DIARY: Bell survives again but sees his portrait moved

QBO founder Quentin Bell's portrait has survived yet another facelift at one of the industry's favourite haunts, Christopher's. His likeness has graced the walls of the Covent Garden restaurant in one guise or another for the last 11 years, surviving refit after refit.

Originally part of a ground floor mural of the restaurant's most loyal regulars, his image was moved to a new mural on the basement bar wall following a 1997 refit.

Three years later another facelift followed, but Bell and others again survived - with each face photographed and hung individually on a ground floor wall.

His image has survived the latest refit, albeit with a less salubrious setting - the corridor outside the upstairs gents.

Reports of his portrait's demise may have been exaggerated, but it's almost certainly heading down the pan.

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