With Halloween just around the corner, we have got together some of of the spookiest, goriest and most terrifying events happening in our haunted city. From 80s horror films in Maggie’s to dusting the cobwebs off you love life with speed dating and demonic cocktails served in skulls at The Langham, London is the place to be this Halloween.
Over at Almeida they have created a cocktail with a real kick to it, the ‘Cosmo Diavlo’. It's a devilish muddle of cucumber, chilli, Russian standard vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry. Forget Halloween chocolate, we want to over indulge in these. Available 28th October – 31st October www.almeida-restaurant.co.uk
The award winning Artesian will be serving up a cocktail inspired by the glory and Mexican celebration of the Day of the Dead. The Aqui Estoy is a blend of Mexican Don Julio Blanco, strong and smoky Mezcal, together with Shiso from Japan. The best part? Think it is served in a glass? Think again it is supped from a skull with rice flowers in the eyes, seriously cool. Available now www.london.langhamhotels.co.uk
If you want to celebrate Halloween with a little bit of sophstication then head over to The Rib Room at Jumeirah Carlton Tower where they are serving up a gory cocktail. With a base of Martin Millers Gin, Campari, thyme, apple and cranberry we say move over Bloody Mary's it's all about the Bloody Apple Cranberry cocktail.Available now until 31st October (inclusive) www.theribroom.co.uk
Mansion Bar and Parlour have come over all Harry Potter on us this Halloween as they have created a Goblet of Fire cocktail. We can't tell you what is in this cocktail as the homemade formula is top secret, there is only one thing for it then – off to Mansion Bar and Parlour we go to find out! Available 27th October – 6th November www.mansionbar.co.uk
As part of their Seedling Series Kids Cook programme, InterContinental London are putting on a Halloween cooking class. The little ones will be able to watch the chef carve scary faces and toothy grins on pumpkins, which they can then decorate and take home with them, ready to light up to scare off all those lurking spooky spirits. 26th October www.london.intercontinental.com
Cocktails more your thing than chocolate? Vinopolis has the answer with a Halloween cocktail masterclass where mixologists will be talking about the tricks and treats of the trade, mixing sample potions, and teaching guests how to make four haunting Halloween cocktails. It’s all double, double, toil and trouble. 31st October www.vinopolis.co.uk
Dating and Halloween aren’t usually a combination that springs to mind, but over on the Kings Road Beaufort House are asking you if you want to find someone new to sink your teeth into, Robert Pattinsonesque vampires step forward. We like to think of it as adult trick or treating. 31st October www.beauforthousechelsea.co.uk
The Kings Road really is the place to find love this Halloween as along side their pumpkin patch and Halloween afternoon tea, Bluebird are hoping to dust the cobwebs out of your love life with speed dating for singletons. Scary cocktails and canapés? Of course. Scary singletons? Let’s hope not. 31st October www.bluebird-restaurant.co.uk
The Bulgari is bringing the fright to daylight with its spooky twist on its usual ‘La Dolce Domenica’ think with pumpkin pies, spider web cookies, ghost marshmallow lollipops and Halloween drinks. Afterwards guests can join the hotel residents to watch the iconic, The Addams Family. 27th October www.bulgarihotels.com
More brilliantly retro than spooky Hush are carrying on with their Classics in the Courtyard with a special Halloween showing of Ghostbusters and naturally they will be serving cocktails to go with it. The Slimer which is a rather fantastic luminous green is spiked with Crystal Head vodka, Midori and Crème de Menthe. You of course have to dress up 1) every who does gets a Slimer on the house, 2) because the best dressed wins a bottle of Crystal Head and 3) it’s Halloween, people! 31st October www.hush.co.uk
For guts and gore and 80s slasher films then it is off to Maggies you go. Walk down those stairs and enter into a decorated lair of rusty wire garlands, gunky sacks of eyeballs bloodied hanging knives and eerie appearances from the likes of Freddy Krueger. Showing flashbacks of terrifying films such as ‘Prom Night’, ‘Friday The 13th’ ‘My Bloody Valentine’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ this is set to be one night of 80s horror. 2nd November www.maggies-club.com
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