As I'm still on my economy drive I was lucky that pretty much everything I wanted to do this week were on the same night.
First I met my friends Stephen Beresford, who's a brilliant writer, and the lovely stylist Richard Sloan aka Sloanie in Mayfair to help choose a 40th Birthday present. Stephen very kindly treated us to cocktails in the bar at The Connaught afterwards.
I didn't take any pictures these are from The Connaught's website. Sometimes even I have to be discreet but I must say they do serve a superior drink in there, excellent crisps and giant olives. The warm VAT in the pub with one cube of ice just won't do sometimes.
I once went to The Connaught for Christmas lunch with an ex-boyfriend (also an actor) who faked a heart attack when the bill arrived. Luckily he quickly admitted he was joking before someone called an ambulance and paid it while I tried to keep a straight face.
Then we went to a private view at Pertwee Anderson and Gold
It's a lovely little gallery in a Georgian building in Soho
I tried to take some shots of the art but it was hard with the spotlights, I would have posted some of Christos' work otherwise
This was made of embroidery
And real hair
Phil Bloomberg and artist Christos Tolera, I love what Christos is wearing. Read more about his amazing life in my interview HERE
Stephen Beresford and Richard Sloan
Make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury who definitely has superior hair
My very old friend Sean Pertwee one of the gallery owners, looking very dapper.
Pertwee Anderson Gold
15 Bateman Street
I then went North to my the opening of a new comedy night run by friends Baz, Nick and Tamzin at The Music Palace in Crouch End
Organisers Tom "Baz" Barrie
And Nick Dear
And the lovely Tamzin Outhwaite selling tickets for the charity raffle. They did really well. The prizes were a flat screen TV, lots of perfume, a big box of skincare and tickets to Celebrity Juice
Daisy Beaumont roaring at me
Actor Jake Maskall
Presenter Peter Sherlock
I debuted the budget look from Tuesday's post
Actor Tom Ellis
I hung out in the smoking area puffing on my plastic cigarette holder thing. I was intrigued by this lighter
Look at the size of it! How to ensure no one nicks it
Kate Simm looking gorgeous as always
There were four different stand-ups
It was packed. Luckily I got one of the last seats
Dave Holland who's one of the funniest people I know (I hope he does some stand up at Boom Tish soon) and the lovely Siobhan Belton. It was great fun. The next Boom Tish is on 30th June.
@ The Music Palace
After that I went back East to see Fee (Mrs Jones) who had just finished moving van loads of stuff from the Emporium into her new shop in Hackney Road. Fee, Neil, Vicky, Dan, Kelly, Chris and I had an impromptu party to christen the shop. I didn't get any pictures of the actual shop which was packed full of boxes and clothes.
We had a little explore round the building. This would be great for a fashion show. It's the sort of place we had parties in in the Nineties
And another huge empty floor
This is the clearest shot of us dancing in the back of the shop, the photography's not up to much by this stage
As usual there was dressing up, drinking and dancing. I don't know where Fee got this number with a huge train she's wearing
I'm still clutching my cigarette thing that Fee says looks like a tampon
I don't know what I'm up to now
Maybe I'm choosing a record from Neil's vinyl collection? Who knows. I don't remember these being taken. All the vinyl is for sale in the shop too. And Loveiwear's amazing vintage sunglasses
5am. Time for Fee and I to go back to my house for some sleep. The new shop will be open from this Sunday 29th May.
Mrs Jones Emporium
49 Hackney Road
(At the bottom of Columbia Road)
I've been so bad at blogging recently. I've been operating at a snail's pace today after cramming in a week's worth of socialising into one night. I can't wait to catch up with everyone properly. I plan to take it easy this weekend. Hmmm. Famous last words.
Have a wonderful Bank Holiday
Love, Christina xxx