Tours | Categories (New, Hot) | Map
Alcohol - Ancient - Animal - Architecture - Art - Aviation - Boxing - Celebrity - Charity - Children - Church - Cinema - Comedy - Crime - Dance - Death - Disaster - Drugs - Fashion - Food - Gambling - Ghost - Grave - Health - Historical - Industry - Justice - LGBT - Literary - Look Up - Medical - Military - Motoring - Murder - Museum - Music - Nature - Naval - Paranormal - Pioneer - Poetry - Police - Politics - Pub - Public Amenities - Quirky - Religion - Retail - Ripper - River - Royalty - Science - Sculpture - Sex - Signs - Society - Sport - Subterranean - Technology - Theatre - Train - Transport - Tube - TV - Weather -
IN THE NEWS
TOUR OF THE MONTH
ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
22nd July 2006 Arsenal's new stadium The Emirates officially opened.
22nd July 2005 Jean Charles de Menezes is shot dead by plain clothes police at Stockwell tube station.
22nd July 1971 Born today: Charlotte Gainsbourg, London England, actress (Little Thief)
22nd July 1944 Born today: Rick Davies, London England, rock vocalist/keyboardist (Supertramp)
22nd July 1928 Fulham football legend Jimmy Hill was born in Balham, South London.
22nd July 1919 De Falla and Massine's Three-cornered Hat, premieres in London
22nd July 1844 Born today: William Archibald Spooner, London, reverend/inventor (spoonerisms)
22nd July 1814 The Earliest known match played at Lord's Cricket Ground.
London's Oldest Indian
The oldest and one of the grandest Indian's in the UK.
Location: Mezzanine Floor, Victory House, 99 Regent Street, W1B 4RS
Description: Veeraswamy is the oldest surviving Indian restaurant in the UK - one of the oldest surviving restaurants in London.
It was established here in 1926 by the great grandson of an English General, and an Indian princess. The restaurant has been the rendezvous of rich, famous, and fashionable lovers of Indian food.
Customers included Edward - Prince of Wales, King Gustav of Sweden, Pandit Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Charlie Chaplin, King Hussein of Jordan, and Marlon Brando.
The décor which is luxurious, chic, and exotic reflects Veeraswamy’s heritage and evokes Maharaja's palaces of the 1920s. The silver painted ceiling has been lifted to its original height of 10 feet, while the dark wooden floor has been laid with handmade Moghul floral design carpets and Indian black granite speckled with gold.
Vividly coloured turbans belonging to the Indian Maharajas who frequented the restaurant in the early years are displayed on the walls. Kalighat style paintings from Bengal, which evolved during the first 20 years of the 20th century, adorn the restaurant. Silvered jali screens provide tantalising visual perspectives.
Edward Palmer had been greatly encouraged by friends and acquaintances after his successful running of the Mughal Palace in The Empire Exhibition at Wembley a few years before and he brought staff from India and created a traditional atmosphere such that it became called “The ex-Indian higher serviceman’s curry club”. Many of the people from all over India who were later to become the backbone of the new ‘curry’ restaurant industry, learned their trade at The Veeraswamy. In due course Veeraswamy's was sold to Sir William Steward, M.P., wjo ran the restaurant for 40 years. He travelled the world in order to source produce and was dubbed 'the curry king' by The Times. His other claim to fame is the introduction of curry in a can. The name of the restaurant was changed to The Veeraswamy during ownership by Sarova Hotels and to Veeraswamy under the present ownership.