With Halloween festivities cancelled last year, this year’s celebrations are set to be more freaky and fun than ever. From sky high parties and disco brunches to crazy golf and Day of the Dead, here’s our guide to celebrating Halloween in London…
Photo: 100 Wardour St
1 Halloween Drag Ball at NYX Hotel London, Holborn
Celebrate the spookiest night of the year at this flamboyant drag ball at NYX Hotel, hosted by drag superstar, Miss Demeanour. Starring some of the UK’s favourite drag talent, the night will be filled with lip sync smackdowns, a live DJ, games and fun as well as live vocals from Sejal Keshwala, star of the West End’s Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Be sure to wear fangs, fishnets and fabulous costumes, as there will be a prize for the best dressed.
When: Friday,October 29
Time: From 6.30pm
Price: Tickets from £20, including a drink
Where: 50 Southampton Row, WC1B 4AR
2 Pumpkin Carving at Bluebird, Chelsea
Bluebird Chelsea will run two pumpkin carving classes in partnership with floral masters Blooming Haus. The two hour sessions are open to all, and are your chance to finesse your carving skills and pumpkin designs – and please, dress up! The terraces at Bluebird Chelsea, and at the White City site have been transformed in the run up to Halloween too, with autumnal florals, plants, hay bales and pumpkin patches. So you can get into the spirit of things, by just having a drink.
When: Thursday, October 28 & Saturday,October 30
Price: Tickets £35 including a Cointreau cocktail and carving materials.
Where: 6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP
3 Swingers Crazy Golf at City and West End
This sounds fun: Swingers will embrace Halloween in full force, and turn both their venues into spooky, creepy extravaganzas. The venues will go all out on the decorations with zombies, skeletons and electric chairs, and there’s a 3D photo podium, a trick or treat wheel of fortune, prizes and a Halloween tequila-based cocktail menu too. Prizes includes VIP nights out for four, cocktails, food and Crosstown Doughnuts. There’s also tricks too, including buying a round for your pals, and downing something spooky. For tunes, DJs will keep the party going into the dead of night.
When: Friday-Sunday, October 29-31
Time: Friday 12pm-1am, Saturday 10.30-1am, Sunday 12pm-11pm
Price: From £13 pp
Where: Swingers City 8 Brown’s Building, EC3A 8AL ; Swingers West End 15 John Prince’s Street W1G 0AB
4 Halloween Soiree at Oktoberfest at Vauxhall Beer Gardens, Vauxhall
For weekends in October, Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden transforms into a Bavarian wonderland, with lederhosen-cladded table hosts, steins of beer, an oompha band playing party classics and oompah specials, bottomless brunches and German sausage. Come Saturday, October 30, the beer-fest gets spooky with Day of the Dead decor and 1.5 hours of bottomless punch. There will also be a Mariachi band, giant skulls, street food and Halloween surprises. Dress up, and make your friends dress up too because the best dressed table wins a £100 bar tab.
When: Saturday,October 30
Price: tickets from £15
Where: 6a South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, SW8 1SP
5 Spooktacular Fat Tony Halloween Disco Brunch at The Anthologist, Shoreditch
In a potentially stich-inducing event, cocktail bar The Anthologist is hosting a Full Fat Brunch party with DJ Fat Tony playing his disco tunes alongside an entourage of dancers and guest artists. Before you get your boogie on or at least chair dance, feast on a two-course brunch offering that features slow-cooked pork ribs, arancini, salt and pepper squid, Marmite mac & cheese and wagyu beef burgers and quaff craft beer, prosecco and Halloween-themed cocktails. Bookings essential.
When: Sunday, October 31
Price: £41 per person
Where: 58 Gresham Street, EC2V 7BB
6 Sky High Screams at Sky Garden, City of London
Hell-raising tricks and treats will play out 35 floors above the city. Boasting some of the most impressive views of there city there is, the iconic Sky Garden will have had a spooktacular makeover this October filled with live music, late-night dancing, and deliciously deadly cocktails. Whether you choose to channel a blood-thirsty vampire, ghoulish ghost, or devilish darling, be sure to don your freakiest outfit for the occasion. At witching hour, DJ Dan V will take to the decks to get the paranormal party started, followed by live music from Neo Waves, carrying the spine-tingling tunes into the dead of the night.
When: Friday, October 29, Saturday, October 30
Time: From 6.15pm Friday and from 9.15pm Saturday
Price: £30/£35 Friday/Saturday includes one welcome drink
Where: 1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
7 Theatre Tour at the Theatre Royal Drury, Covent Garden
Given the theatre is more than 350 years-old, its unsurprising the recently restored Theatre Royal Drury is home to past scandals, conspiracy and even murder. A tour of the theatre will reveal all these past horrors as you learn about Shakespeare’s, Garrick and even Sheridan’s links to the building as well as the theatre’s spooky residents that have appeared when they’ve enjoyed a show. Afterwards, grab a drink or a snack at one of the venue‘s beautiful dining options.
When: Wednesday and Friday 10.30am, 12pm, 2.30pm; Thursday and Saturday 10.30am
Where: Catherine Street, Covent Garden, WC2B 5J
8 Casa Wardour Pop-Up at 100 Wardour St, Soho
A Day of the Dead inspired pop up running until the start of November, Casa Wardour boasts tequila cocktails, Mexican food and great music, as well as Mexican-inspired interiors that inject a bit of colour into London’s greying autumn days. Enjoy a Halloween brunch, with bottomless margaritas and dishes with a Mexican twist. There’s also a Mariachi band playing live to help you get into the swing of things. On Tuesday November 2, there’s a special Day of the Dead La Fiesta brunch featuring a Latin House DJ.
When: The pop up runs until November 2, brunch is held every Sunday, and an additional Day of the Dead brunch on Tuesday, November 2
Time: Brunch 12pm-6pm; music times 2pm-2.45pm, 3pm-3.45pm
Price: Brunch menu is £30 for 2 courses, £35 for 3 courses. Bottomless margarita are an additional £30.
Where: 100 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0TN
9 Pumpkin Pottery Kit by Sculpd
For those who don’t want to dress up and go out, Sculpd – home pottery kit makers – have a pumpkin pottery kit that comes with all the bits and pieces you need to make a decorative pumpkin or pumpkin tealight holder out of a lump of clay. Kits are for two and come with air dry clay, a step-by-step guide, tools, paints and varnishes – its the perfect excuse to stay in for the night. If you’re super eager, Sculpd will host a live (and free) pottery class on Wednesday October 20, should you want your pumpkin perfect. Sign up to join in.
Price: £49 per kit