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Hunger for Blair business

Former prime minister's Institute for Global Change set to boost cafés, restaurants and pubs in the Fitzrovia and Great Portland Street area

26 January, 2018

Tucking in to a takeaway: Cherie and Tony Blair

DIARY learns from lunchtime queue gossip that cafés, restaurants and pubs in the Fitzrovia/Great Portland Street area are bracing themselves for a trading boost following the opening of the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.

This is in a plain looking office block in the neighbourhood and will be employing high-spending, expense account, policy wonks doing plenty of working lunches.

The former prime minister does not strike Diary as quite the man to pack sandwiches before he embarks on a hard day’s work solving the world’s most pressing crises, so allow us to offer some suggestions.

We heartily recommend Blair sends his interns out to grab him sustenance from the marvellous Lantana Café in Charlotte Place. It offers an Australian-themed breakfast menu, and light lunches with an Asian twist – perfect to remind the former PM of happier times spent with Rupert Murdoch and his ex-wife, Wendi Deng.

Then there is the brilliant Honey and Co, in Warren Street, which has its roots in Israel but serves food from across the Middle East. After all, foodstuffs don’t fuss over borders.

And finally let us remind him of Villandry, in Great Portland Street. It offers what is described in one review as “the perfect modern European”. Such a menu, Diary feels, would turn Brexiteers nauseous and, therefore, surely perfect for a Blairite.

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