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() How Remainer Philip Hammond plotted to derail Boris's Brexit with top Tory donor at upmarket Mayfair restaurant Le Caprice over tuna ceviche and grilled octopus Philip Hammond chose to lunch there with powerful Tory donor Stuart Marks Diners at lunchtime struggle to pay less than £80 a head for a meal with wine Le Caprice has long list of celeb regulars like Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger Former Chancellor prepares to mount last-ditch bid to derail Mr Johnson’s Brexit

By Glen Owen for The Mail on Sunday

Published: 00:14 BST, 1 September 2019 | Updated: 00:14 BST, 1 September 2019

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It has been a discreet haunt of Royals and rock stars for more than 35 years, serving a ‘confident and urbane clientele’.

But last week, Le Caprice restaurant in London’s Mayfair was at the centre of political intrigue when Philip Hammond chose to lunch there with powerful Tory donor Stuart Marks. It came as the former Chancellor prepares to mount a last-ditch bid to derail Boris Johnson’s Brexit.

Le Caprice offers dishes such as tuna ceviche, chargrilled octopus, Dorset crab and – on the day Mr Hammond was dining – a special of roast grouse.

Diners at lunchtime would struggle to pay less than £80 a head for a meal with wine.

Private: Le Caprice, where Hammond lunched with powerful Tory donor Stuart Marks. Le Caprice has a long list of celebrity regulars who have included Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger

Private: Le Caprice, where Hammond lunched with powerful Tory donor Stuart Marks. Le Caprice has a long list of celebrity regulars who have included Princess Margaret and Mick Jagger

Philip Hammond chose to lunch there as he prepares to mount a last-ditch bid to derail Boris Johnson’s Brexit

Philip Hammond chose to lunch there as he prepares to mount a last-ditch bid to derail Boris Johnson’s Brexit

Famous for its corner table – in the 1980s the Princess of Wales had first call on it, with Jeffrey

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