All Hallows Eve weekend is nigh upon us. It’s time to rev up your broomsticks and check out some chilling ways you can celebrate Halloween in London this year.
Halloween in London 2020
This Halloween, the Old Royal Naval College is getting its spook on with their first ever Halloween Late. A spine-tingling evening awaits those who enter the Painted Hall after dark, with haunting ghost stories, live music, and delicious food and drinks available from the Painted Hall Café and the Old Brewery. As the fog rolls in off the River Thames, historical performance collective History Riot will weave terrifying yarns of strange occurrences, vengeful spectres and colossal sea monsters. For just £20, visitors will be treated to an evening of spooky storytelling and music, a free mulled wine at the Old Brewery and an annual pass to the Old Royal Naval College. Book here.
Carve out some time for a pumpkin decorating session with Wands and Wizard Exploratorium in Soho. Pumpkin carving starts at £14.99 and includes a pre-shelled pumpkin, a mug of HallowCream, carving tools and templates. Book here.
Follow the ghosts of London’s most gothic house on a Twilight Tour at Strawberry Hill House. (15, 22 and 29 October). Book here.
Join Gothic Opera at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden for a stylish evocation of the eerie and macabre, presented by a large cast of talented singers. In three carefully curated gala concerts, the audience will be taken on a journey through a selection of rarely-heard spine-chilling operatic repertoire, some of which will be performed for the first time since the nineteenth century. Book here.
See the Torture at the Tower exhibition at the Tower of London with its grisly instruments of pain. Included in the entry ticket.
Join Mr Londoner for a free and terrifying virtual tour on the 30 October. Tales from the Crypt will be dissecting the eerie tales of Smithfield, once a 14th century plague pit and home to executions, haunting and a WW1 zeppelin raid. The tour is free, but tips are welcomed. Book here.
Creep-it-real and visit the Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret, with its eighteenth-century surgical theatre – the site of many grisly amputations. You might want to take the smelling salts with you. (open on Saturdays only). Book here.
Have a wicked evening at one of the capital’s independent cinemas with a Halloween screening. Check out the Prince Charles in Leicester Square, the Olympic Cinema in Barnes, the Rivoli and the Everyman chain.
To celebrate Halloween, the Clapham Grand is hosting a variety of spooky movie nights starting with Hocus Pocus on the 29 and 30 October. On the 31 October, enjoy a fun-filled, costume-garbed night of fun and debauchery with a quadruple showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Book tickets here.
Ready for some grisly tales this Halloween in London? Join Alex and her Ghosts and Ghouls virtual tours on the 31 October. You’ll meet warring queens and hear about cold grasping hands, pumping hearts, body snatchers and disembodied hands. Get to know the friendly ghost who helps actors with their lines or the malicious spook who whispers in your ear. Book your tour here – if you dare. There is a discount if you subscribe to Alex’s newsletter.
Bring a torch and some grit for a tour of Eltham Palace this Halloween. The art deco mansion comes alive with visitors of Eltham past during its annual spooky tours. Book here.
Go potty with the eerie “Celebration of Slytherin,” on at the Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio until 12 November. Book here.
Toast the souls of London’s most haunted pubs: The Spaniard’s Inn, The Grenadier, the Prospect of Whitby, the Ship’s Tavern and The Flask.
Swap the ghoulish mayhem for a Baroque candlelit concert instead. Set in the stunning Southwark Cathedral, join virtuosic soloists from acclaimed chamber orchestra London Concertante for a repertoire that includes Handel and Bach. Book here.
Stay at home and treat yourself to a wicked Halloween Hamper from Fortnum and Mason instead.
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