Ghoul all out this year and dive into the 2021 Halloween celebrations with our pick of the city’s best parties, cocktails and special menus. From pumpkin carving classes to tastebud-tantalising potions and late night soirees, here’s how to really give ’em pumpkin to talk about
1 Indulge in a spine-chilling soirée at Park Chinois
Park Chinois, Mayfair’s luxurious Asian restaurant is hosting an entire weekend of skele-brations on Friday 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October. To ring in the spookiest weekend of the year, Park Chinois’ lower-ground restaurant Club Chinois will be hosting a one-off spooky spectacular of its weekly Dim Sum Afternoon Soirée as well as a Halloween special of its famous show, each complete with opulent Chinese cuisine and jaw-dropping entertainment.
The spooky season kicking off from Friday 29th October, Park Chinois will be adorned in the scariest of decorations, from cobwebs to candles, throughout the weekend.
Taking place on Saturday 30th and priced at £85pp, guests at the Halloween Afternoon Soirée will be led down the velvet spiral cobweb covered staircase to Club Chinois. Once settled, guests will be greeted with a glass of Champagne, followed by a three-course menu from Park Chinois’ Executive Chef Lee Che Liang, showcasing honest flavours, creative touches and unique influences from traveling the world. All to be enjoyed whilst watching immersive actors adorned with costumes and makeup to match.
In a similar fashion, Park Chinois’ regular shows will be taking a spooky turn from Friday-Sunday night, with immersive characters adorned in red capes and skeleton catsuits making appearances as guests dine.
Throughout the weekend, Park Chinois will be collaborating with Champagne Carbon, who will be serving limited edition orange Carbon Jeroboam available over the weekend, as well as a specially created Halloween cocktail. Guests are of course encouraged to put a spooky spin on their finest attire.
When: The Show, Friday, 29th, Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st October 6pm – 2am. Halloween Afternoon Soiree, Saturday 12-5pm with exquisite entertainment from 1.30-3.30pm.
How: Bookings can be made via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where: 17 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8EA
2 Partake in Pergola’s all-night-long entertaininment
If you love live music and all things bottomless, hop on a broomstick ride (or Tube, whichever’s easier) to Pergola on the Wharf, one of the capital’s most loved hideaways, for two exclusive events: Pergola Lates Halloween Special and a Halloween Bottomless Brunch.
1 Pergola Lates Halloween Special – Friday 29th October
The Pergola Lates Halloween Special is the perfect excuse to stay late on a Friday night. No tickets, no entry fee, no fuss; just great music and flowing drinks until the early hours. Taking place on Friday 29th October, there will be a fresh line-up of music guest DJs and live Sax playing all night, as well as a prize for the best fancy dress – so dress to impress! Find out more here.
2 Halloween Bottomless Brunch – Saturday 30th October
Pergola’s popular Bottomless Brunches will have a Halloween spin to celebrate All Hallows Eve this year. Guests can expect a host of brunch dishes, from a selection of freshly baked pastries to main events of Smashed Avo Toast, Benedict with smoked Wiltshire ham, Scottish salmon or baby spinach and Pergolas Breakfast Burger. With panoramic views over the city, flowing drinks and plenty of room for dancing to DJ sets and live music acts, Pergolas Halloween Bottomless Brunch is the only way to celebrate this year.
When: Brunch is available on Saturday 30th October from 11am. Tickets can be bought online here with the choice of two options: £35 per person – Choose from 2 hours of Bottomless Prosecco, Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Pergola Punch or Aperol Spritz; £50 per person- Includes 2 hours of bottomless drinks and a delicious 2 course brunch.
3 Take on a fang-tastic cocktail masterclass with Cointreau
Celebrate Halloween in style at Cointreau’s newly launched autumn terraces, where twists on the world’s best loved cocktail – the Original Margarita – will be on offer across the city at various chic locations.
West London’s favourite hangouts, Bluebird Chelsea and Bluebird White City, have just launched Cointreau inspired terraces and cocktail menus, which includes the Purple Margarita with tequila, Cointreau, lime juice and pea tea and the Cointreau Fashioned with Cointreau, single malt whisky, chocolate liqueur and chocolate bitter, alongside a series of events. The terraces at both sites have been transformed into seasonal paradise, decked out in beautiful autumnal florals, plants, pumpkin patches and bales of hay.
In the lead up to a spooktacular Halloween weekend, guests can also sign up for the Cointreau Halloween themed cocktail masterclass (27th October) and pumpkin carving classes in partnership with Blooming Haus (Thursday 28th and Saturday 30th October at 11 am) at Bluebird White City.
In King’s Cross, Granary Square Brasserie will be showcasing a Mexican inspired collaboration with Cointreau to celebrate the Day of the Dead festival. From now until the 7th November, the restaurant will champion the colours and traditions of Mexico in a month-long celebration. The restaurant terrace will be adorned with a magnificent marigold installation with traditional hand-painted Mexican Calavera.
Guests can choose from a selection of limited edition Cointreau ‘Día de los Muertos’ inspired cocktails including: The Pink Devil with a unique blend of Cointreau, liqueur, tequila, lime juice and cherry syrup and the Cafe Naranja, a twist on an espresso martini with Cointreau, coffee flavoured tequila, chocolate-flavored liqueur and cream. Alongside drinks, guests dining at the restaurant on Saturday 30th October can party the night away as the restaurant transforms itself with live entertainment and DJs. Nocturnal nights have never sounded so good.
4 Don glad rags for NYX Hotel London Holborn’s Halloween Drag Ball
Party away the spookiest night of the year with a fabulously flamboyant drag ball at NYX Hotel, hosted by legendary drag superstar, Miss Demeanour. Starring some of the UK’s favourite drag talent, the night will be filled with lip sync smackdowns, a live DJ, games and fun as well as live vocals from Sejal Keshwala, star of the West End’s ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’. Be sure to wear fangs, fishnets, and fabulous costumes, as there will be a prize for the best dressed darlings!
When: 31 October
Tickets: Free entry
How: To book, visit www.designmynight.com/www.nyx-hotels.co.uk
5 The devil’s in the disco with Fat Tony’s ‘Full Fat Halloween Brunch’ at The Anthologist
Add a dash of glitz and glamour to your Halloween celebrations and head to The Anthologist cocktail bar in the city for a ‘Full Fat Brunch’ party, hosted by music icon and legendary DJ Fat Tony on Sunday, 31st October. Don your freakiest garms for a sinful day of dancing whilst Fat Tony spins his staple disco sounds, accompanied by some of his favourite artists and an entourage of dancers – raucous time’s galore guaranteed.
Cost: Tickets cost £41pp (12pm – 5pm) and include a two-course brunch. Fancy dress positively encouraged.
How: To book, visit www.drakeandmorgan.co.uk
When: 31 October
6 Enjoy love at first bite with Mariage Frères’ Haunted Halloween Afternoon Tea
Looking for your next romantic date spot? Embrace your inner Gomez and Morticia and enjoy a limited-edition Halloween Afternoon Tea (£35pp) in the flagship store’s stunning Salon de Thé, located in the heart of Covent Garden.
Ideal for an elegant outing, each item has been delicately infused with tea from Mariage Frères’ exquisite Halloween tea collection so expect a frightfully-good selection of sweet and savoury treats including Black Bao Burgers filled with beef tataki and coleslaw infused with Chaï Parisen® tea, Chicken Ballotine with pumpkin, ginger and polenta infused with Full Moon Party® green tea , a Fantome de L’Opera yuzu sponge cake coated in Italian meringue; alongside a pumpkin and orange cheesecake, and black macarons filled with tea-infused ganache and a gianduja gooey centre.
How: To book, visit www.opentable.co.uk
Where: 38 King St, London WC2E 8JS
When: 25 – 31 October
7 Enjoy a Lil’ Monstars Bash at Hard Rock Cafe
Treat your little monsters to an upcoming unlimited brunch filled with sugar highs and entertainment. On 31st October, Hard Rock’s London restaurants are hosting Halloween fun from 10am – 12pm. Hard Rock Cafe’s Old Park Lane and Piccadilly Circus are hosting a Lil’ Monstars Bash for Halloween, as a brilliant way to start the spooky day.
Enjoy an authentic, unlimited, all-American buffet breakfast complete with spooky kids entertainment, face painting and halloween games! All encouraged to come in Halloween Fancy Dress to get in the spirit.
When: 31 October 2021
How: Book Hard Rock Cafe London (Old Park Lane) here: https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/london/ and Hard Rock Cafe Piccadilly Circus here: https://www.hardrockcafe.com/location/piccadilly-circus/Image:
8 Ghoul all out at The Prince
For something both creative and cool, it’s time to book your spot at The Prince in West Brompton. Learn how to be ‘ghost-ess’ with the mostest with a pumpkin carving class, as well as an all-out Friday Night Fright Party. For the gourmet ghouls and boys, there’s even a bottomless brunch of horrors that awaits to be devoured.
1 Pumpkin Carving Party – Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th October
After sellout events in 2020, The Prince will once again play host to the ultimate pumpkin carving party. Priced from £10pp, guests can expect a pumpkin, carving kit and Halloween cocktail or mocktail with pumpkin spiced popcorn to enjoy. There will also be a collection of special Halloween and pumpkin dishes to feast on whilst guests work on their masterpieces.
To book, please visit the link here. Reservations are available from 12-3pm and 3-6pm.
2 Friday Fright Night Party – Friday 29th October
Party-goers will be able to kickstart the weekend with an unforgettable Halloween party taking place from 6pm until 1am. With DJ guest appearances and themed performances, fancy dress is encouraged for a haunting night like no other.
To book, please visit the link here. Tickets are priced from £20pp and include a cocktail on arrival.
3 Saturday and Sunday Bottomless Brunch of Horrors – Saturday 30th October to Sunday 31st October
Assemble your favourite group of ghouls and head down to The Prince for their ‘Bottomless Brunch of Horrors’ on Halloween weekend. Priced at £35pp, guests can expect two hours of bottomless Prosecco, Bloody Mary’s and Halloween Punch. Each ticket also includes a £10 food voucher to use at popular food traders Filth&Co, Nonna Madonna and Rudie’s Jerk Shack.
How: To book, please visit the link here. Reservations are available from 12-2:30pm. Booking is advised for all of The Prince’s Halloween events. For more information, please visit the link here.
Where: 14 Lillie Rd, London SW6 1TT
9 Draw delight at ‘Brasserie of Fright’
‘Brasserie of Fright’ is coming to Selfridges with a horrifying October campaign. For one weekend only, the restaurant will be offering a limited-edition cocktail menu in partnership with Edrington-Beam Suntory and a deadly dessert to shock and delight this season – plus horrifying immersive entertainment for four days only.
From now until Sunday, 31 October sip the night away with a limited-edition cocktail menu and deadly dessert ‘Tasty, Tasty, Beautiful Fear’ (£10.95) created with Pennywise pumpkin cheesecake, raspberry crisp pearls, chocolate popping candy, hazelnut ice cream and cinnamon salted caramel sauce on offer, and additionally for Halloween weekend guests can enjoy bloodcurdling entertainment and DJ sets will follow later in the evening.
Drawing on highlights from legendary horror films, the restaurant will be filled with chilling characters, including The Shining Twins, Annabelle the doll, Pennywise from IT and Rosemary’s baby. During Halloween weekend the restaurant will be dimly lit and characters from the movies will roam around providing an immersive experience to create a powerful atmosphere whilst visitors dine.
Guests can also enjoy brand-new, wickedly wonderful cocktails, including, The Pennywise (£10.75), d’ya wanna balloon? A macabre blend of Makers Mark, blood orange, lemon and pumpkin spice finished with a cotton candy balloon., Losers Club (£10.50), made with friends from the mists of time – plus many others.
When: Cocktails available until Sunday, 31 October. The immersive Halloween entertainment will be available from Thursday, 28 October until Sunday, 31 October from 5pm – 7pm, with DJs playing from 7pm till late.
How: To make a reservation visit www.brasserie-of-light.co.uk or call 0203 940 9600.
Where: Selfridges, Duke Street Entrance, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
10 Celebrate Day of the Dead with Chotto Matte and Código
Did someone say tequila? Soho’s most iconic Nikkei restaurant, has partnered with the award-winning Mexican Tequila brand Código to celebrate Day of the Dead with a week of festivities to honour their Latin roots! For an entire week, Chotto Matte will offer incredible Nikkei dishes and captivating entertainment to celebrate this Latin American tradition.
From Tuesday 26th October to Tuesday 2nd November, the renowned Nikkei restaurant will offer a selection of limited-edition cocktails inspired by the South American flavours. Guests can choose from an array of cocktails, such as the delightful but deadly ‘Midnight in Lima’, comprising of Codigo Anejo Tequila, amontillado sherry, cocchi di torino vermouth and blackberry smoke, or for those with a sweet tooth, try the ‘Dulce Muerte’ with Codigo Blanco Tequila and peach liqueur.
On Saturday 30th October, incredible performers, DJ sets and musicians will also provide an exclusive day of entertainment from brunch to late night for guests to fully embrace the celebrations.
How: To book, visit Book Now – London | Chotto Matte (chotto-matte.com).
When: 26 October – 2 November
11 Enjoy a Creepy Crazy Bubbles Brunch with Crazy Pizza, Marylebone
If you like dishes with a devilish twist, head to Crazy Pizza. The fun, fresh and authentic Italian restaurant in the heart of Marylebone, is bringing a spooky twist to the venue and will be celebrating the spirit of Halloween with an immersive evening!
From the 28th -31st of October, the renowned restaurant will offer a selection of exclusive new dishes, inspired by the Halloween tradition, such as the Pumpkin Arancini, fried rice balls with pumpkin, parmesan and truffle sauce as well as home made Tonda Mozzarella. These will be accompanied by limited edition cocktails, including Saints & Souls, Bombay Bramble and Martini Rosso as well as incredible entertainment with music and dancers!
The big event on 31st October will see the venue secretly decorated with stunning details for the ultimate Halloween backdrop. From 12pm to 4pm, guests will be able to enjoy the venue’s signature Crazy Bubbles brunch for £135pp. Then from 7pm to 11:30pm, the iconic dining destination will offer extraordinary entertainment with music and dancers to accompany a Halloween evening.
Cost: Prices start from £135pp
How: To book, visit Crazy Pizza Marylebone Reservations (sevenrooms.com).
12 Spend the spookiest night of the year with Sumosan Twiga
Brunch has never sounded so de’fright’ful. Knightsbridge finest dining destination, will bring the spookiness of Voodoo tradition to Sloan Street to celebrate Halloween in grand style.
On Saturday 30th of October, guests at the iconic restaurant will be able to experience the venue’s signature brunch from 12pm to 4pm. From 6pm, Sumosan Twiga will offer the finest of their Italian and Japanese cuisines with a wide choice of incredible dishes such as the slow cooked duck with sweet potatoes and orange, tortelli pumpkin with ricotta and amaretto and the Voodoo mousse.
From 9pm until late night, guests at the iconic destination will be able to enjoy the incredible music of live DJs Siggy Smalls and KAT X – and with plenty of cocktails to try, it’s the ideal way to get into the Halloween ‘spirit’.
How: Prices start from £100pp for the first seat and from £200pp for the second seat. To book, visit Sumosan Twiga Reservations (sevenrooms.com)
When: Saturday 30 October
Where: 165 Sloane St, London SW1X 9QB
13 Step onto the FEARway as Halloween comes to Swingers
Be afraid, be very afraid… between 29th -31st October, Swingers will be hosting a spooktacular party at both their West End and City locations. Brave guests will be spooked as they make their way through the cobwebbed entrances before taking on the Swingers ‘Trick or Treat?’ wheel of fortune, to win a host of exciting and eerie prizes.
In partnership with Don Julio Tequila, an exclusive ‘Trick or Treat?’ cocktail menu will be on offer. For souls who prefer a Sweet Treat, a frightfully delicious blend of Don Julio Tequila, lime, elderflower, orange bitters and cranberry juice will send shivers down your spine, while those feeling braver can dabble with a Fiery Trick and sip on Don Julio Tequila, sugar syrup, tabasco, Chambord, and orange bitters.
Crazy golfers will try their fortune on the ‘Trick or Treat?’ wheel, where a host of prizes, including a VIP night out for 4, complimentary cocktails, street food and Crosstown Doughnuts are up for grabs. For those less fortunate, tricks include a sorry glass of water, being nominated to buy the first round of drinks for all your pals or having to do a spooky shot.
Setting the scene for what is guaranteed to be this Halloween’s go-to spot for a spine-chilling night out, Swingers will be littered with empty coffins abandoned by rogue skeletons, electric chairs on the 3D photo podium and zombie caddies manning the crazy golf courses. A killer playlist of spooky tunes will be on the decks, and epic street food will be available from Patty & Bun, Breddos Tacos, Pizza Pilgrims, Slice and recently added, Crosstown Doughnuts.
How: Tickets are now on sale via www.swingers.club
Where: Swingers City, 8 Brown’s Building London EC3A 8AL. Swingers West End, 15 John Prince’s St London W1G 0AB
When: Between 29th -31st October
14 Have a ‘skele’ good time at Dirty Bones
This Halloween, head to Dirty Bones on Saturday 31st October for the ultimate spooktacular party with their in-house DJs at any of their venues in Carnaby, Kensington, Shoreditch and Oxford. Spinning from 8pm to midnight in their dressed-up venues, they will be offering their favourite NYC-inspired comfort classics, cocktails and hip hop beats all night long.
For something more low-key and to beat the Sunday scaries, book your tickets for movie and chill night at Dirty Bones Kensington on Sunday 31 October. Tickets are £15 including a drink, popcorn and Ghostbusters on the big screen from 7:30pm, followed by comfort eats and drinks, pre-or post-movie.
When: Sunday 31 October
How: Priced from £15pp, tickets available here
15 Join the tribe this Halloween as COYA London transforms into a forbidden forest
This Halloween, COYA locations across the globe are being transformed into a forbidden forest, with Mayfair and Angel Court ready to welcome guests who dare to enter…COYA Mayfair and Angel Court invites only its bravest guest as they will be transported on an immersive journey through South America’s forbidden forests, home to the deadliest uncontacted tribes to ever exist.
1 COYA RITUAL Halloween Party (Thursday 28th October)
RITUAL will host a Halloween special of their recently launched weekly party. RITUAL celebrates all things music, cocktails and dance, and this Halloween it will be taken over by tribes of the Amazon.
COYA Mayfair have mixed a brand new cocktail, Tunche, for the occasion based on the terrifying tale of the El Tunche; a mythical being who wanders through the dark nights of the Peruvian jungle. This daring concoction is a blend of Banana Tequila, Pineapple and Soursop puree, PX Escencia, Lime Juice. COYA RITUAL guests will also be the first to try the Banana Tequila shot, adding an unexpected but delicious twist to the evening. The cocktail and shot will be available to try across all Mayfair Halloween events.
COYA Halloween Brunch at Angel Court and Mayfair (Saturday 30th October)
COYA’s legendary brunch extravaganzas will be given a makeover this Halloween and will showcase dancers and performers from the Peruvian rainforest. Guests can expect an immersive experience taking them on a journey through South America with a mysterious twist.
The delectable menu at Mayfair will feature some of the restaurant’s signatures, including Crocantes con Guacamole, Taco de Salmón, Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche as well as Chilean sea bass with rice, lime and chilli and Sirloin with crispy shallots, aji limo, star anise.
Those visiting Angel Court can enjoy COYA favourites including Chilean Sea Bass croquettes with red chilli, Grilled courgette with shiso and red pepper relish and Peruvian potatoes with wild mushroom and truffle. A bottle of Veuve Clicquot to share between two will also be included.
COYA Halloween Party at Angel Court and Mayfair (Saturday 30th October)
On Saturday 30th October, COYA Angel Court and Mayfair will host a Halloween Party. Continuing with the dark rainforest theme, party-goers can book for dinner before entering the Pisco Bar where the party comes alive with a backdrop of raucous beats from COYA’s residential DJs in an immersive experience of breath-taking decor and stunning performances. Bottle service will be available all night for guests.
As with all COYA events, COYA music will play a key role in creating the daring atmosphere and unique vibe, with Stephane Petit, COYA Music Director and his team of resident DJs curating a dedicated soundtrack to help lure guests into the forbidden forest.
How: Register interest to COYA Mayfair’s Halloween events here. Register interest to COYA Angel Court’s Halloween events here.
16 For the little boys and ghouls: The Dorchester’s Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea
The Dorchester is pleased to announce the return of its children’s Halloween afternoon tea, inspired by all things spooky and launching just in time for the October half term. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, the tea is priced at £35 per child with £10 from every children’s tea going to The Dorchester’s partner school, Manorfield Primary School in Tower Hamlets. Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea is available from Monday 18th to Sunday 31st October 2021.
The Children’s Halloween Afternoon Tea features a spooky selection of sweet and savoury elements designed to both excite and delight. Beetroot Hummus with Crispy Vegetables sits alongside sandwiches including Cheese and Tomato, Strawberry Jam and Cream and Baby Cucumber and Cream Cheese, followed by sweet treats including Ghost Cookie and Spider Floss and Chocolate Mud Pie Brownie. Whilst parents might choose to sip on champagne, The Dorchester’s youngest guests will indulge in a pumpkin flavoured hot chocolate, adorned with chocolate pearls.
How: Bookings can be made through The Dorchester website
Cost: £35 per person
When: Available until Sunday 31st October 2021