1974 London Indian restaurant brings affordable glamour to Charlotte Street

From the founders of the award-winning Chai Thali group, 1947 LONDON is a Northern Indian restaurant and cocktail bar set in an opulent subterranean space below Fitzrovia’s buzzing Charlotte Street, it is the group's most exciting and ambitious project yet.

Do you love Indian food as much as we do? Apparently London children are loving spiced foods which is very fortunate as there’s a new restaurant catering for these spice loving little Londoners.

1974 London is the brain child of co-founders Ajay Acharya, Sukhraj Mudhar and Sunil Saggar. You know you are in good hands when they have a combined 75 years experience in the restaurant business. That’s a lot of food they must have sampled!

Chef Krishna Negi, protege of Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia, has created a menu which nods to recipes that evolved out of the movement of peoples and cultures during the 1947 Partition. There’s nano plates like the Beetroot Masala Uthappams £6 and Avocado Bombay Bhel £8 or sharing bowls (because all meals are better shared with family and friends) these include Punjabi Lamb Masala £14 and 1947 Dhaaba Murg £14.

Consciously designed for the times we live in, artisan interior designer Tammara Mattingly, and paper artist Karen Navalta, have together created an opulent signature look for the 100-cover dining-room and separate bar where sumptuous textures, shimmer and sparkle to lift the mood in these dark times. Guests enter the venue through a street-level doorway adorned with giant-sized hand-crafted roses. Paper artist, Karen Navalta, in a first for London restaurant design, crafted recycled cardboard into 1000s of petals, stems and buds spraying them in rose-gold, copper and frosted plum to create a striking wall feature.

Affordable Glamour

Guests can sink into plush curved booths finished in rich emerald velour overhung with globes containing micro L.E.D.  lights for soft, ambient lighting. Along the walls, banquettes swathed in soft damson fabric are scattered with crushed velvet cushions setting off a high fluted wall finished in two-tone metallic gold and aubergine. Circular dining tables in dark wood are set with linen napkins, elegant stemware and comfy ‘Yves’ chairs in forest green. Mattingly’s bespoke polished plaster walls in coppers, golds and greens infuse the room with a subtle glow. Here and there, velvet drapes in crushed purple hark back to the days of those discreet curtained entrances in old-fashioned picture houses. 

Below the bustle of Charlotte Street, 1947 London is a place where time stands still; a glistening cocoon, a womb-like refuge sealed off from the times, troubles and all the woes of the world outside.

1947 LONDON is located at 33 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RR book via Open Table here.