February will see Mayfair-based Michelin-starred Indian restaurant and bar Gymkhana reopen its doors following a period of closure for refurbishment.
Inspired by the elite clubs of India where members of high society socialise, eat and drink and play sport, the restaurant has been synonymous with classic and contemporary, boldly spiced chatpatta Indian food since it won its Michelin star in 2014.
The redesign of Gymkhana’s interiors has been spearheaded by newly appointed JKS design director Samuel Hosker, and will include changes to the ground floor restaurant and bar, the basement restaurant and bar and the private dining vaults.
The ground floor will retain original design details, championing elements of traditional architecture and styling from elite gymkhana clubs as well as residential mansions of India. The space is split with dining room-style and booth seating leading to the bar, which will take inspiration from an Edwardian drawing room cabinet.
Gymkhana’s basement has also been remodelled, allowing for a “convivial club feel”, featuring a Kashmiri Chilli colour palette, bold carpeting and a collection of Indian art. The repositioned bar will offer an ornate jewel-box shaped area with campaign furniture and detailing.
Both 12-cover Private Dining Vaults have been retained and will be refurbished in keeping with the lower-ground floor’s design identity.