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Roux at Parliament Square
Set in the building of the Institute of Chartered Surveyors, which is also a Grade II listed building designed by the architect behind The Natural History Museum, Roux's restaurant has already been given a massive helping hand. That's not to say the design of the restaurant has an air of complacency; on the contrary.
With a ceiling twice the height of the average man and spotlights spaced widely apart, white painted walls (except one whose pattern is a repeated artistic violet flower) the restaurant is incredibly bright and welcoming. Two huge windows with floor-to-ceiling curtains provide ample natural light source, while the marble-framed fireplace and small bookshelf gives a personable, homely feel to the room. A purple fringe sofa against one wall provides copious seating space, while the rest of the floor plan is divvied up between several small, round, four-seater tables, allowing for a total of fifty six heads to file in and dine. Up to ten more can fit into the library-cum-conference area or private function room.
Contrary to the quiet, subtle appearance of the restaurant, the food on offer is bold and hearty. You can choose from a taster menu which is £70 and includes a salad of pickled veggies and Montgomery cheddar; foie gras; roast fillet of brill; lamb; and refreshing desserts like lemon tart; yoghurt puree and raspberry-ripple ice-cream. On the other hand the a la carte menu offers larger portions with examples like veal; crab; and quail's eggs as starters. As far as main courses go, roasted and cured seabass; game of the day; roast saddle of Lake District lamb or cobb chicken try and tempt your taste buds. Luxurious sweets include blackberry and apple crumble souffle; black figs roasted in port and Muscovado and a selection of quality British and French cheese such as Fromagerie and Jacques Vernier.
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Roux's Parliament Square restaurant couldn't be situated in a more ideal place for site-seeing. To kick-off, you can follow George Street onto Birdcage Walk for a view of Buckingham Palace or, in the opposite direction, cross the river and visit the London Eye for fantastic views of the city and an all-round exciting experience. As far as photographic opportunities go, there're plenty. You won't have missed catching a glimpse of our beloved clock tower, Big Ben which is just down the road towards the Thames. The neighbouring Palace of Westminster, Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey
are all within immediate proximity of one another creating a plethora of magnificent sites in which to take in. Securing all of that, there's St.James's Park
St.James's Park just off George Street in which you're free to wander at your own pace along the tree-lined pathways and generous open spaces.
Opening times: Monday - Friday lunch: 12:00 - 14:00, dinner: 18:00 - 22:00
Nearest Tube: Westminster (Jubilee, Circle and District Line), St James's Park (Circle and District Line)
Roux at Parliament Square, RICS, Parliament Square, Westminster, SW1P 3ADView Larger Map