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Named after a third-century warrior queen, whose Syrian-based Palmyrene Empire wrested Egypt from the Romans, this new two-storey bar/lounge restaurant brings a celebration of exotic Arabian nights to the Gloucester Road. Sit in the light, pleasingly airy interior, contemplate the contemporary artworks, and sip cocktails or something from the decently priced wine list. To eat, dainty appetites will be satisfied by the selection of expertly presented Mediterranean meze (from vegetarian dips to plates of smoked salmon) though grilled steaks are on hand if you’re after a heartier meal. Listen to live jazz and DJs at the weekend – when brunches and Sunday lunches are additional options – or favourite tunes during the week, and enjoy a little (relatively) guilt-free smoking by ordering something from the e-shisha menu. It’s a perfect escape from busy south-west London outside.