The India Club, located at 143-145 the Strand in London, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money towards a legal battle against its landlords.
The restaurant and bar has been served with notice to vacate the premises by Marston Properties.
The family-owned business is planning to raise at least £50,000 for legal costs, and £10,500 has already been raised on the crowdfund with an overall target of £25,000.
Established more than 50 years ago by Krishna Menon, India’s first high commissioner to the UK, the India Club was a meeting point for leading figures associated with post-independent India.
On the crowdfund page, the restaurant’s owners said: “Fighting the landlord – a multi-million pound property developer – for 3 years, combined with the pandemic, has taken a financial toll. We now need to raise at least £50,000 for legal costs to continue the fight.
“Any surplus funds or costs recovered will go towards our rent costs and be a much needed lifeline during these uncertain times. Together we must ensure the India Club does not fall victim to another profit-grab in the guise of modernisation.”
They added: “Whether you are an old friend, a one-time visitor or someone who appreciates what the India Club stands for, we would be eternally grateful for your support.
“Any contribution, no matter the amount, will help us to welcome you back once the challenges of recent times are behind us.”