Thanksgiving in London 2014: The 5 Best Places to Celebrate

Thanksgiving in London 2014While Thanksgiving is really for the Yanks to give thanks, London has welcomed the holiday with open arms. And why wouldn’t it? Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and more food than you could ever imagine — resulting in some of the best leftovers outside of Christmas. And if you’re not planning on cooking up a feast yourself, then book in to one of these spots to revel in the food-filled fun.

balthazar london covent garden1. Balthazar

Since it’s sister restaurant is in NYC, it is only fair that it offers Londoners some Thanksgiving treats. For £55 you can indulge yourself – American-style – with dishes like spiced roasted butternut squash soup, roast turkey, baked cod and pumpkin souffle for dessert.

big easy covent garden2. Big Easy Covent Garden

Feast yourself silly for just £30. A three-course meal with a pit-smoked turkey, stuffing, cornbread, candied sweet potatoes and creamed spinach. Plus some pumpkin and squash soup and freshly baked pumpkin pie. Now THAT’S something to give thanks for.

Chiltern Firehouse Marylebone exterior

3. Chiltern Firehouse

Now we doubt you’ll be able to nab a table, but if you’re a celeb (or are mates with someone “in the know”) then treat yourself to Nuno Mendes’ special Thanksgiving dishes that will be served all day long. The first is a slow-roasted turkey with truffled stuffing and liver parfait – plus sides of French beans and maple bourbon sweet potatoes, all for £32. Then for the sweet stuff, it’s a spiced pumpkin and brown butter pie with raisin caramel and bourbon cream for £9.

Honky Tonk Clapham

4. Honky Tonk

Since it’s all about the ol’ US of A here, Thanksgiving is going to be big. For £19.95 you can get three courses that will include buffalo wings, potato skins or pumpkin soup as starters; turkey burger, ribs or “not fried” chicken for mains; and pecan pie, sticky toffee pudding or Mississippi mud pie for dessert.

The Lockhart fried chicken5. The Lockhart

Here you’ll find some of London’s best southern USA classics. Dinner costs £60 a head, with tasty treats like fried turkey legs, country ham and smoked brisket. Not to mention the cornbread which is cooked to order and, we reckon, the best in town. For more of a bang for your buck meal, nip in for the lunch version at £40.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

La Maison Rémy Martin

La Maison Rémy MartinA members’ only pop-up bar for art lovers and booze lovers alike. Oh yes, it is real. Welcome to La Maison Rémy Martin: a two-week-long, four-storey, fun house in Soho where you can sip down bespoke cocktails created by five of London’s most talented bartenders.

To drink, you’re in great hands: from the Artesian’s Alex Kratena to Alastair Burgess of Happiness Forgets. Whatever creation you get, it’ll be damn tasty. The food menu comes courtesy of Ottolenghi. And if you haven’t experienced his cooking yet, well … you’re in for a treat. On the culture side of things, head over for one of the workshops. One in particular that piqued our interest is the Joseph Lukes Guitars session, where Luke will demonstrate the importance of wood and its aging process by constructing a handmade “Grand Concert Guitar” using Rémy Martin French Limousin oak. Members will be taken through the unique production of the instrument as well as being able to experience how the sound of a guitar changes depending on wood, age, source and density.

It’s invitation only (and we were lucky enough to get a sneak peak). But they’ve kindly extended out that invitation and are selection a lucky 100 people to become members during the next two weeks, just apply online and cross your fingers.

Best Bars tip: This place is perfect for celebrity spotting, so be sure to wear your finest digs.

25 November – 6 December. 19 Greek Street, W1D 4DT.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

La Maison Rémy Martin London

London’s 9 Best Winter Pop-Ups: Snow Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum

Archer Street Soho Piste pop up

1. Piste at Archer Street

If you haven’t booked a ski holiday, no problem. Get that glorious après-ski experience at Archer Street’s pop-up Piste. It’ll feel like you’ve hopped right off the ski lift and into a wood-fired lodge fully kitted out with fur blankets and boozy cocktails. For a festive drink, try the Glow Plough with Grey Goose vodka, mulled port syrup, lime, cranberry, egg white and a floating glow stick (oooh shiny!).
Mon-Thurs: 4pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 2pm-1am.
3-4 Archer Street, W1D 7AP.York and Albany Winter Cabin pop up
2. The Winter Cabin at York & Albany

Just on the edge of Regent’s Park, this is one cosy and indulgent cabin — think tartans, animal skins and taxidermy. The drinks menu features a buttered rum hot chocolate (with MARSHMALLOWS) as well as spiced Bloody Marys. It’s all boozy, festive and delicious. Since this is a Gordon Ramsay affair, you can expect the food to be spot on as well. From wild boar sausages to black pudding scotch eggs, it’ll feel like Christmas with every bite. Now this charming little spot is for exclusive hire only, so round up 4-12 of your mates and nestle in for a couple of hours.
Daily: 1pm-10pm (excluding Christmas Day). 2 cocktails and paired snacks — £30 per person. 3 cocktails and paired snacks — £40 per person.
127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS.

Winter Wonderland performer

3. Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park

This is other level Christmas celebrating. And if you haven’t heard of it or been to it before, then make this year the time. A huge festive wonderland (yes, wonderland) in the middle of Hyde Park with atmospheric markets, loads of rides for children small and not-so-small, as well hearty food and plenty of warming booze. Get extra organised and book yourself in to one of the shows like Cirque Berserk (see above) for just an extra splash of wow factor.
21 November – 4 January 2015. Mon – Sun:  10am – 10pm.
Hyde Park, W2 2UH.

Winterville Victoria Park market4. Winterville in Victoria Park

East London is getting its own winter wonderland with Winterville taking over the utterly tranquil Victoria Park. This place has everything: an ice rink, ferris wheel, fairground, roller disco, undercover bars, street food, cabaret, panto, horse-drawn carriages and a kids quarter. There’s even a “Wall of Death“, and no — you don’t have to climb it. Rather, it’s a gravity-defying motordome. Daredevil riders will do their best to accomplish some hair-raising stunts for your viewing pleasure. And to get access to all of this? Well, entry is FREE. So you have no excuse NOT to go.
Free entry. 2 December – 1 January (closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day). 10am-late.
Victoria Park, Grove Road, E3 5TB.

Sweder Christmas pop up5. Swedish Christmas by Skandilicious
From food served the Smörgåsbord way to the Scandi-style decor, this pop-up will immerse you in Swedish Christmas warmth from the moment you walk through the door. Get your eat on the Scandi way with gravlax and smoked salmon, mustard crumbed roast ham, Swedish meatballs and more types of herring than you ever knew existed. Once you’re finished eating, head up to the loft bar to sip on seasonal cocktails. Christmas just got a little bit “sweder”.
Tickets are £45. 14 November – 21 December. Lunch: 12pm-4pm. Dinner and drinks: Sun-Wed — 6pm-12am; Thurs-Sat — 6pm-1am.
The Old Guardian Media House Theatre Delicatessen, 119 Farringdon Road, EC1R 3DA.

Floridita Ski Chalet6. Winter Rum Chalet at Floridita

Inspired by the ski slopes of Patagonia, Floridita is launching its own take on the chalet theme (*hint: it involves A LOT of rum*). Think log-papered walls, a ski-chair seat for two and a mock fireplace for (mentally) warming the cockles.
From 19 November. Tues-Thurs: 5:30pm-late. Fri-Sat: 5:30pm-3am.
Floridita, 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN. 

Coq d'argent spiced almond cocktail7. Lodge d’Argent at Coq d’Argent 

Experience a taste of France at this ski chalet-cum-winter terrace. Guide your eyes past the vintage ski gear and go wrap yourself into the heavenly furry blankets. The heated and covered terrace will be on throughout winter — fully equipped with holiday favourites like fondue and even a Croque d’Argent station for cheesy, toastie goodness. And for those skipping the lactose, nab the Spiced Almond hot cocktail with spiced almond milk (obviously) and Anejo rum.
18 November – 28 February. Mon-Fri: 11:30am-11pm; Sat: 12pm-11pm; Sun: 12pm-5pm.
Coq d’Argent. No. 1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ. 

Skylounge Viking Bar Pop Up8. Winter Viking Bar (Valhalla Vodka Bar) at Skylounge

One of London’s best rooftop bars has been taken over by Vikings … yes, Vikings. But it seems these ones are pretty friendly and welcoming, so you can expect weatherproof roofing, heaters, animals skins and views of the fjords. Plus lots of Scandi-style food and wintery vodka cocktails. Try to pronounce this one: Glapsvidr. Can’t? Neither can we. But with Aperol, passionfruit and apple — it’ll taste better than it sounds. And since the Vikings were of the hunter-gatherer tribe, the eats will be hearty, wholesome and meat-heavy.
25 November – February. Wed-Sun: 4:30pm-late.
7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF.

Alexander and James presents Christmas with the ivy9. Alexander & James Presents Christmas with The Ivy

This isn’t a pop-up per se, but it does pop the bar up right in your very own home. And since they’re partnering with The Ivy for Christmas, you get to have world-renowned eats AND world-renowned drinks without stepping a foot outside of your door. You will be treated to a three-course dinner created by The Ivy’s executive chef, Gary Lee, which will be paired with a selection of cocktails created by Alexander & James resident mixologist, Kenji Jesse. From fish dishes with floral gin sippers to meaty roasts with rich bourbon concoctions, you’ll be throwing an out-of-this-world dinner party without lifting a finger. This ain’t cheap, but if you are looking for a luxury option … then you’ve found it.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

London’s 8 Best Bars with a View

Guy Fawkes Fireworks over Palace of WestminsterNew Year’s Eve in London is a beautiful (but sometimes stressful) affair, so we’ve tried to make it a little easier for you by picking some of the BEST bars for fireworks spotting as the clock strikes 12. Be warned though: these places are throwing their own parties, so be sure to book your tickets or table in advance.

Duck & Waffle bar 20131. Duck & Waffle
Worth a visit just for a ride in the lift, this 40th floor haunt is surrounded by windows giving you a pretty good look over London’s skyline. And with bang-on food, kooky cocktails (that also taste great), as well as a 24-hour license — there’s nothing stopping you from swinging by.

Galvin at Windows bar london2. Galvin at Windows
Ever had a panoramic experience of London? Perched up on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton, this is one of the ultimate spots to slink into a soft sofa and overlook the city’s glittering skyline.

OXO Tower London Southbank afternoon tea3. OXO Tower
South Bank’s iconic OXO Towers offers cocktails to suit the stunning Thames-side views. So nab yourself one of their originals, like the After Hours Cosmo, and toast your drinking buddies while you take in the fireworks in style.

City Social London4. City Social
Socialising is darker, sexier and a whole lot higher here. Sitting pretty on the 24th floor of Tower 42, Jason Atherton’s skryise outpost is more art deco than the rest. You’ll feel like you’re in 1980s New York City — fireworks here we go!

radio rooftop bar terrace5. Radio Rooftop Bar and Restaurant
The wraparound terrace on the 10th floor of the ME Hotel is panoramic penthouse perfection. Order yourself some fancy shmancy cocktails while you take in some of London’s greatest views — could be worse, right?

shanghai bar the shard6. Shanghai Bar at The Shard
The Shard’s 33rd floor is given over to Northern Chinese restaurant Hutong, which has its own bird’s nest of a bar. At Shanghai Bar, drinks take abstract inspiration from ancient Chinese medicinal practices.

Skylounge Viking Bar Pop Up7. Winter Viking Bar (Valhalla Vodka Bar) at Skylounge
With fireworks setting off in the city, rooftop space is prime real estate — and Skylounge has a good swathe of it. With two long terraces jutting out like parallel catwalks, their two rooftop bars will be perfect for catching a glimpse of the sparkling night sky (just shimmy next to a heater). Plus it’s Viking themed … yes, Viking.

The Boundary rooftop 28. The Boundary Rooftop Bar
Set on a lower floor than some of the others on this list, you’re in with a chance for fireworks spotting as east London buildings still sit a bit lower than the City’s.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

Bompas & Parr: Turning Whisky into a Living, Breathing World

The Flavour Symphony in full swing.
Sam Bompas Johnnie Walker Symphony in Blue
Pictured: Sam Bompas.

Inhabitable whisky clouds, drinking water with 10,000-year-old glacial ice, an organ that travels the globe and doubles up as a whisky bar … no, this isn’t some crazy dream we had. This is the world of Bompas & Parr, the adventurous and innovative duo who have created some of today’s most incredible installations and events. For what would usually be reserved for the likes of Willy Wonka, they actually conceive and create.

Sitting down with one half of the pair, Sam Bompas, you might expect a purple-haired magician to appear on a flying carpet – but instead you get one fast talking and incredibly enthusiastic dreamer … who takes the impossible and makes it a reality.

One of the duo’s most recent endeavours was the wholly immersive and interactive event, Johnnie Walker’s Symphony in Blue. The idea was born two years ago in partnership with Done + Dusted (the team behind London’s 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony), among a slew of others, and whose subsequent journey has brought forth some truly out-of-the-box creations.

Flame throwing at barrels in the whisky woodland.

For two days at Merchant Taylors Hall, the multi-sensory spectacle was far more than an ode to the brand. It was a living, breathing, all-encompassing world of Johnnie Walker Blue Label. Bompas said: “Everyone has this amazing palate. It’s not like sending people to art galleries, as that can be quite obscure. Everyone practices, day after day, what they like in terms of food and flavour. So the interesting thing for us, was how do you take all of the things that are going on in the glass — and with something like Blue Label, that’s a lot — and then explode it out. Not only with foods, but on a much grander and even architectural scale.”

It’s a challenge they took on with gusto: bringing to life the elements of the whisky throughout each room of the hall which then culminated in one huge ceremonial dinner and live theatrical performance — a.k.a. The Flavour Symphony.

Jude Law, star of The Gentleman’s Wager.

One of the most memorable interpretations was the world’s first whisky weather system, fully equipped with thundering storms and flashes of light. Bompas explained the inspiration: “If you get a Speyside or an Islay whisky, you can really taste the salt in it. And that comes from the weather. Obviously Johnnie Walker is a blend, so the whisky cloud was representing Scottish weather. We were particularly focussing on the peaty, smoky flavours — creating a breathable cloud with all the implications,” said Bompas.

“Having all that whisky in the air creates a sense of anonymity. You can reach out and touch someone who is a stranger, and it doesn’t feel invasive. And you can ask, ‘What notes did you get? How about you?’ It has important flavour ramifications as well, because in high humidity — you get more flavour out of it. And with the cloud, we made whisky the humidity itself.” And to bring this to fruition, Bompas explained that explosives experts were called in to ensure the room’s safety, and guests could only stay in the cloud for about a minute.

Making beautiful music with only crystal glasses as his instruments.

Master blender Jim Beveridge was on hand, giving guests intimate sessions in the Blending Parlour and helping them to discover the six signature flavours of Blue Label: fresh, fruity, malt, wood, spicy and peat.

The evenings were star-studded (hello Jude Law!), but the hero piece was without doubt the Flavour Conductor — a custom-designed organ hand built using 400-year-old techniques hybridised with cutting edge science. The organ is setting off to travel the world and needed to be able to execute the same quality of sound no matter the number of people in the audience or the extreme climate of its location; both of which can have a severely negative impact on the performance.

“The organ builders are insane, their normal client is a church congregation. By comparison — we’re total Apaches. Not only did they have to build the organ but it had to fit this scientific brief and all the materials had to relate to the brand. All the angles of the organ had to be the same angles as the Johnnie Walker labels. And not only did we want the organ, it needed to handle projections on it,” Bompas quickly rattled off. “But they’ve been brilliant — it’s one of those projects everyone really loved. The organists even put in a whole extra set of pipes for us for nothing, just to make the organ complete.”

When asked if there was ever a project too difficult to bring to fruition, his response: “We try not to think that way. We just keep going.”

The Flavour Conductor’s first outing, before it begins its journey around the world.

And because this is Best Bars, we had to know — what are Sam Bompas’ three favourite bars?

  1. Experimental Cocktail Club: “I like ECC and go there quite a lot. Plus I know the guys, and I have an old friend who works there.”
  2. The Lord Clyde: “My local pub and it’s a beautiful, beautiful pub. Now it’s a bit embarrassing because I know everyone there.”
  3. Dandelyan: “I’m really excited about Ryan Cheti’s new place. There are so many good people involved.”

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips


November BB Picks: Deadly Days & Tequila Nights

El Nivel Day of the Dead

From celebrating the Day of the Dead – a time to honour the deceased with tasty feasts and great pals – to dedicating two whole days to all things agave (aka Tequila Fest), November is feeling very Viva Mexico! So skip the long haul flight, and get into the spirit right at home. And welcoming winter just got a bit easier, with Taste Festival throwing up its foodie festival at the naturally atmospheric Tobacco Docks. Get your bellies ready.

Saturday 1 November: Day of the Dead Supper, El Nivel
For supper, it’s about celebrating the communal spirit – everyone will sit family-style to enjoy a festive evening featuring a seasonal three-course Mexican meal paired with specially created mezcal and tequila cocktails. True to Mexican tradition, face painters will also be on hand and there will be a plethora of traditional Day of the Dead sweets and treats for the fully immersive experience. And if you can’t make it down for the dinner, the special themed cocktails will be on the menu from 24 October through to 7 November.
For bookings, contact
8:00pm-12am. £45 including three courses and two cocktails. 28 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS.

Jose Cuervo Day of the Dead30 October-2 November: Jose Cuervo’s Day of the Dead Festival at The Bargehouse, OXO Tower
Jose Cuervo are pairing up with the Mexican Embassy to host the Day of the Dead Festival 2014. Expect contemporary art (from artists including the Chapman brothers), tequila masterclasses, Jose Cuervo seasonal cocktails, arts and crafts workshops and film screenings. Try the Winter Margarita with cinnamon, and the Autumnal Tradicional Sour with figs. Brand ambassador Gabriela Moncada will also be hosting masterclasses on Saturday 1 November, discussing the history and production of Jose Cuervo while tasting the brand’s different expressions.
11am-6pm. OXO Tower, South Bank, SE1 9GY.

Friday 31 October: Day of the Dead with Don Julio at Shoreditch Cocktail Club
Creep down into the dark basement and there you’ll find Don Julio tequila cocktails and Sugarskull painted faces galore. This is the the first OFFICIAL Shoreditch LCC party, and these kids know how to throw down so help them break the place in! And head there early to take advantage of the two for £10 cocktails (from 5pm-8pm).
5pm-3am. Unit 12, 29 Sclater Street, E1 6GX.

184 Hackney Road barSaturday 1 November: Day of the Dead, 184 Hackney Road
Start your night with the spirit of Mexico and mezcal. They say a picture captures your soul … so you can offer up yours to the giant shrine of Lady of Guadalupe (note: this can be done via Polaroid, relatively painless). So after you offer your soul to the lady of the night, paint your face, write to the gods, say a prayer, enjoy cocktails, drink mezcal and get down to the live music. Well, simply put, live for the night. *And for the after-party, you’ll get a reduced price guest list at the Casa Negra Playroom. Sorted.*
6pm-1am. 184 Hackney Road, E2 7QL. 

POND Dalston
©2014 Tom Mannion

Sunday 2 November: Day of the Dead Luau, POND Dalston
A traditional Mexican day to celebrate the passing on of loved ones, who are returning to party – luau-style. Expect lots of tequila, of course, with a Hawaiian twist. Come and celebrate with Kalua Pork, heaps of tamales, and Espolon tequila cocktails all night long.
Doors from 6pm. Mexican luau from 7pm. Unit G2, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH.

NIght Tales pop-upFrom 7 November: Night Tales
Night Tales returns this winter for a 7-week celebration, hosting the best of London gastronomy, music and bar culture. Taking over a 10,000-sq. ft. space in the heart of Shoreditch, you can expect bites like beefy burgers from Patty & Bun to cheesy pizzas from Voodoo Ray’s. Drinks are going just as big: from the Whiskey Bar you can try a Liquorice Bourbon Old Fashioned while at the Hot Hut Cocktail Bar grab yourself a Night Espresso Martini. DJs will keep the party going late into the night, and during the day you can swing by for the crafts market.
288-299 Old Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A

Tequila Fest22-23 November: Tequila Fest
Two days dedicated to all things agave, Tequila Fest comes to London for the very first time – bringing together a collection of tequilas and mezcals like you’ve never seen before. And you’ll soon find out that this stuff ain’t what you were shooting back in the day. So ditch the salt, lime, and sombrero – then head down to discover the smooth complex flavours of these well crafted spirits, sip by sip. Expect live mariachi music, abundant food pairings and cocktail masterclasses – where you can pick up skills to impress your mates with tasty drinks recipes (and a new-found ability to do blind tastings of the spirits). We have come a long way since our first, ill-conceived dalliances – so let’s keep going up.
£15 tickets available here. Grange Tower Bridge Hotels, 45 Prescot Street, E1 8GP. 

TASTE OF LONDON WINTER FIREPIT20-23 November: Taste of London Winter Festival
Over a dozen of London’s best restaurants will be slinging dishes all in one space, meaning you can have one of the most diverse (and filling) tasting menus around. From Shake Shack to Hixter to Andina, you’ll feel like you’ve done your fair share of globe trotting by the time you get done eating. Plus there will be live demonstrations from some of the best chefs in the world, a BBQ fire pit, cocktails at home masterclasses with Diageo, as well as Gü’s Garden of Temptation where you can both eat and learn their most popular recipes.
Tickets here. Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, E1W 2SF.

Cool Runnings On The Ice26-28 November: Press Play Presents: Cool Runnings “On The Ice”
This a next level movie watching. Wrap up in “Caribbean ski wear”, jump in the bobsled, head onto the ice rink and watch everybody’s favourite Jamaican bobsled team on the big screen. Warm up with rum cocktails from The Duppy Bar and feast on jerk chicken from the Dubjam Shack. They’ll be sure to keep you toasty throughout the night with blankets, hand warmers and hot rum punch. Keep things winter themed and head to the after-party at Bodo’s Schloss on Thursday and Friday, where your wristband means you’re a complimentary guest.
Tickets here.
Wed-Thurs: doors at 7pm. Fri: doors at 6:15pm for screening 1. Doors at 8:15pm for screening 2. 17 Queensway, W2 4QP.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips

7 Best Halloween Parties in London: Pugs, Potions & Pumpkins

Devilish Dog Walk
© Ian Morrison/Dogstar Photo –

So it might be an American holiday, but admit it – Halloween is simply irresistible and London is definitely down with the dead. From bingo bashes to Discopaths, this city will boo-zing late into the night.

Sunday 26th October: All Dogs Matter Halloween Dog Walk, The Spaniards Inn
Because we love dogs. And Halloween. So whether you want to dress up your pup as Batman, Chewbacca or a fairy princess … come and join your fellow dog lovers in the name of charity (and all things fluffy/hilarious). Head to the pub at 10:30am to sign up and the walk sets off at 11am. And don’t forget, the clocks are going back an hour that day. And since there’s going to be a fancy dress competition — best dressed warlock/witch and spookiest — this is one that you don’t want to miss.
Registration 10:30am. Entry £5. Spaniards Road, NW3 7JJ.

Drink Shop and Do pumpkin carving27-30 October: Pumpkin Carving, Drink, Shop & Do
They slice off the tops, you dig out the gooey stuff in the middle and carve the pumpkin a terrifying face — but be careful with that sharp knife as they can’t be held responsible for any missing fingers. The bar will give you a FREE pumpkin when you buy a Halloween cocktail (one per person, pumpkin hoarders).
Free with a Halloween cocktail, 6-8pm, 9-11pm. Reservations required (some slots fully booked). 9 Caledonian Road, N1 9DX.

Indeedy Musical BingoFriday 31st October: Indeedy Bingo Halloween Spooktacular
The popular bingo-with-a-musical-twist party goes all Halloweeny, landing in Shoreditch Town Hall for a weird and wonderful (but mostly weird) spectacular. There’ll be dancing on tables, inflatable bananas, spooky potions and definitely some games. Dance in the moonlight, throw back a few witches’ brews, and get creeped out by the Town Hall-turned-Haunted House. There’s also a fancy dress competition and a mass Thriller dance — led by the Indeedy Granny Pack and trust us, they know how to get down.
9pm-2am. Tickets £15 in advance (including a drink), £20 on the door. Shoreditch Town Hall, 308 Old Street, EC1V 9LT.

Disco Soho DiscopathFriday 31st October: Discopath, Disco Soho
DISCO will be hosting their first ever film screening … a spine-chilling and famously frightening, 70s-style cult classic, DISCOPATH! Yes that’s right fright fans … Discopatch follows the story of Duane Lewis, a New York cook who becomes insane when hearing Disco music. You can chow down on nibbles from a specially designed Retro Discopath menu and sup on an abundance of boozy hard shakes. Once the film is over, all those who haven’t run off to hide under the covers (or been killed by the Discopath) will be welcomed to stay for a freaky Friday night in funky town, so you can commit murder on the dancefloor into the early hours. There will be roller skating waitstaff, a deadly dance-off comp, prizes for best costumes and some sinister surprises and ghoulish giveaways. Click here to watch the film trailer.
Tickets hereDoors at 7:30pm until late. 13 Kingly Court, W1B 5PW.

Trailer Happiness HalloweenFriday 31st October: Trailer Halloween with Fine Spirits, Trailer Happiness
The bar will be transformed into a tiki-infused Halloween haunt with an awesome themed drinks menu. The top three costumes will win a free drink and there will of course be the Trailer photo competition where the best photo of the month wins a £30 bar tab.
To book tables, send an email to
5pm-late. 177 Portobello Road, W11 2DY. 

Earlham Street Clubhouse HalloweenFriday 31st October: Nightmare on Earlham Street, Earlham Street Clubhouse
Something wicked this way comes. Go and shake the shackles of Halloween this fright night with sweet and saucy 90s vibes, spookily seductive cocktails and mouth watering pizzas. Take a romp in the snogging cupboard. Let loose with a layback. Take a tumble with the tangled Twister.
6pm-3am. Free entry until 10:30pm — £10 thereafter. 35 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LD.

Bounce Zombie Apocalypse bunkerFriday 31st October: Halloween UV Zombie Apocalypse Bunker, Bounce
This Halloween, in order to escape the rampaging hordes of Zombies sweeping through Europe and now London, Bounce will be throwing open its doors in order to shelter you from the threat of the undead. It has been discovered that UV light causes the cells in a zombies body to rupture and explode. Armed with this knowledge, Bounce will be turning on ALL the UV lights, for added safety. So come dressed in UV friendly clothes, and then let the on-site facepainter pretty you up. And best of all, after 11pm all the tables will be FREE to play on. No booking, no cost. Gamesmakers will be on hand all night running special anti zombie games (whatever they are).
Tickets here12pm-2am. 121 Holborn, EC1N 2TD.

— Sasha Filimonov, @SashaSips