Diwali is the biggest and brightest festival in India, but Canary Wharf workers can experience a little of its magic on the estate.
There will be a series of events in celebration of The Festival of Lights from Wednesday, November 11.
1. Feasting at Chai Ki
Chai Ki will host a fortnight of feasting against a backdrop of traditional diya lanterns.
Choose from dishes like Schezwan chilli paneer and Raan e Baluchi, which will be served alongside stacks of naan and Basmati rice for the venue’s Diwali Tasting Menu .
Chai Ki’s Toddy Shop will also serve up speciality cocktails, including the Pataka (Hindi for firecracker) and a Diwali Punch with pineapple, ginger and gin.
Founder, Rohit Chugh said: “As kids, Diwali meant that Christmas did come early for us with presents and get-togethers with friends and family.
“Causing mischief and lighting fireworks was great fun, but most important was food and plenty of home cooked favourites. With those family feasts the source of my inspiration – I’m looking forward to sharing Diwali festivities with our guests.”
Until Saturday, November 21, Chai Ki, £35pp
2. Spend your lunch shaking your hips
Watch specially choreographed Diwali performances from a local community group, at Crossrail Place Roof Garden.
Get yourself seated at the mini amphitheatre and bring along a Diwali lunch to watch the Bollywood dancers perform.
12.30pm, 1.30pm, Wednesday, November 11, Roof Garden, Crossrail Place, free
3. Recreation at Cabot Square’s fountain
Canary Wharf Group will light floating candles in the fountain at Cabot Square to recreate holy scenes from the River Ganges, celebrating good over evil.
The Ganges, which runs through ‘the city of light’ Varanasi, signifies upmost historical and sacred importance for many people in India.
4pm, Wednesday, November 11, Cabot Square, free
4. Catch a classic Bollywood film at Everyman Cinema
To round up the five day celebration Everyman Cinema will be showing the ever popular love story, Dil To Pagal Hai.
The venue will be decked out for the occasion and everyone will be invited to sing and dance along.
2.30pm, Sunday, November 15, Everyman Cinema, Crossrail Place, £9.50-£40