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Monday, 16 October 2017

HALLOWEEN | Halloween 2017 in London

Last October, one of my most successful posts was my guide to Halloween in London. Even I found it really helpful to keep check on what was going on in the capital as last year I managed to get into London for a few different spooky themed events.

Therefore, I've decided to do an updated version for 2017!

Please note, however, that this list will likely be updated throughout the month and some classics from last year will be included again with an update for their 2017 themes/attractions.

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THE CLASSICS
Really, these attractions are something you all should have visited previously; after all, everyone likes to be a tourist in London. If you haven't get gotten around to it, make a date in your diary to visit some of these around All Hallow's Eve for some extra spooky scares.

THE LONDON BRIDGE EXPERIENCE & TOMBS
The best thing about the London Bridge Experience & Tombs is that there's nearly always deals on Wowcher or Groupon to get cheap entry. As well as being very easy to get to (it's literally across the road from London Bridge. The experience is set into two parts (and you don't have to do both if you don't want to). The first is the actual london bridge experience where you're taken on an interactive spooky journey to learn about London bridge's history and the past of London in general. Below, if you're brave enough, you can take on the scare attractions of the tombs, where you have the opportunity to explore themed spooky set's and avoid being scared by scare actors. My boyfriend and I did this a few months ago and I can vouch for the fact that it is seriously spooky. Children are even allowed here (and the tombs offer an adorable Guardian Angel tour), but for Halloween, brave adults can visit during the attraction's annual Phobophobia event. This is an adult only evening tour where the scares are turned up to the max. I've never been, but I've heard it involves the entire first half of the experience taking part in the pitch black, whereas a venture downstairs to the tombs proves even more disturbing than normal...

THE TOWER OF LONDON
The Tower of London has it's own gruesome history and is a total classic. It's rumoured to be one of the most haunted buildings in London and has numerous ghost stories surrounding it's old walls. There's lots of non-scary history surrounding the Tower of London too, and this Halloween you can take a Tower Twilight tour. Led by a Yeoman Warder (aka a royal bodyguard), these exclusive tours take place after dark to take in both the spooky sights and stories which make the tower so famous.

Also worth visiting: Hampton Court Palace which is well known for that spooky ghost footage, The Ten Bells pub which was Jack The Ripper's local and has been a hub of paranormal activity ever since and the Old Operating Theatre, a small museum filled to the brim with old utensils and artifacts used in medicine and surgery (often without anesthetic back then!). It's also one of the oldest surviving operating theatres. 

It may not be a scare attraction as such - but it sure is a classic. The Tower of London is steeped in history, and there's numerous ghostly stories that surround the old walls, meaning it's likely to be one of the most haunted buildings in London. It's said that Arbella Stuart - cousin of James I - haunts The Queen's House, and there's also rumours of a phantom bear. Plus, it's one of those historic buildings everyone should visit at least once during a visit to London.

THE QUIRKY (& ONE OFFS!) 
Want to go all out for Halloween and try something just that bit different? Read on...

THE 90'S BRUNCH - HEROS VS VILLIANS HALLOWEEN SPECIAL
This quirky 90's brunch has a lot more on offer then just bottomless cocktails; you can also expect a three course 90's inspired meal, entertainment, lip syncing and dance battles such as Powerpuff Girls vs MoJo Jojo! Best dressed wins a prize and those attending can also expect a bunch of spooky games and surprises on the day.
The 90's Brunch takes place on Saturday 28th October.

MURDER IN MAYFAIR
I have always wanted to attend a murder mystery evening so this seems like the perfect opportunity! Murder In Mayfair consists of a three course dinner supper club style at a haunted townhouse in Mayfair before disaster strikes. I can't reveal anymore, obviously, but the evening will be filled with twists and turns about what really happens in Mayfair. Oh, and a welcome cocktail is included.
Murder In Mayfair takes place on 28th October.

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STRANGER THINGS: AN ORCHESTRAL RENDITION OF STRANGER THINGS
Love Stranger Things?! Who doesn't! Electric Brixton are offering a full orchestral rendition of the show's soundtrack: expect renditions of classics of The Clash, Joy Division and Stranger Thing's theme tune too, of course. The event will also include Upside Down production, 80s fancy dress and a retro light show. It takes place on the same night the second series launches so it's the perfect way to get you into the mood for a binge watch.
Stranger Things: An Orchestral Rendition of Stranger Things takes place on the 27th October.

BLOCK PARTY CINEMA HALLOWEEN SPECIAL: GET OUT 
Broadcasting one of the best acclaimed horror movies of 2017, Block Party Cinema are offering one of the best movie nights of Halloween. The event takes place in the industrial warehouse space of Black Swan Studios and is hosted by Remel London. Other treats on the night include pre-film entertainment, prizes and giveaways and so much popcorn - yummy.
The Block Party Cinema Halloween special takes place on the 31st October.

ZOMBIE ESCAPE
Escape rooms have become huge in popularity over the past few years so it's only fitting that a zombie-themed one has been launched for Halloween. The hour long event will require you to locate clues and solve riddles to escape a room as the chain keeping the zombie at bay is released another foot every five minutes. Tickets are limited for this scary escape room in Whitechapel though, so book them pronto.
Zombie Escape takes place on the 26th October.

DISCO YOGA: SATURDAY FRIGHT FEVER BRUNCH!
Disco Yoga always sounds like a good idea, especially when it's held at my fave, The Hoxton Hotel. So as well as yoga (obviously) to a spooky soundtrack, you can turn up early to visit their DIY glitter and UV station. This will be followed by a spooky cocktail (or mocktail) and then a three course disco themed brunch. And yes, the brunch includes vegan options. Yummy.
Disco Yoga takes place on the 28th October.

PUT A SPELL ON YOU - HOCUS POCUS DANCE CLASS
I was never actually a huge fan of Hocus Pocus but learning the dance from the film sounds super fun, especially as it's held at Drink Shop Do. It is literally an hour and a half dance class but hey, it's still edgy. Drink Shop Do are also hosting Thriller and Time Warp dance classes and sparking pumpkin carving throughout October.
Put A Spell On You is held on various dates throughout October.

WALKS, GHOST HUNTS & TOURS
Wrap up warm and explore the spookier side of London by foot (or on bus!).

THE GHOST BUS TOUR
I'll always recommend The Ghost Bus Tour as a really alternative and edgy way to explore London. You board a funky black bus which is themed inside with little lamps and red seating then you're taken on a trip around London with some oddball characters. There's also a few scares along the way...
The Ghost Bus Tour runs on Thursday to Sunday evenings.

LONDON GHOST HUNTS
Though pricey, a ghost hunt is the ultimate way to celebrate Halloween. Haunted Happening's offer a variety of ghost hunts around London with locations including the London Tombs, Charlton House and Drakelow tunnels. All I can say is good luck!
London Ghost Hunts take place on various dates at various locations; check the Haunted Happenings website for more information.

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JACK THE RIPPER WALK
I've been on this walk before and let me tell you: it is spooky, as well as fascinating. It's a long walking tour at two hours long but along the way you learn so much about Jack The Ripper, as well as visiting many of the locations associated with the murders. You'll also learn about who Jack was actually rumoured to be and will be well informed to make your own guesses. 
Jack The Ripper tours with Discovery Events run seven nights a week throughout the year.

A TOUR OF BROMPTON CEMETERY
London is filled with beautiful cemeteries and Brompton Cemetery is one ofthe most beautiful. In fact, this Victorian cemetery is worth a visit any time of year. Though not necessarily Halloween themed, for something more tame, why not book onto a tour of the cemetery this October? The Friends Of Brompton Cemetery offer guided tours throughout the year.
The last guided tour of October take place on the 22nd.

These are just my top picks for Halloween; of course there's so many, from themed club nights and discos to dark cabaret and circus's - the list really is endless. I'll hopefully continue to update this post as more things come on my radar but in the meantime, what events are you recommending this October? Let me know!

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6 comments:

  1. Oooh I love this post! There isn't too much to do near me for Halloween so I'm very jealous haha x

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  2. Omg, I so wish I lived in London there are always so many fun events going on!

    x

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  3. I would love to go on a ghost hunt xx

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  4. This is so cool, i don't have anything like this near me!

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  5. There’s so much to do at Halloween in London! I’m going to a Halloween party tomorrow and I can’t wait! X

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