With the 10pm closing putting the squeeze on any plans for late-night shenanigans, it’s time for night-walkers to reclaim the day… From Sexy Fish’s Fantasy Brunch to Shaka Zulu’s Zombie Glitterfest, The Resident picks out some of the most haunting Halloween brunches in London
*Note* Many of these brunches were announced before the Tier 2 restrictions were imposed. Please ensure you’re plans adhere to the latest Covid-19 guidance
Lead image: Bill’s Beetlejuice Supper Club Menu
1 Halloween Brunch at COYA, Mayfair
Coya’s Peruvian plates are undoubtedly some of the prettiest in London, but it’s scares they’re going for this season with a fang-tastic bottomless brunch of cocktails, champagne and a special Halloween ceviche. The team will be dressed in ghostly, gruesome get ups and there will also be an illusionist, dancers and plenty of spine-chilling tunes. A special Cardinal Sins cocktail, made with black pepper and turmeric tequila, citrus, agave, ginger ale, herbs, clarified coconut milk, and topped with blood red yukary juice, is available as a free-flowing serve, alongside pisco sours, margaritas, wine, beer and champagne*. The Halloween-inspired Ceviche Platter includes Lubina y Calabaza made with pumpkin, sea bass, aji amarillo and sweet potatoes, and Mixto with octopus, squid, sea bream, mussels, aji limo and ink. There’s also a dessert platter of spooky treats. The four-hour brunch experience is £190pp (*three hours only). 12pm-4pm.
118 Piccadilly W1J 7NW; coyarestaurant.com
2 A Dark Fantasy Brunch at Sexy Fish, Mayfair
Sexy Fish, the Berkeley Square hotspot, has been running its new Fantasy Brunch series every Saturday in October, in collaboration with Japanese craft spirits producer The House of Suntory. On Saturday 31 October, the Halloween special, A Dark Fantasy, offers bewitching entertainment from saxophonists, electric violinists and percussionists, alongside devilishly divine dancers and DJs throughout. Seasonal dishes with a spooky twist like onsen egg with kimchi fried rice and bacon can be enjoyed alongside a specially created menu of Halloween cocktails, including the Blood & Sea (Toki whisky, sweet vermouth, maraschino, pineapple and anise) and The Dark Fantasy (Roku gin, umeshu, sake, yuzu and cherry). Served 12pm-10pm.
Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square W1J 6BR; sexyfish.com
3 Sumosan Twiga, Belgravia
31 Oct & 1 Nov
Sumosan Twiga, known for its high quality Japanese and Italian menu, will host three days of chilling fun over the Halloween weekend. Staff will be dressed to the nines while serving a selection of specially made concoctions such as the Boil and Bubble (a mix of Mezcal negroni with toffee flavoured smoke), Smokey Cauldron (featuring Nikka from the barrel, Pedro xemenez, cherry herring and bitters) and Peaky Blinders (Woodford Reserve whiskey, Laphroaig, white vermouth, carrot juice, honey, lemon, Cinnamon fireball). On Friday 30 October, there will be a Halloween party with DJ, and on Saturday 31 October its time for the Allegria Brunch with Latin dancers and a band for an electrifyingly haunted experience (the best-dressed table is in for a treat!). Then, on Sunday 1 November, there’s a Halloween brunch featuring dishes like red prawn carpaccio with crispy pumpkins, pumpkin risotto with crispy parmesan and pink pepper, and semifreddo al torroncino with black crumble for dessert.
165 Sloane Street, Belgravia SW1X 9QB; sumosantwigalondon.com
4 Raising Spirits at Madera, Marylebone
Californian-Mexican restaurant, Madera at Treehouse London, just by the BBC’s London HQ, is ‘Raising Spirits’ with its signature Party Brunch this Halloween. The immersive, ghoulish brunch experience takes place on Saturday 31 October with dishes showcasing the best Californian and Mexican flavours, with a tarot card reader offering insights into the future, floor performances from the enchanting Pomba Girls and a DJ on the decks spinning a ghostly tropical house set. Premium tequila Casamigos will be serving up hauntingly good cocktails, including the Los Muertos (a mix of Don Julio Anego, blood orange, lime, activated charcoal agave, hibiscus) and Ghost Rider (Altos Plata, fresh mint, lime juice, agave). Brunch with cocktails and churros is available from £40 per person.
14-15 Langham Place, Marylebone W1B 2QS; treehousehotels.com
5 Halloween Zombie Glitterfest Brunch at Shaka Zulu, Camden
Shaka Zulu in Camden is hosting a lavish Halloween Zombie Glitterfest Brunch – a fun-filled day of food, drink and Halloween vibes. As well as DJs playing UK Garage, RnB, Funky House, Hip Hop and House, food will be served from 12pm and bottomless rum punch served from 1pm-2pm. Dishes include blackened Cajun sea bream, vegetable potjie (a traditional South African dish) and up desserts like banana cake and berry compote, with upgrades to the likes of harissa buffalo striploin available. There will also be lots of giveaways and surprises on the day, with prizes for the best dressed and most outlandish costumes. 12pm-4pm. Tickets from £39 (a two-course meal and an hour’s bottomless rum punch – all served at your table – are included in the ticket price). Tables have a maximum occupancy of six guests and you must arrive together in your group.
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1 8AB; shaka-zulu.com
6 Ibiza Anthems Brunch at Q Shoreditch
Following sold out events at Century and the Brixton Courtyard featuring the likes of Judge Jules and Brandon Block, Ibiza Anthems Brunch is back and heading for Soho’s largest rooftop terrace for Halloween. Taking place at Q Shoreditch, formerly known as McQueens, DJs Brandon Block, Lisa Loud & Bongo Ben will headline, and tickets include a five-course tapas sharing menu, a cocktail and a table for the entire event. Expect to hear a timeless classics from the White Isle’s golden era, with live performers, inflatables and a carefree (within Covid-secure guidelines, of course!) Ibiza-like vibe. Oh and do dress up – the best dressed could win a London hotel break for two people with VIP tickets to the next Ibiza Anthems Brunch. The event will run in two sessions – the day sitting from 10am-4pm and the evening session from 5pm-10pm. In order to conform with new regulations, each person at the venue must be allocated seating, all guests will have their temperature taken on arrival, you must arrive together in your group, and staff will be wearing gloves and masks. Ticket prices vary.
55-61 Tabernacle Street, Old Street EC2A 4AA; q-shoreditch.com
7 Ping Pong, Soho, Covent Garden & South Bank
31 Oct & 1 Nov
Ping Pong dim sum restaurant is hosting a Spooky Saturday Halloween Brunch on 31 October and a Lazy Sumday Spooktacular Brunch on 1 November. The Saturday brunch will be very much in the vein of Ping Pong’s famous bottomless brunch, with free-flowing drinks (cocktails, bubbly, wine or beer) and a delicious fixed menu featuring some of Ping Pong’s best-loved dim sum delicacies, but since its Halloween, you’ll get the full Thriller experience, with terrifying tunes to get you up dancing (only the Soho venue has a DJ, but the Southbank and Covent Garden branches will be piping in a strong Halloween playlist). The best outfit will win a round of shots on the house. A number of packages are available: £30pp for free flowing cocktails and set menu; £40pp for free flowing wine, bubbly and beers, including set menu. Booking slots from 12pm, last seating 2.30pm. Book here. There’s also the Boozy Lazy Sumday on 1 November when, for £40pp, you can indulge in unlimited dim sum and unlimited selected cocktails jugs. All three venues will have a spooky themed playlist. Book here.
8 Halloween Soirée at Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden
Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden is hosting an extravagant Halloween Soirée featuring a two-hour bottomless brunch with bottomless cocktails, your choice of dish from a selection of international street food traders and a live mariachi band to bring the vibes. The huge beer garden – now covered for the winter – will also host live performers including stilt walkers, ghouls and ghosts, a live DJ, giant skulls, plenty of themed decor and more. The first sitting takes place from 12pm-5pm and the second from 5.30pm-10pm. Tickets from £72 for a table for four including two hours of bottomless cocktails and a food voucher each. Fancy dress is encouraged!
6 South Lambeth, Vauxhall SW8 1SP; vauxhallfoodbeergarden.com
9 Another Bloody Brunch at Prince of Peckham
Not Another Bloody Brunch?! Well yes, it is actually, since we all have to head home at 10pm these days. The Prince of Peckham, the vast pub on Clayton Road with three floors and an outside terrace, is running two brunch sittings on Halloween, with unlimited food for one hour and unlimited rum punch for two hours. Sessions run from 11am-4pm and 5pm-10pm, and tickets are £50pp. Tickets include unlimited jerk chicken, rice and peas, coleslaw, fried plantain and green salad, an ice cream sandwich and two hours of bottomless rum punch. DJs will be playing all day. Covid-secure guidelines are in place and your group is advised to arrive together.
1 Clayton Road, Peckham SE15 5JA; princeofpeckham.co.uk
10 Astroworld Halloween Brunch at Nebula, Hackney
I’m sure many of us would be glad to escape the world as we know it right now, if only for a few hours, and you can do just that at Nebula. The Tier 2 friendly 80s bash is an Astroworld-themed dress-up brunch bash serving up a frightfully delicious boozy brunch menu featuring dishes like spicy Tabasco huevous rancheros bagels and oven baked shakshuka. Cocktails will be elevated to new heights thanks to a special Build Your Own Bloody Mary menu supported by Aussie distillery Four Pillars Gin. All this set against a backdrop of space-themed decor, 80s tunes and plenty of outdoor seating for groups of up to six. Prizes for the best dressed! 11am-3pm. Book a table online.
455 Hackney Road E2 9DY; nebulapizza.com
11 Halloween Brunches at Gaucho Piccadilly & Broadgate
31 Oct-1 Nov
Gaucho is running eerie bottomless brunches throughout Halloween weekend. Running from 11am and 3.30pm, you can expect a selection of specially created bottomless Halloween cocktails along with frightfully delightful unlimited food. The two-story flagship restaurant in Piccadilly will be transformed into a creepy haunted house and there will be DJs, entertainers and make-up artists on hand to transport you to a spooky new world for brunch on both 31 Oct and 1 Nov. The Broadgate restaurant will be transformed into a disused underground Crypt for Halloween brunch on 31 Oct. You can also opt for a Bottomless Banquet of unlimited starters and drinks, with the option of one main and one dessert, from 5.30pm on 30 & 31 Oct at Gaucho Piccadilly and on 31 Oct at Gaucho Broadgate. Plus, on 31 Oct at Gaucho Charlotte Street, you can celebrate Halloween with an immersive screening of 90s classic Hocus Pocus, featuring tricks, treats and a bespoke menu (£65pp).
12 The Feast of Life & Death at The Stratford
The Stratford is going big on Halloween, with spooky film screenings, a Day of the Dead-themed bottomless brunch and even a sleepover option. The Feast of Life & Death is an immersive Day of the Dead bottomless brunch featuring a Mexican-inspired sharing menu filled with chilli nachos, tamales and tacos stuffed with Adobo pork, grilled shrimp or pulled jack fruit. Taking place on The Mezzanine, the experience will be brought to life by vivacious brunch gurus House of Dinosaur – expect to laugh, cry and scream. Seatings at 3.30pm and 7pm. Plus, buy a ticket to a Day of the Dead event and get an overnight stay in a Standard Room with a grab-and-go breakfast for £105.
20 International Way, Stratford E20 1FD; thestratford.com
13 Bill’s Beetlejuice Supper Club, Soho
29 Oct-1 Nov
Inspired by the cult classic Beetlejuice, Bill’s has created a Supper Club menu that includes a twist on Bill’s iconic flowerpot dessert and a Beetlejuice inspired cocktail. Technically, it’s not a brunch, but it’s available from 2.30pm-6.30pm which, frankly, is close enough. The wicked Halloween cocktail, ‘It’s Showtime’, is named after the film’s infamous quote, and is made with Kahlua coffee liqueur, Wyborowa vodka, popcorn syrup and fresh espresso. The Halloween Supper Club menu offers two courses, a glass of prosecco and the “It’s Showtime” cocktail for £25. Dishes include Crispy Calamari or Halloumi Sticks to start, Steak and Truffle or Pan Fried Sea Bass to follow, and a Salted Caramel and Chocolate Tart or the Beetlejuice dessert to finish.
36-44 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 9TB; bills-website.co.uk
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