Dishoom Bombay Café, Covent Garden

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Dishoom Bombay Café, Covent Garden

Faded elegance of Bombay's 19th century cafés arrives in London...

Back in late 19th and early 20th century, Bombay – now known as Mumbai – was awash with Bombay, or Irani as they were also known, cafés. Opened by immigrants from Persia, the cafés were an essential part of urban living, and carried off a fabulous style of faded elegance thanks to their Brentwood chairs, slowly turning fans, chipped tiling and precarious electrics. Fast forward a hundred years or so, and Covent Garden now has its very own Bombay Café, in the shape of Upper St. Martin’s Lane’s Dishoom, a splendidly authentic space with seriously good food and some very special cocktails, or, ‘tipples’ as they call them. Whether or not you even know what a Bombay café is, if you’re looking for a seriously original dining option in central London, you could do a lot worse than the fabulous Dishoom…

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