Gwyneth Paltrow lures Bill Clinton underground

22 April 2012

Sunday Telegraph

Bill Clinton, the former American president, is to host a big underground party in London with the actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Damian Lewis.

While the Olympics and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are London’s biggest attractions this year, the most coveted invitation among socialites is likely to be to an underground party.

Mandrake can disclose that the former American president Bill Clinton is to host the first fundraising event for his charitable foundation in the capital. It will take place in the Old Vic Tunnels next month.

“What’s interesting is that Clinton’s co-hosting the event with the Reuben Foundation,” says my man with the canapés. “It’s the first time that his charity has co-hosted such an event.”

The Reuben Foundation was created 10 years ago to channel the charitable giving of David and Simon Reuben, the property tycoons, who made much of their reputed £6.2 billion fortune in Russia in the Nineties. They became known as the “metals czars” because of their role in the aluminium industry.

Clinton will be joined in the former railway tunnels beneath Waterloo station by his daughter, Chelsea, and two ambassadors for his charity, Gwyneth Paltrow and Damian Lewis, as hosts of the soirée.

Lewis appears to have become something of a favourite of American presidents since he won the leading role in the fashionable television drama Homeland. The Old Etonian was invited to a banquet at the White House last month by Barack Obama.