What’s On: The Halloween edition

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What’s On: The Halloween edition
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With Halloween just around the corner it’s time to start planning where you and your friends will be celebrating it this year. Whether you will be dressing up as Catwoman or Saw there are so many great places to enjoy spooky season. The team at City Matters has put together a list of all the great Halloween events happening in the City. Now it’s time for you to pick your Halloween costume and enjoy the best of what the City has to offer during spooky season.

Halloween Party at Sky Garden

Friday 27th October, 8pm – late

Sky Garden’s epic Halloween party is back! On 27th October, venture 35 floors up for sky-high views and a spectacular soirée filled with live music, dancing and curated cocktails. Be sure to don your freakiest outfit as live band from renowned ALR Music light up the dance floor. Get the paranormal party started as the resident DJ takes to the decks into the dead of the night.  Entry tickets start from £65 per person and include a welcome cocktail. VIP tickets for groups and a three-course dining experience at Darwin Brasserie with party access are also available.

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Halloween at Sky Garden – Sky Garden

West End Drag Brunch Halloween Special at The Otherist

Saturday 28th October, 1pm – 4pm

It’s all treats and no tricks at the Halloween special of the famed West End Drag Brunch at The Otherist by Drake & Morgan (Liverpool Street). Join a fabulous cast of West End Drag Queens and Divas performing the best Halloween Hits. Sashay along to experience a wickedly spooky all-star cast including Mercedes Bends, Ruby Murry, Luna Bundy, Emma Lindars & Ruby Sinclair. For £49.95 per person, enjoy a two-course brunch and a welcome drink. Or upgrade to bottomless cocktails for an additional £25 per person.

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Twisted Tokyo Brunch at M Restaurant

Saturday 28th September

A love letter to the world’s largest metropolis, M’s Tokyo Brunch is having a spooky makeover with a Halloween party to remember featuring a live DJ plus prizes for the best dressed. Enjoy Japanese inspired sharing starters like dim sum, wagyu beef & tofu bao buns and pork belly yakitori followed by mains including chicken ramen and kimchi fried rice alongside 90 minutes of unlimited cocktails. We’ve even added a special cocktail with a terrifying twist to the menu, guaranteed to give you all the chills. So, dress to kill and join us at M for a scarily good time.

60 Threadneedle St EC2R 8HG

Halloween Bottomless Lunch at Bar & Block

Thursday 26th - Tuesday 31st October

Enjoy endless bubbles this Halloween at contemporary steakhouse Bar + Block with its Halloween Bottomless lunch. Running from 12pm-5pm, satisfy your carnivorous cravings with a two-course lunch (£36pp), featuring bold flavours and premium steak cuts, all paired alongside two-hours of unlimited fizz or beer, or upgrade for an extra £5 to cocktails including the Zombie special.

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London Eye River Cruise

This Halloween, enjoy a chill and a thrill as the lastminute.com London Eye River Cruise sails off for one week of ghoulishly good fun on the Thames.

From Saturday 21st October until Sunday 29th October, guests are invited to embark on the brand-new Halloween tour on the London Eye River Cruise ‘Fright on the Thames’, a 40-minute boat journey along the River Thames featuring horrifying tales about London’s ghostly past.

To embrace the spirits of London this Halloween season, board the lastminute.com London Eye River Cruise for a ‘Fright on the Thames’. Spooky sailings run at 7:45pm every day from Saturday 21st October – Sunday 29th October and tickets are priced at £25 per adult and £22 per child. This experience is for ages 5+.

Tickets for a ‘Fright on the Thames’ are live online now. For more information and tickets to witness this terrifying treat, visit

Mama Shelter

Mama Shelter London Shoreditch is inviting guests for a dinner inspired by horror cult classics on Saturday 28th October. The evening will be rounded off with interactive experiences, immersive shows and a hair-raising flashmob guaranteed to have you jumping out of your seat and up on your feet, ready to dance the night away.

From 6:00pm – 12:00am, guests will be guided through an evening of dramatics which blur the boundary between the real and the ‘as seen on screen.’ Expect to see impressive makeovers channeling fright night favourites such as ‘Scream,’ ‘Halloween’ and Beetlejuice’ for a spooktacular evening.

Mama’s delicious a la carte menu will receive a special injection of surprise creepy specials, offering spooky serves from the starter right through to dessert. Each dish can be washed down with blood red cocktails fit for Count Dracula himself. After dinner, dance to Mama’s resident DJs, Rebecca Gough and Redfreya, who will be spinning Electronic and Dance beats from 8:00pm ’till late.

Visitors are encouraged to come dressed in their blood-curdling best, ready for a night they will never forget!

For an evening in the main bar complete with dancefloor and stage tickets are priced at £10.00pp and include a complimentary welcome cocktail. Guests dining at the restaurant a la carte will also be able to experience the evening’s dramatics in all its frightful glory; booking in advance is advised to avoid disappointment.

Tickets to Mama’s Halloween Fright Night are available here.

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Spooky guided tour

With its centuries-old history, cobbled streets, magical starry ceilings, glowing lanterns and wrought iron structure, Leadenhall Market provides the perfect setting for a magical Halloween for all ages.

This year, expect to be greeted by six-metre tentacles bursting out of the market’s windows before becoming a pen pal with a Yeti, Gremlin, Dragon, Werewolf or Vampire, to then stocking up on broomstick pencils, thickest human snot and other monstrosities and as the day draws in, take a walk on the dark side of Leadenhall with a spooky guided tour…

Write a Letter to a Monster with new residents of the market; Hoxton Street Monster Supplies

Always wanted to Write a Letter to a Monster and receive a reply, just for you? Join Hoxton Street Monster Supplies and take the chance to use their Monster Mail service. Write your letter in store to become a penpal with a Yeti, Gremlin, Dragon, Werewolf or Vampire, and receive an original reply, posted directly to your home anywhere in the world before Christmas. This is a totally unique service, suitable for the young or young at heart, and so much more mischievous and gruesome than a letter to Santa! Bah Humbug!!

There is a £10 donation per letter, with all proceeds going to children’s charity Ministry of Stories. Children must be accompanied by an adult and will receive a free pencil and monster mail sticker to take home.

For those unable to make the Monster Mail service days, fear not (or be very scared)! The store will be opening with extended hours for the scariest week of the year, from Monday 23rd October – Friday 3rd November from 11am-5pm. Stock-up on bespoke and everyday items for your life or afterlife with special Halloween products including a Monster Height Comparison Chart, invisible cat and official Death Certification.

Burials, Bombs and Fantastic Beasts walking tours

Every Wednesday from 11th October – 1st November, 6.30pm-8pm

To close the day, the City of London guides are bringing back their Burials, Bombs and Fantastic Beasts walking tours. Although Leadenhall Market itself dates back to 1321, there have been people living and working in this area since Roman times and the walks will explore some of their darker history – with witchcraft, murder and death at almost every turn.

Tickets need to be booked in advance and are available at the subsidised price of £7 (plus fees) from:

Leadenhall’s history goes back nearly 2000 years. It was built on the site of the Roman Basilica and Forum, and during the medieval period was a market selling meat, fish and herbs, continuing well into the 17th century, as a place where wool merchants baled and weighed wool – the source of the City of London’s wealth. It is now home to a range of boutique retailers, restaurants, cafes, wine bars and an award-winning pub, The Lamb Tavern.

Gaucho City brunch – a Day of The Dead Brunch special on Saturday 28th October

Get ready to go from the land of the living to El Dia de Los Muertos with this fantastic fiesta. For 90 minutes, sip on delicious cocktails, enjoy a Casamigos tequila tipple and feast your fangs on a three-course South-American inspired menu featuring free-flowing starters, a main and a dessert. You can also expect first-class entertainment from a Mexican Mariachi band and our house DJ, who will be waking the dead and encouraging them to swing on by.

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