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TALK OF THE TOWN: Sports Direct billionaire Mike Ashley joins exclusive Mayfair nightspot Annabel’s

TALK OF THE TOWN: Sports Direct billionaire Mike Ashley joins exclusive Mayfair nightspot Annabel’s – and perhaps his daughters helped swing the deal


He’s just sold one club but Newcastle United’s former owner Mike Ashley has joined another – exclusive London nightspot Annabel’s. It’s not easy to pass the high-society haunt’s rigorous vetting process, but perhaps Mike’s glamorous daughters Anna and Matilda helped swing the deal. 

A source close to Ashley, who sold Newcastle to a Saudi-led consortium for £305 million, tells me the girls are now regulars at the Mayfair venue.

Mike will be able to enjoy events like last week’s £300-a-head feast with a menu inspired by the art of Damien Hirst.

Hopefully there will be no repeat of the infamous time that Sports Direct boss Mike drank 12 pints at a pub meeting before vomiting. Then again, if Damien’s pickled shark is on the menu…

It’s not easy to pass the high-society haunt’s rigorous vetting process, but perhaps Mike’s daughters Anna (pictured with her father in 2008) and Matilda helped swing the deal

Doormen wear floral themed suits as they work at Annabel's members club, decorated to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on September 24

Doormen wear floral themed suits as they work at Annabel’s members club, decorated to coincide with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in London on September 24

The power struggle between Tony Blair and Gordon Brown during their time in government is being chronicled in a revealing new BBC series. 

And it seems old habits die hard. The former Chancellor apparently took umbrage when he found out that the documentary was due to be titled simply New Labour and had a stern word. 

It was then changed to Blair & Brown: The New Labour Revolution. 

I’m told Brown felt that otherwise the whole programme would feel like the ‘Tony Show’ – and we all know how much he hates it when Blair gets too much credit! The BBC confirmed that it had changed the ‘working title’.

Crushes of the week… Jesse Grylls and India Foster

Artist Jesse, 18, and girlfriend India, also 18 (both pictured), are fixtures on the social scene

Artist Jesse, 18, and girlfriend India, also 18 (both pictured), are fixtures on the social scene

Artist Jesse, 18, has inherited TV adventurer dad Bear’s daredevil spirit – he leaps from bridges with parachute hooks pierced into the skin of his back! 

Girlfriend India, also 18, is signed to Storm Models, and the pair are fixtures on the social scene.

They were labelled the coolest couple at a swanky 18th party at Annabel’s last week.

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