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And the ruins of Lady Charlotte.

One of the best kept secret scandals that rocked Victorian British aristocracy. Proud, elegant and curious, our very own Lady Charlotte Louisa Fitzrovia, elopes with a suave and sophisticated street boss for Mumbai’s then notorious district, Lokhandwala. Her father, the fourth earl of Rockbourne and the current governor of colonial India, outraged by the disgrace Lady Charlotte had brought upon the family, immediately outcasts her.

Disregarding her father’s disdain, her heart stolen completely, Lady Charlotte sets up her life’s dream in Mumbai, a tea room, gardens, hot house and a lounge for her love, Vijay. A magical summer of love and promise of marriage, Lady Charlotte plans a happy life away from imperial British society. Like the fabled Miss Haversham, she awaits the return of Vijay, following his leave late in the fateful summer day, only to face years of delusive hope and disappointment. Vijay, as it transpires, was a scoundrel out to serve his own means, at the emotional expense of a young and beautiful British aristocrat.

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Vijay Kapur, the insalubrious cad who broke Lady Charlotte’s heart, would operate his empire from his lounge above the Tea Rooms in Lokhandwala. Lady Charlotte was never allowed access to his ‘speak easy’ lounge, as the affairs of running his empire were held in secrecy.

Vijay held court with cohorts from Mumbai’s crime syndicates. Decadent parties and debauchery would continue for days, with all kinds of socialites and official statemen revelling with Vijay, while various contraband, arms and liqueur hidden throughout the lounge. Vijay’s Lounge has been faithfully recreated from the photograph given by the ‘illegitimate’ family bloodline, as well as items discovered from Lady Charlotte’s estate, left in storage on the upper floors at Charlotte Street, her house of exile in the later years of her life.

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