While your mum might disagree, Halloween is not just for kids ok? That said, our tastebuds have grown a lot more sophisticated since the days of apple bobbing and sweet hoards. So if you’re after a grown-up Halloween, look no further.  

Words: Eamonn Crowe

Halloween London restaurants bars

Balans Soho Society, Soho

What: Make your ghoulish holiday less about warding off evil spirits and more about drinking them. At Balans, you can enjoy a Poisoned Chalice, which mixes vodka, crème de mure, lemon juice, orgeat syrup and egg white – book Balans now
When: 31 October
Where: 60-62 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UG

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Balthazar, Covent Garden

What: Balthazar is acting like a bat out of hell, with a whole weekend of festivities. Head barman Brian Silva will be serving up drinks including The Devil's Claw (a potion of gin, Campari and cherry liqueur). Or if it’s spooky food you’re after, go for the chocolate-based Ghost’s Graveyard dessert – book Balthazar now
When: 28-31 October
Where: 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ

Halloween London restaurants bars

Dandelyan, South Bank

What: This high-octane cocktail bar is teaming up with Mexico’s Licoreria Limantour bar to bring imbibers five multi-sensory cocktails. The spooky sips will play with the ideas of preservation, zombification and cheating death, while celebrating the flavours of Mexico with ingredients such as dried herbs, chilli and wood – book Dandelyan now
When: 27-31 October
Where: 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD

Halloween London restaurants bars

Heddon Street Kitchen, Mayfair

What: If Gordon Ramsay wasn’t scary enough, his restaurants are going all-out for the spooky holiday. A frightful five-course feast at Heddon Street Kitchen includes the likes of roast suckling pig served with apple compote, and a Witches Pipe cocktail, featuring kiwi fruit, rum, charcoal and pineapple – book Heddon Street Kitchen now
When: 27-31 October
Where:  3-9 Heddon Street, W1B 4BN

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Kaspar’s, Covent Garden 

What: If you’re after a sophisticated Halloween (no fake blood thank you) then book an eerie dinner at Kaspar’s. Set in the private dining room, the five-course menu is inspired by the story of Woolf Joel, who met a sticky end after leaving a table of 13 guests at The Savoy in 1898. Daring diners will indulge in Champagne, black devilled risotto, and beef and pumpkin pie – book Kaspar’s now
When: 28 and 31 October
Where: The Savoy, Strand, WC2R 0EU

Halloween London restaurants bars

Mac & Wild, City and Fitzrovia

What: Check out this devil-icious burger from Mac & Wild. The Evil-Moo consists of a spicy pumpkin and tattie hash, hot-as-hell harissa mayonnaise, and one beef and one venison pattie, sandwiched between a brioche bun. Don’t worry about seared fingertips though, the flames aren’t included – book Mac & Wild now
When: Until 3 November
Where: 9A Devonshire Square, EC2M 4YN; 65 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7PS

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Sexy Fish, Mayfair

What: Changing its famous moniker to Scary Fish for one night only, this Mayfair celeb haunt is serving up an 11-course set menu against a backdrop of cocktails, fire breathers, stilt walkers and burlesque dancers. We’re sure the guest list will be to die-for too – book Sexy Fish now
When: 31 October
Where: Berkeley Square House, W1J 6BR

Halloween London restaurants bars

Sky Garden, City

What: Fly up on your broomstick to the 35th floor of the Walkie Talkie, where from 6pm-2am there will be some devilishly good celebrations. There will be ghostly-themed cocktails and late-night bites, while you can boogie the night away to music from a live DJ, and nine-piece band The Soul Jets – book Sky Garden now
When: 27 October
Where: Level 36, 20 Fenchurch Street, EC3M 3BY

Halloween London restaurants bars

STK at ME London Hotel, Covent Garden

What: This Halloween, pay a visit to STK to chow down on the ‘brainiac’ dessert, layered with red velvet cake, bourbon vanilla butter cream and Swiss meringue – book STK now
When: 30 October to 5 November
Where: 336-337 Strand, WC2R 1HA

If you’re more into actual spooks than Halloween’s faux-horrors, take a look at our feature on London pubs that are filled with spirits (and not the alcoholic kind…)

This article was published 24 October 2016