Halloween – the time of year where we can embrace our inner gothic side and indulge in some scary but fun activities to get our heart rate going… Whether you plan to spend the day with your kids, your partner or your friends, there’s a thrilling activity for everyone in London this season. Let’s see which one of you can hold their nerve the longest…
Explore London’s Spookiest Spots
What better time to explore London’s scary locations and haunted places than at Halloween? The city is filled with gruesome history, myterious buildings and ghost sightings… Here are a few of the best spots to give you the
- The Bleeding Heart Yard in Farringdon: legend has it that in 1626, the mutilated body of socialite Lady Elizabeth Hatton was found strewn across the ground, with her heart still pumping blood. This atmospheric cobbled courtyard is now home to a restaurant, bistro and a tavern.
- The Old Queen’s Head: a haunted pub in Islington.where the ghost of a little girl is said to weep, slam doors, run around and overtake customers climbing the steps…
- Hyde Park burial ground: although not usually open to the public, you can book a special tour to see it and it’s well worth your time. The area has quite a rich history! Many notorious criminals met their end at the Tyburn Tree, the park played an instrumental role during WW1 and the pet cemetery contains the remains of over 1,000 pets, with each grave marked by tiny headstones. Expect a wealth of anecdotes…
Do the monster mash
If you’re planning a Halloween night out then look no further than Story – a new venue on the former site of Club 88 Degrees, right in the heart of Croydon. It’s been newly refurbished and promises Halloween giveaways, themed cocktails and a make-up artist on site to give you a free spooky makeover!
Go for pumpkin carving classes
For a family friendly activity, try out Fortnum & Mason’s annual pumpkin carving lessons. You can practice your knife skills and learn from experts on how to carve an imaginative, one-of-a-kind jack-o-lantern. There’s even a prize for the best pumpkin at the end of each class, as well as some Halloween-themed treats. Hurry though, these tickets sell out quickly!
Enjoy an immersive scary meal
Journey to the Underworld over dinner by joining Claude, the shackled conductor, and his lowly assistant Gordy on their quest for redemption. This two-hour immersive experience will be a meal like no other, starting at Pedley Street Station, Arch 63.
If that doesn’t all sound like wickedly good fun, the menu was crafted by BBC MasterChef Finalist 2017 Louisa Ellis, so you’re in for a treat!
And if you’re not too shaken up after all that, you can retreat home and settle in for a night of horror films with your friends and loved ones – just don’t forget the sweets for the trick or treaters and some gin gifts to calm your nerves…