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
Lead image: Ping Pong’s spooky dim sum
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 Fantasy Brunch at Sexy Fish, Mayfair
Saturdays throughout October
Sexy Fish, the Berkeley Square hotspot, launches its Fantasy Brunch series, in collaboration with Japanese craft spirits producer The House of Suntory, on 10 October, with a special Halloween edition to be announced shortly… Step inside a world of reimagined reality every Saturday throughout October, with renowned DJ Kaz James on the decks, tantalising cocktails such as Aegir (Haku Vodka, jasmine, coriander, strawberry and soda), Sirena (Roku Gin, strawberry, jasmine, pineapple and lime), and Nāmaka (Toki Whisky, coconut, pineapple, yuzu, Campari and soda), as well as brunch dishes like smoked salmon buns, and onsen egg with kimchi fried rice and bacon. 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
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