Looking for London’s quirkiest Halloween parties? The Resident’s picks out some of the capital’s finest events to indulge your dark side…
Words: Leighanne Bent
Lead image: The Grand, Clapham, is celebrating Halloween with epic sing-along movie nights
1 Malice in Wonderland, South Bank
Rumpus Rooms is one of London’s most glamorous rooftops, and for Halloween the venue is putting on quite the show. Malice in Wonderland will take inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s childhood novel, with four stand-out acts bringing the night’s entertainment. Expect bold appearances from a shrinking Alice, a Mad Hatter magician alongside Cheshire cat acrobats, as you soak up stunning skyline views. Costumes are mandatory and your ticket will include a complimentary cocktail upon arrival. Tickets from £30.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD; rumpusroomlondon.com
2 Pleasure VS Pain, Fulham
Little Blue Door might be one of Fulham’s quirkiest (and cutest) bars, but the menu has a sinister twist this Halloween. The Pain Vs Pleasure supperclub will plate up a multi-sensory five-course banquet co-designed with Charles Spence – a famous food psychologist who’s worked with Heston Blumenthal – and each course will come with a specially paired tipple. Featuring steak tartare with bone marrow and squid tentacles with a whole fish head, this isn’t a feast for the faint-hearted. 31 October and 1-2 November. Tickets £45.
871-873 Fulham Road SW6 5HP; designmynight.com
3 The Grand’s Halloween Movie Nights, Clapham Junction
The Grand is renowned for its devil-may-care cinema experiences, and from 23 October 2018 the venue is hosting a heap of immersive Halloween movie nights. Screening everything from The Corpse Bride and Hocus Pocus to Rocky Horror Picture Show and Ghostbusters, each night will have movie-themed cocktails, interval games, unlimited popcorn for as little as £2, and mass crowd sing-a-longs for the ultimate night in front of the big screen. Tickets from £5.
The Grand, 21-25 Saint John’s Hill, Clapham Junction SW11 1TT; designmynight.com
4 The Spirits of Alcotraz, Brick Lane
Based on San Francisco’s very own Alcatraz with flashes of inspiration from well known movies, this BYOB concept bar going all in for Halloween. Prison staff have dug up the bodies of deceased criminals, disturbing three spirits in the process, meaning the dead now walk among the living. Out for revenge, the prison warden is in grave danger, but who will you decide to help? Including three complimentary hand-crafted cocktails, it’s set to be one helluva night. 28-31 October. Tickets £35.99.
212 Brick Lane E1 6SA; designmynight.com
5 Halloween Ball at The Mansion, secret location
Have your wits about you if you’re going to the Halloween Ball at the Mansion on Saturday 27 October. This Voodoo-inspired soiree is taking place at a secret London location (revealed 48 hours before the event starts) and it promises plenty of oddities. From a deadly fire show and wild cage dancers to a hypnotist and Voodoo marabout, alongside a tonne of rooms to wander around, it’s billed as one of the best ways to celebrate All Hallows Eve in London. You’ll even have street food to sink your fangs into and a killer happy hour if you arrive before 10pm. Tickets from £35 (VIP Packages available).
Secret London location; designmynight.com
6 Midnight Apothecary Halloween Spooktacular, Rotherhithe
There’s a secret rooftop at Brunel Museum and it’s hosting a gathering to celebrate all things Halloween on Saturday 27 October. Decorated with glowing pumpkin lanterns and glistening cobwebs, you can drink Halloween-themed cocktails at the spooky garden in the sky, while toasting complimentary marshmallows over bright blue flames and ducking into a few games of apple bobbing. That’s not all though; you’ll also get access to the museum’s spooky underground chamber before you call it a night and head home.
Railway Avenue, Rotherhithe SE16 4LF; designmynight.com
7 Silent Halloween Disco Boat, the Thames
If you’re after something a little bit different this Halloween, check out the Silent Halloween Disco Ball, setting sail on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 October on board The Dutch Master. Spread across two floors, there’s a bar on each level and not one, not two, but three different stations to choose from on your colour-coded headphones, plus, you’ll get to see London’s famous landmarks up close as your glide over the Thames. Fancy dress is obviously encouraged, so dig out your best outfit and go overboard with the fake blood. Tickets £25-£35.
Board at Tower Millennium Pier (next to the Tower of London) EC3N 4AB; designmynight.com
8 Purge: Lockdown Immersive Halloween Party, Charlton
All crime has been made legal and you’re in tremendous danger. Your only hope? Bunker 51. Taking inspiration from the future dystopian horror movie, Purge, the event will see you taking refuge in a dedicated safehouse until the chaos that runs rampant outside is over. Expect the unexpected at this immersive night near the Thames Barrier that promises live theatre performances and DJ sets. Avoid high heels! 26-27 October. Tickets £10-£25.
Bunker 51, 3 Herringham Road, Charlton SE7 8NJ; designmynight.com
9 The Dark Circus Party, secret location
The circus is rolling into town for a one night spectacular this Halloween, but it’s not the kind you’re used to. Join The Twisted Circus for a string of haunted performances; we’re talking sword swallowing, creatures that spit fire, caged curiosities and trapeze acts. Your heart will be in your mouth, but you can always wash it back down with the bar’s themed cocktails, like the Ringmaster’s Poison or the Circus Royale. 27 October. Tickets from £35.
Secret London Location; designmynight.com
10 Lost Boys Screenings With Bottomless Beer, Archway
Lost Boys Pizza take Halloween very seriously. So seriously that they’ve set up The Crypt beneath their parlour to host a whole week of Lost Boys movie screenings from 26-31 October. Promising bottomless wine, beer or prosecco during the film, you’ll get to order a pizza from their menu too. All made with their famous black charcoal base, you’ll have seven types to choose from, including Kale All Vampire’s, Coffin Dodger and Fangs For The Memory. Tickets from £30-£35.
141 Junction Road, Archway N19 5PX; designmynight.com