Ex-Gaucho MD’s new place M is pukka for Chuka

Gabriella Griffith
Chuka Umunna, left, with fellow party goers including Esquire’s Luke Robins, far right
Some of the City’s best known names trotted down to Threadneedle Walk last night for the opening of Gaucho’s former MD Martin Williams’ new restaurant complex, M.

Metro Bank chief Craig Donaldson was there, rubbing shoulders with designer Amanda Wakeley, chef Angela Hartnett and shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, who was there with old uni buddy Luke Robins, executive publisher of Esquire.

“I’m here through Luke but I’m also here to support Tinie Tempah [who performed] – we’re good mates,” Umunna told The Capitalist. The shadow business secretary admitted it had been a crazy week, but told us how he liked to wind down. “I love watching Gogglebox with my girlfriend.” His favourite characters? “Sandy and Sandra, of course, their grandkids go to my old school.”

With the champagne flowing and Williams’ new place looking every bit as popular as his old stomping ground, M attracted a few restaurant peers. Having celebrated its second anniversary the night before, Sushi Samba’s managing partner Matthew Johnson was there – The Capitalist even spotted him popping a business card on one of the tables. A bit cheeky?

“We’re all friends here in the City,” laughed Williams.

Thank goodness.

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