Not up for a costume party this year? Enjoy a few spooky specials at these London restaurants instead. Here are 10 great places to eat out in the capital this Halloween

1. Cinnamon Soho

This lively Indian restaurant is adding three limited edition dishes to its menu this Halloween but be warned, they will only appeal to meat eaters! Choose from Devilled Duck Hearts crusted with coriander and chili and served with hot garlic chutney, Oxtail Samosas with caper lime raita and a tamarind chutney, or The Brain Burger. It’s made with lambs’ brains and is served with onion rings and masala wegdes. Available from 19 – 31 October. 5 Kingly Street, W1B 5PF, cinnamonsoho.com

2. York & Albany, Camden

The recently refurbished deli at this North London restaurant will turn into a haunted house on 31 October. Younger visitors can enjoy apple bobbing, cookie decorating and trick-or-treating. Adults can sip on the rum-based Walking Dead cocktail or the whisky-based Destiny’s Eye while sampling the squid ink arancini and pumpkin velouté canapes. 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS, york-and-albany.com

3. Dirty Bones, Kensington


York & Albany’s Halloween deli

This US-style diner will be offering two seasonal but comforting dishes to its menu this month. Look out for the dusted southern fried chicken on a spiced pumpkin waffle and the white chocolate gelato with salted fudge, finished with shattered sugar glass & dripping in strawberry blood. 20 Kensington Church St, Kensington, W8 4EP, dirty-bones.com

4. The Rivington Pumpkin Patch at Rivington Greenwich

There’s fun for all the family at this Greenwich restaurant, which will transform into a pumpkin patch for Halloween. Rivington Grog, made with pumpkin oil, rum, lime, ginger, Chartreuse, avocado and Tepitio Blanco, will be on offer for the adults, while the little ones can bring their pre-carved pumpkin masterpieces in for judging 31 October at 5pm. All entrants will get a lollipop, and the lucky winner will receive a trick or treat hamper full of tasty goodies. 178 Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN. rivingtongreenwich.co.uk

5. London House, Battersea

Head chef Anna Haugh will be serving up a Halloween-inspired à la carte menu including a pumpkin and ginger soup followed by crispy pork belly with colcannon and mini candied apples. Crème brûlée with a blood apple filling will finish this special meal. Available from 27 October to 1 November. 7-9 Battersea Square, SW11 3RA, london-house-restaurant.com 

6. Balthazar, Covent Garden 

From 24 October to 1 November, this favourite brunch spot will be adding a few Halloween treats to its menu. Indulge in a special Frightening Fizz cocktail (it’s ghoulishly green with drips of bloodiness) or visit Balthazar’s Boulangerie to stock up on spooky bat cookies (£2). Available from Sunday 24 to Sunday 1 November. balthazar.com

7. Bread Street Kitchen, St Paul’s

Stop into this informal City restaurant to try The Smashing Pumpkin cocktail – a concoction of pumpkin syrup, fresh lemon, mint and served in a mini pumpkin from 26 October to 5 November. Award-winning magician Michael J Fitch will also be on hand to bewitch diners on Sunday 1 November. 10 Bread St, EC4M 9AJ, breadstreetkitchen.com 

8. M Restaurants, The City

On Halloween night, M Restaurants will be transformed into a Hollywood speakeasy for a Murder Mystery dinner. Blackwatch Entertainment will be running the show with professional actors on site, while Head Chef Jarad McCarroll (formerly of Chiltern Firehouse) will serve up a set-menu of cured trout, yellow fin tuna yakotori and a selection of ‘deadly’ desserts. Tickets are £49 per person and include a cocktail on arrival. M, 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2 8HP. mrestaurants.co.uk

9. Mount Street Deli, Mayfair


Pumpkin biscuits at Balthazar

The Mount Street Deli will be stocked with a great selection of ghoulish treats this October. The gingerbread skeleton cookies and cupcakes decorated with pumpkins, bats, skeletons and spiders are sure to get visitors in the Halloween spirit. Toffee apples, caramel pumpkin pies and pumpkin chocolate balls will also be on offer, from £2.50 each. 100 Mount Street, W1K 2TG, mountstreetdeli.co.uk

10. Pizzabuzz, Shoreditch

This new arrival on Worship Street has got the perfect pizza for Halloween – a black squid ink-coloured base topped with mozzarella, butternut squash, onion, peppers, cherry tomatoes, black olives and a drizzle of garlic-infused olive oil. There’s no need to be put off by the colour either. This Halloween special will be made with an in-house flour blend to aid digestion. £9.95 each. Alphabeta Building, 2 Worship St, EC2A 2AH, pizzabuzz.co.uk

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