2015 is the year of Mexico. This is not just because its capital city played a staring role in Sam Mendes’s billon dollar Spectre, or that Day of the Dead has evolved to be one of the worlds most eminent celebrations. No, in fact according to Gov.uk 2015 has been designated as the year of Mexico in the UK.
To celebrate the final chapter of our Mexican year I suggest you boycott Winter Wonderland, discard the mulled wine in favour of tequila, for here is the list of ways in which you can celebrate the year of Mexico in our very own London City.
‘Tonteria’ means ‘nonsense’ in Spanish. A restaurant featuring this puerile title should be treated with caution. In the case of this Sloaney hangout remove any pre conceived notions, within this mad Mexican tapas lounge you are exposed to fire eating women in latex, live lucha wrestling and booze poured from a miniature Mayan ziggurat. A toy train delivers shots to your table, and by 11pm the disk jokey makes his entrance. An evening full of tapas, tequila and a chance spotting of our favourite ginger royal (he frequents regularly) is a winner in my eyes.
Mestizino Restaurant and Tequila Bar
Tonteria is based in Sloane’s square and any Londoner knows that any establishment associated with the swanky square is going to be on the expensive side. For those who feel that £20 or above is stretching it for a shot of tequila, than I suggest Mestizino Restaurant and Tequila Bar. Located in Hampstead Heath, the price may be lower but this does not hinder the Mexicano quality. Mestizino’s mission is to bring to London the best that Mexican food has to offer. Main course starts at £14 per person, and for £26 per head you can enjoy the Mexican Christmas menu, a fun, different and unique way to enjoy the festive season.
As the weather turns cold our winter warmers surface from the dregs of our closet. Suddenly black becomes a staple, we venture to grey or camel but this is as far as our colour palate goes. AyeQueChula brings Mexican contemporary fashion to Europe. The shop is based in Fulham and sells a variety of clothes and accessories in an assortment of colour. Mexico is one of the world’s most colourful nations, take a leaf out of their book and adorn yourself with a flush of colour this winter.
Contemporary Mexican Sculpture
Two giant fingers have been installed in Trafalgar Square as part of four exhibits taking place across London. Made from cast bronze and coated in white plate is titled ‘You’ by Mexican artist Jose Rivelin. It is part of the Contemporary Mexican Sculpture: the Vision of Four Artists, a series made in volcanic stone, bronze or resin and uses a major landmark as a backdrop. Yvonne Domenge, Jorge Yazpik and Paloma Torres are the other artists who are to feature in the exhibitions, which are helping to celebrate Dual Year of UK and Mexico 2015
Embrace modern Mexican art and keep an eye out for the Contemporary Mexican Sculpture exhibitions around the city. Mexico is known for its bohemian art interlaced with a postmodern essence. The 25-ton sculpture in London’s iconic Trafalgar Square is not a site to be missed.
Bachata Dance London
It may not be strictly Mexican but I have just spent the past 2 minutes goggling Mexican dance in London with little results. Bachata is a social dance hailing from the Dominican Republic. Very sexy dancing accompanied with some wonderful music. It may not be Mexican but is lots of fun and well worth a try.
Shaped in Mexico
A contemporary art exhibition supported by the Margain-Junco Collection that brings together works by international artists from, or inspired by, Mexico. A multidisciplinary format, Shaped in Mexico encourages public and artist interaction. All exhibited artists are Mexican and each piece of work encompasses Mexico’s rich cultural tradition and identity. Located in Oxo Tower Wharf in South Bank, Shaped in Mexico is a unique display of Mexico’s artistic endeavors on this side of the channel.
As the year of Mexico draws to a climatic end be away with Christmas nostalgia and enjoy some Hispanic fun. Tequila, tacos, sombrero’s, Day of the Dead, Frida Kahlo, the list of Mexican icons is endless, and so much of it is here in London.