Back in the nineteenth century, Shaka Zulu used revolutionary, sometimes brutal techniques to create two seemingly unstoppable, but ultimately crippled institutions: The Zulu Kingdom, and Michael Caine's career. Paying the great leader homage by uniting eating, drinking, and shopping: Shaka Zulu.
Shaka's officially the world's largest South African venue, encompassing two restos, a lounge, and an exotic purchasing opportunity across two floors of a huge Camden Stables space that's been filled with African-inspired artworks, masks and colourfully tribal chairs & tables, as well as hand-carved murals and mosaics covering 60-foot-high walls, thereby "capturing the essence of the great King Shaka" -- because according to the biographer who survived, he really was that tall. Ambitiously executed fare starts with the Oyster Bar, where you'll find everything from Rooibos smoked salmon to Mozambican langoustines; for a fuller meal, head to the Baraii (Afrikaans for "roasted meat") restaurant, serving up such bushmeat stylings as ostrich fillet, kudu steak, and marinaded springbok, all available in one South African Game Skewer, now more commonly known as a Vuvuzela. Drinks from the Lounge Bar include a huge range of classic cocktails, plus "Zulu Innovations" such as the tequila, thyme, papaya & lime "Pappayed", the raspberry vodka, pomegranate, rosemary & lemon "Shark Alley", and the white grape, raisin, scotch, lemon chestnut, egg white "Simba", whose boozy regalness will make you a Lying King.
True royalty can abscond to the members-only King's Club with its VIP hospitality and preferential access to the Chef's Table for multi-course, wine-matched tasting menus hosted by the head chef himself. As for shopping, there's everything from to-go bushmeat and South African wine to "artefacts" like tribal shields and masks -- a fitting gift for yourself, The man who would be King.