Where To Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos 2018 In London

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Where To Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos 2018 In London
Storytelling event Crick Crack Club's Day of the Dead Dia de los Muertos 2018 event at Rich Mix, Shoreditch, Lo
Crick Crack Club at Rich Mix

Dia de los Muertos (or Day of the Dead if you like) is sometimes seen as the Mexican version of Halloween. Actually it's rather more complex than that. It stems from an ancient indigenous Mexican belief that at midnight on 31 October, the gates of heaven open and the spirits of deceased family members come to enjoy the celebrations for the first two days of November. Here are the best events in London honouring the tradition...

CARNIVAL PARTY: Troxy's Festival of the Dead party always sells out in advance, so get in quick if you want a spot. It has something of a carnival atmosphere, with acrobats and dancers, giant skulls and skeletons in procession, plus piñatas and professional face painting. £23-£28, book ahead, 20 October

Ice sugar skull biscuits at Biscuiteers icing cafe, London
Learn how to ice sugar skulls at Biscuiteers

A SWEET TREAT: Biscuit icing geniuses Biscuiteers run icing workshops at their Battersea and Notting Hill cafes. Spend two hours learning the tricks and techniques they use, and leave with a box of sugar skull biscuits you've iced yourself. £78, book ahead, 24 October (Battersea)/28 October (Notting Hill)

FESTIVAL DE MOLE: Mexican restaurant and tequila bar Mestizo combines its Festival de Mole and Dia de los Muertos celebrations to offer a special menu of Mexican recipes and sauces, plus an altar is on display in the restaurant to welcome back the departed.  26 October-2 November

CARNIVAL OF THE DEAD: Trace Day of the Dead back to its beginnings with the Aztecs and the Mexicans at this party, with crazy décor plus lots of spooky surprises. Music-wise, expect bass heavy carnival riddims, along with hip-hop, Garage, Dub, House and more. £5, book ahead, 27 October

SPOKEN WORD: Regular spoken word event Crick Crack Club rocks up at Rich Mix for a Day of the Dead special. Expect an evening of enchanting rituals, shrines and stories, brought to life by expert storytellers. £9-£11, book ahead, 1 November

WAHACA FEAST: Mexican restaurant Wahaca hosts an immersive feast at its Soho branch. Expect live music, artisanal spirits, and an exploration of the spiritual magic behind the festival, including a five-course Mexican feast. £40, book ahead, 1 November

ELLA CANTA: Painted Black is the special menu at Ella Canta Mexican restaurant in Park Lane. The eight-course menu has a theme of black running throughout, and is accompanied by themed cocktails including the Lady in Black Margarita. For the first three days, the restaurant will be decorated in traditional flower garlands, with staff wearing Mexican dress and painted like sugar skulls. £80 per person, booking required, 1-17 November

V&A: The V&A Museum stays open late on a Friday night for a free Day of the Dead festival encompassing live mariachi music, traditional Mexican dancers, giant skeleton puppets and more. Free, just turn up, 2 November

BLUEBIRD CAFE: White City's Bluebird Cafe hosts a Day of the Dead brunch, with tequila, tacos and good tunes. Bloody Marias and Margaritas will be plentiful and live DJs will be playing all day. £35, book ahead, 2 November

PATRÓN TEQUILA: If anyone knows how to celebrate a Mexican holiday, it's Patrón Tequila. The tequila brand throws a party with live art installations taking shape in front of you, DJs, Day of the Dead themed makeovers, mixology masterclasses, and of course, plenty of cocktails. £15, book ahead, 2 November

Last Updated 23 October 2018