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Celeb Spotting

Places you’re most likely to spot a celebrity in the toilet

Written by . Published on July 12th 2011.

Celeb Spotting

Julie’s Restaurant and Bar

AS one of the more low-key places to spot a celebrity, Julie’s is the quintessential neighbourhood restaurant – if you live in a neighbourhood of the rich, talented and celebrated. First opened in 1969, it’s been popular ever since and remains a favoured haunt of the famous as well as infamous.

The Ivy

The Ivy

The crème de la crème of celebrity dining haunts. Expect to book months in advance and be willing to eat early or late to secure a table. The same booking rules probably don’t apply to the celeb royalty who frequent this West End restaurant and club. Everyone from the Beckhams to Elton John have sat at a table at The Ivy, so it’s a pretty safe bet for catching a glimpse of the glamorous.

The Box

The Box

Within hours of its UK launch, The Box had secured its place as most risqué club in town. It’s a sure place to spot the famed and fortuned though – Prince William, Emma Watson and Kate Moss have all been seen leaving the infamous club. There’s no chance of grabbing a photo of them though as photography is strictly prohibited.

Leicester Square Odeon

Odeon Leicester Square

The A-listers won’t be here everyday of the week, but on days of film premieres they’ll be out in force (along with a few Z-listers who just want to be papped at the event). To get in you’ve got to have a ticket to the premiere, but once inside feel free to mingle amongst the stars – or just admire from afar as the case may be. After drinking one too many slushies (they still do those at premieres, right?) celebs are bound to need the loo so a run-in could well be on the cards.

Notting Hill Arts Club. Copyright Dave Swindell

Notting Hill Arts Club

A popular choice for new music showcases, Notting Hill Arts Club is the place to see the semi-cultured celebs. Often there to support musical friends or launch their own album, the hippest musicians will venture to this West London hotspot. Wednesday night’s Death2Disco is probably the safest bet for spotting familiar faces with Courtney Love being one of the many who’s taken to the decks.


The Groucho Club

Named after Groucho Marx, this private member’s club is just that: private. Make friends with a member and you might be able to make it to the bar, or even the bathroom. If this fails, stalk the door and hang out with the paparazzi to catch a glimpse of Jude, Sienna, Kate and Robert Downey Jr.

Chinawhite Interior Design


If you want to spot the stars of Hollywood this probably isn’t the place to go. But if it’s trashy celebrities you’re after this might just be the perfect location. Previously a favourite of recently evicted Big Brother contestants, the venues reputation might be lifted with Chelsea Davy being a regular, but other than her it’s predominantly low rate celebs. It is, however, worth noting that the VIP toilets are unisex so your bathroom run-ins need not be limited to one gender here.



Why the need for the star in the name? Because it plays host to the stars, dah-ling. Kylie’s drunk the cocktails, Princess Eugenie’s gone mad with the champagne and Gaga loves it. Yes, some Z-listers may visit, but it’s still a destination of choice for those with great accolades to their names.



These Michelin-starred Mayfair Japanese restaurants are for the celebrity spotter who enjoys the finer side of life. Whether you dine in the original Park Lane eatery or it’s younger Berkeley sister, there’s a good chance of spotting someone you recognize. Enjoy Japanese food of the highest quality whilst sneaking a subtle look at your fellow diners. 

J Sheekey's

J Sheekey’s

The place to go for fresh fish with a side order of A-listers. It’s a favourite of Keira Knightley and the tinted windows are a comfort to diners. But if you get in and dine, there’s no shame in a sneaky look around the room to inspect those seated at the tables. Its location makes it an obvious choice for actors taking to the stage around the West End.

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