By Georgina Littlejohn

Family ties: David and Victoria Beckham joined his sisters Lynne (front) and Joanne (to his right) for her birthday dinner in London last night

Living in Los Angeles for most of the year, the Beckhams don't see a lot of their respective families.

So when David realised it was his sister Joanne's 30th birthday, he decided to arrange a surprise party to celebrate - despite the fact that her big day isn't until next February.

And from her tweets, Joanne had no idea that David, 36, and Victoria, 37, had arranged the surprise dinner for his younger sibling.

She knew she was going to her favourite restaurant Roka, a modern Japanese place in the heart of Fitzrovia in central London.

But she was surprised to see her close friends and family there and Tweeted: 'Aww turned up at my fav restaurant and can't believe my close friends and family was here !!!! Amazin !!! So happy.'

The family were joined by their other sister Lynne, 38, for the occasion.

Me and my bro: Joanne later shared a posed-up picture of her and David on her Twitter page

Celebrations: Joanne was presented with a huge cake by her family and friends, despite her birthday not being until February

Joanne later wrote on her Twitter page: 'My bday is feb 19th and I will b 30 but we celerbrated early jus in case my big bro wasn't here !! Had a amazin nite.'

And clearly David was delighted to see his sister so happy that he arranged for a group photo that he promptly posted on his Facebook page and wrote: 'Merry Xmas everyone....just at my little sister Jo's birthday party tonight.'

Birthday treat: Joanne tweeted her happiness at seeing her friends and family at her special dinner

Beckham can be seen beaming at the back of the photo with the birthday girl right next to him on his right and his eldest sister Lynne in front.

And the cheeky footballer couldn't resist acting a bit childishly as he put two fingers up behind Joanne's head.

Victoria stood off to the side on the right in between two of Joanne's friends as someone captured the moment.

Happy days: David posted this picture of him about to tuck into a big plate of pie and mash

David enjoyed Tony's pie and mash in Waltham Abbey

But clearly the fancy Japanese food wasn't enough for David, who has probably been craving some good old English food while in the US.

Because he posted another picture to his Facebook page, this time just off him looking very happy as he posed with a big bowl of food at a pie and mash shop in London.

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