Table talk: Where ruby hammer eats..

I've loved Cecconi's since Nick Jones of Soho House came on board in 2005. I went there yonks ago and found it quite stuffy, but I love it as it is now and go there quite a bit. Its old-fashioned Venetian style is fantastic. You can just sit at the bar. There's a very, very nice buzz, and the staff - all Italian speakers - are very efficient, without being uppity. You don't have to dress up. I don't like people who are full of themselves, who look at you if you're not dressed properly, even in your swankiest clothes.

by Ruby Hammer, a make-up artist and co-owner of Ruby & Milliecosmetics

The great thing about Cecconi's is that it's not one of those places that closes at three and opens again at seven. It's open all day, with an all-day menu, so you can brunch or you can lunch or, as it's just off New Bond Street, you can just grab a bit of something inbetween shopping.

What I eat depends on how hungry I am, but I usually go for the vitello tonnato - very thin pieces of veal with a tuna sauce - and a pasta with truffle shavings, when they're in season. Or I'll have chicken paillard. I don't drink much alcohol, but at Cecconi's I'll have a kir royal.

I conduct business lunches in an informal way. That's just the nature of my business and the way I am. Just because you're having a meeting shouldn't mean that you don't want to talk to each other. It would be as dull as dishwater otherwise. And you do see a lot of people in Cecconi's - there's nobody I haven't spotted there, TV stars, Rupert Everett...

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