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Miss Steerpike is Spectator Life's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from London and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk.

Gallery: The Spectator summer party

Another magnificent bash in Old Queen Street

CNN presenter calls on women around the world to ‘step up’

Christiane Amanpour was speaking at an International Women’s Day event in London

A Strictly spectacular night at Banqueting House

Darcey Bussell hosted a fundraising event in aid of Borne, the premature birth charity

Eddie Redmayne gets a royal welcome at the Hennessy Gold Cup

There was a star-studded turnout for the 60th anniversary of the famous horse race

Sir David Attenborough is dreaming of a green Christmas

Sir David was on hand at the Aqua Shard to unveil a 3D-printed Christmas ‘tree’

Emma Watson and Keira Knightley rule at Women of the Year awards

Laura Trott and Olivia Colman also picked up prizes at the awards hosted by Harper’s Bazaar at Claridge’s

Ewan McGregor shows off his American debut

Danny Boyle, Cressida Bonas and Alexandra Shulman were in the audience for a special screening of American Pastoral

So foul and fair a day for luvvies at Mark’s Club

It was a day of Shakespearean drama and theatrical scope as Theresa May became Prime Minister and embarked on a…

Apollo summer party, in pictures

‘I imagine you’re all expecting someone to resign,’ said editor Thomas Marks, addressing his guests at the Apollo summer party.…

Finding beauty in a battlesite

Talk turned – briefly – from Brexit to another battle last night at the unveiling of Jolyon Fenwick’s ‘Zero Hour’…

Charlotte Colbert turns to the dark side

Photographer Charlotte Colbert is known for being one half of London’s quirkiest, chirpiest couple. Along with her husband, artist Philip…

A wet evening for William Dalrymple and his gang at Garsington

Ah, the English at play. Miss Steerpike decamped to Wormsley last night to take in some opera – Eugene Onegin is the…

Battle of the sexes comes to a halt at Baileys book prize

Is the battle of the sexes over? Stephen Frears – director of woman-heavy films The Queen, Philomena and Tamara Drewe…

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition party, in pictures

On Tuesday night, members of royalty and artists alike joined forces to celebrate the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition at its annual…

Peston vs Cameron – round three?

Although the EU referendum has brought tensions in the Conservative party to a head, it’s another rivalry that caught Miss…