The Halloween weekend is here! If you're looking for a horror film that'll make your blood run cold, Crimson Peak is just the ticket. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and the brilliant Jessica Chastain, the plot unfolds in a haunted house where the family's dark secrets horrifically come to light.
For those who want a helping hand with their Halloween make-up, the Magic School in central London is giving out free makeovers. And for foodies, new restaurant Zebrano in the City has popped up in East London. Make sure to check out the sophisticated venue.
Read on for more events happening this week...
If you're looking for a horror film that'll make your blood run cold this Halloween, Crimson Peak is a front-runner. Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston have joined forces to star in the new fantasy drama that follows the story of Edith, a young American who is seduced by a mysterious man Thomas and goes to England to settle in his haunted gothic mansion. Also living with the married couple is Thomas' sister Lady Lucille, played by the talented Jessica Chastain, who will do anything to protect her family's dark secrets, even if that means terrorising Edith. Guillermo del Toro directs the gothic romance film and shows off his knack for unforgettable visuals.
FOOD AND DRINK
Zebrano in the City
This winter a new space is popping up in the financial district of London – Zebrano in the City. Set over two floors, the chic and sophisticated venue houses a restaurant, bar and nightclub. The top floor is home to a luxury dining experience that offers a menu featuring both European and Asian flavours. Dishes on offer include venison tartare served with heritage beetroots and confit egg yolk, scallop ceviche with avocado, cucumber, radish and apple salt, and a braised fillet of brill with chorizo crust and king oyster mushrooms.
To book a table visit zebrano.london.
According to Yes
Dawn French, author of A Tiny Bit Marvellous and Oh Dear Silvia, has released her new heart-warming novel According to Yes. The comedy legend sets her latest story in The Foreign Land of the Very Wealthy, otherwise known as Manhattan's Upper East Side, where rules are rules and great displays of emotion are thoroughly unacceptable. The Wilder-Bingham family adhere to these rules – that is until Rosie Kitto, an eccentric 38-year-old primary school teacher from England, enters their lives. After a lifetime of saying no, what happens when everyone starts saying... yes?
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Grab your tickets before they sell out, and they're selling fast! The Nutcracker returns this Christmas to the Royal Opera House in London. The festive family favourite tells the story of a young girl Clara, who dreams that her nutcracker doll comes to life and whisks her away on a magical adventure. The pair must battle the Mouse King and his army in the faraway Kingdom of the Sweets and the Land of Snow, with dances performed to Tchaikovsky.
To book tickets visit roh.org.uk/productions/the-nutcracker-by-peter-wright.
British Museum of Food
Artists Sam Bompas and Harry Parr of Bompas & Parr have opened a new cultural institution and the first of its kind – a museum dedicated solely to the history, evolution, science, sociology and art of food. Located in the iconic foodie hub of Borough Market in London, the British Museum of Food showcases the most exciting elements of food. Activities on offer range from a multi-sensory tasting session where visitors can eat chocolate as different sounds play in the background; another room displays work by various artists who have used unusual materials to create the "English Breakfast".
To book tickets visit bmof.org.
Halloween make-up and Potions Lab masterclass
It's Halloween this weekend and if you haven't got your costume sorted, don't fret! The creators behind Candy Crush are launching Magic School, a new feature for the Bubble Witch 2 Saga mobile game, and to celebrate they are bringing the game to life. Simply pop in to 14 Greek Street in central London any time from 5 to 10pm on Friday 30 October where you will be treated to a free Halloween makeover. Guests can also work with mixologists at the Potion Lab to brew their own spooky cocktails.
For more information visit bubblewitch2saga.com/magicschool.