All Hallows’ Eve is fast approaching, and from horror film screenings and fancy-dress balls to glamorously themed dinner parties, we’ve found the most stylish ways to celebrate
Words Charlotte Emerson & Andrea Cheong
Kaspar’s At The Savoy
The Savoy hosts a luxurious dinner party inspired by the ominous passing of a South African diamond magnate following a dinner at The Savoy in 1898. As the story goes, when 13 guests dine together, the first to rise will be cursed to death, and as you may have guessed, he was the first to leave the the table. In keeping with this spooky tale, 13 guests will indulge in a Halloween themed menu. Look forward to the likes of black ‘devilled’ risotto and bloody beef and pumpkin pie. The meal is complemented with glasses of champagne; it is The Savoy after all.
29th – 31st October
£1,313.13 for a group of 13, call Kaspar’s to book
The Fierce Crow By Duck and Dry
For a less scare-packed Halloween, head to London’s favourite blow dry bar Duck and Dry, where customers will be offered the Halloween inspired “FIERCECROW”. The FIERCE CROW is a look sure to turn heads, styled with an elaborated, ultra-teased crimpled hair look and completed with a sunken eyes effect, expertly curated by Duck and Dry’s in-house Make Up Artist.
Prices £32 blow dry/ £45 for blow dry plus Halloween makeup.
Email Harvey Nichols to book.
The Mansion Spectacular Halloween Ball
The Mansion London is upping their Halloween game. Their ball is to be held at a secret location to be revealed 48 hours before the event (we hear it’s a haunted graveyard). Fancy dress is mandatory and you can immerse yourself with cage dancers, face painting, tarot card readers and performances with fire.
29th October, 9pm-4am
£36 for standard entry – £3000 for VIP room; book tickets online
Dark Circus Party
Ever wanted to spend Hallow’s Eve in a tequila-fuelled abandoned circus? With the theme of Day of the Dead, this is one party where you can really let your hair down. Aerialists spinning from the ceiling, neon dance parties and circus acts take place late into the night. Make a whole evening of it and come a little earlier for a tequila-making masterclass.
29th October, 9pm until late
£30 for standard entry / £40 for entry and a tequila masterclass; book tickets online
Eerie Evening Tours at Kensington Palace
Explore the Victorian history of the haunted Kensington Palace in a lamp-guided tour. Will you spot George II’s ghost staring out of the window in the room where he is said to be sighted? Culture vultures will especially revel in the unravelling of 19th century occultism, including the practice of seances and their fascination with memento mori.
31st October, 6.30-8.30pm (16+)
£30; book tickets online
Ghost Bus Tours
Tour the the most sinister paranormal locations around London in a 1960’s ‘funeral bus’. Particularly suited for those that would rather not brave the cold, onboard you can enjoy a theatrical show in comfort. The sightseeing tour is much darker than most, taking you through the gruesome history of the city and key landmarks.
31st October, 7pm
£15 for students / £21 for adults; book tickets online
Halloween Special at The Roof Gardens
Do Halloween in style at the Kensington Roof Gardens. Follow the maze of gravestones and cobwebs to the dance floor, where a DJ will be playing all night. One of the most glamorous venues in London will have guests exploring over three uniquely decorated gardens kitted out with a flowing stream, complete with fish and flamingoes. Arrive before 9pm for a complimentary cocktail at the door and line your stomach for the big night ahead at the outdoor balcony BBQ.
28th October, 7pm-2am (21+)
£20; book tickets online
Meet The Widow Halloween Party at Barts
The elusive speakeasy hidden within an apartment in Chelsea has a dark past. ‘Madame Veuve Cliqout’, the ghost of the haunted bar, is the theme of the night. Arrive as a ‘haunted widower’ and you can join in at the Belvedere cocktail reception and enjoy a glass of champagne at midnight.
29th October, 6pm–1:30am
Email to book
Mr Fogg’s Hosts the Late MadamResidence e Veuve Clicquot
The mythological deceased Madame Clicquot visits Mr Fogg’s Residence on the 150th anniversary of her death. Have your face painted and raise a toast to the lady before the clock strikes one minute past ten, which is when she is said to return to her grave.
The ArcelorMittal Orbit After Dark
The world’s highest and longest tunnel slide is adding a thrilling Halloween twist – to brave the 178m ride after dark. For 40 seconds, visitors will circle and weave their way through 12 iconic loops which make up the slides unique structure, towering several hundred feet above the London dramatic skyscape.
However, as night falls and the London skyline is illuminated, visitors are warned to keep an eye out for the waking ghosts and ghouls of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park from the slide’s two viewing platforms.