‘Interpreted Magic’ at The Beaufort Bar
The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar is offering revellers a classy spin on Halloween with a new menu. The three-part ‘Interpreted Magic’ menu will explore secrets, tales and tricks as it journeys through the performance of magic across the ages. We like the sound of ‘The Mentalist’: Patron Silver tequila, grapefruit, lettuce cordial and orange bitters. The Savoy’s exec chef, Fabrice Lasnon, has been hard at work complementing the conceptual sections of the drinks menu. The result is a balanced bar menu that features oysters, caviar and ceviche; pork belly, beef ribs and sliders; and sharing plates of lobster tempura, miso black-cod tacos and truffle pizza.
2 Savoy Court, Strand, WC2R 0EZ; until 1st November
Book Club Cabaret at The Gore
The worlds of cabaret, music, circus and couture meet at Book Club Cabaret, which will take guests on an immersive journey into Mary Shelley’s gothic masterpiece, Frankenstein. The evening will begin with cocktails and an adventure through the panelled rooms and twisting corridors of The Gore hotel. Guests will then be invited to Dr Frankenstein’s wedding feast, where they’ll dine on six courses designed by Michelin-starred chef Daniel Galmiche. Wine pairings, bespoke poetry, private seating, a meet-up with the cast, portrait paintings and rides in a vintage Rolls-Royce or horse-drawn carriage can all be added on top of the standard package.
190 Queen’s Gate, Kensington, SW7 5EX; 31st October
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Dark Circus Party at EartH Hackney
Bourne & Hollingsworth resurrects its ‘Dark Circus Party’ with a special Day of the Dead edition at EartH Hackney. Guests will join the Dark Circus skeleton troupe and run away for the evening to a spine-chilling circus, brimming with immersive entertainment. The dress code is ‘Day of the Dead skeleton chic’ – think painted faces, explosions of colour, Aztec marigolds and floral festoons. Or imagine yourself as one of the circus troupe: snake charmers, ring masters, strong men and Mexican wrestlers are all welcome.
11-17 Stoke Newington Road, Dalston, N16 8BH; 2nd November
Spooky Cocktails at The Donovan Bar
The Donovan Bar at Brown’s Hotel has launched two cocktails for Halloween. ‘Psycho’ is inspired by Alfred Hitchcock’s iconic 1960 film. The cocktail makes a potent impression thanks to its unexpected ingredients: calvados, Sassy Cidre Brut syrup, apple vermouth and verjus. ‘Paint It Black’ is created with Casamigos tequila infused with rooibos tea, liquore di limone, fennel soda, clementine and bergamot juice. Spooky, but tasty.
Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S 4BP; until 1st November
Pimped-Up Pumpkins at Lavender Green Flowers
Sculptor Benedict Romain will be at Lavender Green Flowers carving intricate designs onto pumpkins on a bespoke basis. Elsewhere, a range of pre-decorated pumpkins will include traditional terror-inducing designs with bats, skeletons, spiders and cobwebs – as well as some more outré pumpkins splashed with brightly coloured neon paint and glitter. Themed masterclasses will further inspire anyone planning to host a Halloween soirée, showing them how to impress guests with stand-out decorations. Attendees will carve pumpkins, fill them with flowers and make Halloween table-centres and wreaths.
46 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW3 6HH; until 1st November
‘The Cursed Voyage of HMS Berners’ at London Edition
The London Edition invites guests to join the final voyage of HMS Berners as it takes a fantastical expedition to the bottom of the sea. In partnership with Project 0 and hosted by special guests Georgia May Jagger, Kim Jones, Jess Clarke and Rufus Taylor, diners will be treated to a three-course meal at Jason Atherton’s Berners Tavern while magical sea creatures regale them with tales of the tragic trip. There will also be dazzling music and entertainment by Nick Grimshaw, Jaime Winstone and Hugo Heathcote. Dishes created for the evening include: heritage cauliflower and pearl couscous salad; Creedy Carver chicken with tender stem broccoli, mashed potato and gravy; and bitter chocolate ganache, passion fruit sorbet and passion fruit jam.
10 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3NP; 31st October
Tales From The Chamber at Madame Tussauds
Some of history’s most notorious murders will be brought back to life at Madame Tussauds in a brand-new theatrical pop-up. ‘Tales from The Chamber’ is set in the same location as the original Chamber of Horrors. This actor-led experience will transport guests into four terrifying real-life murder stories that were once featured in the iconic attraction. Not for the faint-hearted or squeamish, the pop-up will run from 19th October, showing genuine artefacts and original possessions of the monsters behind some of history’s most chilling murders. These include poisoner Dr Crippen’s spectacles and the original Victorian pram used by Mary Eleanor Pearcey to transport the corpses of her lover’s wife and young child.
Marylebone Road, Marylebone, NW1 5LR; until 3rd November
The ‘Upside Down’ at Maggie’s
Grab your walkie talkies, radio your crew and cycle on over to discover Maggie’s ‘Upside Down’ party. The 80s-inspired club will be celebrating both Halloween and spooky cult sci-fi show Stranger Things on 31st October. Guests will be able to sip on special Stranger Things-themed Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere vodka cocktails, while grooving the night away to retro tracks straight from the series. Be prepared to be scared, as Demogorgons descend on the dancefloor and Barb is resurrected for a one-off shock appearance.
329 Fulham Road, Chelsea, SW10 9QL; 31st October; All SheerLuxe VIPs get free entry to the event, plus a free Belvadere cocktail. Not yet a member? Sign up using the link below.
Brexit Special at Rotunda
Rotunda is inviting guests to dress up in their scariest outfit as they say farewell to the EU with a Halloween ‘Brexit special’. There’ll be live music across the night, creepy cocktails including a ‘Bloody Boris’, and a ‘Wheel of EU Fortune’, which will see guests paying to spin the wheel for a prize – with all proceeds going to charity.
90 York Way, King’s Cross, N1 9AG; 31st October
'Magic & Mayhem' at Sea Containers London
12th Knot, the rooftop bar at Sea Containers London, will honour All Hallow’s Eve with a night of magic and mischief. The free-to-enter event will feature a drinks menu curated by Bacardi and Grey Goose as well as wandering acts, interactive performers and the chance for guests to go fully immersive in one of the hotel’s secret playrooms. Grey Goose will be putting on an immersive photography experience, where guests who opt for the three-hour drinks package can be shot in a selection of Halloween costumes. Dishes on hand will include: crispy squid with lime chipotle sauce; buttermilk chicken with smoked black garlic aioli; and jerk chicken sliders with green mango slaw.
20 Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PD; 26th October
Gudetama Ramen at Shoryu
Shoryu Ramen has partnered with popular Japanese character Gudetama, the laid-back egg. The Hakata ramen noodle specialists are celebrating Halloween with a pop-up haunted-house experience and a three-course set menu featuring an orange pumpkin croquette bun; bone-in pork rib ramen; ‘Dracula’ tonkotsu ramen with caramelised black garlic mayu; and a Gudetama Graveyard chocolate mousse with blood cherry sauce. Cute and creepy.
80-110 New Oxford Street, Fitzrovia, WC1A 1HB; until 3rd November
Ghoulish Golf at Swingers City & West End
Swingers will be throwing spook-tacular parties at its City and West End sites. Guests will make their way through cobwebbed entrances – crawling with spiders and bats, and lit with pumpkins – to play a ghoulish game of golf. Cocktails on offer will include the ‘Spiced Pumpkin Punch’, a blend of Kraken Black spiced rum, Frangelico liqueur, pumpkin purée, spiced sugar and lemon juice. Food will come from Patty & Bun, Made of Dough, Pizza Pilgrims, Breddos Tacos and Hackney Gelato.
15 John Prince’s Street, West End, W1G 0AB; and 8 Brown’s Building, City, EC3A 8AL; 31st October-1st November
Night of The Living Memes at The Curtain
The Curtain has teamed up with Bacardi to host an event that celebrates the best memes on the internet. ‘Night of the Living Memes’ is an ode to 2019’s funniest internet sensations. It will be soundtracked by DJs Jarreau Vandal and Poundland Bandit, who’ll be playing an eclectic mix of 80s, disco and Italo tunes. Guests should dress to impress, perhaps as MOMO, Groovy Kermit, Homer Simpson disappearing into a bush – or whatever funny and weird corner of the internet they enjoyed this year. Look out for performers, dark corners and spooky production across the evening.
45 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3PT; 2nd November
The Birds at Close Up Cinema
This Halloween, single-malt pioneer The Glenrothes is celebrating with whisky and cinema in Shoreditch. The event will be a night of drams and fortune telling, plus there’ll be a special screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s horror-thriller The Birds. On the menu, there’ll be a selection of whisky cocktails and samples of the brand’s limited-edition 13-year-old single malt. With flavours of vanilla, orange peel and light peat, it will be available to try alongside The Glenrothes’s full Soleo collection.
97 Sclater Street, Shoreditch, E1 6HR; 31st October
Weekend Party at The Prince
At The Prince, party-goers are encouraged to get dressed up to drink among pumpkins, cobwebs and creepy creatures. DJs will play every night of the weekend. There will be food and drinks specials including: a ‘Hammibal Lecter’ burger from Patty & Bun, filled with cheese mayo, bacon relish crack, boozy brew onions, red Leicester and lettuce; and the dangerously delicious ‘Toffee Apple Sour’. The main Halloween party will take place on Saturday night, when fancy dress is compulsory. The best dressed on the night will win a £300 bar tab.
14 Lillie Road, Hammersmith, SW6 1TT; 31st-October-2nd November
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