I think we can all agree that the spookiest thing about Halloween is how quickly it’s come around. It feels like just yesterday that we were being sent home because the office temperature soared to 40 degrees, and now we’re planning our Boris Johnson costume for Halloween. Not that Halloween is now Brexit themed, because by some witchcraft it’s been delayed and replaced by the all the demons that’ll be unleashed by a December election. Merry Brexmas. Either way, we know that we’re going to need Halloween jollity more than ever today, so here are all the ways to celebrate in London…

The Piano Works West End

The Piano Works are putting on a fangtastic Halloween night with the chance to win an amazing prize: a three-day trip to Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania for the best Dead Ringer Singer costume that’s posted on Instagram! The night at Piano Works, London’s only non-stop, live music venue, will start brewing early with brunch, with the cauldron bubbling on until late night on October 31st, before resurrecting on November 2nd for a day and night of mysterious music, freaky face painting, terrifying temporary tattoo artists and creepy cocktails. Expect all the Halloween classics from the the in-house band, with a DJ taking over at 1am at both the Piano Works Soho and Farringdon venues!

Where: 47 Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DH, UK (Off Leicester Square)
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Website: www.pianoworks.bar

Eight Member's Club Bank

Pumpkin isn’t the only orange in town this Halloween, because the colour is synonymous with Veuve Cliquot, and what Halloween (or, indeed, any celebration) would be complete without a bottle or two of the stuff? Members’ club Eight have teamed up with the Champagne brand to celebrate Madam Clicquot, one of history’s most famous widows and the woman who decided upon Veuve Clicquot’s famous label colour. The celebration, complete with live music and magicians, comes with  complimentary drinks and canapé and rewards for best marks and costumes.
Thursday 31st October – The Handbook has secured 30 tickets for the members’ only event for our readers. The first-come-first-served tickets are available by emailing bank@eightclub.co.uk and quoting ‘The Handbook Halloween’

Where: 1 Change Alley, London, EC3V 3ND, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Bank (0.1 miles)
Website: www.eightclub.co.uk

The Sky Bar

28 floors high, so around broomstick height, London’s Millbank Tower knows a thing or two about ghouls, having been both headquarters of the Labour and Tory parties at various times. This Halloween it’ll become the ultimate zombie escape party! Guests will be met at ground level with ‘antidote shots’ from ‘doctors’ in hazmat suits to cure you from the upcoming outbreak. Then you’ll be whisked to the top of the skyscraper for an immersive party, with stunning views across Central London and live DJ sets from Artful Dodger and Damian Brown.

Where: Millbank Tower, 21-24, Westminser, SW1P 4QP
Website: www.designmynight.com

The Athenaeum Hotel & Residences

Piccadilly’s finest, The Athenaeum, will be bringing some creepy decorum to Halloween with their Trick or Treat Tea, specially concocted for the witchy season. Expect all the fine-dining hallmarks you’d expect from The Athenaeum, but with an edge specially developed for Halloweeners.

Where: 116 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hyde Park Corner (0.4 miles)
Website: www.athenaeumhotel.com

The Perception at W London

Dare you enter the Forbidden Forest? The Perception at W London will be transformed into a dark and decrepit woodland filled with freaky encounters, primeval beasts and black magic. Expect freaky fun and cocktails galore to the eerie beats of the in-house DJs and below (favourite fact) Europe’s largest disco ball.

Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November

Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Website: Get tickets here...

Sexy Fish

Berkeley Square hot spot Sexy Fish is, it turns out, scary as well as sexy. And when it comes to Día de los Muertos the restaurant has partnered with The House of Suntory to give the Sexy Fish annual Halloween party a Day of the Dead twist. Expect an immersive dining experience like no other, with cocktails featuring Japanese spirits while surrounded by an array of acrobats, dancers and vocal artists performing in a show specially created for the restaurant and decked out in Day of the Dead-themed costumes which will be inspired by the restaurant’s most iconic characters.

Friday 1st November

Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR, UK
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Website: www.sexyfish.com

Gordan Ramsay Restaurants

Don’t get too spooked by the ghoulish face-painted staff as you enjoy spine-chilling cocktails as part of Bread Street Kitchen and Heddon Street Kitchen’s partnership with Bacardi. Our favourite of the three has to be the ‘what’s your poison?’, concocted of spiced pumpkin seed-infused Bacardi, pumpkin purée, syrup, smoked paprika with apple and lemon juice. Whilst you’re enjoying your tipple, why not trick or treat yourself to their three course feast, available from 28th October until 3rd November, and sink your gnashers into some spook-tastic treats. Both menus are slightly different but rest assured they deliver of flavour, presentation and the odd spooky chill too…

28th October – 3rd November

Where: Bread Street Kitchen / Heddon Street Kitchen
Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Gillray’s Steakhouse & Bar

Already experts in bloody meat, of course steak restaurant Gillray’s would have a special cocktail to celebrate Halloween. Their classic whisky-based cocktail, made with with Kings Ginger, honey and lemon juice will be on sale for one night before it’s spirited away…

Thursday 31st October

Where: Gillray's Steakhouse & Bar, Westminster Bridge Road, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.3 miles)
Website: www.gillrays.com

Sea Containers London

Sea Containers London will be celebrating Halloween in typical style at 12th Knot. The rooftop bar and the perfect place to gaze across spooky London as the witching hour approaches and the bar will transform for the night into a sanctum of ‘mystery, mayhem and mischievousness’, combining cocktails, immersive ‘play rooms’ and, of course, incredible cocktails.

Saturday 26th October

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, UK
Nearest station: London Waterloo East (0.3 miles)
Website: www.seacontainerslondon.com

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Jaks Mayfair

Mayfair restaurant Jak’s will be transforming their super-cool subterranean bar into a spooky crypt for Halloween. The bar will be suitably dressed for Halloween, and will be serving up spooky cocktails to boot.

Thursday 31st October

Where: Jaks Mayfair, South Molton Street, London, UK
Nearest station: Bond Street (0.1 miles)
Website: www.jakslondon.com

Ivory Vaults

Forget Hampton Court, if you want to see the ghost of Henry VIII then you need to head to Ivory Vaults. Their Medieval Banquet contains all the skeletons in the bloody king’s closet and then some. The venue will be putting on a spooky immersive dinner featuring the larger-than-life king himself, plus his dead wives, knights and all the ‘ex-employees’, hosting a reunion after 500 years….

Friday 25th, Saturday 26th, Wednesday 30th, Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd November

Where: Ivory Vaults Ivory House St Katharine Docks London, E1W 1BP
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.4 miles)
Website: www.medievalbanquet.com


If there’s one place in London that will make you feel cosy and safe it’s Roast, but even this comfort-blanket of a restaurant can raise goose pimples when it comes to Halloween, and not least when they’re pulling out all the stops to create a spooky afternoon tea. Fear not, the scary vibes only stretch to black (charcoal infused) scones and RIP sweet treats, along with  spiced pumpkin cake, a chocolate witch’s hat and savory classics like smoked salmon and crème fraîche and roast beef (it is Roast, after all), watercress and mustard finger sandwiches.

From Monday 28th October until Sunday 3rd November


Where: The Floral Hall, Stoney St, London SE1 1TL
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.2 miles)
Website: www.roast-restaurant.com

Lucky Voice Holborn

If the scariest thing your friends can think of is hearing you belt out show tunes, then Halloween is the perfect time to prove them right and scare them witless. Launching their ‘Creepy Carnival’, karaoke experts Lucky Voice will be putting on a week of Halloween karaoke themed around The Greatest Showman. Operating across all their venues, look forward to a free Halloween cocktail sharer when you pre-book a private karaoke room ahead of your visit.

Where: Lucky Voice Holborn, Chancery Lane, London, UK
Nearest station: Chancery Lane (0.3 miles)
Website: www.luckyvoice.com

Sky Garden

Terrified of heights? Acrophobia is the least of your worries 37 storeys above ground level at Sky Garden. Celebrating Halloween, the tallest public garden in Britain will be putting on a spooky delight of a live music evening. Tickets include all-night access to the eerie Sky Pod Bar and the surrounding gardens for an evening of hair-raising tunes and spooktacular tracks courtesy of ALR music, and a devilishly good cocktail on arrival.

Thursday 31st October

Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Website: Get tickets here...

STK London

A STK to the heart is the least you can enjoy at meat restaurant STK this Halloween. They’ve arranged a one-night-only party featuring dining from the a la carte menu, a carefully curated limited edition series of cocktails and all the Halloween classics from the resident DJ. What’s more, the best costume will win up to £500 STK credit for the best and scariest costumes.

Thursday 31st October

Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
Website: www.togrp.com

The Gore

Quintessentially Victorian hotel The Gore in Kensington will be the home to an immersive luxury cabaret featuring Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Drawing star-power from the worlds of cabaret, music, circus, and couture, Book Club Cabaret promised to take guests on an immersive trip deep, deep into the heart of Mary Shelley’s masterpiece. As if the dark gothic undertones weren’t enough to complete any Halloween, a six course meal from an actual Michelin-starred chef can only make this evening all the more perfect, not to mention spooky.

Where: 190 Queen's Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5EX
Website: www.thebookclubcabaret.com