This Monday, Mexicans across the globe will be celebrating their nation’s Independence Day. For the rest of us, it’s a great excuse to down some tequila and get our fiesta on. The celebrations start early this weekend at Santo Remedio, a pop-up in Tooting Market that serves authentic Mexican cuisine. So authentic, in fact, that grasshopper tostadita is the starter of choice for their £35 celebration dinner on Saturday night (which includes a complimentary cocktail). Sunday’s brunch is £25 and features spicy Mexican chocolate sorbet amongst other treats.
On Sunday night, both Mestizo near Euston and Westbourne Grove’s Taqueria are holding festivities to mark the occasion. Mestizo culminates its ‘gastronomic week’ with a special £40 four course Dia de La Independencia menu, with a compulsory wild party in the basement afterwards, featuring live music and a free Corona with the £10 entry fee (call 020 7387 4064 for tickets). Taqueria’s party is £50, which includes plenty of tequila, food and music. Both parties will take part in the traditional ‘Grito de Dolores’ (Cry of Dolores), an all-singing moment of madness ending in a triple cry of “¡Viva México!”
While September 16 is a national holiday in Mexico, you may land yourself in some trouble should you decide to replicate this particular tradition. Instead, head to Mestizo’s ‘Cure the Hangover’ lunch on Monday some hair of the dog, or to Casa Negra in Shoreditch where you can try the special dish ‘Chile en Nogada’, which costs £18.10 – a homage to the year of independence – which makes them probably the only restaurant on this list who are happy it was won so late. Katie Forster
Check out Time Out’s guide to the best Mexican restuarants in London.