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Tamarind Collection, the group behind Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Tamarind and Soho’s Imli Street are to open a new London venue in March 2014. One Kensington, located on Kensington High Street, will be an all-day restaurant, bar and social space which is similar in style to London’s private members’ clubs, but will be fully open to the public, with no membership required.
One Kensington will serve breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas and dinners, while a bar area and dedicated Champagne table will overlook Kensington Palace Gardens. Tamarind’s executive chef Alfred Prasad has been involved in creating menus, but the cuisine will be modern European rather than Indian; more details of the food offering are to be revealed in January.
The venue will take on the impressive late-Gothic revival Victorian building that currently holds Indian restaurant Zaika of Kensington, which closes for good on 22 December. The One Kensington design team have said they will 'make full use of original architectural features such as carved vaulted ceilings, double-height windows and expansive wood panelling' in their bid to create a stylish destination for well-to-do Londoners looking for food, drinks or a just space to meet.