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South Bank bar installs division bell to summon MPs to vote

A restaurant and bar at County Hall on the South Bank has installed a division bell which gives MPs an eight-minute warning to make their way across the river to vote in the lobbies of the Palace of Westminster.

Gillray's at County Hall
Gillray's at County Hall
South Bank bar installs division bell to summon MPs to vote
Gillray's Ayes and Noes cocktails

The bell has been installed by Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar at County Hall, the former home of London's government.

After a quiet summer during the Parliamentary recess, the bell is now sounding regularly in the bar when divisions are called in the Commons.

Some customers have mistaken it for a fire alarm but the bar says that the bell has proved a good talking point with guests.

To mark the installation of the division bell, Gillray's Bar has added 'Ayes' and 'Noes' cocktails to its menu.

Ayes is a sweet and fruity cocktail using egg whites, fresh lemon juice and raspberry syrup to complement London dry gin Tanqueray.

Noes is a bitter cocktail which features orange bitters, Benedictine and Dry Vermouth with Old Tom Hayman's Gin.

Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar – named after political cartoonist James Gillray – opened two years ago at County Hall.

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