Shaka Zulu restaurant to open in London

By Ashworth Africa, January 31, 2010

As of April this year, London’s famous Camden district will boast a more African flair. Inspired by Zulu King, Shaka, a £5.5-million Shaka Zulu venue will boast a restaurant offering the finest South African cuisine and a nightclub with space for 750 people.

The project is set for the Camden Stables, a historic market and popular tourist destination.

“It will be a Las Vegas-themed show bar with fine dining … destined to become London’s number-one nightclub,” said restaurateur and creator Roger Payne.

UK celebrities are expected to make Shaka Zulu one of their favourite haunts.Payne is also negotiating to bring South African food and beverage suppliers on board. Reports also say that the entrepreneur is in consultation with job creation enterprise Bayede, producer of a range of Zulu-inspired products ranging from fine beadwork and clothing, to accessories, bedding and even wines.Bayede is endorsed by the reigning Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini and his wife Queen Mantfombi, the daughter of Sobhuza II, former king of Swaziland.

The cost of the interior décor alone, which will showcase 19th century Zulu culture, is estimated at around £2-million. Enormous intricately hand-carved wooden panels feature majestic scenes from Africa – one of them, of an elephant, is said to be 20m high, 10m wide, and 2m deep.Guests may feel a little intimidated as they approach the entrance under the gaze of a 15m bronze statue of the feared ruler himself, which will stand by the door.The 2 400 square metre floor space will also encompass a VIP and cocktail lounge.To ensure authenticity, the developers have held extensive consultation with members of the Zulu nation in South Africa, including King Zwelithini.

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