Diwali is the ancient Hindu festival of lights, which celebrates the triumph of good over evil (and is a rather good excuse for eating a lot). London’s restaurant scene is ready for the festivities, with some truly delicious Indian food on the cards; so whether you’re celebrating Diwali or you’re just a culture vulture, light up your life with these Indian restaurants.

Words: Eamonn Crowe

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You can find Diwali celebrations at plenty of dining hotspots this weekend – Gymkhana (above) in Mayfair is staying open until 2am from Thursday to Saturday, providing packs of cards for guests to play Flush at their tables, alongside a late-night menu and a drinks trolley. Meanwhile, Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy (below) are both serving special menus, featuring the likes of prawn biryani with black rice, and lobster curry.

Veersaswamy, Regent Street, London

For more Diwali dining options, check out our pick of the best Indian restaurants in London

This article was published 18 October 2017