We round up the London pubs, bars and restaurants offering the best Halloween eats
Shoryu Ramen clearly believes in vampires – it's taking no chances with the fanged brigade this Halloween. If you too want to avoid an after-dark 'kiss', opt for its 'dracula tonkotsu' spiked with caramelised black garlic mayu. It might be wise to carry mints, or play it safe and order a tasty ghost-faced bun instead. First dates inadvisable.
Locations in Regent Street, Soho, Carnaby and Liverpool Street. Available from 24-31 October at all Shoryu Ramen branches. For more info shoryuramen.com
Springheeled Jack used to terrorise the streets of London – or so the legend goes. And this Halloween, one bar is getting all ouija board on us trying to tempt him out with smoking cocktails, cobwebs, devilled whitebait and fire-hot squid. If the spectre fails to show, the dramatic neo-gothic St Pancras backdrop should have enough horrible history to keep you satisfied. Fans of ghost hunting need only apply.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. On 31 October. For more info, visit the Booking Office Facebook page
On 31 October, the folk behind the only joint in Chelsea to be both posh and painted yellow are throwing an aptly named Yelloween Party. Consumption will be of the liquid variety (is there any other way, dahling?). Think flowing Veuve Clicquot at devilishly discounted prices, frightful fancy dress and no doubt a bevvy of glamorous, if not ghoulish, guests. Ideal for those with dollar signs for eyes, and of course, a penchant for yellow.
Sloane Avenue, from 6pm on 31 October. For more info, visit barts-london.com
Excuse us while we trot outside and howl at the moon. For Hilton Park Lane is transforming its Polynesian bar and restaurant into a werewolves' playground this 31 October, and our furry legs are twitching. Go easy on the zombie cocktails if your bark is as bad as your bite. Alternatively, line your tummy with dishes from the Halloween-themed menu and keep the wolves at bay, until midnight at least … Not entirely suitable for those of the pussycat variety.
22 Park Lane. On 31 October, starts at 6:30pm, £10 entry before 10pm. For more info tradervicslondon.com
It's a classic case of "Who dunnit?" (and let's hope it wasn't you), as we dial M for murder at M Restaurant's 1920s-style knees up. Expect moonshine, mayhem and a fleshy red-meat focused menu at the murder mystery. Those of the less carnivorous persuasion might like the hot-as-hell yellow fin tuna yakitori courtesy of head chef Jarad McCarroll, formerly of Chiltern Firehouse. Perfect for fans of felony, flesh eating and, er, flapper dresses.
Threadneedle Street, from £49 per person. For more info mrestaurants.co.uk
If watching Lycra clad folk fly through the air and contort themselves through hoops is your idea of fun (and let's face it, it probably is) then this pub-cum-circus could be one for your trick and treat list this Halloween. Its regular show will up the ante with plenty of spook-tacular edge-of-your seat action. While creepy cocktails and pub favourites with a fright night twist promise to take the edge off any fear factor. Phobia of clowns? Yeah, you might wanna to steer clear.
Acton High Street. 31 October, starts at 8pm. Tickets from £15. For more info www.facebook.com/aeronautacton
Dig out your bestest tea dress and sharpen those fangs for the spookiest afternoon tea spread in town. Eyeball cake pops (including chocolate, raspberry and passion fruit flavour), pumpkin-filled black macarons, butternut squash tartlets and fruit scones served with warm homemade strawberry jame and Cornish clotted cream are all on the menu.
Lancaster Terrace. Between 2pm and 5:30pm. From £30 per person. For more info lancasterlondon.com
We've long fancied the idea of sloshing tankards and tables piled high with gout-inducing goodies. So we're slapping our over-stuffed thighs in praise of The Medieval Banquet, serving up a cast of Ye Olde England characters that entertain while you dine in the shadows of the Tower Of London. Velveteen bloomers, optional.
St Katharine Docks. From 28 October to 1 November, starts at 7:15pm. From £50 for adults, £30 for children. Costume rental extra. For more info medievalbanquet.com
Blood-splattered Powerpuff Girls and limping My Little Ponys? No, you're not having a nostalgic nightmare. This is the view on offer at The Little Yellow Door's festive freak show. Dress up as your favourite children's TV character – zombie style – and head for an evening of cocktails, canapés and cretinous feasting. The Notting Hill townhouse pop-up has been designed to feel like you’re in a brilliant, if aptly creepy house party. We're not sure what house parties the designers have been to, but it's clearly not the bed-sit in Hackney we usually frequent.
68 Notting Hill Gate. On 31 October, from 6pm. Book here.
If picking antennae from your teeth is your idea of good time, you'll freakin' love this. Tequila aficionado El Patron is boiling up a taco menu for the fearless with jalapeño-infused Arette Blanco tequila, mango chillies and a garnish of insects, crickets and creepy crawlies. Best for bloggers – our heart is racing just thinking about how many 'likes' that scorpion selfie is going to get.
Putney. On 31 October, starts at 5pm. For more info elpatronlondon.com
If your pulse quickens at the thought of blood-drenched watermelon and playing roulette with chicken wings (who will get the nuclear hot on?), then The Diner could be the Halloween venue for you. Ideal for anyone who likes their burger with a side serving of hipster (that's not a costume, he just dresses like that).
From 28 October to 1 November. Available at all branches in Camden, Covent Garden, Islington, Soho, Shoreditch, Gloucester Road, Spitalfields and Dalston. For more info, visit goodlifediner.com.
And here we are hoping this event does not do what it says on the tin. The spooks behind DDC are hosting a grimly named Slaughterhouse Supper Club this All Hallows' Eve and quite frankly, we'd rather not be on the menu.
A four-course feast will be served in the underbelly of a Georgian townhouse, surrounded by a curious menagerie of antiques and oddities (we're assuming this means taxidermy and stuff in tubes). Expect the unexpected. But maybe tell a pal where you're going first, you know, just in case.
Secret location TBC. On 31 October, starts at 7pm. Tickets from £60. Book here.
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