10 Places To Seize The Day (Of The Dead)

By Phil Clarke, Editor of The Handbook website Phil Clarke |
30th October 2018

While we’re running around on low-rent broomsticks and tick-or-treating, the Mexicans are doing things properly. Forget Halloween, it’s all about Day of the Dead. Día de Muertos is a far more wholesome, far cooler and far more meaningful version of Halloween, celebrating the All Soul’s Day, the day after Halloween, and honouring the dead. And drinking tequila.

Art of Patrón x Day of the Dead

Art of Patrón x Day of the Dead

When: Friday 2nd November

Patrón, our favourite tequila maker, will be transporting guests on an immersive journey through Mexican heritage to celebrate Day of the Dead. Experience exclusive live art installations from artist Pablo Angel Lugo Martinez while dancing to DJ Tasty Lopez, all covered in Day of the Dead make-up from The Gypsy Shrine (think traditional La Catrina – the iconic skeletal) and while you sip on special cocktails devised by Patrón.

Where: The UNIT London, 3 Hanover Square, Mayfair, W1S 1HD
Website: Get tickets here...

Benito’s Hat

Benito’s Hat

When: Friday 2nd November

There’s a new beer in town, and Mexican brand Malquerida will be sold in one place only: Benito’s Hat. The Mexican restaurant will serve bottles of the beer at just £1 a pop and it’s the perfect paid for latin food. Created by Damm’s master brewers, Ferran Adria, Albert Adria and their team, expect notes of Jamaica Flower and orange, alongside the taste of toasted malt and corn.

Where: 19 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA
Website: www.benitos-hat.com

Santo Remedio

Santo Remedio

What could be more authentically Mexican than a Mexican restaurant flying an acclaimed Mexican chef over specially? (apart from actually being in Mexico, I suppose). Chef Pedro Evia’s restaurant K’u’uk was voted Mexico’s best by Food & Travel Mexico 2017, and is nominated again this year and Evia is recognised as one of the best chefs in the Mexican region of Yucatan, which handily is where all this Day of the Dead schtick is strongest. The menu he’ll be creating at Santo Remedio will feature the traditional day of the dead dish, Mucbipollo as well as scallop ceviche negro, made with dried chillies, annatto, allspice, cloves and cinnamon and venison in a Yacatan plum pipian. Pudding, meanwhile, will consist of a classic Mayan dish of Passion fruit, Mayan honey from the Yucatan and bee pollen. All which can be washed down in true Mexican style with Balche, a sacred local drink used in ceremonies and rituals.

Where: Santo Remedio, 152 Tooley Street, London Bridge, SE1 2TU
Website: https://www.santoremedio.co.uk/

93 Feet East

93 Feet East

When: Friday 2nd November

Jose Cuervo Tradicional claim to be hosting the ‘most vibrant party in town’ with their Day of the Dead fiesta. The event, at Shoreditch’s 93 Feet East, will take guests and transport them to The Land of the Dead for an immersive party alongside spiritual characters from the underworld. Enjoy DJs, a mariachi band (presumably not simultaneously), colour and craziness.

Where: 150 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL
Website: Get tickets here...

Breddos Soho

Breddos Soho

When: Thursday 1st November

Over at Breddos Tacos they’ll be celebrating Day of the Dead by opening Cocteleria, a taco and margarita bar within their Soho taqueria. The arrival of this permanent additno will be marked with free booze, and they’ll be serving free frozen margaritas from 5:30pm to 9pm on Thursday 1st November. Cocteleria will specialise in margaritas, smoky mezcalitas, fiery Micheladas, and slushie margs. Plus there will, of course, be a pared back selection of their tacos and the whole experience can be enjoyed against a backdrop of Mexican tunes and culture.

Where: 26 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QD
Website: www.breddostacos.com

Cantina Laredo

Cantina Laredo

When: Friday 2nd November

Cantina Laredo will be jacking up the spooky vibes by going all candlelit to celebrate Day of the Dead. Their dinner this Friday will bring Mexican traditions to life, like a grasshopper topped guacamole and aubergine tostadas served with green habanero mayonnaise. Start the evening with a complimentary poisonous passion cocktail and enjoy your meal surrounded by the traditional Mexican marigolds.

Where: 10 Upper St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FB
Website: www.cantinalaredo.co.uk

Corazón

Corazón

When: Sunday 4th November

Bingo, brunch and dead people. It’s how they roll at Corozon, Soho. Teaming up with premium tequila brand Cazcabel, the Day of the Dead will ring to the sound of brunchers playing ‘La Loteria‘ while the tequila cocktails flow and the tacos go!

Where: 29 Poland Street, Soho, W1F 8QR
Website: Get tickets here...

Ella Canta

Ella Canta

When: Thursday 1st - Saturday 17th November

‘I see a red door and I want to paint it black’, less the sentiments of Mick Jagger and more the credo of celebrated Mexican chef Martha Ortiz. Mainly because she’s gone and done exactly that to celebrate Day to the Dead at Ella Canta by making all the food black. Eight courses: black. Margaritas: black. Decor: black. Staff: painted as skulls.

Where: 1 Hamilton Place, Park Lane, Mayfair, W1J 7QY
Website: www.ellacanta.com

Bluebird Café White City

Bluebird Café White City

When: Saturday 3rd November

The Bluebird will become the blackbird this Saturday as the White City outpost embraces Day  the Dead. Their brunch will bring tequila, tacos and a soundtrack to match along as they celebrate the Mexican fiesta. As well as live DJs look forward to a cocktail collab between Fever Tree and Patrón.

Where: 101 Wood Lane, London, UK
Nearest station: White City (0.1 miles)
Website: www.bluebirdcafe.co.uk

Wahaca

Wahaca

When: Thursday 1st November

Something of a ground-zero for Mexican food in London, Wahaca is putting on an immersive dinner for the Day of the Dead festival. Hosted by Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers, the Soho event will see Miers create a five-course menu of Mexican foods including trout and passion fruit ceviche, slow-cooked rabbit and partridge picadillo, marigold margaritas as well as mezcal and tequila tasting.

Where: Various
Website: Get tickets here...

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