Spooky Season: Halloween Events Across The Capital
Nights are getting shorter and the weather colder – Autumn is finally here. It’s a controversial opinion, but Autumn is by far our favourite season, and ‘spooky’ season in the city never fails to impress us. From pumpkin picking to Halloween themed cocktails, Absolutely lists our top picks from across the Capital.
Pumpkin picking at Tulleys Pumpkin Farm
By far the most wholesome Halloween activity, Pumpkin picking is a fun-filled activity for both adults and children alike. Whilst London is lacking in the pumpkin fields department, Tulleys is just a short train ride away to Crawley, followed by a taxi to the venue itself. Once at the venue, guests are invited to roam the pumpkin fields and pick their own pumpkin, as well as taking advantage of the many photo opportunities, whilst children enjoy the company of Gourdy the Jester, Sage the Wizard and Folly the Scarecrow. After a day of fun, refuel with the many food and drink options available (alcoholic tipples are available for grown ups). For those looking to really experience the magic, visit Tulley’s for their extra special Pumpkin Nights event, giving visitors the opportunity to enjoy the field under the moonlight sky to a background of live music.
Sky High Screams At The Sky Garden
Party in the sky at Sky Garden’s annual Halloween party. Across Friday 29th and Saturday 20th of October, the iconic venue will be transformed into a spook-tastic venue including haunted halloween themed cocktails, live music and late night dancing – all set to a stunning backdrop lit up at night. At witching hour, DJ Dan V will take to the decks to get the party started, followed by live music from Neo Waves that will carry on into the dead of the night. Only one rule applies: dress to impress.
Halloween Brunch At The Anthologist
For those looking to add a touch of glamour to their Halloween celebrations, head down to The Anthologist for a spooktacular ‘Full Fat Brunch Party’ headed up by music icon DJ Fat Tony. Guests are invited to enjoy a day full of disco hits alongside a delicious menu of buttermilk chicken and waffle, ‘Marmite’ mac n cheese and jalapeño cornbread with avocado. Sip on a ‘Dracula’s Blood cocktail’ – a delicious blend of Patrón silver, orange juice, blood orange syrup, lime juice and soda that has been created exclusively for the event by Patrón, who have decked out the venue in devilish decorations. Fancy dress is heavily encouraged.
Pumpkin Carving At Bluebird Chelsea
Another one for the children, this time taking place at Bluebird Chelsea and hosted by Blooming House. The West London restaurant invites guests enjoy a two hour long pumpkin carving class, taking place on Thursday 28th October at 11am. The event encourages kids to embrace their creativity and bring spooky faces to life just in time for Halloween weekend. Tickets include a soft drink for children, alongside an early-afternoon cocktail treat from Cointreau for accompanying adults. Spaces are limited, so we advise to book early to avoid disappointment.
Halloween Afternoon Tea At Mariage Frères
Luxury French tea venue Mariage Frères have launched a bewitching new afternoon tea experience in the heart of Covent Garden. The limited afternoon tea menu will be available from the 25th to the 31st of October, and will include spooky Black Bao Burgers filled with beef tataki and coleslaw infused with Chaï Parisen® tea; an assortment of mushroom and cashew sandwiches; and a hauntingly delicious Chicken Ballotine with pumpkin, ginger and polenta and infused with Full Moon Party® green tea. Ghosts, ghouls and spirits are welcome.
Spooky Screenings At Backyard Cinema
London’s favorite cinematic experience, Backyard Cinema, has a whole host of spooky screenings showing throughout the month of October. The venue has been decked out in spook-taculur decor just in time for spooky-szn, and film screenings will include Hocus Pocus (a good choice for families), alongside The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, as well as Beetlejuice and Candyman for the hard-core horror fans. Post film, enjoy Backyard pizza and loaded nachos from the Studio Bar, as well as British beef patties from the Honest Burgers Test Kitchen and craft beers from The Annex.
Halloween Buns at Bun House
One for the foodies: Bun House, the Cantonese steamed bun specialist located in the heart of China Town, will be bringing back their famous, limited edition Halloween themed buns. Not only are they delicious, they are also adorable – and will be sure to make the perfect Halloween addition to your insta-feed. Bun house will be offering three Halloween character buns, including the beloved Spiced Pumpkin bun, stuffed with sweet, roasted pumpkin and peppered with fragrant star anise, cinnamon and cloves alongside two new additions: the Mummy bun, made using roasted black sesame and tahini and the Ghost bun, which is filled with a sticky toffee custard cream. Delicious.
Halloween At Bank House
Slightly further afield than London but definitely worth the journey is a sumptuous Pumpkin-led menu at Stuart Gillies’ much loved neighbourhood wine bar, Bank House, in Chislehurst. The themed dishes will include a blood orange baked Alaska tart with sorbet and sweet toasted meringue alongside a devilish cocktail offering, including the special Beetlejuice sour, a calvados-based cocktail made complete with pumpkin, lemon and thyme.
Spooky Season At Seven Dials
Celebrate Halloween the right way at Seven Dials, with their range of Halloween events to be held across Halloween weekend. On Friday 29th, party into the night at a fabulous Halloween Ball at Seven Dials Market, with music to be provided by DJ Matman. On Saturday 31st, join a Witches Ball that promises spooky decorations and an adult fancy dress competition alongside themed food and drink. To cure your hangover, head down to Seven Dials on Sunday 31st for a Halloween Feast sponsored by Moet Hennesey. Guests can enjoy 1.5 hours of limited edition Halloween cocktails and food to a soundtrack provided by DJ Dare. We recommend you book the following week off work for recovery purposes – it can be our little secret.
Pumpkin Spice And All Things Nice At Apple Butter Cafe
Head down to Apple Butter Cafe for a spooky themed, Pinterest worthy array of food and drink. Guests can enjoy a delicious spiced pumpkin cake alongside an oh so on trend spiced pumpkin latte. We recommend to take a stroll down to the cafe on a crisp and cosy Sunday afternoon – the perfect way to end Halloween weekend.
The Pumpkin Patch at Elephant Springs
Just in time to celebrate the Halloween festivities, Elephant Springs, South London’s natural outdoor play area, has had a pumpkin themed makeover. Hundreds of pumpkins designed by the local Elephant Park community will be on display for all to enjoy throughout thee weekend – followed by a warming a hot chocolate at nearby Black Cowboy Coffee.