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Zulu-themed £5m nightclub/restaurant to open in Camden

01 December 2009 by
Zulu-themed £5m nightclub/restaurant to open in Camden

A multimillion-pound nightclub-cum-restaurant venture is set to launch in Camden, north London, next spring.

Called Shaka Zulu, the £5.5m venue, which will open in May, is a joint-venture between Camden Stables Market and Roger Payne, proprietor of the Cuban bar and restaurant in Camden and Sound nightclub on Leicester Square.

Located beneath pan-Asian restaurant Gilgamesh, the 850-cover venue will be themed around South African Zulu culture from the time of Shaka Zulu in the 19th century.

"We have been liaising on cultural and historical matters with King Goodwill Zwelithini in South Africa and have also consulted the British Museum," a spokesman for Shaka Zulu said.

Interiors will include £2m-worth of vast murals and wooden panels depicting Zulu culture as well as a 45ft bronze statue of King Shaka at the entrance.

There will also be two South African-themed restaurants: a fish restaurant offering seafood inspired by the Cape, as well as a grill restaurant serving speciality meats from South Africa.

Payne told Caterer Shaka Zulu was a "unique concept".

"It will be a Las Vegas-themed show bar with a fine dining restaurant that is destined to become London's number one nightclub," he said.

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