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Where to celebrate in London this Halloween


London’s top attractions are offering a series of spooky events this Halloween. From creepy animals at London Zoo to haunting tales at the Natural History Museum to a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, we offer our edit of the best Halloween events in London

Emily Scrivener
Emily Scrivener ,

Deadly and Disgusting Plants and Fungi at Kew Gardens
Focusing on all things deadly and disgusting, Kew Garden’s programme of Halloween events offers something for everyone. Solve a series of clues and riddles to learn all about lethal offerings from the natural world, follow clues to find poisons and cures and discover the secret world of fungi with special hands on session.
Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB +44(0)20 8332 5655

London Zoo Boo at the Zoo
ZSL London Zoo will be hosting a series of spooky events this Halloween half term. Visitors will have the opportunity to come face to face with rats, bats, and spiders, as well as the chance to get close to owls in the impressive Owl Emporium. You can even prepare some treats for the zoo’s short-tailed bats or Meet the Rat Pack for a close encounter of the rodent kind.
ZSL London Zoo, Regentʼs Park, London NW1 4RY, +44 (0)20 7722 3333

Natural History Museum Night Safari Trick Tour
Head over to the Natural History Museum after hours on Thursday 30 October to learn all about nature’s tricks and hoaxes. The museum’s Night Safari will give visitors the opportunity to explore the galleries at night and learn all about mysterious scientific hoaxes, with a series of scheduled talks ranging from parasitic flies to improbable mammals and the missing link between apes and humans.
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, +44 (0)20 7942 5000

Witch Academy at The London Eye
The London Eye Witch Academy will return this October, offering the chance for young witches and wizards to hear some spooky stories, practice spells and learn some scary facts about London, all from 135m above the ground. Illuminated in ghoulish green, the London Eye creates a frightfully impressive place to spend Halloween will all guests receiving a goody bag full of treats.
The London Eye, Riverside Building, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB, +44 (0)871 781 3000

Chills in the Chapel: Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho
For those seeking some serious scares this Halloween, head over to the Union Chapel for a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, with the film’s chilling score brought to life by the Live Film Orchestra. With creepy cocktails and other surprises, this promises to be a truly eventful evening.
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN +44(0)7226 1686

Halloween at Fortnum & Mason
If you’re planning on throwing a Halloween party this year, we recommended heading over to Fortnum & Mason’s famous Piccadilly store for some thrilling tips. Not sure what to do with all the left over pumpkin? On Tuesday 28 October, Fortnum & Mason’s chefs will be demonstrating the best pumpkin dishes. Thursday 30 October will celebrate South America’s Day of the Dead with a tequila master class. Friday 31 October will see the return of the annual children’s Halloween pumpkin carving competition, with ghoulish treats offered to all participants.
Fortnum & Mason, 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER, +44 (0)20 7734 8040

Wasteland: The Survivorʼs Party at The Book Club
On Thursday 30 October, The Book Club is throwing a Halloween party to end all parties. Prepare for a night of disorientating fun with a specially created menu of toxic-waste cocktails, techno and horror theme tracks and spooky performances. Guests are encouraged to dress up in creepy, movie-themed attire – think films like Blade Runner, The Matrix and 28 Days Later.
The Book Club, 100-106 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4RH, +44 (0)20 7684 8618

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