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The interior of Paramount London's restaurants with fabulous views are few and far between, so it's great that another has opened. Paramount sits at the top of the office building, Centre Point, at the junction of Tottenham Court Road and New Oxford Street. Ignore the outside, concentrate on the view which shows the rooftops of London and the courtyard and dome of the nearby British Museum. There's a bar on the floor above the restaurant with a view all around the building. Paramount is part of a private members' club but doing increasingly well from those who enjoy dining on a mainly British-accented menu. Paramount, Centre Point, 32nd Floor, 101-103 New Oxford St., London WC1, 020-7420-2900.
Raymond Blanc, the chef of Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons just outside Oxford, has opened one of his Brasserie Blancs in London. You'll find it in the City, so it's not as casual and low-key as his other brasseries outside London, with well-regimented tables marching across the large space. But the all-day menu is a real draw, with starters like pork rillettes with apple and pear chutney, grills, fish and dishes like old-fashioned beef stroganoff. Brasserie Blanc, 60 Threadneedle St., London EC2, 020-7710-9440.
Fenwick is one of London's most popular, smaller (and still privately owned) department stores. It recently had a complete facelift and as part of this there's a new restaurant. Bond & Brook looks over Brook Street and offers everything from breakfast and brunch to afternoon tea and cocktails on their late opening nights. Bond & Brook, Fenwick, 63 New Bond St., London W1, 020-7629-9161.
Brits have fallen in love big time with the idea of delis that sell food to take away and provide tablefuls of light snacks. And the recently opened The Mount Street Deli fulfills all the criteria and more. It's a pretty venue; it's in the heart of Mayfair and its food, both in house and to take away, is quite good. There are top cheeses, charcuterie and breads and a dish of the day. The Mount Street Deli, 100 Mount St., London W1, 020-7491-1860.
The Roux family was one of the first to open our eyes to the delights of fine dining, particularly at that favourite London restaurant, Le Gavroche. Now the amiable chef Michel Roux has joined up with Restaurant Associates (the gourmet end of catering giant Compass Group) to open Roux at Parliament Square. It's housed in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is suitably business-oriented in look. Near the Houses of Parliament, it should get its fair share of MPs (if they can get away with being seen at top restaurants or can afford it, the three-course menu is £55 and the lunch menu is £29.50). The chef is Daniel Cox, a young man who won the prestigious Roux Scholarship in 2008. Roux at Parliament Square, 12 Great George St., London SW1, 020-7334-3737.
Les Ambassadeurs is probably London's best known top private club, but either times are hard or there's a new democratic spirit abroad. Whatever the reason, its restaurant, The Milroy, is now open for lunch to one and all. It's a glamorous and spacious setting, with a domed ceiling and all the crisp linen and sparkling glasses you could imagine on the well spaced tables. The menu is rather old-fashioned, ranging from crab with mango and avocado salad to posh fish 'n' chips, Châteaubriand and a good range of steaks. It's a venue to impress with its private dining room used by the royal family and terraces looking out over Hyde Park. The Milroy, Les Ambassadeurs Club, 5 Hamilton Pl., London W1, 020-7317-6108.

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Champagne on the River
There's nothing like seeing London from the river on a boat. Preferably a very comfortable one serving a good lunch and champers. Well, the people at the top river cruise company, Silver Fleet, are there to oblige. From now to August, take advantage of the Veuve Clicquot Cruise on their Silver Sturgeon. There's a Champagne reception followed by a three-course lunch with wines---all on a three-and-a-half hour cruise from Savoy Pier on the Victoria Embankment. Tickets are £99.50 per person.
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