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A Home Away From Home: The India Club Exhibition


Start Date: January 30, 2019

End Date: March 01, 2019

This month, a new National Trust exhibition opens in London, shining a light on the rich social history of one of the city’s most fascinating community spaces: The India Club.

Founded shortly after Indian independence by Krishna Menon, President Nehru and Lady Mountbatten, the India Club is perhaps better known for its close links with the India League. Originally located at 41 Craven Street before moving to 143 Strand, the Club was established to ‘promote and further Indo-British friendship’ and quickly became a vibrant hub for a growing British South Asian community in London.

With one of the earlier Indian restaurants in London, the India Club soon gained a reputation beyond the Asian community and became a hotspot for cosmopolitan Londoners. Virtually unchanged for over 50 years, the Club still 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.

Based around a newly-formed archive of oral history interviews carried out by National Trust volunteers, this small audio-based exhibition will provide visitors with the opportunity to engage with the lives and stories of those who considered the Club a ‘home-away-from-home’ from the late 1950s to the present day.

Find out more about the exhibition here.

Free entry but you must book a time slot in advance.



30 January – 1 March 2019


Monday to Wednesday: 12pm – 7pm

Thursday & Friday: 12pm – 5pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11am – 6pm


Hotel Strand Continental, 143 Strand, London WC1R 1JA


Building – no wheelchair access to the exhibition. Staircase with handrail to the first and second floors. Exhibition content available online soon.


If you have any further enquiries please email London@nationaltrust.org.uk or call )7780 004243 (phone line open Monday – Friday 10am-5pm).