This year, Halloween falls on a Saturday for the first time since 2009 which means you have plenty of time to organise your outfit and get that pumpkin carved. The tricky bit is deciding where to go which is why we’ve rounded up our pick of the most haunting things to do in town this Halloween, from the civilised to the debaucherous and pumpkins aplenty.
What: Their first Halloween party... will it be your last?
Why: OK not to sound too creepy, this will be quite a civilised take on the spooky Halloween party. Scarfes Bar is known for it’s grown-up glamour, and on Saturday 31st will be transformed into a haunted manor house complete with immersive entertainment, contortion and a string jazz trio. Cabaret comes from Dusty Limits, in the guise of mysterious poet Dante. Do you have to dress up? Of course.
Where: Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
London St Pancras International (0 miles)
What: Veuve Clicquot and cocktails to calm your nerves
Why: Springfield Jack, otherwise known as The Terror of London is being honored – as perhaps no criminal should be – with dinner, cocktails and a DJ set at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel’s Booking Office bar. The neo-gothic venue is the perfect place to spot Jack who allegedly returns one night a year unnoticed amongst the other caped revellers. Bar snacks will include devilled white bait and cocktails include the Angry Mob.
Where: Euston Road, London, NW1 2QR
What: Swap your cauldron for a teapot
Why: Seeing as Halloween this year falls on a Saturday, make the most of it with a full days worth of spooky activity. A special afternoon tea at Lancaster London is offering a spread of eye ball lollypops, pumpkin cupcakes, black macaroons and, of course, warm freshly-baked scones with homemade strawberry jam as well as some savoury classic.
Where: Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY
Bread Street Kitchen
What: Cocktails for the day after the night before
Why: If you dare have a drink after Saturday night (and aren’t all Halloween-ed out) then the bar at Bread Street Kitchen is one of your best bets. Tap three times on the bar to try limited edition cocktail The Smashing Pumpkin, served in yep you guessed it a real pumpkin. With all the bibbidi-bobbidi-boo magic of the fairy godmother, the whisky-based cocktail comes pouring with dry ice. Award-winning magic throughout the day by Michael J Fitch.
Where: 10 Bread Street, St Paul's, EC4M 9AJ
What: A low-key Halloween meal
Why: A civilised take on Halloween festivities, London House will be dishing up a themed menu. Pumpkin is obviously making an appearance (as soup), mini candied apples will accompany crispy pork belly and colcannon and dessert is a crème brûlée with crispy top ready to be shattered. Available Friday – Sunday with activities for the kids across the weekend.
Where: 7-9 Battersea Square, Battersea Village, SW11 3RA
Mr Fogg's Residence
What: A Victorian Funeral
Why: Have you heard the awful news? The news that Phileas Fogg’s Aunt Gertrude has passed away? The fictitious actress will of course be sadly missed by us all. It brings us some relief then that we can take part in the most sombre of events, a Victorian funeral this Halloween. Starting at 7:01pm at Mr Fogg’s Residence in Mayfair, Phileas will be regaling stories of his aunt as guests drink gin cocktails, aptly titled the Miracle Vocal Elixir. A horse drawn hearse will then proceed to Aunt Gertrude’s former house, now Mr Fogg’s Tavern for her burial where the celebrations will continue. 31st October
Where: 15 Bruton Ln, London W1J 6JD
Terror on the Thames
What: London’s Darkest Moments
Why: London has some pretty dark secrets, a few (thousand) skeletons in the closet and none more so than in the 19th century. So of course the time to recall them is on Halloween. Terror on the Thames, which takes place under the arches at Waterloo will bring to life werewolf sightings on the Isle of Dogs, dissections in Bleeding Heart Yard and bloodied dresses on Petticoat Lane. Have your photo taken in the barber photo booth and hope your head stays on, take part in a life size game of Operation and learn how to draw a portrait Dorian Gray would be proud of. Dress code is Victorian horror…just don’t tie your corset too tight.
Where: One Embankment 8 Victoria Embankment WC2R 2AB London,
Trader Vic's London
Hyde Park Corner (0.3 miles)
What: Werewolves in London
Why: Polynesian Bar, Trader Vics will be transforming into a werewolves playground as the werewolves of London descend on the bar. Arrive before 9:30pm for a complimentary cocktail, alongside the ghoulish menu of cocktails and food that is also being served. Join the staff by dressing up – they’ll be a prize for the best dressed and dance the night to away to live music. It’s sure to be a howling success.
Where: 22 Park Lane, London
London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
What: The Darkness Within
Why: Don your masks, hide behind your veils and head over to the Rumpus Room at the Mondrian London for an evening that is tantalisingly close to the underworld. Blur the lines between darkness, death, light and life in a series of daemonic demonstrations and twisted workshops. Drink on the Kiss of Death, a bloodied Champagne cocktail as well a Diamond Corpse Reviver and Smoked Old Fashioneds. In the abandoned hotel rooms, you can explore gruesome bedtime stories as well as dining in the dark where, blindfolded, you’ll try a range of mystifying food.
Where: Mondrian London at Sea Containers, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
1 Lombard Street
Bank DLR Station (0 miles)
What: Menacing Menus
Why: If you feel squeamish, you might not want to read on. You, however are braver than that aren’t you? To celebrate Halloween, 1 Lombard Street will be serving up a hideous menu on Friday 30th October featuring parsley and garlic swamp soup, frog legs, dead man game terrine, seaweed encrusted seaman fingers, baked bobbing apples and floating ghosts. Don’t be put off by the names, we’re sure it’s going to be delicious though! The staff will also be running a pumpkin carving competition and they’ll need you to be the judges!
Where: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA
Monument (0.2 miles)
What: The Scream Heard Around The City
Why: It’s time to dig out your creepiest, most terrifying Halloween costume, the more fabulous the better. Why? Because the Sky Pod Bar is turning into an eerie, smoke-filled haunt for their Halloween party and the best dressed guy and girl will win prizes…also why wouldn’t you want to dress up? Drink a deadly delicious Spooktails and dance the night away to performances from The Soul Jets and DJ Max.
Where: 20 Fenchurch Street, London