This week saw the opening of the the £5.5 million Shaka Zulu upmarket Restaurant, lounge bar and private members club in the heart of London’s lively and cosmopolitan Stables Market in Camden. The 27,000ft venue has a have capacity of 740.
Three years in the making from concept to creation and with a total cost of £5.5m, the venue is intricately decorated with unique and hand made mosaics, tribal masks and cultural scenes from the Zulu nation and heritage, hand carved into 60 ft high walls all capturing the essence of the great King Shaka.
A host of celebrities attended the event on August 4th. Guest of honour was Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini. Meanwhile Amy Winehouse maintained her reputation whilst continuing the drinking binge she had started earlier in the week and was barely able to hold on to her boyfriend Reg Traviss for support as the couple arrived. Before the end of the evening Traviss had escorted her out of the rear of the premises and deposited her in the rear of a car.
Other guests on the evening included TV presenter Nick Knowles, model Sophie Anderton, former Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon, Strictly Come Dancing star Brendan Cole and his wife model Zoe Hobbs.
The venue has a Cape Town-inspired Sea-food and Oyster Bar and Cocktail Lounges as well as an authentic South African Braai serving traditional dishes and fine cuts of meat with a twist including Kudu, Ostrich and Springbok for those wanting a full culinary experience.
The entire walls and ceilings are covered with carved wooden murals. A 30ft hand cast bronze statue presiding over the entrance. Crystal leopards and wooden elephants only add to the atmosphere of this unique venue.
In many ways the north London nightlife scene has been crying out for a new venue that caters for the celebrity A-listers, models, musicians, footballers, aristocrats, and city players. Shaka Zulu, with its five star establishment, more than meets the criteria and is likely to play a key role in the city’s nightlife scene for years to come.
If there’s one complaint about the opening it would be: where was my invite? However, I’m not one to bear grudges and a complimentary lifetime membership in the post would soon rectify the situation.
For details about opening times and restaurant menus visit the Shaka Zula website.
* All photos by PR Photos.