The India Club Restaurant and Strand Continental Hotel at 143 to 145 Strand, London are presently subject to a planning application for comprehensive modernisation that would result in the loss of its current usage, including the second floor restaurant and first floor bar. As operators of the hotel, bar and restaurant we are opposing these redevelopment plans. We want to preserve the building and its uses as they are and also preserve the rich cultural history they represent.
India Club was started by Krishna Menon, India's first High Commissioner to the UK, with founding members being Lady Mountbatten and Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru. It was a meeting place for leading writers, intellectuals and politicians associated with India's independence. To this day, it has retained it's original features and still stands very much as it did in the days of the post-independence movement. It is a crucial part of the joint heritage of the UK and India.
This is a petition to Westminster City Council to reject the planning application submitted for 143-145 Strand, London, WC2R 1JA (reference: 17/08077/FULL). We would urge anyone interested in the building and its history to make their views known as quickly as possible by signing this petition.