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Spook-tacular Guide To Your Weekend In London: Halloween Special
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Spook-tacular Guide To Your Weekend In London: Halloween Special

Picture of Ellie Griffiths
Updated: 28 September 2016
Are you ready to be spooked? This weekend, The Culture Trip London brings you the best Halloween events happening in the city. Want something truly terrifying? Try sipping from a human skull or crunching on a cricket taco. Feeling more family friendly? Have a giggle with Harry Potter and co. or dress up your pooch for the Pet Pavilion doggy dress-up. Whatever you’re expecting from the world’s scariest holiday, there’s something for you!
Skull Cup | Courtesy of Ann Charlott Ommedal
Skull Cup | Courtesy of Ann Charlott Ommedal

Sup From a Human Skull

Human Skull Cup available for Halloween only

Fancy drinking from a REAL human skull this Halloween? Head down to Bompas and Parr’s Alcoholic Architecture this weekend to not only experience an alcoholic weather system, but to partake in a millennia-old custom of drinking from a human skull (don’t fear… it was obtained through a reputable antiques dealer). Remove the crown to reach the liquid inside… a haunting concoction of Trappist ale, rare monastic gentian liqueur and Buckfast – combined with skull lychen… yes, you read correctly! Historically this was turned into powder to treat ailments. Who would’ve thought. Grossed out yet? Good… we will see you there – and remember to breath responsibly!

Alcoholic Architecture, 1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, London, UK

Harry Potter and the Inappropriate Hallowe’en | Courtesy of Laugh Out London
Harry Potter and the Inappropriate Hallowe’en | Courtesy of Laugh Out London


Harry Potter and the Inappropriate Hallowe’en

Saturday, 7.15 PM

As the well loved Albus Dumbledore once said, ‘let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.’ The unofficial comedic sequel to Harry Potter takes place on no better date than Hallowe’en, the anniversary of Harry’s parents’ death. Written and directed by Adam Larter, head of Weirdos Comedy Club, alongside Laugh Out London, this crew come together to present wands, spells, owls, and a cast of the capital’s funniest muggles and mudbloods… more commonly known as comedians in this world.

Leicester Square Theatre, 6 Leicester Place, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7734 2222

Halloween Project by A Stitch In Time | Courtesy of Nicholas de Bruyne
Halloween Project by A Stitch In Time | Courtesy of Nicholas de Bruyne


Halloween Project

Friday and Saturday, 6 PM – 10 PM (last entry 7 PM)

Want to be spooked out this weekend? Head down to a stunning gothic warehouse in our beloved Bermondsey for a cross-arts immersive Halloween spectacular. Surrounded by a plethora of rooms and secret passageways to experience and discover, from interactive theatre to artwork, cabaret to DJs, this is a night to remember. This weekend is the time to be adventurous and experience ‘The Dark, the Grotesque, and the Unexplained’ all under one roof.

Ugly Duck, 47/49 Tanner Street, London, UK

Mansion Halloween Ball 2011 | Courtesy of The Mansion
Mansion Halloween Ball 2011 | Courtesy of The Mansion

The Mansion Halloween Ball

Saturday, 9 PM – 3 AM

The season’s most anticipated and exhilarating event returns with their unmissable annual Halloween Ball. Mansion London will fill a private underground venue (somewhere in Holborn) with the most beautiful guests, until … if you dare let them … they are transformed into their utmost terrifying alter ego. The most spectacular program yet to come, party with DJs all night long, get goosebumps from amazing vocalist, Sofia Di Vuano AKA The Little Mistress, dance sinfully with the devils, and even get your tarot readings from a famous psychic. Make sure you bring your courage; this is bound to be a Halloween like no other.

Secret location confirmed on your tickets – make sure you check before you run into the dead.

The Dark Circus Party

Saturday, 9 PM – 3 AM

Roll up, roll up, the most exclusive circus is in town for their Halloween Special. The Dark Circus Party will send shivers down your spine with the most amazing banquet of horrors – the dark and dreamy world of circus performers. If you are one of the lucky people who managed to get a ticket, you will enjoy the cocktails, cabaret, sword swallowing, aerial acrobatics, circus sideshows and everything that’s to die for! This is a surreal feat, and if you missed out, book it into your calendar for 2016!

The Grand Hall St Pancras, Euston Road, London, UK

Tap into a twisted childhood at The Little Yellow Door | Courtesy of The Little Yellow Door
Tap into a twisted childhood at The Little Yellow Door | Courtesy of The Little Yellow Door


Dead Cartoons At The Little Yellow Door

Saturday, 6 PM till late

This Halloween house party is set to be one of the quirkiest events in London. True to style, The Little Yellow Door will be serving up creative cocktails and bar snacks – but all with a secret Halloween twist. With mandatory fancy dress, guests are obliged to dress up as their favourite cartoon – in zombie form. Grab some fake blood, get creative and be ready to immerse yourself into a truly twisted childhood universe.

68 Notting Hill Gate, London, UK, +44 (0) 780 126 7854

For a more cuddly Halloween, play with a pumpkin puppy | Courtesy of Pet Pavilion
For a more cuddly Halloween, play with a pumpkin puppy | Courtesy of Pet Pavilion

Halloween at Pet Pavilion

Saturday, 9.30 AM – 6 PM

For a more friendly introduction to Halloween than a terrifying ghost-child looming at your door, take your beloved pooch to Pet Pavilion for a treat (or trick). This Saturday, Pet Pavilion’s Chelsea and Kensington stores will be transformed into haunted (hound) houses. With goodie bags and treats, your four-legged best friend will be happier than ever this Halloween. If they’re more inclined to get into the spirit of things, they could also join in the doggy dress-up!

Pet Pavilion Chelsea, Chelsea Farmers Market, 125 Sydney Street, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7376 8802

Pet Pavilion Kensington, 60 Gloucester Road, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7584 8848

Be thrilled at Archer Street | Courtesy of Archer Street
Be thrilled at Archer Street | Courtesy of Archer Street

Archer Street Presents Thriller

Saturday, 6 PM till late

Famed for their all-singing all-dancing cast of talented waiters and waitresses, it is no surprise that this year Archer Street will be celebrating and performing an ode to Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller.’ All staff will be costumed up as the man himself and will be providing entertainment throughout the night – it’s even rumoured that MJ himself may make a spooky appearance on the night… So why not grab your black hat and single white glove and join in the fun!

Archer Street, 3-4 Archer Street, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7734 3342

Creepy crawly cuisine anyone? | Courtesy of El Patron
Creepy crawly cuisine anyone? | Courtesy of El Patron


Day of the Dead Celebrations at El Patron

Saturday, 5 PM till late

Are you feeling brave? Then don’t miss El Patron’s particularly creepy joint Day of the Dead and first birthday celebrations. From cricket tacos to cockroach cocktails, this is not for the faint hearted. To accompany these Mexican delicacies, entertainment will be provided by renowned house band Truly Madly Deeply to set the tone with classic Latino music. Fancy dress is encouraged but not obligatory, although who knows what would happen if you turned up in a t-shirt and jeans…

El Patron, 141 Upper Richmond Road, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 8396 6350

Prepare to be spooked at Bunga Bunga | Courtesy of Bunga Bunga
Prepare to be spooked at Bunga Bunga | Courtesy of Bunga Bunga


Bunga Bunga Halloween Bash

Saturday, 7 PM – 1 AM

This Saturday Bunga Bunga will be wholeheartedly possessed by the Halloween spirit as their event takes place across all three floors. With a complementary cocktail upon entry and a prize for best-dressed, there’s little reason to miss this party! Fancy dress is required, and there will be a make-up artist on site to further add to your terrifying transformation. DJs will be providing your backing track from 7 PM until the early hours of the morning, so get to Bunga Bunga for a spooky Saturday spectacle.

Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, UK, +44 (0) 20 7095 0360

 

 

Happy Halloween, Culture Trippers!

By Ellie Griffiths & Briony Lewis