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Celebrate Diwali with Dishoom

We love Diwali. It’s the most joyous time of the year. In India, entire cities light up with diyas and fireworks in a fantastic ceremony that brings loved ones together and marks the triumph of light over darkness.


This year, Diwali falls on Sunday 30th October and we’ll be kickstarting the festivities on Sunday 23rd October, 3:30pm-8pm under the West Handyside Canopy in King’s Cross with some extremely cool live music, fantastic dishes from some of London’s best street food providers, and entertainment for friends and family of all ages.

– We’ll be joined by a soul-stirring line-up of first-class artists. Enjoy an eclectic fusion of Eastern and Western music from the likes of  Sabiyha Rasheed, Vibs Bhatia and VikaashAlisha Kadir and headliner Shammi Pithia and his band.

– There’ll be a selection of top-notch street food vendors serving up plenty of sweet and savoury treats. These include Horn OK Please, Sticky Bundits, Born and Raised, Oli Baba’s, Curry on, You Doughnut and Simmons Creperie.

– We’ll welcome you warmly with Dishoom House Chai, our favourite Indian soft drinks Thums up and Limca and of course, no Diwali celebration would be complete without mithai (Indian sweets.)

– Our friends from Storystock will be leading a special Diwali creative workshop for children (and adults) as well as sharing a story or two.

– Budding artists can take part in a wonderful collaborative Rangoli – colourful, traditional Indian pavement-art.

– There’ll be face-painting and mehndi (henna), for children and ladies to enjoy.

Our event is free and open to all – and we invite people of all ages and from all cultures and backgrounds to come and celebrate with us. Entrance to the event and all entertainment is totally free. Dishoom drinks, mithai and activities will be free of charge, but guests will need cash for the street food stalls. (No alcohol will be served at the event.)

Meanwhile, in the cafés, from 23rd-30th October we’ll be serving a very special Diwali dish of Jackfruit Biryani – a vegetarian delicacy, made with exotic jackfruit, marinated for three hours with stocks and spices, then layered with rice and slow-cooked in traditional ‘dum’ style.

Do read our blog posts reflecting on Diwali, and keep an eye on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

We are so looking forward to celebrating with you!

PS. We threw an awesome Eid Festival in July – check out the photos on Facebook