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Trick or treat? Halloween hotspots for 2013
Words: Francesca Tamblyn
London has raised the bar for Halloween this year, promising petrifying pursuits across town. For those who want a sophisticated celebration, there’re creepy cocktails popping up all over the capital. Almeida is offering the ‘Cosmo Diavlo’ from 30-31 October, a devilish mix of cucumber, chilli, Russian Standard vodka, triple sec, fresh lime juice and cranberry, whilst The Langham has created the ‘Artesian’, a blend of Mexican Don Julio Blanco, smoky mezcal and Japanese shiso, which has the added bonus of being served in a skull. Naughty and nice.
The celebrations continue at Stoke Newington’s Clissold House, an old, imposing building spooked-up for the occasion. Prizes for those who dress badly best, a horror cinema and themed cocktails will make 1 November a night to remember here. Above the streets of London, gruesome cocktails will be flowing at The Roof Gardens where there will be live music from FosseyTango during its highly-anticipated event on 2 November. Disco is also hosting its ‘Disco will never die’ party on 31 October which has a dress code of dead dancefloor divas from yester year. Michael Jackson, anyone?
The fear factor can be amped up at Up at the O2, between 30 October and 3 November, where groups of up to 15 can trace the steps of an exhibition team that never returned. Participants will be immersed in horrifying scenes and bloodcurdling screams which will terrify even the hardiest climbers. Groups can cross the famous walkway in complete darkness, or the faint-hearted can choose to take part slightly earlier in the evening when a little daylight will help to soothe their fears. Meanwhile, 1,000s of pumpkins will light up the London Dungeons where Jack the Ripper and co. will be celebrating in a blaze of orange alongside the venue’s usual scary attractions.
If you’re seeking an out-of-the-ordinary culinary experience (or just fancy trying a Bat Battenberg) then head over to the Corinthia where, from 30-31 October, a traditional afternoon tea will be served with some scary surprises. Afternoon tea is also on offer at The Ampersand which has added some more unusual dishes to its menu. If you’ve always wanted to try vanilla eyeball mousse, then the South Ken hotel is where you need to head from 30 October to 3 November.