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Shaka Zulu is the largest London’s South African restaurant, situated in Camden, a district of north-west London. It is a two –level bar, club and restaurant in the Camden Stable Market, a huge space set on over 27000 sq, which is a really impressing surface for a restaurant.
Shaka Zulu, as its name tells us, is dedicated to Zulu king, Shaka kaSenzangakhona. He was one of the most influential and bravest rulers of the Zulu Kingdom, who united the Zulu tribes and their subgroups and began creating a nation that spread across the great territory of Southern Africa between the Phongolo and Umzimkhulu rivers, combating against the British forces. His glory is shown all over the restaurant, so, on the ground floor you will see the 60ft high warrior statues. The walls are covered by carved wooden murals, so the guests can enjoy the authentic South African ambient. You will feel like being in some kind of safari. For its amazing decoration, Shaka Zulu won the prestigious prize of “best interior design” at the London Club and Bar Awards 2012. It is a mix between the South African simple wooden style, but also the luxury and best champagnes, such as Laurent-Perrier, Veuve Clicquot, Dom Perignon and Bollinger. The restaurant is located at the lower floor, with the capacity of 850 people, offering different dishes from all parts of South Africa, prepared on open flame grills. The Head Chef, Stephen Boucher, created a traditional menu, presenting to the people of London and to the tourists, the originality of his homeland South African cuisine, therefore you can have the rare possibility to taste meats such as Namibian zebra, cudi, ostrich and springbok.
Some amazing and weird dishes from the Shaka Zulu’s menu are: Crocodile Burger, Chickpea Curry, Avocado Maki, etc. There is also so called Young warriors menu, which offers a fixed menu, composted by 4 mains, one aperitif drink and dessert. Come to taste it! You will taste an exotic food served throughout the night, ranging from a small platter to a full meal.
At the mezzanine floor are situated the bar and the champagne and cocktail lounge, where you can enjoy great aperitif, drinks and have panoramic views over both floors, before you move to the restaurant. You can also taste some casual, easy dishes at the bar.
It is possible to book drinking tables in advance.
Shaka Zulu doesn’t offer only the most delicious food and the best bubbles, but offers also fantastic party moments in the King’s Club during the weekends, with DJs who play the best of house, funky house, commercial rnb, reggaeton, club classics, and also with live music played by diverse bands. Some of the events you can attend are: The Brum Takeover by Lotto Boyz, given that Shaka Zulu continue to bring the best artist, then Takeover party on Fridays, with some of the best DJs, and the Twisted Circus on Saturdays, which is a huge national party, with amazing performances that take a place 15 minutes 3 times during night.
Lots of celebrities come to Shaka Zulu to enjoy its authentic atmosphere, among them also the members of the Royal Zulu family. Famous foreigners as musicians, actors, artists, super stars, such as Nichole Scherzinger, Natalie Anderson, Jamelie, Michelle Keegan, Liz McClarnon, Destiny’s Child singer Michelle Williams, Preeya Kalidas, Official Royston, Sophie Anderton, Stephanie Pratt, Sarah Manners, Jenny Frost, Imogen Thomas, Alex Reid, Jade Enew, Nicky Norwood, and more others, while Official Royston, Alex Reid, Michelle Keegan and several other celebrities chose this magical place also for celebrating their birthday parties. Amy Winehouse used to have dinners here.
If you want to escape from London’s raining evenings and feel a bit of South African sun, heat and warm rhythm and atmosphere, do not miss this place, come to Shaka Zulu, taste the best exotic dishes and dedicate some beautiful moments in honour of the great king Shaka Zulu!
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