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Sami Rahman

Top 6 iftar spots in London: Where to break your fast

Experience a spiritual high by breaking your fast at London's Shard [Getty]

Date of publication: 16 May, 2019

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The rising multiculturalism in London means that Muslims are spoilt for choice when picking a place to break their fast. Here are some of our top picks.
Ramadan, the holy month where Muslims all over the world fast, is here and, as we gear up to give up food and drink until sunset, the question on everyone's lips is: 'What are you eating for Iftar?'

Iftar is the meal that Muslims break their fast with at sunset and for Londoners this means eating as late as 9pm. Although usually an intimate family affair, the iftar meal can also be a good way to connect with the local community and socialise with fellow Muslims.

The rising multiculturalism in London also means that Muslims are spoilt for choice when picking a place to break their fast. From tents to sky high dining, dates to dinners, here are the best places and events in London to break your fast:

Open Iftar with the Ramadan Tent Project

Every year the Ramadan Tent Project, hosts an open iftar event for 30 nights. This year the first twenty nights will be hosted at Tavistock Square in Bloomsbury, and the final ten will be held across various London locations.

People of all faiths are welcome to attend and the event includes an iftar meal, guest speakers, Q&A sessions and taraweeh prayers.

Where: Tavistock Square
When: Throughout the month
Cost: Free to enter 
http://www.ramadantentproject.com/

Iftar Under The Stars

The Muslim Scout Fellowship will be hosting Iftar Under the Stars this year. The event will be packed with family friendly activities to enjoy before sharing iftar together and joining in evening prayers. There will also be child-friendly activities, such as treasure hunts, making it a great evening out for the whole family.

Where: Gilwell Park, Chingford, London, E4 7QW
When: 25 May 
Cost: £10 per ticket, kids go free
https://bookwhen.com/ukmsf#focus=ev-spn0-20190525183000

Iftar with a view (The Shard)

Experience a spiritual high by breaking your fast at London's Shard. The glamorous events will allow you to watch London light up as you enjoy fine dining.

And, as well as sampling some of the best food London has to offer, you'll be treated to an evening of inspirational guest speakers, beautiful Quran recitation and networking opportunities.

The event is organised by the Emerald Network, who are working with Muslim Aid and Human Appeal to fundraise on the night.

Where: Shangri-La at The Shard
When: 24 May @ 6pm
Cost: £99 per person
https://www.emeraldnetwork.co.uk/iftar-at-the-shard-2019/

Dessert at Dominique Ansel Bakery

If you're looking for a sweet treat to end your iftar meal with then the Dominique Ansel Bakery will be open until 11pm throughout Ramadan (usual closing time is 8pm). Enjoy one of their insta-famous cronuts or a specially created dessert made exclusively for the holy month.

Where: The Dominique Ansel Bakery, 17-21 Elizabeth Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9RP
When: Throughout Ramadan
Cost: Starting from £21 for a Ramadan cake
https://dominiqueansellondon.com/

Honey and Smoke Iftar menu

Hailed as one of London's best Middle Eastern restaurants, Honey and Smoke are offering a special iftar set menu this year. Begin by breaking your fast with some sticky medjool dates, almonds and a refreshing orange blossom iced tea. Then enjoy a three course meal of mezze, slow cooked lamb and their signature creamy feta cheesecake.

Where: Honey and Smoke, 216 Great Portland St, London W1W 5QW
When: Throughout Ramadan
Cost: £45 per person
https://honeyandco.co.uk/

An Ethical Iftar

The Green Deen Ethical Iftar is a great and unconventional event for the activists among us. The event, which is hosted annually, bans the use of all plastic and serves a delicious 3 course vegetarian meal, followed by herbal teas and drinks. In keeping with the green theme of the night, those who attend are asked to bring their own tupperware, cutlery and cups to reduce food and plastic waste.

Where: Rumi's Cave, Carlton Centre, Granville Road, NW6 5RA
When: 25 May @ 7pm
Cost: Free
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-green-deen-ethical-iftar-rumis-cave-carlton-vale-tickets-61092887471


Sami Rahman is a freelance writer based in London. 

Follow her on Twitter: @bysamirahman

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