press coverage on the india club, 143 strand:

BBC Robert Elms Show, India Club at 143 Strand
January 3rd, 2018

Radio host, Robin Elms, used to visit India Club at 143 Strand in his student days. Here he is joined by special guest, Dr Kusoom Vadgama, in talking about why the building is so precious to Londoners.

BBC Robert Elms Show - INDIA CLUB interview
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BBC World News: India Club
November 9th, 2017

"London's India club is a café that once used to be the centre of post-colonial conversation over curry and more."

Bloomberg: India Club London Serves Up Slice of History
January 28, 2015

"It's the London of black-and-white movies or Graham Greene...India Club has stood the test of decades. It's part of London's restaurant history and deserves to be part of the future."

The Telegraph: Let's do the timewarp. . .
December 19, 2001

"Unchanged, austere and irreplaceable, the India Club in Aldwych transports Matthew Norman to the last days of the Raj"

Real Meals: The India Club by Will Self
March 17, 2011

"India Club is beautifully old-fashioned – and not like an Indian restaurant in 1950s Britain, for there were hardly any of those, but like one in 1950s India. "

coverage on the national trust exhibition at 143 Strand:

London Live: India Club exhibition feature
January 29, 2019

London Live reports on the National Trust's exhibition on the India Club.


The history of the India Club in Westminster is being told through a new audio exhibition, using interviews from those who consider it a Home away from Home.

The venue, set up in 1951 for the UK's growing south Asian community, has continued to act as a meeting place and hub to this day, having survived recent demolition attempts

Time Out: A Home Away from Home, The India Club
January 24, 2019

The India Club is one of the city’s most fascinating post-colonial relics: a bar, lounge and Indian restaurant (one of the UK’s oldest) that’s hardly changed in 65 years. Last summer it was saved from redevelopment, and this week the National Trust opens an on-site exhibition which explores its history and celebrates the survival of a London institution.

Yahoo News: London's India Club, saved from developers, celebrates its history
January 30, 2019

“A Home Away from Home” exhibition, organised by the National Trust, tapped into a “treasure trove” of history on the India Club which emerged in part thanks to recent efforts to save it from eviction.

Museum Crush: The social history of the Indian diaspora at the India Club
January 17, 2019

The National Trust’s A Home Away from Home: The India Club is a site-specific ‘pop-up’ exhibition taking place inside the Strand club that shines a light on this rich social history and showcases the significance of the India Club as an important meeting point and community space. 

Concert News: The India Club
January 17, 2019

Virtually unchanged for over 50 years, the India Club is a unique space that acts as a vibrant hub for a range of Anglo-Indian organisations and an extended community of journalists, writers, artists, academics and students who regularly meet there. 

response to planning applications for 143 Strand:

The Telegraph: Future of India Club on London's Strand under threat from developers
December 2, 2017

"The India Club on London’s famous Strand has been like a little slice of the sub-continent in the heart of the capital. Acting as a social centre, meeting place, and dining room, the club has remained virtually unchanged since the 1950s and is regarded by many south Asian ex-pats as a part of their cultural heritage."

Daily Mail: Plans for London's historic India Club cook up storm
October 17, 2017

"Plans to renovate a historic and beloved Indian restaurant in central London are causing a stir, pitting the developers against high profile defenders, including intellectuals, Anglo-Indian businessmen and lawmakers from both countries."

The Sunday Times: Diners find threat to Raj relic, the India Club, hard to digest
October 15, 2017

With its fading portraits of Mahatma Gandhi, Formica-topped tables and £1 nan bread, it is one of Britain’s most idiosyncratic curry houses...Supporters include the author Will Self, who describes the institution as “an integral part of my life”, and a scion of Lord Mountbatten, the last viceroy of India.

Evening Standard: London's 'marvellous' India Club under threat from plans for upmarket hotel
September 27, 2017

"The Strand’s famous India Club could be under threat from plans to refurbish the historic restaurant and bar to make way for an up-market hotel."

The Wire: Is it the End of the Road for London’s Historic India Club?
October 2, 2017

"India Club is a physical reminder of the past, a bridge between cultures...It would be a great tragedy if the 70th year of Indian independence was marked by the disappearance of an institution of such historic bilateral significance...It is an anachronism in central London – not preserved as a museum piece for curious spectators, but a living and breathing place, albeit caught in a time-warp with legion admirers.

The Londonist: This Curry Restaurant Hasn't Changed In 60 Years, And Is All The Better For It
December 4, 2017

Its astonishing history puts The India Club firmly in 'semi-hidden gem' territory. The restaurant is where the India League used to convene in the capital, partly to placate homesickness, and partly to talk politics. 

The Times: Battle to save historic India Club curry house is hotting up
October 9, 2017

"It may have one of the most limited menus of any curry house in London, but the India Club played a key role in Indian independence — and today it is fighting for its survival."

Travelmag: The Best Indian Restaurants in London
December 27, 2020

The India Club is unlike any other restaurant in London...Hearty portions...famously cheap. This is living history in the heart of Holborn.

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