Halloween is yet another welcome excuse to get glammed up (because fake blood can still look good you know,), go out and, of course, eat all the sweets in sight. Too often an occasion for garish costumes and awkward parties, we’ve been seeking out the most spooky goings on that London has to offer – because if you’re after somewhere haunting and full of dark history, London is your city. Now, we present to you, the run down of our favourite eats and events this Halloween.
Without a garish pumpkin or pvc costume in sight, this night sees the Chelsea bar, Eclipse transformed into a creepy moon cave, glowing with UV lights. They’ll be pumping out a mix of House music and serving up sharing cocktails in full sized human skull glasses – amazing. The dress code is Reveal Your Dark Side, which calls for sophisticated glamour with a sinister edge.30th October, www.eclipsebars.com
Selfridges’ Chocolate Skull
We’ve got the perfect centrepiece to your All Hallows’ Eve display (or simply a novel way of getting your chocolate fix); created by the devilishly clever artisans at Trebuchet and available exclusively at Selfridges. The terrifyingly realistic Chocolate Skull weighs in at 1kg and comes in four tantalising flavours: Milk, Dark, Chilli and Caramel Chocolate. www.selfridges.com
What better setting for a spooky shindig than the vaulted ceilinged, cathedral-esque room of the Booking Office at St Pancras Hotel? Dress code is Victorian Gothic, because if nothing else the Victorians knew how to be morbid and alongside their usual 19th century apothecary inspired drinks menu will be a number of speciality Halloween cocktails, expertly showcasing the theatre of mixology. And with one of London’s highest profile VIP party DJs on the decks till 3am, it’s set to be one of the capital’s coolest Halloween offerings. 31st October,www.bookingofficerestaurant.com
The Dark Circus Party – Halloween Special
Immerse yourself in the weird and wonderful world of the circus! Guests are encouraged to succumb to an evening of abandoned dancing, pleasure seeking and spectacular entertainment as Bourne & Hollingsworth and Torture Garden combine to create a carnival of curiosities that’s not to be missed. The dress code is Vintage, Glamour & Fantasy with a Dark Circus Halloween Twist – smart casual has no place in these divinely decadent surroundings. 25thOctober, www.darkcircusparty.com
House of Mask Party – Halloween Special
Cubanisto – the new rum flavoured beer – finish off their UK wide House of Mask tour back where it all started, in London. Set to be their most thrilling event to date; expect interactive theatre and puzzles, to scare and surprise, as well as live art and performances from high-profile acts. And there’s nothing like a bit of mystery at Halloween, as this party takes place in an undisclosed location marked only by a neon skull. 31st October, www.cubanisto.com
Rextail’s Halloween Menu
For one night only Rextail, Novikov’s meat-focused sister restaurant, will be celebrating all things ghoulishly gourmet in their specially formulated Halloween menu. And the MoMix mixologists will be serving up their incredible molecular concoctions as they transform the bar into an eerie and futuristic science lab. With live music and a DJ till 1am, you can get your ‘freak on’ till the early hours. 31st October, www.rextail.co.uk
Barts ‘Yelloween’ Party
Barts’ annual Halloween bash returns for another year; in association with Veuve Clicquot. It’s taking up residency for not just one, but two nights (shhh, don’t tell) and don’t worry if you leave your costume at home, there’s an in-house fancy dress box on hand as well as a face painting corner that takes all and any requests. Challenge accepted! 30th and 31st October,www.barts-london.com
Royal Naval College – Ghostly Tours
Are you ready for dark tales of drunkenness, insanity and grisly goings-on? No this isn’t a debrief of last Friday night, it’s a ghostly, lantern-lit tour of the Royal Naval College’s historic site with access to areas that aren’t usually open to the public. Take a turn in the Victorian skittle alley, learn about the macabre history and then sit down to a two course ghoulish supper in the stunning Painted Hall. 30th and 31st October www.ornc.org
Getting a morbid makeover this Halloween is Wyld at W London where Amber Le Bon and Becky Tong will be taking to the decks to provide a spine tingling soundtrack to a night of gruesome glamour. Promising a night of frightful mayhem – their master mixologists will be serving up Halloween inspired cocktails against a backdrop of cobwebbed drapery and eerie antique musical paraphernalia. 30th October www.wlondon.co.uk
A Grimm Halloween Party
Bourne & Hollingsworth, along with A Curious Invitation, invites guests to their fairytale dreamland. Inspired by the works of the decidedly dark Brothers Grimm, and in true Bourne & Hollingsworth style, they’ve created an immersive and theatrical extravaganza featuring bewitching scenes from the iconic tales such as Rapunzel’s tower, the witch’s cottage and Rumpelstiltskin’s lair. Prepare to be amazed – it’s not one to miss. 1st Novemberwww.bourneandhollingsworth.com
Soho pizzeria, B-SOHO, has put a scary twist on some their classic dishes to create fangtastic dishes like pizza with courgette flowers, taleggio cheese & fresh chilli, pumpkin soup and butternut squash risotto. The truly daring should head to the bar to try the Brain Shooter; vodka, Baileys, lime juice, grenadine syrup and Curacao Bleu – which when combined in the glass looks like you are downing a little slice of brain. Available 30th October to 1st November after 6pm. www.b-soho.co.uk
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