It’s officially spooky weekend! Are you ready to explore all that London has to offer? We’ve rounded up the best ten things going on in and around the city, perfect for whether you’re looking for last minute Halloween plans or you’re trying to avoid the spooky weekend all together.
From Halloween brunches to UV cricket experiences, autumnal cocktails to film festivals, here’s what to do this weekend.
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Private members’ club Annabel’s isn’t one to do things by halves and their Halloween installation is no exception. Head down to Berkeley Square this weekend to catch a glimpse at the giant Pennywise installation that’s popped up on the exterior of the building.
Haunting and terrifying, it’s a sight to behold and really is worth visiting even if you can’t head inside the members club.
When: Installation live for Halloween…
Where: 46 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5AT
Sixes Cricket Club, the social venue co-founded by Mac & Wild’s Andy Waugh and Calum Mackinnon, has launched UV cricket. A first of its kind, eager cricket enthusiasts can now work on their batting skills in a whole new way – covered in glow sticks of course.
Alongside the neon aspect, there’ll also be a specially curated cocktail menu for batters to try. Keeping in line with the magical colourful element, we love the Tanqueray gin infused with pineapple, citric acid, coconut and ectoplasm.
Where: Fitzrovia & Fulham
Searching for spooky things to do this Halloween? Click here to find out the best – or, shall we say, most haunting – parties taking place over Halloween weekend.
From dead discos to Jack the Ripper walking tours, hellish brunches to post-apocalyptic worlds, here’s what to book. And don’t forget, fancy dress is always encouraged. 👻
Autumn is being celebrated to its fullest at 108 Brasserie at The Marylebone hotel this month thanks to their creative partnership with leading British jewellery designer Alex Monroe. Named ‘Autumn Tales’, the collaboration celebrates Monroe’s latest collection ‘Fables’ with a new non-alcoholic cocktail menu.
Drawing inspiration from Ancient Greek storytelling, the non-alcoholic cocktail menu is also in collab with Seedlip, bringing a whole host of flavour combinations to life. Sip on the Slow and Steady, inspired by the age-old fable of The Tortoise and The Hare, built with Seedlip Spice 94, fresh orange juice, Monin vanilla syrup, fresh fig and London Essence Roasted Pineapple Crafted Soda. Or, try the What A Fine Thing You Are!, drawing on the Wise Rooster fable, filled with elderflower tones and delicate bubbles.
As part of the collaboration, 108 Brasserie will donate £1 from each cocktail to Friends of the Earth, to support their commitment to making the country greener by doubling the UK’s tree cover.
Available from: 19th October
Where: 108 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2QE
You’ve probably had your Halloween costume sorted since September, but what about those final details? From ghosts to pumpkins, Young LDN’s nail artists will be offering a range of fright-worthy designs that you’ll be hard pressed to find anywhere else. The designs are available for a limited time only, and are the perfect way to treat yourself to some self-care with a twist.
Why not try some spider web nails, or a pumpkin print mani? Even if you’re not dressing up, it’s the perfect nod to the spookiest time of the year. Plus, they’re guaranteed to be a great conversation starter- great for any awkward silences at your neighbour’s Halloween party.
Where: 228 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, W11 2RH
Halloween is inching closer to us, bringing with it all of the thrills, chills and spirits it always brings… So we’ve taken a look at the liquidised form of spirits (alcohol, not bloody bodies…), rounding up the greatest halloween cocktails arriving at London bars this month. From pinkeye martinis to witches brews, here’s what to sip on this BOO-zy Halloween season.
Celebrate the best of Asian cinema this weekend as the London East Asia Film Festival takes over your favourite local cinemas. Running until Sunday 31st October, the LEAFF returns to the capital, bringing with it a brilliant programme.
The festival opened up last week with a screening of Raging Fire to commemorate the late Hong Kong director Benny Chan. This weekend catch the likes of Women of Fire, Elisa’s Day and The Silent Forest. The festival will close with a screening of Korean director Yoon Jae-keun’s sci-thriller, Spiritwalker.
When: Running until 31st October
Where: Various cinemas across London
Prepare to get spooked by some of the greatest horrors around at BAO’s Nightmare on Film Street screenings. The restaurant has teamed up with streaming service, MUBI, to show a collection of carefully curated horror films this spooky season.
Screened at BAO Borough and BAO Noodle Shop in their entertainment rooms, you’ll be able to tune into the likes of The Love Witch, Knife + Heart and The Babadook. There’ll also be a set menu to go alongside, including dishes such as aubergine panko BAO; curry hot dog BAO; and Taiwanese fried chicken popcorn.
When: 18th October – 14th November
Where: Bao Borough & Bao Noodle Shop
Selfridges has opened up a new store and they are after your pre-loved toys… As part of their sustainable retail drive, they’ve partnered up with The Toy Project charity to set up a new store selling all kinds of toys, from board games to collectibles, teddy bears to LEGO. As well as an assortment of used and vintage toys for all to buy and enjoy.
For those who want to give this Christmas, donations are also welcomed at the weekend and will be resold either through Selfridges or at the Toy Project’s north London store. They are welcoming donations from now up until 23rd December. Get your donations in now and make someone’s Christmas extra special or head down to explore the pop-up collection for Christmas presents for the kids.
Where: Selfridges & Co, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Spirit of Christmas returns to Olympia London this November, providing Londoners the perfect opportunity to grab presents for the festive season.
Running 1st – 7th November, over 650 independent design-makers and boutiques will have stands across a wide range of products. The fair shines a spotlight on British, sustainable and ethically produced products, from decorations to jewellery, curated fashion to children’s toys and games, plus a whole host of foodie brands to peruse too.
This year sees the fair also celebrate 20 years, so it’s all the more reason to head down and explore their gigantic offering.