We’re rolling fast toward the weekend and so it’s time to grab a death’s mask and scythe and get Halloween planning!
Detox from the Weekend
The weekend is for relaxing, but what if your weekend is so hectic that you need to relax from your weekend? That’s where the sound bath comes in and it’s as every bit relaxing as it sounds. Said to be the ultimate antidote to the buzz of city life, Sound Sebastien with Jasmine Hemsley and Toni Dicks, is an hour of being enveloped in the wave of therapeutic tones of Alchemy singing bowls. Tempur foam pillows and lavender eye masks will help induce a meditative state and after you’ll be served herbal teas, a rose, cardamom and toasted gram ladoo and risotto. Turn up and turn off.
Monday 30th October and then every Monday until 27th November
Who Killed the DJ?
Who Killed the DJ? It could be a 2017 Agatha Christie spin-off, but it’s not it’s the question you’re going to be asking when you head to Bala Baya’s Halloween party this Saturday. Was it committed by the Hooded Hostess who will drag you in from the dark and mysterious Union Arches? Or was it some other ghoulish force? Either way the DJ has somehow come back from the dead to take to the decks until 4am. Meanwhile his blood has made its way into the vodka blood shots and his eyes are in the creepy Eye of the DJ cocktail. Head there if you dare.
Saturday 28th October
Podium and Trader Vic's
Suppose you’re trying to piece together the perfect afternoon/evening Halloween combo, where to start? The London Hilton on Park Lane would be a good place. Enjoy a genteel afternoon tea at Podium with Halloweeny options like Witches Hat mini tartlets and Jelly Eyeball miniature fancies and a selection of Twining teas, then head for an evening at Trader Vic’s, where Halloween takes on a tiki theme with Welcome To The Jungle! Guests at the French Polynesian themed bar will find a series of ghoulish nights over Halloween weekend in what they’re dubbing ‘Hallowiki’. With spooky cocktails, table games and giveaways, there’s no hiding in the jungle.
On Friday 27th – Sunday 29th October
After-Hours Murder Mystery
One of the capital’s most iconic attractions, Tower Bridge is opening its doors to host its first after-hours Museum Mystery event, in the Victorian Engine Rooms. Leslie the Bridge Master has mysteriously disappeared, and it’s your job to interrogate suspects, track down the villain and solve the puzzle once and for all. Actors from immersive theatre group SPECIFIQ will also be around, letting you in on the darkest secrets of the world’s most famous river crossing. Looks like Halloween came early this year!
Friday 27th October, 7pm-8.30pm and 9pm-10.30pm
It’s National Bee Week so what better way to mark it than with a one-off brunch at Hilton London’s restaurant, using their very own homemade Bankside Bees honey? Perfect for those of us with a sweet tooth, you can expect tiger prawns marinated in caramelised honey, soy and sesame; honey basted ham hock with grain mustard potato, beans and parsley; honeycomb mousse with hazelnut chocolate praline and more. There’s even the option to add on bottomless bubbles, so go on – bee a devil and treat yourself!
Saturday 28th October, 12pm-3pm
Channel your inner 70s vibe at this retro West Hampstead spot, offering seriously tempting brunch dishes like triple stacked buttermilk blueberry pancakes, huevos rancheros pizza and spinach, bacon and hollandaise pizza. Along with these funky food options (which sound like just what we need after a Friday night) the barman will sort you out with one of their throwback cocktails, including Bobby’s white wine spritzer, planter’s punch and slushy banana daiquiri. Any self-respecting outlet offers bottomless drinks (…right?) and this one does just that – upgrade to get their fruity concoctions on demand.
Sunday 29th October
Your favourite rooftop drinking and dining destination is back after a knockout summer season, but this time you’ll be swapping bellinis for blankets and margaritas for mulled wine as it’s been transformed for the winter. Complete with heaters, rugs and a clear roof, you really will be dancing in the moonlight along with warming mulled wine and culinary delights from classics Patty & Bun and DF Mexico and new options like wood-fired pizza from Made of Dough, ramen from Tonkotsu Bar and Asian bagels from Little Ghost Bagels. Best of all, under all those blankets no one will see you taking another few bites…
New Fashion Bar
Leicester Square’s 5* hotel, W London, is set to launch its brand new bar, The Perception, this Friday. But this isn’t just any bar coming onto the scene, as it celebrates London’s love of design and fashion, and what could be more stylish than sipping on theatrical cocktails and listening to DJ sets in a bold, eclectic setting inspired by the city’s most iconic eras? Conveniently located in the epicentre of London’s creative energy, why not pop in for a pre-theatre tipple?
Opens Friday 27th October
Where: 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square, London, W1D 6QF, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus (0.2 miles)
Spirits And Spirits
With a name that could have been chosen exactly for Halloween, Death’s Door Spirits are planning a spooky cocktail tour of London? Teaming up with a paranormal expert, the vodka and gin makers will be guiding petrified guests through London’s most ghostly haunts, and with plenty of stops along the way to sample cocktails and nibbles. Seance and paranormal expert Jennifer Melmore will be on-hand to deal with any en-route ghost busting but the real spirits will be Death’s Door’s fantastic wares.
Book Ahead: MeatUp Massacre
How do you fancy feasting on human brain burgers with pickled fingers? Gorging on bone marrow brulee and delving into BBQ’D zombie hearts with hell sauce? There’s been a particularly gruesome massacre at MeatUp in Wandsworth Town (close to The Handbook HQ but safe to say, we’re all fine) and they’ve cooked it up into banquet. The local witch has had her head jellied into a terrine and the devil’s cheeks have been slow cooked. Tasty.
Tuesday 31st October
Where: 350 Old York Road, London, London Borough of Wandsworth SW18 1SS, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Wandsworth Town (0.1 miles)
Kick off an evening of Halloween evening trick or treating by taking the kids down to The Montague On The Gardens where Executive Chef Martin Halls has prepared a Halloween themed, child-friendly, spooktacular Afternoon Tea.
Tuesday 31st October
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