With Halloween approaching, London’s restaurants and bars are offering spooky specials and eerie events to entertain guests on fright night. Here’s our round up of the best…
Broadgate’s newest cocktail destination, Mrs Fogg’s Dockside Drinkery & Distillery, is hosting a frighteningly fun night of music, cocktails and face-painting this Halloween. Mrs Fogg’s Rangoon Steamer will become a ‘spooky steamship’ from 6.01pm on Thursday 31st October, and guests will be serenaded by a live swing band as they sip on creepy cocktails from the spectacular Rémy Martin 1738 Cognac menu.
W London’s Perception Bar is hosting a Forbidden Forest Halloween party in partnership with Veuve Clicquot on 1 and 2 November. Expect to enter a dark and decrepit woodland of freak encounters and dangerous disturbances on a night where primeval beasts emerge to join the witch-hunt and revel in the black magic of the backwoods. The party promises compulsive beats, dark displays and cavorting creatures fuelled by a bubbling brook of chilling champagne in Soho’s Forbidden Forest…
Neighbourhood favourite The Little Yellow Door has added a gory gastronomic concoction to its menu for Halloween: the ‘bleeding boo-rata’ features fresh burrata injected with beetroot and served on a bed of courgetti, topped with nduja and a nut crumb, and is available from Wednesday 10 October to Saturday 2 November. In addition, the venue is hosting a Day of the Dead fiesta from 7pm on 31 October, with Latin and tribal tunes, tacos and face-paintining. DJs will have guests dancing with the devil from 10pm.
Mount your broomsticks and fly sky-high this year to celebrate Halloween with a bewitching series of live music sessions at Sky Garden from 31 October to 2 November. Tickets cost £14 and include all-night access to the eerie Sky Pod Bar and surrounding gardens for an evening of hair-raising tunes and spooktacular tracks courtesy of ALR music, plus a devilishly good cocktail on arrival.
Following the success of their 2018 collaboration, acclaimed Spitalfields cocktail bar Discount Suit Company is once again partnering with the award-winning London’s Walks, proprietors of The Jack The Ripper Tour, for a spine-tingling tour and Halloween cocktail special on 31 October. The Halloween walks will start at Discount Suit Company, where guests can enjoy a glass of hot punch to warm the cockles before beginning a tour of the backstreets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Guided by Simon Whitehouse, a blue badge holder and mentored by Donald Rumelow – “the leading authority on Jack The Ripper”, guests will learn of both Jack’s exploits and the bungled investigations that followed, before returning to Discount Suit Company where guests can steady their nerves and digest the details over a gin-soaked Saucy Jack cocktail. Tickets are priced at £20, which includes two cocktails as well as a 90-minute walking tour and can be purchased here.
Dead Ringer Singer at The Piano Works will be back for a day and night of mysterious music, freaky face painting, terrifying tattoo artists and creepy cocktails on 2 November. Enjoy live music from the talented in-house band playing a “monster” mash of 70s killer queen, 80s dead or alive and 90s music. The best-dressed party-goers will also be in with a chance of winning a three-day trip for two to Dracula’s Castle in Transylvania if they post a picture on Instagram tagging The Piano Works between 31 October 2 November.
London’s original crazy golf course, Swingers, is decorating both its City and West End sites this Halloween and has created a Spiced Pumpkin Punch cocktail, which is a blend of Kraken Black Spiced Rum, Frangelico Liqueur, pumpkin puree, spiced sugar and lemon juice.
Main photo: Swingers
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