Sir Rod Stewart was in the mood to party as he stepped out with wife Penny Lancaster on Thursday evening, shortly after putting his Los Angeles mansion up for sale.
London born Sir Rod wants to stay close to his roots after growing tired of the southern California city’s ‘toxic culture’ – and he was in his element while attending a 60th anniversary celebration for celebrated nightspot Annabel’s in his home city.
The veteran star, 78, looked appropriately smart in an extravagant gold and black striped suit, matched with a casually loose leopard print tie.
Sire Rod teamed the bold look with a smart white dress shirt, while distinctive gold patterned slip-ons caught the eye as he made his way inside the Mayfair venue.
Joining him at the event, wife Penny, 52, turned heads in an ivory silk evening dress with a cinched waist – a look she teamed with strappy silver heels.
Side by side: Sir Rod Stewart was in the mood to party as he stepped out with wife Penny Lancaster on Thursday evening, shortly after putting his Los Angeles mansion up for sale
Lovely stuff: Penny gets a kiss from Sir Rod, who appeared to be on tip-toe as he craned his neck towards her
Hard to miss: The veteran star looked appropriately smart in an extravagant gold and black striped suit, matched with a casually loose leopard print tie
Evidently in high spirits, Sir Rod planted a kiss on Penny’s cheek while posing for photographers, but the diminutive rocker appeared to be straining his neck to make contact with the statuesque model and photographer.
Other guests on the night included actress Ellie Bamber, Liam Gallagher’s youngest son Gene, a shaggy-haired Liam Payne and socialite Emma Weymouth.
Sir Rod has made his Atlantic Crossing – and he has no plans for a return journey after deciding to quit his life in Los Angeles once and for all in order to settle down back in the UK, DailyMail.com has learned.
This week, the singer, who was born in the UK, severed a major tie to California when he put his sprawling Beverly Hills home on the market for a whopping $70 million – and now sources have revealed that he has no plans to set up another family base in the city.
According to two well-placed insiders, Rod has grown tired of what he sees as the ‘toxic’ culture in Los Angeles – where he feels that he has ‘no privacy’ – and has chosen to return full-time to his home in the UK to support his wife Penny and their sons, who no longer want to deal with the ‘nuisance’ of traveling back and forth.
Rod and Penny, who tied the knot in 2007, have two sons together – Alastair, 18, and Aiden, 12 – both of whom are currently enrolled in a school in Essex, while their mother has been working as a volunteer police officer in London for the past few years.
‘Penny loves the life she has made away from America and away from LA. She enjoys nothing more than working for the police force,’ a friend of the the family told DailyMail.com.
‘She also finds traveling to be more of a nuisance than anything and wants to just live her life as a working mom.’
Here they come: Sir Rod and Penny greeted onlookers as they made their way inside
In attendance: Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath, also joined the party on Thursday evening
Elegant: Actress Ellie Bamber was seen making her way inside the Mayfair venue
Here come the boys: Liam Payne (L), and influencer Rahi Chadda (R) posed for photos at the bash
Dappy: Liam looked smart in a black pinstripe suit as he celebrated the nightspot’s anniversary
Up on stage: Latin singer Ricky Martin provided the entertainment for guests at the event
Lovely: Ellie Bamber (L) and fellow guest Wallis Day (R) added a touch of glamour to proceedings
Hand in hand: Frank Lampard’s ex-wife Elen Rivas was seen making her way inside on Thursday
The former model – who married Rod in 2007 – was inspired to become a special constable for the City of London Police by the TV series Famous and Fighting Crime, which she appeared in. She completed her training in April 2021 and began volunteering with the force soon after.
But beyond supporting his wife’s career ambitions, Rod has also chosen to make his return to the UK because he knows that is where his two sons want to be.
‘Besides, her and Rod’s boys are in no way wanting to leave their school and friends in the UK to come over to America,’ the insider continued.
The move marks a major shift for Rod, who has spent nearly five decades shuttling back and forth between Los Angeles and his family home in Essex – an enormous property called Durrington House, which he and Penny purchased for $5.8 million back in 2016.
But a second source shared that the chart-topper – who has eight children by five women – has the full support all all his kids, daughters Sarah Streeter, 59, Kimberly, 43, Ruby, 35, and Renee, 30, and sons Sean, 42, Liam, 28, Alastair and Aiden.
‘They all know how happy him and Penny are living there and that is all they want is for their father to be happy.’
DailyMail.com has contacted Rod’s spokesperson for comment.
Green with envy: Leonie Hanne posed for photos after making her way inside
Steady on: Liam’s unruly hair appeared to be causing problems as he idled outside the venue
Say cheese: (L-R) Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth, Emma Weymouth, Marchioness of Bath, and Mark-Francis Vandelli
High glamour: Actress Nicola Coughlan (L) and Jordan Grant were also among the guests
Eccentric: A pair of distinctive gold patterned slip-ons caught the eye as Sir Rod made his way out of his car
Rod moved to the City of Angels in 1975 – a decade after starting his solo career. Shortly after hopping ponds, he talent launched him to superstardom.
During his career, he has had 11 number one singles and 12 number one albums – selling more than 130 million copies.
‘Rod has always considered Britain to be his home. Los Angeles was everything that he needed it to be for that time in his life, but it is obvious that he does not favor LA anymore. It has just gotten so toxic and he has zero privacy in the city.’
On May 9, Rod’s daughter Ruby welcomed Otis Stewart Kalick with her fiancé Jake Kalic.
And then, days later on May 12, Rod’s ice hockey player son Liam and his partner Nicole Ann, revealed the arrival of their first son Louie.
He shared photos recently with both of his grandbabies and looked absolutely elated. As fans know, he is constantly sharing family updates on his social media.
Rod first became a grandfather in 2011, when his daughter Kimberly and actor Benicio Del Toro welcomed a daughter, Delilah, who’s now 11.
‘Rod is so devoted to his family and is very close with all of them,’ the insider adds. ‘He is at an amazing place in his life and is elated about being a grandfather to his three grandchildren.’
Sitting pretty: wallis showed off her lithe legs as she took a seat at the venue on Thursday
Hot legs: Penny caught the eye as she exited the venue with Sir Rod later that night
Steady on Rodders: The veteran rocker was assisted by a security guard as he made his way back to his car