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The India Club Restaurant

#8,404 of 17,345 Restaurants in London
#9,008 of 18,269 Places to Eat in London
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Trafalgar Square / Embankment
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Hotel Strand Continental, 143 The Strand | 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, England
0207 836 4880
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Quite an experience!

When my friend led me up the stairs I wondered what was in store; but it's just wonderful! Yes, staff canteen of the 1950's about covers it, and a marvellously grumpy waiter. There's a smarter bar on the floor below, a bit more Officers' Club than the restaurant. If you want beer you need to go... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
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South Wales
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

I have been eating at this dining room of the hotel for nearly 50 years! I was first taken there when I worked at an Indian bank in London. It serves excellent South Indian food at extremely reasonable prices for the West End. Visited recently on 6th June before going to a concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall. Still impressed by... More 

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South Wales
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

When my friend led me up the stairs I wondered what was in store; but it's just wonderful! Yes, staff canteen of the 1950's about covers it, and a marvellously grumpy waiter. There's a smarter bar on the floor below, a bit more Officers' Club than the restaurant. If you want beer you need to go down for it yourself,... More 

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

A return visit to a no frills Indian restaurant. If you love a curry this is the place to go - have the courage to just say "bring us what you recommend please, we like it hot/medium/cool" and see what turns up - but make sure you have the battered chillis to start though. You are still able to bring... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

My Dad has been going here for over 40 years and it's a firm favorite with him and his friends. This was my first curry experience some 30 years ago. 'No frills' doesn't cover it. I don't think it's been decorated in over 20 years and it resembles a dilapidated working men's club. But the food is good and tasty.... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were recommended the India Club by a work colleague, and we are really pleased we made the effort to find it. To find it was a bit of an effort, as it's located up some rickety stairs and wasn't exactly screaming out that here it was. The room itself (as has been mentioned elsewhere) was just a staff canteen,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Don't be put off by the entrance. Go up the first flight of stairs and get yourself a drink in the 1940's bar (no, really, it hasn't changed) !! When you have your drinks, go up to the second floor to the India Club Restaurant - I use the term restaurant loosely - as it's more like a 1940's transport... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

First visited about 30 years ago and hasn't changed in the slightest! OK, the staff may have changed but then perhaps not! Not the most inviting entrance and decor and then to enter a room laid out like an old time staff canteen should give you pause for thought and then leave! But stick with it and the visit is... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

I wouldn't take a girl there on a first or second date even if she says she like curry unless she is very bohemian. But for close friends and family that you know like new experiences it's a must to try. Don't be put off by the entrance off the street leading to the second floor, menu at entrance. Limited... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Visited here when staying in Waldorf nearby. Food was really good, we had the set menu and the lamb was beautiful. The staff were friendly and attentive. Quite a mixed clientele, young men, old men, lads, couples and a singles. The actual tables are scruffy and the wooden chairs all different, decor dated a 'no frills' place. This all added... More 

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London
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

At first appearances this place looks a touch shabby but it is quirky. This reminds me of a byegone age how restaurants used to be, certainly no flock wallpaper on these walls. Where I sat was opposite the kitchen and all appeared to be clean and the waiters and chefs had unstained white aprons and jackets on. When the food... More 

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Address: Hotel Strand Continental, 143 The Strand | 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, England
Phone Number: 0207 836 4880
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
Cuisine: Indian

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Hotel Strand Continental, 143 The Strand | 143 Strand, London WC2R 1JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Neighborhood: Trafalgar Square / Embankment
  • Phone Number: 0207 836 4880

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Indian

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With its iconic Nelson’s Column, majestic oversized lions and brightly-lit fountains, Trafalgar Square is not just considered the heart of this bustling London hub, but the very core of the city itself. Beyond this esteemed gathering place are more famous icons, as well as a disproportionate numbers of the city’s most popular cultural attractions including the National Gallery and many West End theaters. Along the way to these major sites are quiet lanes and antiquated pubs to discover, as well as riverside vistas to enjoy on the embankment. With a calendar full of celebratory events, any time of year is a fine time to visit.
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