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7 Halloween Activities that Won’t Make Your Skin Crawl

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7 Halloween Activities that Won’t Make Your Skin Crawl

…No novelty devil horns or trick or treaters in sight


Looking for an alternative Halloween activity to get involved in the festivities this year? Look no further. We’ve found seven spook-tacular goings on in London to make this Halloween the classiest October 31st yet.

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Gordon Ramsay Group Halloween Experiences

Gordon Ramsay Group Halloween Experiences

From 27 – 31st October, guests visiting Bread Street Kitchen and Heddon Street Kitchen will experience a host of dark dishes teamed with innovative Bacardi cocktails. The ‘spooky’ five-course banquet at Heddon Street Kitchen includes dishes such as whole roasted suckling pig served with apple compote and rum glazed pineapple and beef tartare with Bloody Mary rose sauce. Team with a bubbling Witches Pipe cocktail, featuring kiwi fruit, Bacardi Carta Blanca Rum, activated charcoal and pineapple.

Gordon Ramsay Group Halloween Experiences

At Bread Street Kitchen, Head Chef Paul Shearing has created a menu of braised veal shin with smashed pumpkin and black garlic sauce, paired with the Twilight Tea cocktail, a goblet of Grey Goose, pumpkin purée, lapsang tea and orange bitters. And no fake blood in site…

Kaspar’s at The Savoy

Halloween events 2016

On Saturday 28th and Tuesday 31st October, Kaspar’s at The Savoy invites All Hallows Eve revelers to a sophisticated dinner party for 13 guests. Set in the elegant private dining room at Kaspar’s restaurant, the evening will consist of a bespoke five-course dinner party, inspired by the ill-fated story of South African diamond magnate Woolf Joel, who dined at The Savoy in 1898.

We’ll let the press team at the Savoy tell you the story, as we simply can’t improve on it:

‘The story has it that Joel held a dinner at The Savoy for 14 guests and one cancelled at the last minute. The dinner continued, but one superstitious guest announced that death would come to the first person to leave the unlucky table of 13. Joel took that gamble and a few weeks later he was shot dead in Johannesburg. To avoid a repeat performance and damaging its reputation, The Savoy offered a member of staff to sit amongst tables of thirteen thereafter. Unable to discuss private matters or feel at ease, this proved to be unpopular with guests and thus, in a stroke of genius, Kaspar was born.

Halloween events 2016

‘Kaspar is a three-foot-high cat that was sculpted in 1926 by British Basil Lonides to stave off bad luck. For almost 90 years The Savoy has been more than happy to oblige parties of 13 with Kaspar’s company, whereby he joins in with napkin around the neck and a full place setting to ‘enjoy’ every course.’

Will you choose to have Kaspar join the table, or take a Halloween-appropriate gamble and stick with an un-lucky 13 guests? The evening costs £1313.13 for a table of 13 guests, plus Kaspar. Bookings are via Kaspar’s at The Savoy on 020 7420 2111.

Halloween at Sexy Fish

Halloween at Sexy Fish

With fire breathers, snake dancers and other incredible performances, this year’s Sexy Fish Halloween spectacular promises to be a ‘Berkeley Square nightmare’. Enjoy an eleven-course set menu or take a seat at the bar and enter the aquatic underworld of Scary Fish, filled with seductive she-devils and dangerous demons. On the eleven-course menu will be the likes of Wagyu fat ‘Paranormal’ popcorn, spicy yellowtail sashimi paired with pickled garlic and coriander and crispy octopus served with red blood orange and sweet shishito pepper. General party tickets are £165 and include the devilish dinner and a Stolichnaya Elit cocktail on arrival, crazy circus acts and Jodie Harsh’s DJ set, from 7.30pm – 1am. Bar tickets are £45, which includes a Stolichnaya Elit cocktail on arrival, Scary Fish canapés, and entertainment from 7.30pm – 1am.

Ivy Soho Brasserie Drag Queen BashThe Ivy Soho Brasserie

Back by popular demand; On Tuesday, 31 October, The Ivy Soho Brasserie will host a Drag Queen Dinner to celebrate Halloween night. Guests visiting for dinner between 6.30pm and
11:30pm will be greeted and hosted by two fabulous drag queens, Tiffaney Wells and Adora Dix. The Ivy Soho Brasserie’s A la Carte Menu will be available, featuring an array of The Ivy Collection autumnal
dishes, such as steak tartare with Laphroaig, wild mushrooms on
toasted brioche with black truffle and a spooky version of the melting chocolate bombe. To book visit or call 0203 301 1166.

Cult Horror Movies Halloween Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster London

Halloween Afternoon Tea at Royal Lancaster London

Head to the Royal Lancaster London to experience the Halloween Afternoon Tea, inspired by 1960s classic horror movies. A ‘very cold welcome’ awaits you, with Alfred Hitchcock classics flickering from a projector and The Little Shop of Horrors’ Audrey sitting on your table. Savoury treats include Axe-Carved Beef with Horseradish; the Ominous Crab Sushi and the Pitch Black Pudding Scotch Egg, while sweet treats come in the form of Cursed Blackbird Macaroon; Psycho Marbled Lollipops; Black Sunday Battenberg; Night of the Living Tart; and a Haunted Panna Cotta. The 1960s Halloween Afternoon Tea is priced at £35 per person and is served from 2pm until 5.30pm. From 17-31 October 2017,

SOUL Cocktail at The Milestone Hotel

SOUL Cocktail at The Milestone Hotel

Looking for a boozy way to celebrate Halloween in London this year? The Milestone’s S.O.U.L (Some of us live) cocktail is a spook-tacular mix of Mount Gay Rum and Orange Curaçao Liquer topped off with a citrus and berry flourish. If you need a little something to soak up your cocktail, check out the Halloween Afternoon Tea, a classic array of sweet and savoury treats with a seasonal twist. The Milestone Hotel Halloween Afternoon Tea costs £48 per person and the S.O.U.L costs £18 per cocktail. 

Staying In

Who says you have to leave the house to get into the Halloween spirit? Host the most fabulous party of the season and serve up some seriously good punch. Follow our recipe for Candy Corn gin punch, below…

Halloween Candy Corn Punch

Recipe: Halloween Candy Corn Punch

  • 1 part Slingsby London Dry Gin
  • 2 parts orange juice
  • ¼ part maraschino liqueur
  • 1 part pineapple juice
  • ½ lime juice
  • Slices of orange, pineapple, apricot and lime

Serve in a copper bowl or place a glass bowl inside a hollowed out pumpkin and add cocktail, garnish with fresh fruit.

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