It’s that night of the year when the dead come back to life, witches soar overhead and spirits whirl around. Welcome to Halloween. Whether you’re knocking back champagne at the Veuve Clicquot ball, dodging death at The Savoy or sipping cocktails at Dandelyan you’re in for a terrifying time.
Veuve Clicquot Halloween Ball
Calling all macabre mademoiselles and devilish dandies, this Halloween there is a ball taking place at Circus and it promises to be a night of wicked delights, lace, leather, burlesque and death-defying acts gracing their ‘stage-table.’ Hosted with the help of Veuve Clicquot, Circus will be putting on a four-course feasting menu and with Champagne and cocktails from Veuve Clicquot. Dressing up is a must, think Halloween glamour, let Morticia and Gomez Addams be your inspiration.
Saturday 28th October
Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Westminster, London, WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)
Halloween Party in the Sky
Join the spirits and ghouls in the sky, 35 floors above London at Sky Garden as they try to raise hell with their annual Halloween party. There’ll be freakish fabulously cocktails, late-night dancing and make-up artists ready to transform faces into Halloween horrors, normally we can achieve that look in the morning.
Friday 27th October
Where: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF, UK
Nearest station: Monument (0.2 miles)
Website: Get Tickets Here
Eating human brains, it’s the thing of nightmares (although a once-isolated tribe in east Papua New Guinea did use to do this) unless that is you’re at STK London where it’s actually rather delicious. Made from red velvet cake, bourbon vanilla butter cream and Swiss Meringue, topped with a deathly sugar shard and blood red raspberry sauce; it may look gory but it will certainly taste great.
Monday 30th October to Sunday 5th November
Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
Bow Down Witches
It’s time to go drinking with your best witches as Dirty Martini throw their dirtiest Halloween party yet. This year it’s all about witches, channel your inner Endora, Ursula, Maleficent, The Wicked Witch of the West or White Witch (that would be quite the squad) and head to Dirty Martini for a colour changing Witches Brew Shocktail, dancing and free glitter face paint – because if you’ve got it, haunt it.
Check out which other Dirty Martinis it’s taking place at here
Saturday 28th October
Where: 10c Hanover Square, London, W1S 1JH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.1 miles)
50 Berkeley Square was once known as one of the most haunted houses in London, but this Halloween it’ll be its neighbour Sexy Fish that is creepy as it is transforming into Scary Fish for the spookiest soiree in town. There’ll be ferocious fire breathers; snake charmers; the Haunted Hollywood singers; burlesque and belly dancers to entertain as you sit down to an eerie eleven-course feast. Dishes include crispy octopus served with red blood orange, sweet shishito pepper, wagyu fat popcorn and a creepy ‘The Candyman’ pudding served in the shape of a severed hand.
Tuesday 31st October
Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, W1J 6BR
Zombies and Latin Vibes at Dandelyan
The world’s best bar is guaranteed to give us the world’s best Halloween, and Dandelyan has teamed up with Mexico’s Licoreria Limantour over the witching period. The Mexican mixologists, themselves ranked 13 in the world, will be travelling to Dandelyan along with their two top bartenders, bar manager, Jose Luis Leon Martinez, and Benjamin Padron Novoa. Expect some Latin vibes and weird and wonderful South American ingredients and play with the ideas of preservation, zombification, and cheating death.
Friday 27th – Tuesday 31st October
Where: 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
Bacardi Halloween at Blind Spot
How about a spot of trick or treating at Blind Spot? Bartenders and DJs will combine to make their Bacardi Halloween cocktails as spooky as the cave of gothic horror that awaits victims. The week-long event will feature the Night of the Bat installation, props to shock and many other surprises along the way.
Tuesday 24th – Tuesday 31st October
Where: 45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 4HX
Jazz, Liquor and Ghostly Flappers
If you’ve ever thought that nothing could be more horrific or terrifying than jazz, then prepare to have socks scared right off, with a return to the jazz age at The Candlelight Club Halloween Ball. The Gatsby themed ball will see a long-forgotten East London ballroom lit by candelabra and flickering jack-o-lanterns, and haunted by a host of ghostly flappers and gory gangsters, coquettish witches, black cat minxes and dapper devils across two rooms of entertainment. Immersive and interactive pleasure and terror await!
Saturday 28th October
Where: It's a secret!!
Table for 13 With a Cat
Caspar might be the friendly ghost, but Kaspar at the Savoy Kaspar has a scarier background. Legend has it that South African diamond magnate Woolf Joe dined at restaurant in 1898 along with fourteen guests. Except that one cancelled at the last minute. Dinner went on with an ‘unlucky’ 13 guests, making one superstitious diner announce that death would befall the first person to leave. Joel took that gamble and a few weeks later he was shot dead in Johannesburg. To avert a PR disaster The Savoy offered a member of staff to sit amongst tables of thirteen, but this was unpopular as it stimied conversation. So Kaspar was born, a three foot high cat sculpted in 1926 by Basil Lonides to stave off bad luck. He joins parties of 13 with a napkin around his neck and a full place setting. The Savoy is inviting guests to experience a sophisticated five-course dinner party for 13 guests over Halloween, along with Kaspar.
Saturday 28th and Tuesday 31st October
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Holborn (0.3 miles)
Whodunit at Berners Tavern
Murder mystery at Berners Tavern this Halloween as guests are invited to host their own murder mystery dinner parties in the restaurant’s private dining rooms. Travel back to the 1920s where the lead actor in a theatre production collapses and dies on stage. Led by a master of ceremonies, diners will navigate the intrigue of The Final Curtain over three courses of a feasting menu and wines to match. British classics like Buccleuch Estate beef Wellington or the Flaming Alaska dessert set alight in front of the diners add theatre to the dining experience, as guests try and figure out whodunit.
Saturday 28th – Tuesday 31st October
Where: 10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP
Nearest station: Oxford Circus (0.4 miles)
MNKY HSE isn’t just celebrating Halloween, they’re celebrating Halloweek by transporting guests to the depths of the ancient Mayan Jungle, serving creepy cocktails and on Friday 27th they’ll be hosting a particularly spook soiree. Warriors and tribes will be summoned to assemble in the Mayan Jungle for a deadly dinner followed by drinks and dancing. Staff will be masked in Mayan Warrior war paint and adorned with ancient tribal garments, DJ Mary Moon will be playing a soundtrack of ceremonial deep house and you will definitely need to come dressed to scare.
Thursday 26th October – Friday 3rd November
Where: 10 Dover Street, Mayfair, W1S 4LD
The Perception: Soho’s Next Destination Bar
Stealing the scene from the day the doors open, W London – Leicester Square launches it’s new bar, The Perception, with the highlight of the Autumnal calendar – Halloween. Celebrate it’s inaugural weekend with a sophisticatedly spooky Day of the Decadent Dead party. Dress to impress and get your make-up designed by their complimentary artists, with thrilling entertainment and eerie encounters. The spirits of Soho rise up and take center stage for one night only. Expect bar-raising cocktails that will push the boundaries of mixology and the hottest DJ’s that London has to offer.
Saturday 28th October
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Trick or Treat Afternoon Tea
We might too old to trick or treat now (or never have) but we’re never too old for a trick or treat afternoon tea and oh look Bluebird are serving one! There’ll be black iced ghoul cupcakes, brownie coffins, blood orange tart and pumpkin sponge rolls. There’ll also be pumpkin carving classes, cauldrons of cocktails such as All Things Nice made with Chairman’s spiced rum, fresh lime, rhubarb liqueur, orange bitters, vanilla syrup shaken with pumpkin puree and the courtyard will be transformed into a tangled wilderness with a pumpkin patch, autumn trees, hanging apples, haystacks, twinkling lights and roasted chestnuts to snack on.
26th -29th October
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
(Haunted) House Music
The legendary Halloween Ball at The Mansion London is back and scarier than ever. Packed out with some of Europe’s hottest DJs and musiscians prepare for an evening of (haunted?) house music, immersive art exhibitions, casino tables, entertainment rooms including vintage horror moveies and fire shows, not to mention some of the wildest costumes you’ll see this All Hallows Eve.
Saturday 28th October
Other spooky happenings…
- Ballie Ballerson’s ball pit will be turning blood-red for a week and they’ll be serving cocktails such as the Dirty Needle, Mezcal-laced Death by Agave and candy floss spider webs. Monday 23rd to Tuesday 31st October
- Alcotraz will be unlocking their shutters for a one-off eerie night. The prison isn’t what it once was and there is said to be something strange in air…Tuesday 31st October
- Pop Brixton will be hosting a Crazy Circus Party, dance with devil, ride a pink elephant and meet mystical monsters Saturday 28th October
- Drag queens Tiffaney Wells and Adora Dix will be hosting a fabulously spooky dinner at The Ivy Soho Brasserie Tuesday 31st October
- Head deep underground in Shoreditch as members’ club Curtain opens for La Danse Macabre, Halloween caberet and ghoulish DJs Saturday 28th October
- Ben’s Canteen are getting down and gruesome with the Off With Their Head burger, an aged beef patty, pig cheeks, smoked habanero bbq sauce, slaw, pickles and Gouda Throughout October