Alan Parker is the one person certain to go home happy from tonight’s big bash, as the recipient of the Bafta Fellowship. But for most other categories, it’s as open a field as there’s been for many years. No chest-beating ‘King’s Speech’ or all-conquering crowdpleaser like ‘The Artist’ this time round. With loyalties shifting from ‘Argo’ to ‘Lincoln’ to ‘Les Mis’ and back again, it’s likely to be a scattergun affair (although ‘Skyfall’ may get the Best British Film nod for services to the box office alone). Stephen Fry hosts the event from the Royal Opera House; expect the stars to turn out on force as their pre-Oscar campaigning really gathers momentum.
This Stoney Street deli-cum-café is the first UK venture from a popular Italian mini-chain - they've got branches in Venice, Turin and Florence, too. All offer an insight into the produce and food of Puglia, a famous culinary region in the south of Italy. And this place certainly looks the part. Its sleek, contemporary design is softened by bunches of rosemary, wicker baskets and some cool little tables made from wooden palettes, covered in glass. Think Milan doing Country Living and you won't go far wrong. There's plenty of produce available to buy, ranging from sweet pastries and tarts to various focaccia breads, pizzas and pastas from Puglia and plenty of cheese - including burrata, one of the region's most famous exports. There's plenty of olive oil too, as well as a good selection of Puglian wine - available to drink in or buy by the bottle to take away.
Venue says: “Join us for an authentic southern-Italian experience in the heart of London!”