Sugar skulls, shrines and edible offerings for the deceased are just some of the Dia de los Muertos traditions to look out for at these celebrations, but you can also expect a whole lot of party atmosphere. Here’s a selection of London’s best takes on the Mexican festival.
Oct 24: This Day of the Dead party at The George Tavern in Shadwell promises a mariachi band in skeleton onesies, food by Forza Win and DJs until 3am.
Oct 29: Soak up some spooky storytelling at The Crick Crack Club Presents: The Day of the Dead, where guests are invited to bring photos of lost loved ones to add to the traditional altar.
Oct 30: The British Museum’s Day of the Dead Late is a free evening event for over 18s featuring performances, music, Mexican street food and tequila cocktails.
Oct 30-31: A family-friendly Day of the Dead Festival in Pimlico will offer chocolate skull making, folk dance, traditional Loteria games and a Mexican buffet.
Oct 31: Scoff something gruesome at El Patron’s Day of the Dead, when the Mexican restaurant will be offering spooky snacks such as dried worms, marinated cockroaches and cricket-infused cocktails.
Nov 7: Wahaca presents a Day of the Dead Festival at Tobacco Dock in November, with a spooky music line-up that includes The Horrors and Mexrrissey, a band that does Mexican covers of Morrissey and The Smiths. The food will be great too, naturally.