Tricked out in shades of fruit compote, Brumus’s well-upholstered, dressed-for-a-wedding pose may not suit those who prefer clean lines & Calvin Klein tones. As a handy Haymarket hook-up for power breakfasting, tea & sympathy or a theatre drop-in, it resounds to the clatter of Jimmy Choo shoes. Prices are at the well-heeled end of the market: £11 secures chilli rose (Bombay Sapphire, rose-petal water, lemongrass, chillis & apple juice), Jalisco sour or diet-busting banoffee martini. Meanwhile, a decent wine list assembles a host of unassuming Italians, cheeky Aussies & French blue bloods. Food-wise, go for full English breakfast (£20), Champagne afternoon tea (£30) or global grazing (tapas-sized teriyaki chicken, chorizo, aloo tikki cakes or fish & chips from £3.50) – unless you fancy a plate of eggs florentine, Caesar salad or croque monsieur.
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