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When I met up with our readers to sample some Indian food at Lokhandwala, neatly tucked away just a stone’s throw from the BT Tower, I didn’t expect to be taken away into a secret world of dinner, drinks and a story of love.
Sitting unassuming in central London, I almost walked past the building at first, the restaurant fits in perfectly on Charlotte street among bars and restaurants of every variety. Downstairs, the dining room offers Indian cuisine, served tapas-style and spectacularly bright sauces and accompaniments while sipping on elegant and colourful drinks. The room itself is muted and quietly stylish, letting the food pop on the plate.
Upstairs hides the event space, a secret speakeasy hiding access to exotic spirits and wines, complete with a four-poster bed. This is where the love story comes in; Lokhandwala is home to a Victorian London scandal where it draws its inspiration. Named after a historically infamous district of Mumbai, Lokhandwala was home to Vijay, a suave crime boss who caught the eye of Lady Charlotte Louisa Fitzrovia, the fourth Earl of Rockbourne and a Governor of Colonial India.
Sent away from India and set up in London, the restaurant now stands as a tribute to forbidden love within their ‘British House of Exile’. Upstairs, even sitting on the secluded roof terrace felt cosy and intimate, and surrounded by intricate décor really gave me the feeling of being taken away to another time, another land, away from the busy reality outside.
If you’re looking for a central London venue with class, charm and style, swing by Lokhandwala for a unique chance to meet with colleagues, clients and friends be it hidden away in the speakeasy, sat down for a meal or just propping up the bar.