Wondering how to celebrate Halloween this year? Whether you’re an all-out fancy dress and party kind of person, love adrenaline-pumping thrills or just care about the sweet treats (no judgement), there are plenty of themed events taking place across the capital. Read on to discover our pick of the wildest and spookiest experiences to book, from ghostly walking tours to immersive parties and jazzed up afternoon teas.
Halloween 2022: Best Parties & Events in London
A Weekend at Birch
If you’re up for venturing a little outside of London, head to hotel and members’ club Birch, located just 30 minutes from the capital. You’ll have the chance to take part in a variety of Halloween-inspired activities, from tarot reading to pumpkin carving workshops, plus a big party – this year’s theme is Cockneys vs Zombies (after the cult movie).
Embark on a ghostly boat tour with GoBoat, which has teamed up with a paranormal expert to locate the most haunted spots on the UK’s waterways. Hop aboard at one of the three London locations – Paddington, Kingston or Canary Wharf – and explore some of the city’s spookiest riverside sites. The ghost of the famous 18th century actress Sarah Siddons, for instance, is rumoured to haunt Little Venice, while Hampton Court Palace is often referred to as one of the most haunted places in England.
The Haunting of Chelsea Physic Garden
Head to Chelsea Physic Garden to be transported back in time to the Witch Trial of 1664. The immersive show will invite audiences to delve into the underworld of the Witchfinder General, offering the chance to see London’s oldest botanical garden like never before.
24 – 31 October 2022, chelseaphysicgarden.co.uk
Brasserie of Fright
Join in with the Halloween fun at one of the capital’s most Instagrammable hotspots, Brasserie of Light in Selfridges. Enjoy limited-edition cocktails created with Whitley Neill Gin, such as the Magical Potion: gin with coconut rum, melon liqueur and lime juice, and Brew of Ecstasy, made with rhubarb and ginger gin, ginger wine, chilli and agave. Pair with the Medusa’s Spell dessert, made with white chocolate, grenadine vermicelli, hazelnut cream, pumpkin spiced foam and raspberry sauce. Alongside this, there will be live DJ sets, Halloween characters and special entertainment.
Sexy Fish’s Sunken Circus Halloween Party
Mayfair hotspot Sexy Fish is renowned for its eclectic entertainment, so no doubt it’s pulling out all the stops for Halloween. The Sunken Circus party will involve an immersive feast, complete with light displays, cabaret acts, stilt walkers and podium dancers – including a snake charmer who will be roaming round the restaurant throughout the night. Your evening will be fuelled with special cocktails made in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne and Monkey 47 Gin, such as ‘Lost Boy’s Blood’, made with Monkey 47 Gin, raspberry cordial, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and chocolate bitters.
29 October 2022, sexyfish.com
Halloween Theatre Tours at Theatre Royal Drury Lane
Take a deep dive into the haunted history of London’s theatreland at Theatre Royal Drury Lane, which is hosting a series of late-night tours this October. After a Halloween-themed cocktail in The Cecil Beaton Bar you’ll learn about the hidden tales, scandals and conspiracies that lie in the West End – and maybe even spot theatre’s most famous ghost, The Man in Grey.
£25pp, 24 – 31 October 2022, thelane.co.uk
Lady Home’s Grand Ball of Horror at Home House
The Halloween extravaganza at members’ club Home House will channel the eccentric spirit of its former owner, the Countess of Home, who was nicknamed ‘the Queen of Hell’ back in the 1800s as a result of her ‘irascible behaviour and lavish parties’. Spreading across the whole club, the party will involve live music, DJs, tarot readers, dancers and a cabaret show, alongside a special Halloween-themed menu and an array of gin cocktails (the Countess’ tipple of choice).
£60 for members and £85 for guests, 28 October 2022, homehouse.co.uk
Discount Suit Company’s Jack the Ripper Tour
Add a little Halloween twist to your cocktail night by booking one of the Jack the Ripper tours with Spitalfields speakeasy Discount Suit Company. The experience will kick off with a hot punch outside the bar before embarking on a tour of the backstreets of Jack the Ripper’s former haunts, learning about the notorious killer’s exploits. You’ll end up at Discount Suit Company, a former tailor’s stockroom which has been turned into a bar, where you’ll receive your treat: 25 per cent off the bill.
£25pp, 31 October 2022, theumbrellaproject.co.uk
SAW: The Experience
This is one for the people who actually want to be scared on Halloween. An immersive experience inspired by the horror movie, SAW, is launching this October, where players will endure puzzles, tests and escape rooms – complete with pre-recorded footage from Tobin Bell, who played serial killer Jigsaw in the films. It promises to be pretty terrifying – but there’s light at the end: those who survive (which, we hope, is everyone) will finish the experience with a congratulatory cocktail in a bar called The Traproom.
27 October 2022 – 26 March 2023, sawtheexperience.com
Haunted House Party at Louche
Soho’s three-storey townhouse bar Louche is throwing a Halloween party, complete with performances from House of Burlesque dancers and DJ sets. Expect spooky surprises dotted around – and if you arrive before 6pm you can enjoy two for one cocktails.
29 October 2022, louchesoho.com
Halloween Afternoon Tea at Mariage Frères
Mariage Frères has given its afternoon tea a Halloween twist. Adhering to its signature style, tea is used in every dish – but this time, you’ll get themed sweet treats like the ‘Fantome de L’Opera’: a ghostly yuzu sponge cake infused with Earl Grey tea and coated in Italian meringue. Enjoy alongside classic savoury dishes like French baby brioche filled with artisan smoked salmon, Full Moon Party tea and yuzu crème fraiche.
£45pp, 25 October 2022, mariagefreres.com
Casa Wardour Electrica at 100 Wardour Street
Soho hotspot 100 Wardour Street is getting into the Halloween spirit with a pop-up. Running in partnership with tequila and mezcal brand Casamigos Tequila, Casa Wardour Electrica will bring the spirit of Mexico to London, with vibrant decor such as neon carved pumpkins, hanging skulls and Day of the Dead-inspired wreaths. On 28 and 29 October there will be two pre-Halloween parties, with music from resident DJs, and on 30 October guests can attend a Mexican-inspired brunch – with the option to go bottomless if you dare.
28, 29 and 30 October 2022, 100wardourst.com