Halloween is fast approaching, but there’s still time to find something fun to do for this spooktacular event. London is the perfect place for a screamingly good time, with its dark history and plethora of ghost stories. So if you’re still looking for a scary weekend, check out these top Halloween events from some of London’s top hotels.
Scary Screenings at Firmdale Hotels
If your idea of a fun Halloween night is popcorn and some scary movies, Firmdale Hotels has just the thing for you.
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On October 31st and over the weekend they’ll be showing classic Halloween movies in their hotels’ theatres. Even if scary isn’t your thing, there are plenty of films on the lighter side. Catch Ghostbusters at the Ham Yard Hotel or The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Charlotte Street Hotel (including a three-course Halloween dinner and a “devilish cocktail”).
For the kids, there’s the Children’s Film Club at the Covent Garden Hotel on November 2nd. They’ll be showing Hotel Transylvania and putting on a Halloween-themed afternoon tea. Or see The Boxtrolls at The Soho Hotel on November 1st, where your ticket gets you kids and adults brunch, popcorn and face painting. Finally, The Soho Hotel will also be putting on three grown-up showings too – National Theatre Live: Frankenstein on October 31st and November 1st (with a two-course meal and Halloween cocktail), and The Shining on November 2nd, complete with lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.
Halloween Tours at The Milestone
The Milestone has an offer for every occasion, and they don’t disappoint with their Halloween package.
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Stay at The Milestone on the 30th and 31st of October in a Deluxe King room and you’ll get a number of spooky treats. Enjoy a “Haunted Tour” at the Tower of London or an “Eerie Evening Tour” of Kensington Palace. There’s plenty of Halloween food and drink to be had, with a welcome Halloween cocktail on arrival, trick-or-treating in the hotels’ restaurants and bars, Halloween-themed cupcake decorating and Halloween candy in your room.
Give yourself a fright on a scary tour, then calm your nerves with a stiff drink in Stables Bar. You can also enjoy the Halloween menu at Cheneston’s, with such treats as pan-friend “scatterbrains” seabass and “bloodied” chestnut veloute.
Go Gothic at St Pancras Renaissance
For a ghoulish Halloween bash, head to the Booking Office at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, where they’re putting on a party.
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In this atmospheric building, you’ll be treated to spooky cocktails, intriguingly named Veuve Clicquot “tricks or treats” and a DJ playing some Halloween tunes until late. If you go dressed in Gothic attire you’ll have special access to the R.I.P. area (see what they did there?), where you’ll be get a variety of treats throughout the night.
It’s unclear whether they mean “Gothic” in the 1980s sense or in the 1880s sense, but I suppose either will do. Festivities start at 8pm on October 31st – you can contact the Booking Office if you want to reserve a table or area, but otherwise just turn up.
There’s lots going on over the Halloween weekend, so if you’re visiting or live in London, you don’t need to stick to hotels. Whether you have the family with you or you want a good night out, you’ll find something to your taste.
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Photo credits: Hannah Horwarth, Charlotte Street Hotel, The Milestone Hotel, St Pancras Renaissance Booking Office.