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A Home Away from Home: The India Club

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  1. The India Club
    Photograph: courtesy of The India Club
  2. A Home Away from Home: The India Club exhibition
    Photograph: courtesy of Caroline Bond
  3. David Joeseph, son of India Club head waiter Joeseph Gyanapraksan, at the India Club. Still from Chocolate Films documentary. 3rd December 2018.
  4. Wedding Day of Joeseph Gyanapraksan (head waiter at the India Club). India Club. 17th September 1966.
    Photograph: Courtesy of David Joeseph

Time Out says

An audiovisual exhibition charting the history of the Strand’s storied India Club.

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.

Opened on this site in 1964 by the India League, which had campaigned for the former British colony’s independence, the India Club became a first port of call for new arrivals from the subcontinent and a hub for the capital’s burgeoning Asian community. ‘A Home Away from Home: The India Club’ is an immersive oral history consisting of interviews with club regulars over the decades plus archive photos and documents.

You can book in for a series of themed supperclubs and cooking classes too – because history is always better with snacks.

James Manning
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James Manning


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