London’s best Halloween parties and events for 2019 look to be scarily good.
Forget New Year, we think the best parties of the season happen at Halloween. There’s nothing like the witching hour and a sparkly, scary, hand-crafted costume to get us in the mood to shake a tail feather.
As ever there’s tons going on in London this Halloween, with loads of fun events and all-night parties to keep you and your coven entertained.
From a Halloween drag ball and graveyard themed rave to a fancy dress showing of The Rocky Horror Show, complete with balloon drop and after party, make sure you dance ‘til you drop this 31 October.
The only thing left to do is pick a devilishly good costume, for which we have plenty of suggestions. From 2019’s most search fancy dress ideas on Pinterest (aliens are going to be BIG) and the chilling costumes found in your favourite Tim Burton films, to using feminist icons as inspiration. It’s time celebrate Halloween like never before.
Halloween parties in London
Day of the Dead Fiesta at MNKY HSE
What is it? Contemporary Latin American, fine dining restaurant MNKY HSE is putting on a special Day of the Dead celebration, transforming the restaurant with floral decorations and lively music. The menu has had a Halloween-y update too, with a one-night-only Día de los Muertos-themed selection of dishes and drinks (your first Don Julio cocktail is free!). There will also be the opportunity for guests to have their face painted like La Catrina, the famous Day of the Dead skeleton icon.
Where is it? MNKY HSE, 10 Dover St, Mayfair, London W1S 4LQ.
When is it? 2 November.
How much is it? Depends on your order.
The Tower of Terror at City Social
What is it? Jason Atherton’s City Social is hosting an immersive Halloween experience in Social 24, a skyline bar which overlooks the City of London with floor-to-ceiling windows (and killer views). Inspired by the mystic world of London’s Victorian Apothecary, the event will feature immersive performers, including contortionists and a tarot reader for a night of spooky magic you’re unlikely to forget.
Where is it? Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ.
When is it? 1 November, 7pm until late.
How much is it? from £25.
Yelloween at 11 Cadogan Gardens
What is it? Gorgeous hotel 11 Cadogan Gardens is hosting a Halloween event which will be much more glamorous than ghoulish. The in-house restaurant, Hans’ Bar & Grill, has partnered with champagne brand Veuve Clicquot to put on an evening where you can taste three varieties of bubbles, paired with canapés carefully created to treat you and maybe trick you!
Where is it? 11 Cadogan Gardens, Chelsea, London SW3 2RJ
When is it? 31 October at 6pm.
How much is it? Tickets priced at £25.
Halloween at Miranda in the Ace Hotel
Day of the Dead at The Book Club
Jägermeister’s floating bar on Camden’s canals
What is it? Twice a day this macabre barge will set sail from Camden, winding its way through London’s ancient canals, serving up dark spirits and spooky treats.
Where is it? is Ladies & Gents, 213 Royal College St, London, NW1 0SG.
When is it? From 23 October to 1 November, at either 6.30pm to 8.30pm or 8.30pm to 10.30pm.
How much is it? £20
The Dark Circus Party
What is it? Bourne and Hollingsworth’s Halloween parties are legendary, and this year looks like it could be the coolest yet. This Day of the Dead-themed spectacular promises to keep you entertained with Guinness World Record holding fire artist Snake Fervour, who will perform her mesmerising sword swallowing act under the circus top. Sasha Flexy is lined up to stage her risque fire and pole performances and Penny Valent will bedazzle with her solo burlesque routine.
Daring dance duo Femmes Cartel will also be there with their innovative and erotic choreographed routines, whilst Graeme Clint will be towering above the crowd in his stilt performances.
If that wasn’t enough, Storm Hooper, one of the country’s leading hula hoop acts will be entertaining with her hula hoop speciality act.
Where is it? EartH Hackney, 11-17 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, London N16 8BH.
When is it? 2 November.
How much is it? £35 per ticket.
Day of the Dead at Oblix at The Shard
Halloween On Ice at Skylight Rooftop
What is it? East London rooftop bar Skylight will begin its winter season on 31 October with scary spectacular of an evening, holding a Halloween-themed party with ice skating performances. Guests are encouraged to dress up, with a coveted best costume award on offer.There’ll be street food and live entertainment as well as DJ sets, a chance to get out on the ice yourself and games.
Where is it? Skylight, Tobacco Dock, Pennington St entrance, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 2SF.
When is it? 31 October, 5pm until 11.30pm.
How much is it? Tickets are priced at £5 to £10.
Magic & Mayhem at Sea Containers London
What is it? Sea Containers London is throwing a glamorous Halloween experience in the hotel’s rooftop bar called Magic & Mayhem. As well as an innovative cocktail menu by Bacardi and Grey Goose, there’ll be roaming entertainment in the form of close-up magician Josh Brett, Magical Bones, the professional hip-hop dancer turned illusionist, levitationist and dancer, Sonia Benito, and digital close-up magician, Keelan Leyser. For those feeling particularly daring, there will also be immersive play rooms with tongue-in-cheek games.
Where is it? 12th Knot, 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD.
When is it? 26 October, from 6pm.
How much is it? Free to enter with drinks packages for groups of four to six people starting at £325.
Halloween Ibiza Party at Long Bar
What is it? Sanderson’s Long Bar will be throwing a Halloween bash this October, with music loud and long enough to wake the dead. The theme may be a little odd, but bear with us, because fusing Halloween with Ibiza Party means the fun extras like House of Lady Muck Manicures and a Halloween make up artist who will be helping guests get into the scary spirit. There’ll also be a ‘zombie doll tarot reader’ and themed cocktails.
Where is it? Sanderson, Long Bar, 50 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NG.
When is it? 31 October from 7pm until 1am.
How much is it? Free to enter.
What is it? Over Under’s Underworld will open its doors to raise the spirits of the dead on All Hallow’s Eve. Think all night dancing to demonic tunes, Halloween-themed cocktails and a few other surprises.
Where is it? Over Under, 181a Earl’s Court Road, Kensington, SW5 9RD.
When is it? 31 October, from 6pm until 11.30pm.
How much is it? Free entry until 9pm and £5 afterwards.
The London Cabaret Club: A Haunted House
What is it? The London Cabaret Club is transforming into a haunted house this Halloween, offering guests an immersive experience guaranteed to scare them silly. Start the evening by sipping on some limited-edition ‘trick or treat’ cocktails before building up enough courage to fight your way passed the ghosts and ghouls to the main event, where a terrific dance performance will entertain you through a three or five course meal.
Where is it? The London Cabaret Club, Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, Holborn, London WC1B 4DA.
When is it? Running 24 to 26 October, from 6pm until late.
How much is it? From £45.
Scary Fish at Sexy Fish
What is it? Mayfair restaurant Sexy Fish is turning scary this Halloween, putting on a night of immersive dining and drinking. As diners enjoy the exclusive cocktail menu they will be surrounded by acrobats, dancers and singers, all decorated with dramatic body paint and theatrical make up. In other words, this is the stuff your Instagram story dreams were made of.
Where is it? Sexy Fish, Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR.
When is it? 1 November.
How much is it? Guests must book a table and purchase something from the food and drinks menu.
Murder On The Barts Floor
What is it? Speakeasy bar Barts will be turning into a spookeasy this Halloween, inviting guests to come and solve a murder mystery set in Chicago 1929. Throughout the night you’ll meet suspicious characters and need to keep your wits about you to analyse the story and the scene.
Where is it? Chelsea Cloisters, Sloane Ave, London SW3 3DW.
When is it? 30 October, 7-9pm.
How much is it? £30 which includes a welcome cocktail.
The Pensioner's Halloween Party
Journey to the Underworld
What is it? This eccentric and genuinely hilarious immersive performance from a train crew damned to hell will take you on a journey to the underground that will never, ever forget. Between mayhem, enjoy a three-course dinner by MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Louisa Ellis.
Where is it? Pedley Street Station, Arch 63 Pedley Street, London, E1 5BW.
When is it? 26 September to 10th November, at 3.30pm, 6pm or 8.30pm.
How much is it? £60-65.
The Cursed Voyage of HMS Berners
What is it? A fully immersive dining experience themed on a terrifying journey across the sea at Berners Tavern in collaboration with ocean conservation charity Project 0. It will be hosted by a glittering selection of charity ambassadors including Georgia May Jagger, Kim Jones, Jess Clarke and Rufus Taylor. There will also be music and entertainment by Nick Grimshaw, Jaime Winstone and Hugo Heathcote.
Where is it? Berners Tavern 10 Berners St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3NP
When is it? 31 October, 7.30pm- 2am.
How much is it? £130 includes welcome cocktail and a 3-course set menu (a third of ticket sales will be donated to Project 0).
For tickets email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bongo's Bingo Halloween Special
What is it? Everyone’s favourite games night, Bongo’s Bingo, is having a spooky makeover for Halloween. Hosting two parties in London, all complete with eerie and mysterious decorations, scary surprises, huge prizes and bingo (of course). In classic Bongo’s Bingo style, it’s set to be huge.
Where is it? The Grand Theatre, Clapham, and Steel Yard London Bridge.
When is it? 31 October (Clapham) and 1 November (London Bridge).
How much is it? From £16 per ticket.
Dead Ringer Singer
What is it? The Piano Works will be putting on a night of live music, face painting, temporary tattoo artists and creepy cocktails to celebrate Halloween in the booziest of fashions.
Where is it? The Piano Works, Farringdon, 113-117 Farringdon Road, Corner of Ray Street, London EC1R 3BX and The Piano Works, West End, 47 Whitcomb Street (Off Wardour Street) London WC2H 7DH.
When is it? 2 November, until 3am at the West End or 4am in Farringdon.
How much is it? Free to enter.
Creole Halloween at Plaquemine Lock
What is it? This friendly, Louisiana-inspired pub is hosting a Halloween party with entertainment in the form of live jazz from the Cossimo Matassa project and a Halloween costume competition, where the best and most terrifying outfit will win a special prize.
Where is it? Plaquemine Lock, 139 Graham St, The Angel, London, N1 8LB.
When is it? Thursday 31 October, from 7pm.
How much is it? Free to enter.
The Halloween Raveyard
What is it? A graveyard-themed party that welcomes you to dress like an 150-year old corpse. Interpret that as you will. There will be a full line-up of live bands, DJ, artists and cabaret, performing a range of music genres.
Where is it? The Vaults, Leake St, Lambeth, Waterloo, London, SE1 7NN.
When is it? Thursday 31 October, Friday 1 November, Saturday 2 November. From 8pm-2am.
How much is it? Early bird tickets start at £5, with general admission priced at £20.
The Glory's Halloween Ball
What is it? The Glory is setting up shop at Hackney Empire to put on a night of Halloween fabulousness with a spooky drag ball. There’ll be some sparkling hosts, pop-up peformances and lip sync battles to keep you entertained.
Where is it? Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London, E8 1EJ.
When is it? Saturday 26 October, from 6.30pm.
How much is it? from £25.
Day of the Dead: An Afterlife Love Story
What is it? Taking inspiration from Mexico’s Day of the Dead, this wedding ceremony and three course meal will marry the souls of two lovers who could not be together in life, and so will be in death. The wedding reception will be wild.
Where is it? Secret east London location.
When is it? Saturday 2 November, from 6pm-3am.
How much is it? £50 to attend the wedding banquet and an extra £10 for the reception party.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show screening
What is it? A special Halloween screening of cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a frightful after party that promises to rage on until the early hours. There’ll be a balloon drop, photo booth, food stalls and cocktails on offer.
Where is it? The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John’s Hill, London, SW11 1TT.
When is it? Friday 1 November, from 7pm-3am.
How much is it? from £16.
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Pumpkin Sculpting Masterclasses at Lavender Green Flowers
Lavender Green Flowers, a charming luxury florist in South West London, is putting on a selection of pumpkin carving masterclasses this Halloween (so you can enjoy the fun of this holiday without the fake blood).
Across the 28 and 29 October, the Pinterest-worthy store will be holding two hour classes at either 3pm or 6pm, where a sculpting expert will be on hand to help you carve a masterpiece.
To book your spot give the store a call on 020 7127 5303 or just pop in!
Where is it? 46 Fulham Rd, South Kensington, London SW3 6HH.
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