Lauren In London: Day Of The Dead Festival

Popular Mexican restaurant Wahaca is bringing the Mexican Day of the Dead to London this weekend with their Day of the Dead Festival at the Old Vic Tunnels. With live music, food and art over four days it’s going to be one hell of way to spend a weekend and always on the look out for different ways to enjoy London, I couldn’t resist investigating.

The Mexican Day of the Dead is Halloween with style. In Mexico families decorate the graves of loved ones to encourage them to come and visit but in some other cultures the idea of dressing up to hide yourself from those members of the afterlife you don’t want to meet has become popular.

As a Mexican restaurant Wahaca has been celebrating the Day of the Dead festival in its restaurants since it first opened but this year they wanted to “make the party bigger. Much, much bigger.” And so from 31st October to 3rd November they’re taking over the Old Vic Tunnels under Waterloo station to host a Day of the Dead extravaganza!

Mexican guitar duo and Wilderness Festival headliners, Rodrigo y Gabriella will be performing on all four nights and there’ll be plenty of other bands as well including Vado in Messico and Keston Cobblers Club. The specially constructed Wahaca Street Kitchen will be serving mouth-watering pork pibil and seasonal vegetable tacos plus drinks, courtesy of award-winning tequila Olmeca Altos.

Great live music and gorgeous food still not enough to entice you? Then how about checking out a visual art piece by the Theatre of Dolls and Nancy Fouts’ three-dimensional work created especially for the Day of the Dead Festival?

If you’ve got kiddies this weekend then there’s no need to miss out because on Saturday there’s a family-friendly day between the hours of 10am – 1pm. With lots of workshops to keep the little ones occupied, like face-painting, sugar skull decoration, storytelling and making paper masks, you’ll have time for a bit of a chill out.

So why not welcome the Day of the Dead festival into your life and spend this weekend partying Mexican style?

Wahaca presents Day of the Dead Festival runs from 31st October to 3rd November. Click here for more details and to book tickets.



  1. Awesome. I love R&G, their music is amazing. I honestly wish I could play the guitar like that…. Never gonna happen though.


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