There’s no shortage of private members’ clubs in London, complete with eye watering membership fees and swanky interiors. And to that end, Mortimer House is no different – six floors, a yoga studio, a gym and a rapidly rising monthly fee on par with most people’s rents. But something is different. Mortimer House Kitchen, the beautiful Art Deco inspired restaurant serving up Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern food on the ground floor, is open to everyone. Here no one will ask you for a membership card, yet there is no noticeable divide between upstairs and downstairs when it comes to service or interior; large, white marble bar, luxurious sofas and small tables surrounded by warm light and the sounds and smells of a lively kitchen with attentive waiters. Aubergine, smoked and drizzled with Greek yoghurt is the perfect palate teaser. We follow with fresh salads, ceviche and king crab – a symphony of colours and scents that leave us smiling – satisfied but not bursting at the seams. Still with room to fill, we’re tempted by the mille-feuille – deliciously light, crips and zesty all at once.
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