Owner of The Strand’s India Club applies for curry house conversion into luxury boutique

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The freeholder for the India Club restaurant on The Strand in London has applied for permission to redevelop the much-loved curry house into a luxury boutique hotel.

The venue, which is housed in Continental Strand Hotel, is a popular favourite in the capital, having played a unique role in Indian independence, with the application is being protested by a number of senior barristers and a High Court judge who wish to save the iconic business.

Now 70 years after independence and partition, the freeholder for the club has applied to Westminster City Council to demolish the seven-storey building and redevelop it as a boutique hotel.

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The plans have been met with fierce opposition from politicians, senior lawyers and journalists who have until October 20 to block to wrecking ball.

A major part of their case is a report compiled by William Gould, a professor of Indian history at Leeds University, who highlights that the club and restaurant was the meeting place of the India League in the two-year run up to independence in 1947.

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