In Spain they don’t have Star Wars, instead they’ve got La Guerra De Las Galaxias. Presumably this also means they don’t have all the supposed hilarity around the date ‘May the 4th [be with you]’, lucky things. But what they lack in Ewoks, they make up for in tequila the following day for the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, or 5th May. Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory of Mexico after the pesky French attempted an invasion in the nineteenth century, but is celebrated across North America as a day to celebrate Mexican culture.
As an Italian and Asian restaurant and favourites of the Russian set, it’s only natural that Novikov would be going all out for Cinco de Mayo. The lounge bar will be bringing in a mariachi band for what they bill as an ‘adrenalin-fuelled night’ which will also feature dancers and DJs. While you’re there, check out the two restaurants or just enjoy the people-watching.
TT Liquor will be making sure that the only liquor on your lips this Cinco de Mayo will be tequila thanks to their ‘Eighth Battalion’. Celebrating the battle which the day itself commemorates, the drink includes Tequila Ocho as its base, which is a small batch artisanal Mexican tequila made using traditional methods, along with cacao infused triple sec, lime and ancho chilli, and hibiscus infused pomegranate.
If anyone was going to come up trumps this Cinco de Mayo then it was going to be Ella Canta. The stylish restaurant have partnered with Don Julio, purportedly the world’s first luxury tequila, to cook up a bespoke 5th May brunch paired with cocktails specially for the event. The three course menu will include quesadilla with corn and Oaxaca cheese, fried eggs over corn tortillas and Mexican churros and each of the courses will, of course, be paired with a Don Julio cocktail, including Tommy’s Margarita, Toreadoro and finally Paloma cocktail.
Saturday 4th to Sunday 5th May
Let’s hope you’re near to, rather than far from, Camden this weekend because Near & Far Camden have got Cinco de Mayo on the go. The newly opened cocktail bar will see you your boozy Mexican brunch and will raise you ‘La Loteria’. La loteria is a sort of Mexican version of bingo with what’s described as ‘all sorts of enticing prizes’. Entry includes a margarita on arrival and a sharing brunch platter.
One of England’s iconic locations, and our favourite square named after a midlands industrial hub, will be hosting a Mexican makeover courtesy of Leicester Square Kitchen. Their brunch fiesta involves plenty of live entertainment plus the flavours of Cinco de Mayo in the form of a Pisco Sour or Margarita signature cocktail, followed by a selection of small plates including sea bass ceviche or crispy duck and pomegranate ensalada. Make it bottomless and add in Prosecco and Champagne.
Sunday 5th May
You’ll speak even easier at this speakeasy with the help of Patrón tequila for Barts Cinco de Mayo party. Arrive at the speakeasy, give the secret password and you’re in for an evening of Mexican mayhem. Obviously there’ll be sombreros and vibrant garments from the fancy dress box, shots of sangria and three limited edition Patrón cocktails. Oh, and obviously a piñata. Receive an expert mixologist tequila masterclass, or simply down the cocktails until it’s sexto mayo.
Gaucho are very much in on the Cinco de Mayo game, hosting with Casamigos this Sunday. The ultra-premium tequila and Mezcal brand will be teaming up with Gaucho for the first time to help create the perfect bank holiday vibe. Add in chilled electro beats from live DJs, tequila-based cocktails and tables laden with Latin American inspired dishes from Gaucho’s new spring Electro Brunch menu and you’ve got a perfect Mexican celebration.
The Coral room have also brought Casamigos onboard. The tequila brand, from George Clooney and Rande Gerber, the Coral Room will welcome guests for the fiesta on Sunday with exclusive cocktails and a live Latin inspired DJ set.
COYA Mayfair will be treating us to a one-off Mexican inspired fiesta brunch to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Over three bottomless hours guests will sip on pisco sours, bloody maria and munch through mexican dishes to the sound of Latino tunes from DJs. After the brunch, drinks will take a tequila flavour as canapé stations open to give brunch-goers even more of that renowned COYA guacamole.
One of our favourite sky terraces, Jin Bo Law, will be putting together a Cinco de Mayo terrace fiesta for the Mexican national day. Head down on 4th may (quatro de mayo) for a night of the sights and sounds, as well as smells, of Mexico. They’ll be serving up a unique Margarita menu throughout May thanks to their partnership with Cointreau.
Where: 14th Floor Dorsett City, 9 Aldgate High Street, London EC3N 1AH
Nearest station: Aldgate (0.1 miles)