By Marcus Barnes

On her way home: Miss Price left the birthday celebrations after the meal - opting to avoid carrying on the party

It was supposed to be her friend's special night, but Katie Price managed to steal the limelight from Lauren Pope on a night out to celebrate her 28th birthday.

Miss Price, 33, joined Lauren and several friends, including fellow TOWIE star Maria Fowler, for a jaunt to central London.

The motley crew hit seafood restaurant Zilli in Soho, before heading to the Shadow Lounge to continue partying.

Eye of the tiger: Katie Price outstaged her friend Lauren Pope during her birthday celebrations in central London wearing an unusual pair of leggings

But it was Katie Price's rather obscure wardrobe choice that became the centrepoint of the evening.

The glamour model wore a white vest with a large tiger face emblazoned across its entire front,with an unusual pair of leggings with sheer panels down the sides, metal detailing down the front of the legs and studded knee pads.

She completed the outfit with a pair of beige ankle boots.

Birthday girl: The glamour model keeps hold of her birthday balloons as she poses with friends Tommy Clark and 'Mikey Kardashian'

According to reports it took a grand total of 16 hours for Miss Price to have her new hair extensions fitted.

Despite her outlandish outfit overshadowing her friend's toned down look, Katie sensibly opted to head home early after the group had shared a meal together.

Celebrity chef Aldo Zilli personally cooked for the pair, and Katie Price dined on a healthy organic baked sea bass without drinking – taking seriously her new role as Lauren’s agent and leaving at 8pm.

Her early exit may well have been to allow Lauren to soak up all of the attention on the night.

I think the party's over there: Lauren tries to direct her friends as the party crew amble around Soho

No thrills: Lauren Gooder and Maria Fowler were unusually understated

Meanwhile birthday girl Lauren looked great in a far more understated LBD which perfectly complimented her fantastic figure.

The birthday girl carried a foil balloon throughout the evening, so she at least got a share of the attention during the course of the night.

Katie and Lauren have been friends for some time and have been pictured partying together on several.

Unsociable: Lucy Meckleburgh and her boyfriend Mario were pictured outside Zilli's but they didn't pop in to say Happy Birthday to Lauren

Most recently Lauren attended a birthday party for Miss Price's boyfriend Leandro Penna.

Also present were Lauren's friends and The Only Way Is Essex co-stars Maria Fowler and Lauren Goodger.

Maria, 25, wore a patterned mini dress by AX Paris, while Lauren Goodger wore a similar cut blue number with long sleeves by

Turning the tables: Aldo Zilli snaps the paps while hosting Lauren Pope's birthday - he later posted his photo to Twitter

Both ladies kept their top halves covered up, perhaps to allow their friend the birthday girl to bask in the limelight.

Coincidentally fellow TOWIE star Luck Mecklburgh and her new man Mario walked past the restaurant while their co-stars were inside, but they didn't pop in to say hello.

Earlier in the evening Lauren was obviously excited about her impending night out.

Party people: Lauren and her motley crew make their way through Soho

She tweeted: 'Headin into London for my bday celebrations, gotta feelin this could be a drunken one!!'

Her first stop was Zilli's restaurant, where the group enjoyed a spot of seafood put on by hosts Aldo and Nikki Zilli.

The posse, which also included Lauren's friends Tommy Clark, Jemma Stern and a few colourful characters including hairstylist 'Mikey Kardashian' and Joey Haines, ended up in gay venue the Shadow Lounge.

The private members-only club touts itself as 'one of the most unashamedly stylish, fashionable and sumptuous experiences in the capital'.

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