As autumn’s spookiest diary date creeps ever closer, London’s events calendar takes a dark turn, with Halloween-themed pop-ups happening throughout the capital. Our round-up of the best of what’s on offer will put the ease into deciding how to celebrate.
WHAT'S ON IN LONDON FOR HALLOWEEN18.10.16
We take a look at the Halloween celebrations scheduled to take place throughout the capital
KENSINGTON ROOF GARDENS
In true Roof Gardens style, Kensington’s liveliest night out is set to be transformed into a haunted house over Halloween weekend, with the gardens setting a spooky tone for an all-night party. Fancy dress is encouraged and ticket entry includes a themed cocktail on entry, but get there early as this is on a first come first served basis. Purchase tickets here.
99 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5SA
STRANGER THINGS NIGHT AT RUBY'S BAR AND LOUNGE
Fans of the latest Netflix phenomenon, Stranger Things need look no further for their Halloween inspiration this year. Ruby’s Bar and Lounge in East London is set to host a themed event, complete with 80s music and a Stranger Things-inspired cocktail menu. Fancy dress is encouraged and there’s a prize for the best costume, plus the first 50 people through the door will receive complimentary sliders to line the stomach. If you’re in the mood for a party and you’re keen to go all out with your costume, round up a group and add it to your October diary.
72-76 Stoke Newington Road, London, N16 7XB
Balthoween at Balthazar
Halloween needn’t be just for the children, as Balthazar proves with its three-day line-up of festivities launching on Friday 28th October. Expect to see the famous Covent Garden restaurant transformed with gothic accents – think dark floral arrangements, skeletons and pumpkins – and the menu take a seasonal turn, with artfully designed delicacies and limited edition cocktails helping to set the tone. To close the event on the Sunday, DJ duo Amber Le Bon and Becky Tong will be performing a live set.
Friday 28–Sunday 30 October, Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street
PIX CONFESSIONAL COCKTAIL CLUB
If Halloween isn’t really your ‘thing’ then maybe the Confessional Cocktail Club in Notting Hill is? Arguably the most quirky in London’s line-up of PIX restaurants, it’s located within the foundations of an ancient church in Notting Hill and it has a spooky feel to it whatever time of year you go. Cocktails are served through a small hatch and the menu comes in the form of a hollowed out Bible. On Sundays, they offer unlimited pintxos and bottomless Cava for £33 per person.
185 Portobello Road, London, W11 2ED
FORTNUM AND MASON PUMPKIN CARVING
One for all the family, Fortnum and Mason is hosting a series of pumpkin carving workshops at their Picadilly store during the days leading up to the 31st of October. Supervised by a team of experts, children will be guided into creating their own Halloween-themed souvenir and will be in with the chance to enter the competition to win a prize for their creation. Tickets are £20 each plus booking fee and there is a selection of time slots to choose from. In continuation of the theme, the Fortnum and Mason food hall will be decked out in appropriately spooky style.
181 Piccadilly, London, W1A 1ER