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Holi 2019: A Guide to Celebrating in London


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Holi 2019: A Guide to Celebrating in London

How to celebrate the Festival of Colour in a grey city...

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The month of March hails the advent of spring and with it, Holi. The Hindu festival marks the passing of winter, as well as a celebration of fertility, colour and love. While Holi is mostly commemorated in India and Nepal, the festival has made its way across continents, leaving in its path a brush of colour and London is no exception. From colour powder dance parties to one-off culinary experiences, here’s how to celebrate Holi in London.

     

Paint Pelting at Cinnamon Kitchen

With executive chef Vivek Singh at its helm, the award-winning Cinnamon Kitchen has long been a London go-to for Indian food, and for the fifth year running the restaurant will also be a destination for Holi celebrations. In tribute to the festival’s colour parade, guests at the restaurant’s Devonshire Square outpost can don a white protective suit and enjoy thirty minutes of paint-pelting with family and friends. After working up an appetite, a five-course special Holi menu and cocktail selection will be served. Until 21 March, booking via

Biryani and Cocktails at Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club and Distillery

Today is the first day of Holi, and to celebrate Mrs Fogg’s Maritime Club and Distillery is giving away free biryani bowls to the first 200 diners – so be sure you’re one of them. If you’ve missed the boat on the biryani though, the bar’s dedicated Colour Cocktail Menu is enough reason for you to still go. Offering guests a taste of the rainbow, the newly launched menu includes the Bombay Butterfly, a colour changing cocktail that is as delicious as it is Instagrammable. Colour Cocktail Menu available through Spring, book via

The Rangil Tasting Menu at Kanishka

One of Mayfair’s newest restaurants, Kanishka focuses on the unexplored cuisine from remote areas of India and its borders. The result is an array of dishes that are unique and delectable, suffice to say this isn’t your standard curry. In celebration of Holi, the restaurant is offering a five-course tasting menu paired with a Holi cocktail. The main affair is a paneer or goat curry with bread and black daal, followed by a palate cleanser of Thandai Gola, a caramelised banana and dark rum granita. The Holi menu is available from 18 – 30 March, book via

     

Magic of India: London Holi Colour Dance Party

To truly immerse yourself in the spirit of Holi, make your way to Swiss Cottage Park where this family friendly fiesta will be painting the town red (or rather, rainbow). With a live Holi Folk Song band, 10 set drummer band, dancers, a DJ playing Bollywood tracks and food stalls selling everything from samosas to chocolate dosa, this is by far the biggest Holi celebration in London. 24 March, purchase tickets via

The Holi A la Carte Menu at Indian Accent

A 5-star rating from Evening Standard’s restaurant critic is what had us booking a table, but it’s the soy keema with quail egg that’s kept us coming back for more. Priding itself on an inventive approach to Indian cuisine, the acclaimed restaurant’s Holi à la carte menu is expectedly full of delicious surprises. In celebration of spring, the menu boasts seasonal ingredients and flavours; the beetroot chop with peanut butter and goat cheese raita is a particularly sumptuous delight. Book via

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