Raj India of the 1940s is the theme at this new Tooting drinking den. Set up by ex-Olympic rower Alastair Heathcote and his brother Nicholas, Imperial Durbar specialises in beers, cocktails, coffees and chais (spiced teas) in a quirky warehouse setting inspired by the old East India Company and the reign of Maharaja Bhupinder. Expect a mix of traditional furniture, rich Asian colours, sanded floorboards and wrought iron, plus odd touches such as Indian coins and rupees stuck into the bar. Breakfast brings muffins, croissants etc, while naan-bread ‘paninis’ feature at lunchtime; there are also plans for a more extended tapas-style menu in the evening (courtesy of Tooting’s Cardamom Club takeaway). Otherwise, retreat to the Imperial Garden for an ice-cold beer or a Raj-sized G&T with some locally baked nibbles.
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