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BOMBAY, 1948.
It is a close and heavy monsoon night on Marine Lines. Despite the weather, there is a jostling of people outside the Bombay Roxy. Well-turned-out gentlemen and flirty-eyed women clad in Banarasi silk saris all crane to catch a glimpse of Bombay’s finest musicians. The heavy doors to the club swing open and closed. Hot jazz spills out into the street. The club didn’t always have this pull or indeed its current reputation. It is housed within a former cinema. The previous owner’s savings had been frittered away on the floors of marble, panelling of Burmese teak and four large chandeliers. It had been a beautiful but bankrupting experiment in Art Deco extravagance.

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    BOMBAY, 1948.
    It is a close and heavy monsoon night on Marine Lines. Despite the weather, there is a jostling of people outside the Bombay Roxy. Well-turned-out gentlemen and flirty-eyed women clad in Banarasi silk saris all crane to catch a glimpse of Bombay’s finest musicians. The heavy doors to the club swing open and closed. Hot jazz spills out into the street.

    The club didn’t always have this pull or indeed its current reputation. It is housed within a former cinema. The previous owner’s savings had been frittered away on the floors of marble, panelling of Burmese teak and four large chandeliers. It had been a beautiful but bankrupting experiment in Art Deco extravagance.

    Under new management, it is café by day and club by night. The fortunes of the Bombay Roxy have been turned around, and now it shines brightly where darkness once stood. Bombay society comes here, to see and be seen. Local hustlers try to get the better of American card-sharks. Wealthy men of industry eye up coquettish women in cholis that expose more of their midriffs than strictly considered decent. A moustachioed Maharaja with an accent polished at Harrow or Eton exchanges pleasantries with several glamorous ladies who have perfected the art of looking beautifully bored. 

    The building has become a hot-tempered, noisy beast in the city’s belly, roaring through the night until the sun rises.

    The man behind this reinvention is the charismatic Cyrus Irani. His name was once synonymous with Bombay’s racketeers, with murky allegiances, and with police escorts to Arthur Road Jail. Now no longer a jailbird, Cyrus fully intends to put the Bombay underworld behind him. And his new venture, the Bombay Roxy, might just be his redemption.

    [Enter CYRUS IRANI.]




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BEGIN YOUR DAY AT DISHOOM with breakfast, which might be a Bacon Naan Roll, a Kejriwal or a Big Bombay. Then lunch lightly on Roomali Rolls and Salad Plates, or linger with a feast. Refresh your afternoon with a drop of Chai and a small plate or two. Dine early or dine late. Or just join us for a tipple - perhaps an East India Gimlet, a Viceroy’s Old Fashioned, or our very good Dishoom IPA?

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Welcome to Dishoom Kensington

Welcome to Dishoom Kensington

IN THE 1930s, the global styles of Art Deco and Jazz swung into Bombay, shaking up the cityscape with their cheeky colours and patterns, quick tempo'd quicksteps and “hot” new music. Pianos appeared on cinema facades, swing bands were sold out and Bombay’s smart set loosened their trousers and cut a bob to be up to speed on the dance floor.

With the help of our friend Naresh Fernandes – whose book Taj Mahal Foxtrot tells the story of Bombay in swing time – Dishoom Kensington (and our one-off immersive theatrical production Night at the Bombay Roxy) remembers this golden age of Bombay jazz.

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4 Derry Street
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W8 5SE

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Tel: 0207 420 9325

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Opening Times

Monday – Friday
8am to 11pm
Saturday & Sunday
9am to 11pm
Bank Holidays
Open as usual (except at Christmas time)