If you’ve seen our Halloween party guide, you’ll know there a jeepers and creepers amounts of cloak-donning and fang-wielding venues across London ready to get you ghouling. However, if for you Halloween is more about enjoying cocktails made from fake blood, eating desserts that look like bloodshot eyes or eating burgers with black buns, then greetings! You’ve come to the right place. Here’s our round-up of all the spooky shenanigans going on throughout the city this year.
Oh and by the way, Why didn’t the skeleton go to the ball? Because he had no BODY to go with.
Bit Of An Eyefull
We’ve got our eyes on a certain Bluebird Chelsea dessert. Yep, the white chocolate eyeball dessert has arrived just in time for Halloween and has most certainly taken our fancy (well, perhaps not aesthetically). Designed in the form of a blood shot eye, the fanciful sweet feast includes raspberry coulis veins and a picture-worthy exterior. However, if this isn’t something you want to feast your eyes on then an outside pumpkin patch will see you having a hauntingly good time…
Where: 350 Kings Road, Chelsea, London, SW3 5UU, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Imperial Wharf (0.8 miles)
What do we like more than Halloween cocktails? Free Halloween cocktails! Ping Pong has created a chilling Black Widow cocktail made from Courvoisier, Ratafia, blackberries, citrus and a kick of vanilla chill and when you signed up to the newsletter between the 26th October and 4th November and spend just £10 at their restaurant on their seriously good dim sum then you get it free! No tricking just all the treating.
We’re frightfully excited for what Plateau have got to offer this Halloween. A curated cocktail menu of spooky lip-smackers have been created in the form of Bloodcurdling, a deadly blend of Sipsmith London dry gin, lemon juice, sugar syrup, egg white and red wine float, and the Haunted, a sinister mix of Sipsmith London dry gin, sloe gin, lemon syrup and chilled earl grey tea.
Available 24th-31st October 2018
The Chesterfield are renowned for putting modern twists on old classics. Take their Sweetshop Afternoon Tea for example, a hub of our favourite treats mixed into the much-loved scone and tea extravaganza. For Halloween, they’ve introduced the Pumpkin Bloody Mary at The Chesterfield Hotel’s Terrace Bar. Twisting up the favourite, the mix will include pumpkin juice with vodka, tabasco for a kick and lemon juice too! What’s more, the tipple will be presented in true Halloween style, within a smoking cauldron.
Available on Halloween.
No Tricks, Just Treats
Tom’s Kitchen sure do know how to do a good dessert, and Halloween proves to be no barrier. The dessert will be made from sumptuous white choc and pumpkin mouses coated in dark chocolate, served with orange macaroon and vanilla whipped cream. It’s a spooktacular masterpiece and we suggest you take a bite…
From the 26th to the 31st of October
Medusa: The Transformation is a visual performance of live music, projection mapping, soundscapes and ritual presented by artist and musician Boe Huntress. The Halloween special will see the Greek mythology of Medusa take on an interesting twist.
On the 31st of October 2018, 7pm
Mews of Mayfair are ready to r-r-r-r-raise the roof off Halloween with their Haunted Mansion party. The party will jointedly celebrate the official opening of Mews Lounge, and guests can enjoy a spooky selfie space courtesy of Veuve Clicquot whilst sipping on cocktails that scream concoctions like Madame Cliquot’s Poison and Spiced Pumpkin Fizz. P.s. if you’re dressed up, you’ll get a cocktail. So make an effort guys and gals!
On the 27th October
Smoking ‘ell. Abuelo have really got their Halloween hats on as the Antipodean-meets-South American coffee house and kitchen introduce two cakes. Seeing Orange includes carrot, ginger, cinnamon and white chocolate, and Pumpkin Mad with pumpkin, all spice, maple syrup and espresso. To wash down the pumpkin overload, there’s smoking pumpkin and chai spice rum cocktails, which have our mouths watering at the thought.
Rebel Without A Cause
Widow Series is back, and this time you’ve got to get your rebel on, as the Veuve Clicquot annual creative experience ‘Rebels’, sees guests paying homage to Madamé Clicquot, over three evenings. The event will see the likes of Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, Rebecca Louise Law, Anna Burns and James Lavelle showing face, alongside immersive art experiences throughout.
Voltaire Bar & Vaults have introduced their Bloody Mary Burgers for Halloween. The Halloween savouries come with fillings beef, chicken or mushroom and halloumi, so there’s no excuse not to feast your fangs on them. What’s more, the back burger buns make for a great insta-snap #Halloweengoals
22nd of October – 1st of November
The London EDITION has some spooky twists in store for intrepid travellers to the venue. Drinks include Here’s Johnny (we’ve got the creeps just saying it), with a syringe of Tawney Port, Jack Daniels Single Barrel, Egg White and Lemon, and Fallen Leaves; the pumpkin Daiquiri featuring Bacardi Carta Blanca, Pumpkin Puree, Lime and Montenegro.
From the 29th of October – 4th of November
Sipsmith Warming Cocktail Tasting Dinner
Get sipping this Halloween and enjoy an Aqua Shard and Sipsmith special. Guests will feast on panoramic views of London, oh and cocktails and canapés on arrival, before sitting down to enjoy a three-course dinner paired with seasonal Sipsmith gin cocktails. The menu includes braised belly of alt marsh lamb, apple tartan, washed down with a hot winter gin and tonic and more.
Where: Level 31, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9RY, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Bridge (0.1 miles)
How about a Halloween afternoon tea? London Hilton on Park Lane have introduced a frightfully sweet offering to celebrate, with treats inclusive of passion milk choc tombstone, pumpkin and chocolate tart, black forest and a cherry and pistachio log.
The tea will be served in the Podium Restaurant and Bar, available from 22th to 31st October.
Balthazar are hosting Balthoween to pay homage to the spookiest night in town. The Hallow’s Eve celebration will see the outside of the boulangerie transformed into a Halloween-themed, autumnal arranged spooky paradise, with a bountiful scattering of pumpkins and skulls. Guests will be able to enjoy treats and drinks from the popular destination.
From Monday the 29th October to Sunday the 4th November
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5HZ
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.2 miles)
This is a blood-curdling nightmare, and literally a Nightmare at Blakes, as the hotel offers a menu of Spooky Specials and creepy cocktails as Halloween creeps around again. If a cocktail isn’t enough, there’s a Blakes Below party where guests can dance to Thriller, and other Halloween classics.
P.s. You’ll get a prize if your horror movie character outfit is up to scratch!
On Wednesday 31st October.
Coveted Pumpkin Patch
Aster in Victoria have transformed their cocktail menu, courtesy of Halloween, with deadly drinks listed in abundance. To whet your palette, you’ve got the Trick or Treat, a base of Koskenkorva vodka and a squeeze of lemon, or sink your teeth into the Vampire Poison, a mix of spiced rum, pomegranate juice, apple cider and a hint of bloody grenadine syrup. Located just besides Hamilton the Musical and/or Wicked, it’s an ideal pre-theatre watering hole.
Available 24th-31st October 2018
The Secret Potion...
STK have got a range of spooky cocktails at the ready and hell, we’re excited to slurp. The ghoulish cocktails at the modern steakhouse will include trio The Secret Potion, Biohazard and Black Magic, that will spice up your Halloween with flavour and wow-factor!
Where: ME London, 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Temple (0.3 miles)
A Trick or Treat Trolley
Life is a gamble, as is the Skylon Trick or Treat Trolley that will be rollin’ about the place, courtesy of Halloween! The trolley will be laden with a devilish tipple called the Bloody Apple; a concoction of bloody Shiraz gin, Buffalo Trace bourbon, apple juice, orange bitters and garnished with cloves, orange and apple. With views a’plenty, it’s a great place to celebrate Halloween…but on your own head be it!
Bloody Apple is available on 31st October
Where: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: London Waterloo (0.2 miles)