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India Club Restaurant and Strand Continental Hotel Not to be Relisted

Gregory Jones QC

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced that the London home of the India Club Restaurant and Strand Continental Hotel will not be listed. Marston Properties, the family-owned company which own the building, has plans to "refurbish and update the building to modern standards while retaining and repairing the external front façade, which dates from around 1910".  The operators of the India Club restaurant had applied to have the building officially listed as a place of historic importance.  It was claimed the club had been an Indian restaurant and meeting place since as far back as the 1950s, with links to the Indian independence movement. Marston Properties opposed the listing, submitting its own independent heritage report.

In reporting to DCMS with a recommendation to the Secretary of State not to list, Historic England re-confirmed their own viewpoint that “the building did not come into use as The India Club until 1964 and had no direct link” (with The India League). They also stated that “143-145 Strand falls far short of the criteria for listing on the grounds of architectural special interest”.

Gregory Jones QC instructed by Phillips Planning acted for Marston Properties.