Light Of India

4.4
170 reviews
£25 and under
Indian
Situated in the heart of Kensington, The Light of India restaurant is a classy and elegant Indian restaurant established in 1984. Dishes are derived from the Moghul cuisine of North West India where fish and meat ingredients are, traditionally, cooked in a tandoor oven. Being awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, Open Table Dinners Choice Award as well as the Certificate of Excellence by AAA our culinary philosophy is deceptively simple. We celebrate the very best of Indian food. The Light of India is the perfect place for family dining in London, an intimate dinner with your special somebody, or just a meal with friends or colleagues.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Offers

1,000-Point Tables

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Daily 4:30PM - 10:00PM

What 170 People Are Saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.3
Service
4.3
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
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Glebe
Buckinghamshire
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The food and service was fine, but i had booked a table for our Anniversary, which was stated on the booking.
We were squashed in the middle of tables and could hear conversations next to us. After one and a half hours our bill was given to us as they said others were waiting for a table.

The restaurant staff didn’t acknowledge our special evening, therefore would not recommend for a special occasion.
Very good if you want a quick rushed meal.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 26 November 2021
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

On first impressions the restaurant is very nice and impressive from the outside. Dining room was clean albeit a bit cramped. Using the tastecard I was informed that we had to have two courses which caused some confusion as there were no conditions that I was aware of. Food was a little slow, quite a wait between poppadoms and main courses. Service was however poor, struggled to get anyones attention when wanting extra drinks or the bill even though there wasn’t many diners. Food quality was good with the Salmon main being a highlight. However we thought it’s a little pricey with sides at £6.95 each

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vipStuartJ
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service. Would recommend. If you are wanting great curry this is the place.

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vipDowntownDiner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Wonderful meal, attentive staff!

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magsw
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We arrived 2 hours early than our booked time and it was no problem at all. Really nice ambience around the place. The staff and service were excellent. I had searched the internet for a great curry house while on our visit to London as it was our anniversary I wanted somewhere special and this place came up a lot. We were not disappointed food was amazing, I would recommend it to all and would definitely go back next time I am in London. Thank You, Light Of India for a lovely night.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience1

Should have been a special night but they hadn’t reserved a table for us as booked and we had the last remaining table which was far from special. Sadly, not to be trusted for special occasions.

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Sassah
1 review
Dined on 20 November 2021
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience3

We booked a table in advance and stated there was a nut allergy. When we arrived they acknowledged the allergy and left us to look at the menu. All the mild curry’s had nuts in, which is the only type of curry my friend would eat. We were waiting 15 minutes before anyone came back over to ask for our drinks order. We asked if a mild curry could be made without nuts which we were told they couldn’t. They also then informed us they couldn’t guarantee nuts wouldn’t get in any dish we ordered as they were used in the kitchen. Overall we were left disappointed with the service, the wait and the variety available for someone with a nut allergy that they were made aware of in advance!

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NeilB
Cambridge
13 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Went for the tasting menu - all very nice and made a change from having the usual things. Well worth a try.

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MARCUSH
London
2 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Fabulous meal. Exactly what I was after. Tasted beautifully fresh and we couldn’t fault the service. We said right at the start that we were on a deadline as we were seeing a show, and they were very accommodating. No stress and no fuss. Definitely will be back when I am next in the area. Fabulous!

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trickywoo
London
11 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed a meal at the Light of India restaurant in the Montana Hotel before going to the Royal Albert Hall for a concert. We wished we had spent longer over the meal, which was superb. It was definitely a cut above the usual high street Indian restaurants. The food was excellent, the ambience was comfortable and the wait staff were helpful and friendly. We will definitely revisit this restaurant and ensure we make an evening of it.

CA
CarolA
London
1 review
Dined on 5 November 2021
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Felt rushed eating popadoms as main meal was ready fast but other than that, the food was lovely and we will return

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Nemo2021
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Was super excited to have an true English curry experience after hearing how good it is from my family, who is in fact British, but was disappointed in the overall flavor of the actual curry. The veggie platter was good but when the curry came it was an odd nutty flavor to the curry as well as the rice. Almonds and curry do not mix I am sorry to say, though it is stated on the menu I was not pleased with the result. Again I would say the staters are good just not the actual curry.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on 1 November 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service!! As well as excellent food!! Can’t wait to go back!!

MS
MikeS
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good to see an in house restaurant with a Vegan menu. It would be great if they could build on this and introduce some more options

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WendyS
1 review
Dined on 25 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely meal with my daughter service was first class food was amazing prices where was reasonable

MM
MurielM
London
1 review
Dined on 23 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was excellent and very well presented, friendly staff and nice decor and ambience. Within walking distance of the albert hall

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AllenS
1 review
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

I am staying in South Kensington and looked at several Indian restaurants in the Kensington and Gloucester Road-including Bombay Brasserie and picked out Light of India.

It was a good choice nice ambience and excellent food, service was a bit sloppy but I will definitely go back for more.

Recommended.

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TolgaT
1 review
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall3Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food but check your bill!!

Lovely little venue and we really enjoyed our curries, we had the pre-theatre menu and I couldn't fault the food!

The reason for my 3 star review is for 2 reasons which are being overcharged (twice), and the tables are incredibly close together so much so that you do feel as though you are dining with the people on the next table.

With regards to the being overcharged, the bill that arrived was hand written I had a quick look but the waiter already had the card machine so I didn't have long to look (felt like a deliberate trick), after I paid I also to double check an item that I had seen is the bill was higher than what I would of expected.

I queried one of the hand written balances that had no narrative apparently it was a service charge, which didn't really make sense as it didn't feel like 10%/12.5/15% of the bill. Even if it was right it was cheeky because the card machine asks you if you would like to leave a tip so at this point I realised I had tipped twice. The waiter did correct this for me and returned my tip in cash from the register.

Once i left the resteraunt I then realised despite spotting the 'service charge' my bill had been added up incorrectly either they didn't use a calculator or it is a deliberate tactic as they assume most people won't review their bill.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and excellent food. When paying the bill I did not appreciate being asked if I would like to leave a tip though.

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LucasK
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food!
Great place and Athmosphere!
Great service!

Typical Indian restaurant with everything in order.
Our advice: Go!!!

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vipIngrid
London
10 reviews
Dined on 9 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely elegant restaurant, perfect location, delicious authentic food and great cocktails. Fantastic service, will def. return.

AB
AndrewB
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and service you won’t be disappointed superb

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OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This meal was part of our Wedding Anniversary celebration. The food was lovely, we will definitely be back when we’re next back in London

PW
PhillipW
London
1 review
Dined on 4 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal last night. Highly recommended good menu great prices

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David
Warwickshire
7 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Excellent food including a number of interesting dishes not usually available at standard Indian restaurants. Good location very close to Gloucester Road Underground Station and a short walk from our hotel. Will go there again when we are next in the area.

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TracyD
Bath
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic, helpful and friendly staff, amazing food, great service. Best curry

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Foodie
London
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Good and prompt service. Enjoyed the dining experience.

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DavidM
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Realy tasty food and good service, although some of extras, rice Nan were a little expensive.

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Foodface
London
21 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Delicious food, beautifully presented. We opted for the tasting menu and were very happy with our choice.

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PhilT
Dorset
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Good food, great decor service not helped by masks and shortage of some products as had only been open a week from lockdown! But would definitely go again

RB
RitaB
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We really liked your restaurant. The food was delicious, the interior was beautiful, and the service was excellent.

JK
JazK
1 review
Dined on 29 October 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time here, visiting from the Midlands and decided to try this place out.. It didn't disappoint... Nice food, Nice place, Great friendly staff.. Overall would highly recommend this place..

HB
HeidiB
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Superb food, cooked very well excellent service. Would go again

KM
KazMac
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Best bombay aloo I have ever tasted! Very reasonable for location. Good range of authentic dishes. Would definately recommend.

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TobyW
London
5 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good Indian restaurant. Attentive service and good food.

CF
ClareF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my adult daughter and niece out for dinner. All three of us thought it fantastic.

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Maria
London
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

Food is not amazing and the ambience is quite boring

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NathanSW
County Durham
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Amazing food, I would go again.

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WELOVEFRANCE
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, friendly staff and excellent food

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AndreiaC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Sorry..but the food was not good and well prepared..

FAQs

Light Of India does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo. Light Of India also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at 020 7584 7654.

Light Of India is rated 4.4 stars by 170 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.