Flora Indica

Nestled a hop, skip and a jump from Earl’s Court Tube on Old Brompton Road is the beautifully named, Flora Indica. And what a gem of a place it is…inspired by and paying homage to; the intrepid Scottish botanists who travelled throughout India during the Victorian period which lead to the discovery of thousands of species of exotic plants, previously unknown to Britain.

As a result of these endeavours, the book which contains this epic catalogue of botanical species, (entitled Flora Indica) was published in London in 1855. The creative décor pays tribute via an eclectic mix of splendid Scottish heritage Harris tweed fabric, Victorian steampunk in zinc, copper and brass and warm rich teak wood with Victorian period scientific curiosities decorating walls and shelves.

The stunningly atmospheric Flora Indica lounge even has it’s own bar and is perfect for private dining, corporate events, group bookings, and birthday celebrations.

The menu has been specially created to feature modern and innovative takes on beloved Indian flavours and fine British ingredients, the menu of sharing plates takes guests on a voyage of discovery through thoughtful spicing and beautiful local ingredients. The talented Flora Indica team will helpfully guide you through these sharing plates, depending on your nutritional requirements.

As a vegetarian, Indian food is always a good shout for me and the Achari Tender Brocolli and Jerusalem Artichoke Papti Chaat for starter did not disappoint, for my main, the Paneer was simply divine.  But, rest assured, my meat eating companion was equally wowed by her Spiced Pulled Duck Cheela & Malwani Prawns. Don’t be fooled by the size of the taster plates either, though they be small, they are mighty and we were so full by the end, we had to skip dessert. I’m going back to try it though.

Oh and one last thing, don’t miss out on the the delicious house beer, Flora Indica Amber Ale – brewed locally at Portobello Brewery, it is the perfect accompaniment.

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