M. ROUX GOES TO WESTMINSTER
As the post-election fall-out rolls on, Michel Roux Jr (below), chef patron of London’s most famous French restaurant and feared critic of Masterchef’s professionals edition has moved into politics – sort of. Yesterday saw the opening of the Le Gavroche maestro’s new project, Roux at Parliament Square, in a grand Victorian building opposite the Palace of Westminster. Politicos who dine there can feast on modern European food in suitably luxurious surroundings. Roux at Parliament Square, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Building, Parliament Square, SW1P 3AD. For reservations call 020 7334 3737 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INN THE PARK BRINGS IN THE SUMMER
For anyone who’s had quite enough of all the election kerfuffles and fancies a bit of piece and tranquillity, St James’s Park’s centre of idyllic summer dining Inn The Park has opened its alfresco dining terrace and roof top bar. There’s an ever-changing menu offering all manner of locally-sourced summer fare, from baked razor clams with wild garlic crumbs to Barnsley lamb chop with grilled kidney and spring greens. Inn the Park, St James’s Park, SW1A 2BJ. 020 7451 9999, www.innthepark.com.
DINNER IN A KENSINGTON HIDEAWAY
Salted away in a pretty west London square, chic little Kensington Square Kitchen is a perfect place for a stylish brunch or tea, and it’s now open for dinner too. You can get light, summery food from 6.30pm-9.30pm, and drinks and cocktails will be available until late. 9 Kensington Square, W8 5EP. 020 7938 2598, www.kensingtonsquarekichen.co.uk.