Team GB meets Team GQ

Team GB meets Team GQ
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In what Bono described to me as ‘the best of the smaller ones’, the stars of Team GB stole the show at last night’s GQ Men of the Year awards. Presented with a special team award by Lord Coe, the A-list crowd were on their feet at the Royal Opera House for the Olympic contingent. Though seemingly dry, high-jump star Greg Rutherford and pommel-horser Louis Smith were amongst the last men standing at the after-party.

Cyclist Bradley Wiggins is becoming something of fashion icon, though he might need to work on his people skills. Asked if he would like to meet Liam Gallagher, the cyclist said ‘Nah, I know him already’ and then walked off. But Mad Men’s John Slattery was on much friendlier form. He had brought his mum and dad to watch him collect the International Man of the Year gong.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a show without the Mayor of London stealing it. Winning Politician of the Year on the day of young Dave’s reshuffle, Boris had his bike brought into the venue so that he could make a hasty exit.

The Mayor’s departure wasn’t as quick as that of Robbie Williams who ran for the door after picking up his Icon award. His people promise that it was because his pregnant wife Ayda Field wanted to get home, but the timing was suspicious. Gary Barlow picked up his Outstanding Achievement prize just as Robbie was slamming the car door.

Overseeing awards for James Corden, Sacha Baren Cohen, Sir Tom Jones and Sir Salmon Rushdie, was Jimmy Carr, who seems to have developed a streak of self-doubt since his tax status was exposed. After the show, he sought assurance from guests about his act.

Elsewhere, Bono and Kylie seem to be the best of friends these days, and Michael Fassbender certainly knows how to party. But it was the golden boys and girls who really made the night.

Written bySteerpike

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