It is that time again and as a practising Muslim Ramadan is a lovely time of the year, but I am already tired of cooking. So I wanted to share my favourite places to break my fast in London. Because sometimes I am too tired to cook, want an Iftar with the girls or a last minute spot where I can eat!
This Ramadan Iftar list includes places that are safe for sisters. With the option to give donations, feed the unfortunate, and feed yourself. Now time to spread peace, charity and food. Now let’s break-fast.
The Best for Ramadan Iftar London 2018
One of my favourite people to spend Iftar with is the Ramadan Tent Project #OpenIftar2018 kicks off with #OpenIftarLondon. Enjoy a night with food, friends, family and guest speakers nightly. Check the Facebook and Instagram, most nights they are in London, but sometimes the visit other cities in the UK. They also provide the food, with alternatives for vegans, and vegetarians too.
The Ramadan Tent Project is a social enterprise aimed at young people and the wider community. Open iftar is RTP’s first global community-led public campaign and aims to unite people from different backgrounds and faiths through food. For a month, RTP takes over Malet Street Gardens inviting both the homeless and the public at large, Muslims and non-Muslims, to break fast together at sundown. It offers a great community vibe, celebrating not just breaking fast but the diversity within the capital. Malet Street Gardens, Bloomsbury, WC1E 6DP, ramadantentproject.wordpress.com
Solace in Ramadan Family Iftar
100% of ticket prices go towards supporting revert sisters in difficulty – an easy chance of reward this Ramadan Choose your iftar tickets (non-refundable – if you can’t make it, you’ll still get the reward of feeding someone we’ll allocate your ticket to.)
The Big Iftaar (Breaking Fast) Event!
The Turning Point Academy in Tooting. More good food made by your brothers and sisters with love.
The swish Irani café-inspired chain serves a range of halal dishes and non-alcoholic drinks that are not only Instagram-worthy but also super tasty. Every evening at the time of breaking fast – which falls around 9.20pm – Dishoom will be serving the traditional dates and refreshing Nimbu Pani to anyone waiting outside for a table to keep them going until dinner.
The Meat Co
This international steakhouse’s a la carte menu includes some juicy halal steaks. This Ramadan, they recommend booking 45 minutes before breaking fast to avoid long waits. The Meat Co offers free dates, water and yoghurt five to 10 minutes before fast is broken.
1026 Westfield, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 7GA, themeatco.com
Open for service iftar time, this wholesome restaurant is at the heart of Shepherds Bush. Their lamb shoulder for two is an absolute treat and a perfect main meal as it comes with rice and salad.
288 Uxbridge Rd, Shepherd’s Bush, W12 77JA,tarbushlondon.co.uk
For Ramadan, the popular American-diner style eatery will be offering customers waiting for their main meals free portions of dates, nachos and a milk drink. They will also be extending their opening hours were possible to make sure guests are not rushed. tinseltown.co.uk
Inspired by Southern American cooking, Below Boondocks is the youngest sibling in the Feed Your Soul family. It serves up Stax Diner staple dishes as well as an impressively extended menu. There is a ticketed Ramadan set menu as well as separate prayer rooms for men and women. 205 City Rd, Hoxton, EC1V 1JT, belowboondocks.yapsody.com
One of the first Latin Caribbean restaurants in London, Guanabana has an eclectic halal menu. On top of the classic lamb curry and jerk chicken, they have tofu tacos, chicken chicharrones (crispy chicken skins), pickled cactus fries and more. 85 Kentish Town Rd, Kentish Town, NW1 8NY, guanabanarestaurant.com.
HS & Co
Specialising in Irish steak cooked on a Josper grill, HS & Co is a fully halal steakhouse that has a strict no alcohol policy although there is a variety of refreshing mocktails and non-alcoholic beer. The largest steakhouse in the East End has a special Ramadan menu, which includes a giant burger that can be shared between four people as well as free Medjool dates. A designated area for prayers is provided. 405 High St, Stratford, E15 4QZ, hsandco.co.uk
Calcutta Canteen, Fulham and Darjeeling Express, Carnaby
The Calcutta Canteen and Darjeeling Express have the same owner so it’s no surprise they both are partaking in Ramadan. Calcutta Canteen will be giving away free dates, masala chai and nimbu Pani for anyone fasting throughout the period. Anyone wanting to book an Iftar can do so here and they’ll be providing food for the Ramadan Tent project on 4 June for their Open Iftar. The profit for the month of Ramadan from both Darjeeling Express and Calcutta Canteen will go to Doorstep London who have had their funding cut by the authorities and are struggling to support homeless families in Camden.
The Lebanese Bakery, Covent Garden
This bakery is going way outside its usual closing time on Ramadan. On weekdays it’ll be open until 10 pm and on weekends 11 pm.
Band of Burgers, Brick Lane
Band of Burgers are offering a special Ramadan menu and for £20 you get three starters, one burger from five daily options plus BOB’s hand-cut fries, two hot wings, dessert of the week, one soft drink and homemade lemonade. Advance booking is required. All food served is halal.