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A musical ‘happy birthday’ to Le Caprice

A fabled restaurant celebrates with a special compilation

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A musical ‘happy birthday’ to Le Caprice

October 05 2011
Vicki Reeve

To celebrate its 30-year anniversary, the celestial Le Caprice restaurant in Mayfair has rather cleverly opted for a “refreshment” rather than a full-on facelift (think Dannii Minogue as opposed to Joan Rivers). So the signature monochrome interior and David Bailey photographs (first picture; Mick Jagger, Grace Kelly) remain, alongside a shiny new black marble floor, new windows and reworked, gleaming long bar (second picture) – plus a new terrace for alfresco dining.

There is also a limited-edition (just 200 copies) boxed music book with an introduction by Jools Holland and contributions from a stellar line-up, all of whom have chosen a favourite classic song that has been scored for the piano – a nice touch, since Le Caprice famously has a pianist at dinnertime (sometimes usurped by a celebrity guest who might treat fellow guests to a tinkle). All proceeds from the book go to the charity War Child, so you’ll feel extra fine about your purchase as you sing along to Cheek to Cheek (Paul McCartney’s choice), Your Song (Coldplay’s pick), Strange Fruit (Skin), Walk on the Wild Side (Holly Johnson) and John Lennon’s Love (Gary Barlow).