From spine-tingling walking tours to the spookiest, yet most delicious pudding delivery in the city, we’ve rounded up 11 ways to ensure you have the best Halloween weekend, whether you fancy staying in or venturing out.

Highlights of the show include a candid shot of a young Jerry Hall, spitting water onto her topless model friend, as well as two portraits of David Bowie, taken in Monte Carlo for Vogue before Let’s Dance catapulted him to new levels of fame.

Catch the new intimate Helmut Newton: 100 Years exhibition 

Explore the works of Helmut Newton, one of the world’s highest regarded fashion and portrait photographers of the 20th century. 

Newton’s work has graced the likes of every fashion bible, including Vogue, as well as photographing famous names, including David Bowie and young Jerry Hall. This weekend sees his work come to life at Zebra One Gallery’s special retrospective, celebrating the past 100 years of Newton’s work.

Newton’s work has graced the likes of every fashion bible.

Runs 31st October – 14th November 2020

73a Perrin’s Court, Hampstead High Street, Hampstead NW3 1QX

Get into the spooky spirit at Covent Garden’s pumpkin pop-up

Halloween may be looking a little different this year, but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy all of the spooks, scares and thrills in a socially distanced manor. 

Get dressed up and venture to Covent Garden for their pumpkin pop-up that’s set to hit the streets this Friday and Saturday. Tonnes of spooky activities will be on offer, from pumpkin spice lattes to over 200 pumpkins and tempting French gourds to purchase to make up a festive feast at home. Lots of restaurants are also taking part, including The Ivy Market Grill who you’ll find serving up Insta-worthy blood orange margaritas to the adults.


Try out Nebula’s Halloween-inspired 80s astroworld brunch 

Escape the chaos of the ‘Rona world and try out Nebula’s curfew-friendly solution to your Halloween woes. 

Begin your Halloween festivities in style at Nebula, Hackney’s latest kid of the block for all things brunch and pizza. They’re bringing an Astroworld-themed 80s dress up brunch bash to the table this Saturday, so you can expect things to get boozy, brilliant and brunchy.

Brunch menu dishes include spicy Tabasco huevos rancheros bagels and oven baked shakshuka. They’ve also elevated the cocktail selection, where you’ll be able to build your own Bloody Mary depending on your individual tastes, supported by Aussie distillery Four Pillars Gin, or for a more fiery kick, try the Bloody Hell, Nigel, you’ve a bloody Martian!, which includes Four Pillars cult favourite Bloody Shiraz Gin, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, tomato, Worcester sauce, and Habanero dashes.

Saturday 31st October, 11am-3pm

455 Hackney Road, Hackney E2 9DY

20th Century Fox

Saturday 31st October, 4pm & 8pm

21-25, The Clapham Grand, St John’s Hill SW11 1TT

Get your time warp on at The Rocky Horror Picture Show 

How better to spend your haunting Halloween night than tucked inside a haunted Victorian Theatre watching The Rocky Horror Picture Show. That’s right, head down to The Clapham Grand this Saturday for one of two screenings of the iconic horror show on the big screen. 

Expect all of the theatrics and more, including The Grand’s live hosts and show team, all the confetti and even the occasional balloon drop. 

Pop on your best Frank N. Furter or Magenta outfit and get ready to lose your voice screaming to the Time Warp.

Catch The Witches reboot at home

Swap the torrential rain for a night in with Roald Dahl’s The Witches reboot. In true film style, The Witches has been given a 2020 lick of paint, delivering a less prosthetic heavy finish but all of the thrills and horrors thrown in. 

Starring Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Chris Rock and Stanley Tucci, expect to be laughing, crying and with the little ones hiding behind the cushions.  

We’re not 100% sure if it’ll live up to the original film adaptation but we’re sure excited to see how Anne Hathaway pulls off her role as the Grand High Witch.

Available to rent on Sky Store, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, Google Play & Microsoft Store

Cosy up at this winter terrace 

Our favourite riverside destination, Bingham Riverhouse in leafy Richmond, has launched its winter terrace. They’re keeping things safe and staying outdoors with cocktails and bar snacks on weekend evenings throughout Autumn. Spend the day strolling through the park, then cosy up under the terrace canopy with heaters, blankets and lanterns to watch the boats roll past on the river. 

There’s even a few tables inside the garden rooms for when the temperature dials down a notch. Plus, if you get a bit too comfortable, you can always stay the night in the hotel – our favourite rooms have river views and copper baths in the bedrooms.

The Riverhouse garden terrace bar is open on Thursday and Friday evenings, and then on Saturday and Sunday from 2pm onwards. 

61 – 63 Petersham Road, Richmond Upon Thames, Surrey TW10 6UT

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Stay in and entertain the kid with these eerie puds

From zombie teddies to ghost-topped cheesecakes, swap the hassle of making your own and order in a selection of The Proof’s deliciously adorable Halloween treats. 

East London bakery, The Proof will take the inconvenience out of slogging away in front of the oven, allowing you to enjoy the spooky day by cuddling up on the sofa watching scary films or pumpkin carving with the kids. Choose from the likes of the Boo-nilla Cheesecake, Spook-iteroles, Dead Velvet Cake with Graveyard Biscuits, Dead Velvet Cupcakes or order in a box of their Halloween cookies, abrim with chocolate mummies, good ghosts and zombie teddies. Yum.

Available until 1st November

Order your delivery here:

Various dates and times until 8th November 


Catch a spooky film at the Forbidden Forest Cinema

Arriving 23rd October until 8th November, the Forbidden Forest Cinema will be setting up shop in Peckham, bringing with it a selection of nightmarish spooky classics set to be projected on the big screen. 

From Nightmare on Elm Street to The Blair Witch Project, Us to The Sixth Sense, prepared to be spooked silly in front of all of your friends and have popcorn flying all over the cinema during the jump scares. There’s also a few family friendly films showing too for the little ones, including Moana and Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Swap cooking for ordering in this incredible plant-based delivery service 

With the weather looking pretty bleak this weekend, stay inside and order in our favourite plant-based delivery service, Vibrant Vegan. 

Vibrant Vegan is an incredible service that provides you with chef-prepared frozen meals that are jam-packed with flavour, nutrition and tonnes of the good stuff. We’ve teamed up with them to offer our readers 25% off on your first order. All you need to do is pick your 6 meals on our site and enter code THEHANDBOOK25 at checkout.

We tried these out this week and were seriously impressed. They’ve totally elevated the humble frozen meal.

Try this spine-tingling Jack the Ripper walking tour 

Do something a little different this spooky Saturday and embark on a haunting, spine-tingling walking tour, courtesy of award-winning London’s Walks, proprietors of The Jack The Ripper Tour. 

Begin your historical journey outside Discount Suit Company, with a complimentary hot punch to help warm your cockles before uncovering the hidden secrets of Jack the Ripper. It’s a great one for those wanting to mingle with their monster friends this Halloween, in a socially distanced and Tier 2 safe manner.

Saturday 31st October, 12pm, 2:30pm & 5pm

Discount Suit Company, 29A Wentworth Street, Spitalfields E1 7TB


Explore the astonishing Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer retrospective 

Explore the first major exhibition of dancer and choreographer Michael Clark at the Barbican Centre this Autumn and uncover his rise to fame, from a young choreographer in the 80s to now. 

Through film, photography and material, the Cosmic Dancer retrospective showcases his multi-disciplinary approach to choreography and subcultural influences. Works include Charles Atlas ‘Hail the New Puritan’ 1986, Sarah Lucas, Wolfgang Tillmans and Peter Doig.




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