Celebrate Diwali in London

This year, popular eastern festival Diwali falls on Friday 5 November. Also known as the festival of lights, it is an important five-day festival in Hinduism, Sikhism and Jainism. Among other festivities, families light small clay lamps filled with oil – signifying the triumph of good over evil – and share sweets with friends and family.

Indian restaurants across London are celebrating Diwali with special menus. If you can’t make it to this charity Diwali dinner at Cinnamon Kitchen, consider a visit to one of the following:

Amaya: Knightsbridge Indian Amaya is offering a special Diwali menu priced at £38.50 per person, including the likes of tamater badami shorba (tomato and almond soup), followed by rose and paprika chicken tikka kebab. The menu runs from 1-14 November.

Anise: The bar at Cinnamon Kitchen is holding a special Diwali party on Saturday 13 November. Party planners Blackrock Events has been brought in to specially dress the venue for the festival of light. Entry is priced at £15 per person (£10 for guest list members) and booths for large groups are available to hire for £200, with the opportunity to pre-order drinks, canapés and sharing platters beforehand.

Bombay Brasserie: The restaurant is running a Diwali masterclass.

Chor Bizaare: A special Diwali menu at the Mayfair Indian will include the likes of king prawns coated with coconut, coriander and chillies, pan-grilled sea bass in a nilgiri masala of green herbs and vermicelli, carrots and milk pudding with raisins and chestnuts. The menu runs from 5-7 November.

Chutney Mary: A Diwali menu is priced at £36 per person and includes a starter of tokri chaat, followed by the likes of prawns with brandy makhani sauce and lamb biryani. The menu runs from 1-14 November.

The Cinnamon Club: Vivek Singh’s Westminster restaurant is running a six-course vegetarian Diwali menu, priced at £50 per person. Expect the likes of Jerusalem artichoke and onion tikki and pineapple rasam, lotus seed and vegetable seekh and baked jumbo morels.

Dishoom: The Covent Garden newcomer is running a special Diwali feast, for two people to share, priced at £20 per person. Starting with a Bellini aperitif, guests can then look forward to the likes of keema pau (spiced minced lamb served with hot, buttered bread), grilled langoustine, with ginger, chilli, lime and coriander, and a special Diwali vegetable biryani. The menu runs from 1-8 November.

Masala Zone: The capital-wide street-food chain is offering a four-course Diwali feast for £25 per person, including a traditional Indian sweet (mithai). Expect the likes of grilled wild jumbo prawns followed by a grand thali consisting of 11 side dishes and a curry of your choice. Then wash it all down with a sparkling mango Bellini for £2.50 per glass. The menu runs from 2-14 November.

Veeraswamy: Enjoy a three-course Diwali menu priced at £36 per person, including a starter of vegetable tikki chaat, followed by the likes of prawn Champagne makhani, masala lamb chop and bori chicken biryani. The menu runs from 1-14 November.