If you fancy brushing up on your knowledge of the British political elite while eating out in London, you could consider visiting this pioneering contemporary Indian restaurant in Westminster. Housed in a converted library, the dining room's distinguished yet clubbable atmosphere (a blend of spice-coloured walls, pukka starched table cloths and general bonhomie) attracts MPs and journos from the nearby Houses of Parliament, as well as the sort of celebs who'd rather keep a low profile. The real draw, though, is Vivek Singh's food, which diverges deliciously from the curry-house norm. Singh mixes inspirations from across the subcontinent with European influences to create a surprising and sophisticated hybrid. Early birds can turn up for breakfast (the full English, as well as Anglo-Indian treats such as kedgeree - spiced rice and fish); night owls might prefer the groovy downstairs bar with white rubber floors, leather walls and colourful Bollywood movies playing behind glass panels. Be warned that the Indian-themed cocktails don't always deliver on their exotic promise.
Food: 8, Service: 7, Atmosphere: 7
The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street
+44 20 7222 2555
Open: 7.30-10am, noon-2.45pm, 6-10.45pm Mon-Fri; 6-10.45pm Sat