A fabulous festival of colour and lights, commemorated by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains across the world, Diwali is one of the most important events around. And thanks to the capital's multi-cultural nature, there are more parties, parades and special set menus than you can shake a stick at. But if you're not sure where to go? From fancy fine dining in plush surrounds to dancing and music at cool museums, here's our guide to the 8 best Diwali events in London.
W1S 2QH, 6th to the 12th November, £95
Taking place from the 6th to the 12th November, Kanishka's Diwali celebrations in London are going to be nothing short of spectacular. Not only does it flaunt striking interiors, including mellow, patterned walls and unique artworks, but it also has chef Atul Kockhhar at the kitchen's helm. He'll provide you with a fabulous feasting menu, showcasing the likes of chicken tikka pie and coconut-marinated seabass, not to mention the saffron rice, garlic naan and festive sweets.
W1W 7SJ, 6th to the 12th November, Various Prices
Pahli Hill Bandra Bhai will be hosting a whole week of Diwali celebrations at its slick Fitzrovia space. Expect the restaurant to be decked out with Chila Burman's Indian and pop culture-inspired art, with two special cocktails up for grabs. Plus, you can delve into a special £75 set menu on the 8th, where famed chef Sabrina Gidda will head up the kitchen. To finish the week off in style, it'll also be hosting a London Diwali party with live music and tipples on the 11th.
W1U 3DG, 6th to the 12th November, £110
Nestled in Marylebone Village, Trishna is an eye-catching Michelin-starred restaurant that sports marble countertops and a laid-back atmosphere. It’ll be commemorating the festival with a week of fabulous feasting, slinging out stunning six-course meals, including bites like the curry leaf scallops and the tandoori lamb chops. Thirsty? Accompany it all with a wine pairing for an extra £90.
Meet at Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JH, 11th November, £25
Skyline Boat Parties is hosting a much-anticipated shindig on the 11th November, its Bollywood Boat Party On The Thames Diwali Celebration. Hop aboard the cruiser, which will take you down the river showcasing the very best Bollywood and bhangra dancers. You can also enjoy tasty drinks, cracking tunes blasted out by resident and guest DJs, as well as, of course, mesmerising views of London at night.
SW1E 6AF, 14th October to the 19th November, Varying Prices
Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences will be celebrating the festival of lights with a whole load of unique events, activities and packages. Get stuck into a Jasmine Indian afternoon tea, indulge in tantalising thalis or pamper yourself in their signature spa. But whatever you do, make sure you don't miss out on the private fireworks display in the hotel's courtyard on the 12th.
National Maritime Museum
SE10 9NF, 11th November, Free
Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum always blows it out of the water for Diwali, and this year is set to be no different. Not only can you expect a range of fun workshops on the go (think yoga classes, modern sari styling and dancing), but also fascinating talks and demonstrations. Though that's just the beginning, as there will also be a fabulous lantern parade, complete with drummers and gorgeous, candle-lit views.
SE23 1JP, 12th to the 30th November, £50
A Forest Hill stalwart, Babur is a gorgeous dining destination that's ideal for celebratory meals out with your nearest and dearest. So if you're looking for fun things to do on Diwali in London, it'll be hosting a special dinner in its beautifully decorated marquee on the 12th, treating you to three tantalising courses and Bollywood-inspired entertainment. Can't make the date? The menu is available until the 30th.
SW1P 1SB, Throughout November, £60
An exciting, high-end restaurant housed within the Grade II-listed Old Westminster Fire Station, Yaatra is treating us to a limited-edition Diwali menu in London this November. While in stylish surroundings, you’ll enjoy a complimentary cocktail on arrival before scoffing down a range of divine dishes. You can even join them for a fun-filled supper club on the 9th, as well as a special candle-lit dinner on Diwali itself (12th November).