End of an era as London's India Club restaurant to close after 70 years of service

Sweta Gupta
Sweta GuptaAug 29, 2023 | 13:15

End of an era as London's India Club restaurant to close after 70 years of service

In the 1950s, this spot was established to bring together London's pioneering Indian community, fostering connections.(Photo Credits: Twitter/@PubsSaving)

Imagine a place so unassuming that you might pass by without a second thought.

However, for over 70 remarkable years, London's India Club has served as a secret rendezvous for Indians seeking a taste of home and a touch of camaraderie abroad.

Nestled within the Hotel Strand Continental, in the heart of bustling London, the India Club is far more than just a lounge-cum-restaurant and bar. It's a treasured institution, a cultural hub, and a cozy haven where South Asian flavors and faces blend harmoniously.



  • Back in the 1950s, this establishment was conceived as a gathering space for the early Indian pioneers in London to connect and build relationships.
  • Unfortunately, the building's owners now have their sights set on a modernized hotel, spelling the end of the road for the beloved India Club. Just a few years ago, Yadgar Marker and his daughter Phiroza, the determined owners, successfully fought against demolition.
  • However, a surprising turn of events emerged last week as they announced to the press that the Club's curtains would close on September 17- marking its final farewell, as reported by BBC.

A unique historical journey

  • Founded by the India League, a group of advocates for India's freedom in the 1900s, the Club boasts prominent founding members like India's first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.

  • Fast-forwarding to the 1990s, the Markers stepped in to secure their lease.

  • History whispers that the Club's early days provided a refuge for freedom fighters strategizing liberation.


  • Over time, its focus shifted to become a hub for South Asian individuals bonding over shared meals and events.

  • A tribute to its socio-political legacy, the walls proudly exhibit portraits of distinguished figures who crossed its threshold, including Dadabhai Naoroji, Britain's first Indian MP, and philosopher Bertrand Russell.

The Club offered the comforting tastes of home, serving treats such as dosas and sambhar from the south, and butter chicken from the north. The menu showcased Indian street delights like pakoras, alongside essential cups of coffee and fragrant masala chai.

Its fixtures - chandeliers, Formica tables, and straight-backed chairs - have remained steadfast since its inception over seven decades ago.

As we bid farewell to more than just a lounge, the city is poised to lose a piece of its own history.

Last updated: August 29, 2023 | 13:15
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