It is still much to early to say the festive C word, but Halloween is only five weeks away. If you want to make plans for the frightfully fun event, now is a good time to do it.
As usual, London hotels are gearing up to offer a good time for Halloween 2015. It’s conveniently on a Saturday, so you can party the whole weekend if you want. From films to parties and afternoon teas, here’s what’s on offer…
The Soho Hotel and Charlotte Street Hotel
Some love to go out and party, while others opt to stay in. Or combine the two by going no further than your nearest cinema. If you stay at The Soho Hotel or Charlotte Street Hotel this Halloween, you won’t need to leave the building.
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Both Firmdale hotels have spooky screenings this year, with a kids’ option at the former. The Soho Hotel is showing The Wicker Man for grownups and Frankenweenie 3D for creepy kids. Charlotte Street has Ghostbusters in the afternoon, then the Rocky Horror Picture Show in the evening. Adult films come with a 3-course meal, while kids movies are preceded by a buffet lunch.
The first rule of London hotels is that every event must have its own afternoon tea. The Lancaster is putting on their own Frightful Fancies menu, with a range of spooky treats for Halloween.
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The menu will feature Eyeball Lollipops, black macaroons with pumpkin filling, and butternut squash tartlets. Accompanied, of course, by fresh scones. Plus there’ll be some delicious savouries, such as Yorkshire puddings filled with horseradish cream, and chicken & tarragon tartlets.
The Montague on the Gardens
If Halloween is all about the food for you, The Montague on the Gardens has a foodie event on.
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You’ll be able to try a “ghoulish and spine tingling treat” designed by Executive Chef Martin Halls in the Blue Door Bistro. It’s currently light on details, but their website suggests a family affair and encourages you to take the kids.
The Hoxton Shoreditch
Are you looking for a bit of a weird one? Because we have one for you. The Robin Collective has been holding workshops at The Hoxton, teaching people how to make delicious marshmallow, among other things.
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But this October 30th (it’s not quite Halloween, but we’ll let them off), they’re hosting Haunted House of Toast at The Hoxton. What’s so scary about toast, you ask. Well…not much. But there will be a spooky soundtrack. House of Toast is your chance to compete in a toast-based construction contest, combining a disco, quiz and lots of attempts to get toast to stand up on its own. Though if they’d wanted it truly frightening, the toast should be wet.
If you don’t fancy any of these, Stylist has suggested a list of haunted hotel rooms to book. So what will it be: ghosts or toast?
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Photo credits: Kevin Dooley, Charlotte Street Hotel, Lancaster London, The Montague on the Gardens, The Hoxton.