Gloomy London with its dark dungeons and haunted towers makes it a perfect location for Halloween this year. Popular Halloween attractions are fast approaching as the end of the month nears. It’s best that you don’t leave your proceedings to chance. Plan your celebrations beforehand as there is plenty to do this year in the English capital—everything from zombie makeovers and grisly exhibitions to fright fests and ghost tours. Here are a few picks from the lot.
Ghost Tours – Syon Park, London Rd, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF
With 40 acres of parkland and garden greenery and the wonderful Great Conservatory, Syon House barely looks like a Halloween event venue. But the estate is hosting two ghost tours on the 25th and 26th of October diving into the riveting tales of ghostly goings from previous years. Get spooky shock of the haunted house as you dive into the history of Syon Abbey and the imprisonment of Henry VIII’s fifth wife. Catherine Howard’s past was grim right before her execution, but many believe that she still hasn’t left. Make sure you book ahead; tickets are £20 each.
Climb of the Cursed – The O2, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
Up at the O2 is the venue’s latest outdoor attraction that will host its first Halloween event this October. It starts on the 27th and goes on the 2nd of November. For £22-£28, you can scramble across a tensile fabric walkway in the dark. The spooky-themed climb will, of course, be accompanied with gruesome guides. After the 52m clamber, you’ll reach an observation platform that will reveal London’s skyline—a breath-taking view. There will be plenty of horror-filled happenings along the way, but you’ll have to wait until the Halloween week for the excitement!
Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection men – Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
There’s horror available for you museum lovers, too. Explore the dark consequences of an excavation in the Royal London Hospital burial ground. The digging revealed remains of over 250 burials with amputation, bones, autopsy and dissection. You’ll get to see it all on Halloween night along with a horrid range of activities and dark performances for £10.
Kensington Gore – Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL
On Friday, 26th October, the V&A Museum will host a special Halloween event. The museum will become a late night bar with guest DJs. Dress up like a zombie and explore the ghoulish adventures of fake blood and horror movies that will certainly leave you with goose bumps for the rest of the night. The event is free.
Day of the Dead Banquet – Ginglik, 1 Shepherd's Bush Green, London, Greater London W12 8PH
Ginglik is one of London’s hidden gems that provides an entertaining twist to Halloween. The venue is known for being home to underground music and comedy. The off-radar bar isn’t popular among tourists, but certainly valued greatly by locals. The basement bunker will transform to a cavern of gloomy awesomeness this Halloween. The candle-lit crypt will feature a restaurant providing a three course meal and an array of special guests. Tickets are £30 on October 31st and November 1st (Wednesday and Thursday). It’s worth it—who wouldn’t want to spend their Halloween in an underground Edwardian basement in Shepherd’s Bush?
Those are just a few examples of the Halloween adventures waiting for you in the English capital. If you're not nearby, then book a hotel in London and head over to the capital for some ghoulish adventures.