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Gymkhana

London, Mayfair

restaurant

The was to walk into the age of the British Raj India with a strong mix of Indian and British cultural and design references. We greatly attributed this with dark, stained oak flooring, high ceiling fans that hang from a dark-lacquered oak ceiling, low-cut glass wall lamps from Jaipur, hunting trophies from the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Grandmother Sethi’s barometer. Evocative of the gymkhana clubs, the dining room is flanked by turned oak booths with marble tables surrounded by fluted, buttoned and metal pin details dark, luxurious leather banquettes. Brass edged tables and rattan chairs sprinkle the main dining space that is adorned with Punch sketches, Indian sports prints and Air India postcards. Mottled and lead sheets of framed glass create ambient screening throughout the dinning space. At the very back of the ground floor, a large bianco carrara marble top bar stands before an antique window mirror panel work providing a theatrical backdrop to the room.

The lower ground floor is a modern day interpretation of a 17th Century East India punch house, with a grand aged brass bar at its heart with solid timber front regency style panelling. The room features slatted oak wall panelling, porcelain chequerboard floor tiles and inky blue leather love booths and banquettes, whilst two secluded, sunken vaults will seat larger groups. People can dine at the bar counter or in the intimate ‘love booth’ seating sofas.