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Across the road from the Houses of Parliament, young mixologists Abdulai Kpekawa and Liam Cotter have quietly re-launched Roux at the Pembury.
The smart cocktail bar looks like the kind of place where you might spot a senior member of the House, with leather Chesterfield sofas, Art Deco lampshades and impeccable service.
Subtle signage means you can easily walk past the entrance without noticing it, as most tourists and office workers were doing when we visited on Monday evening.
We were warmly welcomed by Cotter, who introduced the list of 12 specialist cocktails, arranged as a menu of hors d’oeuvres, plats principaux and desserts.
I enjoyed the refreshing Three Citrus Ricky (Ketel One Citroen, fino sherry, yuzu, lemon, pineapple and soda), while my friend tried the signature Pembury Cup (Pimm’s, Tanqueray gin, watermelon, coriander and champagne).
There’s also a range of posh bar snacks including pork scratchings with smoked paprika, peppers stuffed with feta cheese, and beef and ale pie.
Cocktails cost from £8 to £9.25. If you’re after a little bit of affordable luxury in Central London, I’d recommend a visit to this hidden gem.
Roux at the Pembury, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, Parliament Square, London, SW1P 3AD