We round up the best Halloween events in London this season, as well as scary bites and bloodthirsty drinks.
Night Call’s Stranger Things Halloween Special
If the latest Netflix binge Stranger Things gripped you with its intoxicating mix of nostalgia and its stylish soundtrack, this party at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen is for you… Expect flickering Christmas lights, alphabet walls and enter the hidden entrance to The Upside Down world if you dare! Themed cocktails include Stranger Sours (pictured above), a Maple Whiskey Sour with a splash of red wine, and a Stranger Tings retro rum punch (made with Ting and an assortment of garish 80s liquors).
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen | 2-4 Hoxton Square I London, N1 6NU 28 October | 8pm-2am | Tickets available on the door for £5 | Photo: Graham Turner
Trick or Treat at Ben’s Canteen
If you get a Trick or Treat Hot Wing Roulette (£7) at Ben’s Canteen, one of the wings has been injected with extra hot sauce. Or try the Halloween Burger (£9.50; or £15 with matched wine) with buttermilk fried chicken and spiced pumpkin houmous, pickled onions, sweet tomato relish, chilli and coriander dressing. Wash it down with rum-based Apple Bobber cocktail (£9) complete with a mini apple bobbing away.
Ben’s Canteen | Battersea, 140 St John’s Hill, London SW11 1SL | Earlsfield, 422 Garratt Lane, London SW18 4HW | Served from 19-31 October
Mighty Boosh Halloween at The Book Club
Enter a terrifying terrain of evil OAPS, hermaphrodite sea creatures, urban crack foxes and sinister hitchhikers in celebration of the cult comedy The Mighty Boosh. Two Boosh-themed Halloween cocktails will be served: Nannageddon – an Earl Grey and gin Martini infused with lemon and honey and Shamen Juice (pictured above) – a fruity sour made with Midori, orange marmalade vodka, pineapple, lemon and sugar. And, naturally, you can drink Baileys from a shoe…
The Book Club | 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH | 29 October | 8pm-3am | Tickets available on the door for £5 | Photo: Graham Turner
Day of the Dead at Junkyard Golf Club
Check out Junkyard Golf Club’s very own Day of the Dead party, with Halloween-themed cocktails plus the renowned Bart’s Dog Kart. Enjoy the crazy golf experience with a Halloween twist, complete with spiders, ghouls, clowns, circus performers, spooky tunes and fire eaters.
Junkyard Golf Club | Truman Brewery, Brick Lane | 29 October | 7pm | Junkyard Golf Club will continue to open seven days a week from 12pm-11pm. Weekday and Sunday tickets are priced at £9.50pp with Friday and Saturday tickets priced £10.50. All bookings made via the website
Scary Sushi Set + Pumpkin Cocktail at Murakami
This Halloween, head to Murakami in Covent Garden to indulge in its specially created Scary Sushi Set, which includes Aburi Rainbow Roll, Red Wave Roll (four pieces each) sushi roll alongside with Aburi Salmon, Tuna and Yellowtail Nigiri (£15), and a pumpkin cocktail.
Murakami | 63-66 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4JS
Scary Movie at The Grand + Halloween Movie Ball
The £1 Cinema Club brings Scary Movie to their cinema-size HD screen complete with a Monster Mash dance off, creepy cocktails, and free entry to The Grand‘s Horror Movie Halloween Ball. Plus, grab hot dogs. Good, old-fashioned, non-scary, cinema hot dogs.
The Grand | 21-25 St. John’s Hill, London SW11 1TT | 29 October | Doors at 6pm, screening starts at 7pm, ends approx 9pm. £1 Tickets from www.claphamgrand.com + The Grand’s Halloween Movie Ball | 9pm-3am | Free entry in fancy before 10pm, £10 after. Get advance tickets at www.claphamgrand.com
Chunky Buddha’s Pumpkin Curry
Popular street food vendor, Chunky Buddha, who can be found at The Epicurean’s World Food Markets at St Katharine Docks every Friday, will be offering up a Chicken and Pumpkin Coconut Curry served with eye-catching red rice for Halloween.
Chunky Buddha | The dish will be available on the Friday 28 October at Epicurean Events World Food Market
Halloween-themed ARTea Afternoon Tea
Lancaster London hotel’s ARTea afternoon Tea is taking on a Halloween spin, featuring a host of spooky sweet treats such as spider web lollypops, shattered glass cupcakes, Frankenstein macaroons, and bloodied finger éclairs. Pumpkin scones will be served warm, with cremated blood orange marmalade, plus expect artists’ tubes of home-made strawberry jam and Cornish clotted cream.
Lancaster London | Lancaster Terrace, London W2 2TY | Available 17-31 October 2016 | £35pp
Trick or Treat at The Table Café with JIMINI’S
The Table Café in Bankside have teamed up with JIMINI’s seasoned insects this Halloween. Receive a treat if you dare to order the trick – a pancake or waffle topped with crispy bacon, caramelised banana and maple syrup with a spooky sprinkling of smoked onion BBQ crickets (£8.50). The Table Café’s treat is a free Allpress coffee every day while the promotion is running.
The Table Café | The free coffee offer runs from 24-31 October
Meet the Widow at aqua neuva
Spanish restaurant aqua neuva is collaborating with Veuve Clicquot to mark the 150th anniversary of Madame Cliquot‘s death. Expect ivy covered trees, black lace, Tarot readers, evil Black Swan dancers and glittering beetles at this evening of gothic glamour. And of course champagne and canapes celebrate the occasion.
aqua neuva | 5th Floor, 30 Argyll Street, W1B 3BR London | 29 October | General party tickets are £45 and include entry, a glass of Veuve Clicquot and canapes | 8.30pm-3am
Pop Brixton: Dead Famous
Pop Brixton are running a special Halloween party at the venue with a Dead Famous theme, complete with wall-to-wall hits exclusively from dead artists, celeb face-masks and face-painting on site, bar tabs for the best dressed and Halloween food specials from the vendors.
Pop Brixton | 53 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ | 29 October
Zia Lucia’s Spooky Pizza
Zia Lucia’s black activated charcoal base adds a spooky twist to your pizza, especially when paired with a rich and creamy butternut squash topping. Le Vegana is made with butternut squash cream, blood red fresh tomatoes, asparagus and sun-dried tomatoes £8.90.
Zia Lucia | 157 Holloway Rd, Highbury East, London N7 | Available any time
Spooky Swills at Las Iguanas
Try the Zombie Skull cocktail at Las Iguanas this Halloween. This wicked mix of flaming overproof rum, absinthe, lime, pineapple and grenadine is served as a sharer for four people (£18.50), so there’s no excuse not to bring friends and slurp on this spooky swill.
Las Iguanas | Various locations
GAIL’s Monster Fingers
Planning a Halloween party? Get in some of GAIL’s Halloween selection, including the delightful Monster Fingers which are actually almond macaroons with whole blanched almonds and jam, plus Chocolate Skeleton Cookies and Skull Cupcakes.
GAIL’s | Various locations
Healthy Potions at Rawligion
Quench your thirst this Halloween with Rawligion’s John Dee potion (£6) designed to refresh, invigorate and awaken you! This mysteriously black coloured drink is packed with grapefruit, lime, ginger volcanic salt, charcoal, black magic extract, shungite, shilajit and Obsidian Infused Alkaline pH 8.5 water.
Rawligion | 3 Tottenham Street, W1T 2AF | Monday-Sunday: 7am-7pm