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A new late-night Soho basement club, Disrepute (‘DRP’ to its intimates) admits non-members with table reservations, until 11pm. As The Pinstripe Club, these premises gained notoriety in the 1960s when would-be model Christine Keeler and the then ‘happily married’ Secretary of State for War trysted within, becoming the protagonists in ‘The Profumo Affair’. The long tunnel-shaped space with its conspiratorial vaults – good should you too be up to no good – has been stylishly refurbished, its sleek plush also harking back to the early 1960s. Classy cocktails are created to a soundtrack of pre-Beatles easy listening and cool Blue Note jazz: Lime House Royal (rum, lime, honey and carbonated Sauternes), Queen’s Cup (Marylebone gin, Riesling, fino sherry, Lillet blanc and elderflower), or a refined sparkler made with English fizz, Babycham reduction and El Gobernador pisco. Despite its disreputable past, DRP deserves a new rep as one of Soho’s more sophisticated spots.