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Where to Celebrate Diwali this Autumn

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Looking for ideas on how to celebrate Diwali this year? Get into the spirit of the Festival of Lights with these culinary hotspots…

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Where to Celebrate Diwali this Autumn

Taj Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences and St James Court, a Taj Hotel

With Diwali now a huge festival here in the UK, celebrations are only getting bigger and better. Taj Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences and St James Court, a Taj Hotel have teamed up this year to create the Taj Diwali Celebration Package: a line-up of delicious feasts, Indian-inspired afternoon teas and events all rooted in the luxury hotel group’s Indian heritage. Get a true taste of India with the Diwali Jasmine Afternoon Tea, an Indian twist on Britain’s favourite meal, featuring warm gulabi scones, chocolate rasmalai cups and a Darbari sandwich collection. At dinner, go all out with a decadent Diwali feast in the hotel’s restaurant, with dishes like black lentil Dal Kandhari, Delhi butter chicken and Gulab juman cheesecake. Guests checking in to the hotel can finish it all off with a relaxing stay in one of the luxury properties that form the collection of grand Victorian town houses surrounding the newly renovated central courtyard – which comes with access to the spa and an in-room Diwali Diya light gift. Overnight stay from £339, 29 October – 7 November, taj51buckinghamgate.co.uk

 Taj Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences

Mathura

The most recent restaurant to come from Chef Atul Kochhar, Mathura, is bringing glamour to Diwali this year with a special feasting menu. A collaboration between Atul and Executive Chef Shishir Sinha and their team, the menu will be available throughout November for those wanting a taste of Indian cuisine. The three course menu features a number of flavourful dishes – think goose tikka with cranberry and raw mango, grilled corn-fed chicken supreme with hen of the woods and musallam gravy and dark chocolate and orange cannoli with walnut ganache, caramel and baked cream. Private rooms can also be booked, like the spectacular King Kanishka’s State Room (seats 22) or the more intimate Watch Room. Available throughout November, 4 Greycoat Place, London, SW1P 1SB, mathurarestaurant.co.uk

Mathura Diwali

RITU

Indian restaurant RITU stays true to the belief that family and friends are at the heart of modern Diwali celebrations, with gatherings brought to life by vibrant traditional dress, gifts, sweets, prayers, feasts and candle-lighting. RITU invites guests to join them this year for Diwali celebrations, with a special vegetarian and non-vegetarian table Thali menu. From 2 November, 1 Blenheim Terrace, St John’s Wood, London, NW8 0EH, ritu.london

Ritu

Brigadiers

What better way to celebrate the Festival of Lights than a roaring vintage Bollywood party? Brigadiers, Bloomberg Arcade’s vibrant Indian beer and BBQ restaurant, will be holding a party in name of South Asia’s sweetheart: Jimmy from Disco Dancer. The week-long event will feature a brand new line-up of food, drinks and entertainment, and the venue’s wraparound terrace will be flooded with lanterns to mark the occasion. Make sure to try Brigadiers’ five-course feast, which includes Smoked Pumpin Thepla, BBQ Butter Chicken Wings, Duck Samosa Chaat, Amritsari Fried Fish Pao, Malai Brulee and Petit Fours. Guests dining on Thursday 4 November can even catch Brigadiers’ resident DJ playing Bollywood classics throughout the evening. Monday 1 November – Saturday 6 November, 1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, London, EC4N 8AR, brigadierslondon.com

Londoners can also order their feasts to their doors this Diwali, with Brigadiers’ delivery service. For more information, please visit brigadierslondon.slerp.com

Brigadiers Diwali Feast Menu

Gymkhana

Gymkhana will be opening its doors to guests for Diwali for the first time since 2018, with a brand new limited edition Diwali tasting menu created by Executive Chef Sid Ajuha up for grabs. Comprised of six courses, the menu will feature new dishes Beetroot Raj Kachori, Tamarina and Sev alongside Gymkhana’s signatures like Kid Goat Methi Keema, Salli, Pao and Muntjac Biryani, Pomegranate and Mint Raita. The evening will be rounded off with a chocolate box and giftbag to take home, so the celebration can continue well after the party has ended. Monday 1 November – Sunday 7 November, 42 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JH, gymkhanalondon.com

Gymkhana Diwali

Trishna

This year, Trishna will be lit up for the Diwali Festival with a week of feasting and live music from sitar-player, Baluji Shrivastav. A six-course Celebratory Feast, created by Executive Head Chef Sajeev and his team, will be available to order throughout the week. Highlights from the menu include Raj Kachori Chaat, Tandoori Soya Chops, Mallard Chutney Seekh and Dorset Brown Crab, and you can wash it all down with a drink from the Paul John Old Fashioned cocktail menu or wine selection. Monday 1 November – Sunday 7 November, 15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone Village, London, W1U 3DG, trishnalondon.com

Those living within an eight mile radius of Marylebone can also have their Diwali feast delivered, or made available for click-and-collect. For more information, please visit trishnalondon.com

Trishna Diwali

Not in London?

Wazwān & Hungāma

Located in the heart of Sheffield, Kashmiri-inpsired restaurant Wazwān restaurant and its sister cocktail bar Hungāma are kicking off Diwali with a special food and drink menu. Wazwān’s menu ranges from fares made famous at the Imperial Mughal Courts to street food favourites from India. The restaurant is a gathering place for modern foodies and a great hotspot for those celebrating the Festival of Lights this year. Leopold Square, 1 Leopold Street, Leopold Square, Sheffield City, S1 2JG, wazwan-lsq.com

Wazwan Diwali

Staying in?

Ambassador General Store

If a celebration indoors is what you’re after this year, then why not bring a taste of authentic Michelin Star Indian cuisine into your home with Ambassador General Store? The retail platform has added a number of Diwali at-home-kits to its virtual shelves – think Lamb Raan featuring a whole leg of lamb with a striking gold leaf garnish, Tandoori Chicken with all the trimmings and a Vegetarian Feast crowned with Mushroom Pilau. To make the deal sweeter, each feast comes with a celebratory chocolate box and Gulab Jamun with silver leaf. Orders for Diwali need to be made by midday on Sunday 31 October and will be delivered nationwide on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 November. ambassadorgeneralstore.com

Ambassador General Stores

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