From Destination Luxury:
One of Delhi’s landmarks and silent witness to great moments in Indian history, it was here at The Imperial, where you could clink your glasses on the same table as the King or Gandhi, having discussed the Independence and Partition of India, efforts or war or the Quit India movement. One could listen to the strains of Blue Danube to serenade you during lunch or let the London orchestra invite you to the floor to end your evening after the perfect candlelit dinner in the evening.
From the time The Imperial opened its doors in the 1930s, when India was beginning to write the last chapters of its saga on independence, there was little space in New Delhi for an Indo- British rubbing of shoulders. The Imperial provided such a space. Pandit Nehru, Mahatama Gandhi, Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Lord Mountbatten would meet at The Imperial to discuss the partition of India and creation of Pakistan.The Nehru family had a permanent suite here.
The Imperial is a fine confluence of a rich historical past and contemporary international appeal. After many restorations, it has managed to preserve its charm, and exudes it’s former glory. The original Frasers and Daniells paintings and the tavern named after them, the symbolically baptized “1911” restaurant and bar, the Royal ballroom were the places where have met and are still as popular today. The Hotel is a jewel of architecture and its location in the heart of the city makes it the ideal venue for tourists around the world.