From stylish shakshuka to big beat events with DJs, brunch isn’t just having a moment, it’s king of the weekend. So what if Halloween got its hands on it? The Resident has teamed up with DesignMyNight to highlight the best blood-curdling brunch experiences in London, from bottomless afternoons in vampire-themed pizzerias to blood-red ball pits…
Lead image: Ping Pong
Words: Katie Kirwan
1 Ping Pong, Soho
26 October & 2 November
Would you dance with the devil for a taste of some of London’s best dumplings? No need. Ping Pong serve up spooky treats this year (without the need to sell your soul) as the Chinese restaurant in Soho brings you a menu of doughy delicacies and bottomless drinks alongside spine-tingling shots from as little as £30 a head.
45 Great Marlborough Street, Soho W1F 7JL; designmynight.com
2 The Piano Works, Farringdon & West End
31 October, 1 & 2 November
The Piano Works have deadly appeal this Halloween as the party bar is pulling out more than just pumpkin guts at brunch this year. From temporary tattoo artists and a monster mash up of hits to face painting, smashed avo and a trip to Dracula’s castle in Transylvania for the best dressed, it’s set to be more treat than trick as the lights go down.
3 Flight Club, various locations
26 & 27 October
A deadly darts brunch with prizes, pizza and prosecco? Expect no less than cobwebs and creeps at Flight Club as the tech-forward games experience is switching things up skeleton-style this year as fairground-themed oche’s will be filled with the dead competitive, all hoping to make it to the top of a terrifying leaderboard.
4 The Exhibit, Balham
Balham’s got a taste for all things spooky as witches descend on The Exhibit for a Salem-worthy movie screening and brunch. Not only will guests in attendance lap up bubbles and petrifyingly good plates of food, the independent cinema will be hosting an oh-so wicked screening of Halloween favourite, Hocus Pocus.
12 Balham Station Road SW12 9SG; designmynight.com
5 Cottons, Vauxhall
2 & 3 November
Thought pirates only caused trouble on the high seas, all in the hunt for coveted booty? That’s pretty much true, but they’re also not shy a brunch… at least not this Halloween that is. Head to Caribbean restaurant Cottons as the colourful Vauxhall eatery is putting on a shiver me timbers spread of rum punch cocktails and tropical dishes.
Unit 12 Flagstaff House, St Georges Wharf SW8 2LZ; designmynight.com
6 Lost Boys Pizza, Camden
26 & 27 October
Some pizzerias in London really have something to say for themselves, but this pizzeria? They’ve got something wholly different. Less trattoria, more coffin-oria (we tried), Lost Boys Pizza promise a restaurant of vampires and vegan options (for the less blood-thirsty among you), as themed brunch plates and bloody marys go hand in hand with skull lighting fixtures and walls plastered in bloodsucking paraphernalia.
245 Eversholt Street, Camden NW1 1BA; designmynight.com
7 The Courtyard, Fulham
Bringing you a never before done experience in London, The Courtyard are kicking back with American villains as they transform their venue into a spotlight for slasher flicks. Not only will a camping scenario celebrate 1984 by the American Horror Story team, bottomless prosecco and spooky shenanigans are set to be no less than terrifying.
4 Fulham High Street SW6 3LQ; designmynight.com
8 The Perception Bar, Leicester Square
Haven’t heard of the Candypants Global Outbreak Halloween Tour? Don’t panic… yet. They’re headed to The Perception this year for a brunch of deadly proportions as you’re invited to their safe zone at the W Hotel as an outbreak wreaks havoc across the city. Question is, are you really ever safe at all?
W London – Leicester Square, 10 Wardour Street W1D 6QF; designmynight.com
9 Aeronaut, Acton
When you thought Aeronaut, the circus-themed pub in Acton couldn’t get any better, they go ahead and pull an ace card for Halloween. They’re opting for fish nets and ferocious behaviour this year as they put on a Rocky Horror brunch where games, prizes and re-enactments will have you quivering with, you guessed it… anticipation.
264 Acton High Street W3 9BH; designmynight.com
10 Ballie Ballerson, Soho
Think you look good in red? Ballie Ballerson think they look better. Join them this October as the colourful brand go ‘Hallo-wild’. Not only are they turning one of their ball pits an eerie blood-red, face painters will be on hand to get you looking gory, while giveaways of the ghostly type can be snapped up across the entire weekend.
53-54 Berwick Street, Soho W1F 8SJ; designmynight.com
11 COYA, Mayfair
Coya’s Peruvian plates are undoubtedly some of the prettiest in London, but it’s scares they’re going for this season. While the exclusive brunch event will still be home to pisco sours and signature dishes aplenty, get ready for something more mausoleum than restaurant as the Angel Court location promises to be a devil in disguise with entertainment, DJs and more.
118 Piccadilly W1J 7NW; coyarestaurant.com
12 Hip Hop Brunch, Secret Location
While they always put on a deadly event, Hip Hop Brunch are going one extra this Halloween as you’re invited to dress up as your favourite ‘Hip Hop God’, gorge on brunch plates and be both spooked and wowed in equal measure by magician Brendan Rodrigues, all while the room reeks of some of the biggest hip hop beats in the biz.
13 Shaka Zulu, Camden
Who do voodoo? You do this Halloween with Shaka Zulu as the wholly immersive dining space in Camden is joined by XclusiveTouch for an afternoon of afrobeats, bongo drums and brunch grub. But it’s not just big hits and brilliant food on hand this year, as fortune tellers and roaming magicians keep it creepy, well on into the night. From 9.30pm.
Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden NW1 8AB; designmynight.com