From a pumpkin carving class at Bluebird to partying the night away at The Ivy, these Halloween events will have you celebrating the spooky season in style.
When I think of Halloween, my mind instantly goes back to my childhood. Like many, I would go trick-or-treating, knocking on one neighbour’s door to another (supervised of course) while earnestly grabbing a fist full of sweets, which would undoubtedly leave me in a sugar coma for the rest of the night.
Reflecting on those times made me realise that the joy – and the buzz – of Halloween doesn’t really feel the same the older you get. From trick-or-treating to stumbling your way through university Halloween club nights, once you passed that phase in life the celebrations tend to get a little scarce – or so I thought.
For those who are looking to celebrate the spooky season in style, there are a number of events taking place across the capital that will cater to every need.
Haugen’s Halloween Brunch
Haugen will undergo a Halloween makeover with pumpkins and ghouls adorning their winding staircases as well as staff in horrifying get-ups as they launch their Alpine Beats & Bubbles Brunch.
Starting at midday until 5pm, Haugen’s Alpine Beats & Bubbles Brunch will offer guests an experience like no other with 3 indulgent courses for £45 including a bottle of Le Dolci Colline Prosecco Brut per person.
Dates: 30 October
Location: 9 Endeavour Square, London E20 1JN
Day of The Dead at Aqua Nueva
Enjoy a Halloween-inspired meal at Aqua Nueva as they celebrate both Day of the Dead and Halloween with two limited-edition menu items.
Guest can enjoy an indulgent Day of the Dead dessert made of White Chocolate and Yoghurt Mousse with Raspberry alongside a Monster Martini (£15) made with gin mare, lychee, cranberry juice, lemon juice and cherry syrup.
Dates: 29 October – 2 November
Location: 5th Floor 240 Regent Street, (Entrance 30 Argyll St) W1F 7EB, London W1B 3BR
The Candlelight Club Halloween party
Enjoy an elegantly eerie spooky soirée and mingle with ghostly flappers, vampish witches, dapper devils and coquettish black cats at The Candlelight Club’s 1920s themed Halloween party.
Date: 29 - 31 October
The Nest Halloween party
The Nest will be hosting a dolls-themed Halloween party at the Treehouse Hotel and will transform the space as guests sip on cocktails and the DJ spins tracks that are sure to get everyone dancing.
Dates: 29-30 October
Location: 14-15 Langham Pl, London W1B 2QS
Halloween at Sumosan Twiga
Knightsbridge finest dining destination, Sumosan Twiga, will bring Halloween to Sloan Street this Saturday.
Guests at the iconic restaurant will be able to experience the venue’s signature brunch from 12pm to 4pm and from 6pm, Sumosan Twiga will offer the finest of their Italian and Japanese cuisines with a wide choice of incredible dishes such as the slow cooked duck with sweet potatoes and orange, tortelli pumpkin with ricotta and amaretto and the Voodoo mousse.
From 9pm until late night, guests at the iconic destination will also be able to enjoy the incredible music of live DJs Siggy Smalls and KAT X.
Date: 30 October
Location: 165 Sloane St, London SW1X 9QB
Pumpkin masterclass at Bluebird Chelsea
Halloween at Percy's with DJ Fat Tony
Southern Comfort Halloween Party with Cirque du Soul
Southern Comfort is bringing the magic of New Orleans to London as it’s set to throw a Halloween party with Cirque Du Soul on 27 October to get Londoners into the Halloween spirit.
Date: 27 October, 7.30pm – midnight
Location: Lafayette, 11 Goods Way, Kings Cross, London, N1C 4DP
La Maison Gothique Pop Up Halloween Experience at STK
STK London Westminster will convert into a gothic underworld for a week-long La Maison Gothique Pop Up which launches 27 October.
Filled with skeleton-driving Cadillacs, creepy candelabras, flickering candles, and faceless skulls, STK will be an unforgettable dining experience this Halloween – not to mention, they will be offering a selection of devilishly decadent cocktails in partnership with Grey Goose Vodka.
Date: 27 October - 31 October
Location: 30 John Islip St, London SW1P 4DD
Halloween at The Ivy Soho Brasserie
Enjoy live entertainment and limited-edition cocktails at The Ivy Soho Brasserie.
Guests will be able to make their way through the entrance adorned with beautiful florals and foliage and enjoy a series of limited-edition cocktails.
Date: 11 October - 7 November
Location: 26-28 Broadwick St, London W1F 8JB
Halloween Pumpkin Market at Covent Garden
Covent Garden will turn into a pumpkin paradise with the return of the Halloween Pumpkin Market.
The market will feature over two hundred pumpkins, squashes and gourds available to purchase in various shapes and sizes and is run by Classic Fresh Foods who are based in New Covent Garden Market.
Date: 29-31 October
Day of the Dead at Chotto Matte
Celebrate Day of the Dead at Chotto Matte, which will offer incredible Nikkei dishes and entertainment to celebrate this Latin American tradition.
Guests can choose from an array of limited-edition cocktails in collaboration with Mexican tequila brand Código, including the delightful but deadly Midnight in Lima, comprising of Codigo Anejo Tequila, amontillado sherry, cocchi di torino vermouth and blackberry smoke, and the Dulce Muerte’with Codigo Blanco Tequila and peach liqueur.
On Saturday, incredible performers, DJ sets and musicians will also provide an exclusive day of entertainment from brunch to late night.
Date: 26 October - 2 November
Location: 11 - 13 Frith St, London W1D 4RB
COYA Halloween brunch
This Halloween, COYA Mayfair and Angel Court will host a Halloween brunch, which is not to be missed.
Beyond the food, the brunch will showcase dancers and performers from the Peruvian forest and guests can expect an immersive experience taking them on a journey through South America with a mysterious twist.
Date: From 28 October - 30 October
Location: COYA Mayfair and Angel Court
Halloween at Crazy Pizza
Crazy Pizza will be decorated with stunning details this Halloween as guests enjoy the venue’s signature Crazy Bubbles brunch from 12pm to 4pm on 31 October.
From 7pm to 11-30pm, the iconic dining destination will offer extraordinary entertainment with music and dancers to accompany the Halloween evening, along with limited-edition cocktails, including Saints & Souls, Bombay Bramble and Martini Rosso.
Halloween at Backyard Cinema
Ghost tour at Eltham Palace
If you’re looking for an eerie Halloween experience, explore the grounds of Eltham Palace and Gardens in the dark on a special tour.
Storytellers will guide you on a bone-chilling journey through the past, with tales of ghosts, supernatural sightings and horrors from history.
Date: 28 - 31 October
Location: Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, SE9 5QE/ SE9 5NP
Halloween at Granary Square Brasserie
Enjoy live entertainment and more at Granary Square Brasserie, as the restaurant celebrates Día de los Muertos this Halloween with a show-stopping installation across its entrance and limited-edition cocktails.
Dates: 11 October - 7 November
Location: 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AB
Halloween at Swingers
Get into the competitive spirit with a game of crazy golf at Swingers.
This year, Swingers will be transformed to a Halloween lair, complete with cobwebbed enclaves, a grown-up trick-or-treating wheel of fortune, and a cocktail menu for those up to the challenge.
Date: 29-31 October
Location: 15 John Prince’s St, London W1G 0AB
Images: Sumosan Twiga; STK; The Ivy; Covent Garden Market; Simon Brown Photography; Chotto Matte; Coya; English Heritage; Swingers