the house at Nobu – including Cheryl and Ashley Cole, Damien Hirst, Louis Walsh and Jarvis Cocker.
There were tones of paparazzi hanging outside for Cheryl. As we left one cheeky pap snarled when we walked out. Some of them snapped Jackson and this twit said: “Why are we even bothering with him?” Sometimes I fear paparazzi photographers forget their job. It’s to take photos. Not to talk or scrutinize anyone….

Anyway the three of us continued on and headed to Whisky Mist. There we walked in and walked in. It was full of the usual ‘Euro’ crowd and not our kind of thing at all. I bid the happy couple a fond farewell and headed off to meet my good friend (and stylist to the stars) Ollie Picton Jones and her pals at The Ivy. The pals included the lovely Terri Seymour. She’s happily ‘back on’ with Simon Cowell and seemed happier than I’ve seen her of late. We left The Ivy and headed to Bungalow 8 where we needed to let off some serious steam…..on the dancefloor.

It was packed too and we waited half an hour for a drink. In the end Terri and the gang decided enough was enough and we ran off to yet another venue! Ha ha.

My final pit stop was Mahiki – the club favoured by young Royals and celebrities alike. Sarah Harding’s man Tom Crane was on the decks in the club and we took our seats with a beautiful complimentary flaming Krakatoa cocktail drink to share. It was awesome. Henry Conway hosts the Thursday night proceedings at Mahiki. I left slightly early and the girls didn’t look as if they were going anywhere.

I would say I’m going to have a relaxing break at the weekend but I’m shooting over to Chelmsford for the V Festival. It’s going to rock. All the goss will follow after the weekend!

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