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You’d be forgiven for producing your passport upon entering Shaka Zulu, the lavish interior being a striking homage to the sumptuous décor of an African palace. Diners step into a world that seems many miles from its Camden market location, with looming statues of fearsome warriors and ornate carvings covering every surface. Legend has it that the restaurant was even given a royal blessing by Zulu King HRH Goodwill Zwelithini upon its opening in 2010; a real sign of regal opulence if ever there was one.
The venue is London’s largest South African restaurant, with 27,000 sq. ft. spread over two floors. The atmospheric lighting and carved wooden murals don’t just make for an immersive dining experience—Shaka Zulu also features a bar and club, and the mezzanine floor offers guests a Champagne bar and cocktail lounge. From this unrivalled vantage point they can admire the eye-popping restaurant below.
The theme of African authenticity also reaches the restaurant’s menus, with a sizable serving of exotic dishes to choose from. Intrepid culinary travellers can sample fillets of crocodile, zebra or buffalo, with carnivores having no shortage of fish and meat options available to them. Many of these dishes feature on the Braai menu—‘Braai’ being Afrikaans for ‘grill’. This meaty style of dining is popular in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The food and drink isn’t the only attraction on offer at Shaka Zulu. While the daytime sees family entertainment for the early crowd, the nights see the restaurant become a little wilder, with live music, dancing and performances keeping diners on their toes.