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HOW TO CELEBRATE CINCO DE MAYO IN LONDON

We can’t really claim Cinco de Mayo as a big holiday over on our shores – it’s a Mexican anniversary that marks their victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 and it’s become particularly popular in the States – but we’ll never turn down a chance to celebrate Mexican culture, tuck into great food and let the drinks flow. You could seek out some of the best margaritas in London or hit ups the city’s best Mexican restaurants for the occasion or you could get involved in all these Cinco de Mayo events.

Temper

It’s Mexican specials, £5 margs and mariachi music at Temper Covent Garden this Cinco de Mayo. The restaurant will be decked out festival-style with pom pom streamers and paper flowers, and a mariachi band will be providing the party music. The Temper team has created five special dishes for the occasion, including crab & corn enchiladas, smoked brisket over chilaquiles and mole poblano with poussin, and their signature house margs will be a fiver all night long. OLÉ

Thurs 5th May 2022
5 Mercer Walk, London WC2H 9FA
temperrestaurant.com


Hacha

As well as serving up agave cocktails, including their famous Mirror Margarita, and Mexican food from kitchen partners Maiz Azul, Hacha has teamed up with illustrator Kate Hazell for a bespoke piece of art inspired by Cinco de Mayo. Each signed and numbered print will be paired with a limited edition bottle of Pear & Apple Mirror Margarita created by Hacha founder Deano Moncrieffe for the occasion. There’s only 50 sets available and you get them online or at both Hacha bars.

Thurs 5th May 2022
378 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA
12-14 Market Row, London SW9 8LD
hachabar.com


Kraft Dalston

Why celebrate for a day when you could celebrate for a whole week? Kraft Dalston is stretching out the Cinco de Mayo party by serving up Mexican cocktails, frozen margs and tequila flights all week long, with their tank fresh beers (including a brand new 6.8% Maibock lager and a 4.8% dry-hopped lager) and food from Le Bab also available.

Mon 2nd – Sun 8th May 2022
130a Kingsland High Street, London E8 2LQ
kraftdalston.com


Lyre’s Margarita Roadshow

Non-alcoholic spirit brand Lyre’s is getting into the fiesta spirit by taking its alcohol-free Agave Blanco Spirit on the road. Not only will they be serving up FREE non-alcoholic margaritas from their bar truck in Spitalfields Market, DJ Fat Tony will be hitting the decks in the evening to keep the party going. After the launch party on 5th May, the truck will be pulling up at Liverpool Street, Old Street, Covent Garden, Soho, Clapham and Chelsea, where you can get a voucher to redeem for a Lyre’s cocktail at a local bar, over the following three days before going nationwide.

Thurs 5th May 2022
Spitalfields Market, 56 Brushfield St, London, E1 6AA 
lyres.co.uk