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October plans sorted! Halloween, half term and more fun London events

There's a lot to pack into October...

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October is a busy month, with both parents and adults alike looking for fun events for half term and Halloween. Whether you want to celebrate the spooky holiday with a horror movie, fill the half term week with a trip to London Bridge or simply enjoy an exciting weekend, we've got you covered.

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Read on for fun things to do in London in October…

Things to do in London for Halloween

Pick your favourite horror at an immersive cinema

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Do you have nerves of steel? If you want a fun experience that is sure to get your heart racing, then try out Pop Up Peckham's Forbidden Forest Cinema. The immersive cinema experience is showing everything from Scream, IT and Nightmare on Elm Street. Suitable for children and adults.

WHEN: 23 October - 8 November

WHERE: Unit 8, Copeland Park, Peckham, SE15 3SN

For more information visit popupscreens.co.uk

Go pumpkin picking 

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Is it even autumn if you haven’t been pumpkin picking? Stanhill Farm is officially open for business – just make sure to pre-book in advance! Perfect for families with small children, a ticket admits one car and a maximum of six people. Tickets are free and guarantee your allocated session, all you need to pay for is the pumpkins! Anyone nervous about social distancing can rest assured, this outdoor activity is well managed and several measures have been put in place in line with government regulations. 

For £30 visitors can take home one wheelbarrow full of patch-perfect pumpkins! 

WHEN: Saturday 17 October – Saturday 31 October

WHERE: Stanhill Farm Pumpkin Patch, Stanhill Farm, Birchwood Road, Dartford, DA2 7HD

To book your visit go to stanhillfarm.co.uk

Family trip to London Bridge

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Take the whole family to uncover the dark secrets that lie beneath London Bridge, which has been voted the 'Top Horror Attraction in the World'. A family of four can discover tales of war, fire and murder for £59 – you'll never look at the famous bridge in the same way!

WHEN: Book a time

WHERE: London Bridge

For more information visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

Feast on ghostly treats and watch horror films!

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This Halloween Brasserie of Light, located in Selfridges, London is delighted to announce a devilish partnership with Selfridges Cinema offering Londoners a dining and screening package from Monday 26 October to Saturday 31 October. For one week only, guests can enjoy a three-course meal, delicious cocktail, and cinema ticket for £55 per person. With a wide selection of ghostly, bloodcurdling films on offer and appetizing dishes, Brasserie of Light is the perfect place to celebrate this Halloween!

WHEN: Monday 26 October to Saturday 31 October

WHERE: Brasserie of Light, located in Selfridges, London

To book a ticket visit https/:/brasserieoflighthalloween.eventbrite.co.uk/

Book a trip to a theme park

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Combining half term fun and Halloween, Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure in Norfolk will host Dippy’s Halloween Days at the end of October. Kids can enjoy a range of mysterious adventures, including individual craft tables to create some Halloween Witch Crafts, a terrifying trail to find the Blue Skeleton Parts, and Dippy Disco Dancing.

Tickets cost £16.50 each and are limited due to Covid-19 guidelines.

WHEN: 24 October - 1 November

WHERE: Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JW

For more information visit roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk

Spooky movies in a haunted theatre

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Make your movie night even more spooktacular by heading to Clapham Grand, a haunted 120-year-old theatre. This Halloween, you can watch Hocus Pocus or The Rocky Horror Picture Show on a massive 25-foot HD Screen. And as always during the spooky season, costumes are encouraged!

WHEN: 29-31 October, book tickets.

WHERE: The Clapham Grand, 21-25 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TT, UK

For more information visit claphamgrand.com

Wizard's afternoon tea 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Those with a sweet tooth will love the Wizard Afternoon Tea at Georgian House Hotel, Pimlico. Head to the Pimlico Pantry for newt scones, lemon cursed tart and Wizard’s Mocktails of frozen crystals, druid's water and ancient red fairy dust. You can never get enough sweet treats on Halloween, right?

Once you've satisfied your hunger, follow the portrait-filled passageway on the lower ground floor to reach the Enchanted Chambers, which feature stained glass windows, stone arches, cauldrons, velvet-clad four-poster beds and wood-burning stoves. 

WHEN: Until the end of December

WHERE: 35 - 39 St George's Dr, Pimlico, London SW1V 4DG

For more information visit georgianhousehotel.co.uk

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Make your own doughnuts with this DIY kit

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Krispy Kreme have launched a new range of Monster Madness Halloween doughnuts and a DIY Doughnut Creation Kit in time for Halloween. The Creepy Creation Kits is an amazing box of four doughnuts that you can decorate at home and then sink your fangs into priced at £14.95 

WHEN: From 13 October

WHERE: UK nationwide 

For more information visit krispykreme.co.uk

Add some spice this year

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BACARDÍ Rum has partnered with Floom to launch a limited edition BACARDÍ Pumpkin Punch Kit, that will help lift your household's spirits to the spookiest level possible this Halloween. The kit includes one pumpkin ready to be gutted to form the perfect punch bowl serving you and three others, plus all the ingredients to create a delicious pumpkin Spiced rum punch - ideal for an at-home Halloween celebration with your household. The kit costs just £25 and can be purchased for a limited time only via Floom.

WHEN: Available nationwide throughout October

WHERE: From the comfort of your own home

For more information, visit Floom

Things to do in London for October half term

Visit the London Dungeons

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Whether you want something spooky to do around Halloween or simply love the London Dungeons, there's no better time to visit than in October. With 18 interactive shows and two thrilling rides, there's plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

The regular experience covers everything from Jack The Ripper, The Great Plague and fictional characters such as Sweeney Todd, so Halloween is sure to be even more skin-crawling.

WHEN: Book a time. Halloween tickets available until 31 October.

WHERE: County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB

For more information visit booking.com

Visit the Gruffalo

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Kew Gardens is hosting a Gruffalo Adventure, where kids can dress up as their favourite characters as they take part in a woodland trail to find the Gruffalo. While following footprints, marks and feathers and figuring out clues, visitors will learn about plants and animals in the dark woods.

WHEN: 17 October - 1 November

WHERE: Kew Gardens

For more information visit kew.org

Develop your art skills

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Children can unleash their creativity over the half term break at this two-hour workshop with Art-K. Suitable for ages 6 to 16, visitors can choose whether to work with acrylic, watercolour, clay or paper sculpture with the help of teachers. 

WHEN: Book a date

WHERE: 17 locations including Angel, Fulham and Clapham.

For more information visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

Things to do in London this weekend 

Learn how to make truffles

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With talks of a second lockdown approaching, many people will be getting their baking recipes at the ready. And if you've exhausted all the banana bread variations, then indulge your sweet tooth with truffles instead!

MyChocolate is holding an hour-long, live chocolate-making masterclass where you can learn how to create delicious fresh cream truffles, including mastering great ganache, piping techniques, and learning flavouring tips and tricks.

WHEN: Book a time

WHERE: At home

For more information visit virginexperiencedays.co.uk

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Enjoy a luxury hotel stay in Hampton Court 

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To celebrate the beginning of Autumn, Kings Arms Hampton Court is offering with every room booking a full English breakfast for each guest and complimentary tickets to Hampton Court Palace, located right next door to the hotel.

Guests can also take advantage of the Kings Arms award-winning Six Restaurant, which is headed by celebrated chef Jack Scoines, who has just launched his seasonal Autumn menu. 

Jack works closely with Hampton Court Palace vegetable gardens, who provides him fresh produce to his kitchen, ensuring the best quality in the dishes. 

WHEN: Offer runs until Monday 30 November

WHERE: 2 Lion Gate, Hampton Ct Rd, East Molesey KT8 9DD

For more information visit kingsarmshamptoncourt.com

Make your own bath bombs

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Looking for a new hobby? Bath-lovers should try this two-hour online workshop where they can learn how to craft their own bar of soap, jelly soap and bath bomb using organic ingredients. 

During the Zoom call, you'll get creative with decorating techniques and learn how to colour and fragrance correctly. Plus, once it's over, you can reward your hard work with a soak in the tub using your own creation!

WHEN: Book a time

WHERE: Online

For more information visit buyagift.co.uk  

Brunch in style!

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Notting Hill has just welcomed their latest food joint - Beam! Located on Westbourne Grove, the restaurant interiors encompass a warm, chic and bright vibe with lots of light streaming in through the massive floor to ceiling windows. The incredible menu features a wide range of home cooked breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes inspired by Mediterranean and British cuisine. You can't go wrong with the Turkish Eggs - a dish filled with garlic yoghurt, poached eggs, browned butter with Pul biber chilli flakes, diced spicy beef sausage, all served with rosemary focaccia. 

WHEN: Open now

WHERE: 103 Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, London W2 4UW

To book, visit cafebeam.co.uk

Enjoy afternoon tea in a Secret Garden

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Pick three loved ones and enjoy a sit-down afternoon tea at London Secret Garden. Located in Kensington, the venue is home to five private dining pods where you can indulge in a traditional afternoon tea with champagne. Each elegant pod is named after a famous music star, from rockstar Freddie Mercury to legendary icon David Bowie. Purchase a voucher through BuyAGift and book a slot from Fridays to Sundays.

WHEN: Open now

WHERE: London Secret Garden, 100 Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 4ER

Purchase a voucher at buyagift.co.uk

Enjoy a delicious brunch listening to blues music

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Bluebird is launching 'Blues Brunch’, an epic weekend special of classic brunch dishes and a live blues band at its buzzy sister site in White City. Running every Saturday and Sunday from 24th October, brunch goers can enjoy delicious dishes such as avocado and poached eggs on cornbread, toasted granola with vanilla yogurt and a chicken Milanese, with the added bonus of the traditional roast option on Sunday’s - the perfect way to spend your weekend!

WHEN: Every Saturday and Sunday from 24th October

WHERE: Bluebird White City 

For more information visit here 

Start your weekends right at Quaglino's

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Why does your weekend have to start at 5pm on Friday? Why not make the most of the day and for a bottomless brunch to really start a long weekend the right way! Iconic Mayfair venue, Quaglino’s, is firing up for a brand new weekly Q The Weekend Friday brunch, serving up bottomless prosecco alongside brunch favourites including Eggs Florentine, Royale and Benedict, Poached Eggs and Crushed Avocado, Lobster Thermidor, Omelette Arnold Bennett. Bottoms up!

WHEN: Every Friday

WHERE: Quaglinos, 16 Bury St, St. James's, London SW1Y 6AJ

Book online: quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk

Snuggle up at The Rooftop at Trafalgar St James

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Pop on a padded coat and snuggle under an outdoor heater in possibly the most picturesque dining venue in all of London. Location right by Trafalgar Square, loom above Nelson's Column as you dine on this season's delicious Asian fusion menu. Offering everything from chicken bao buns to a sensational black cod, the view and cuisine are both sensational.

WHEN: Anytime, with walk-ins welcome Monday to Wednesday 

WHERE: 2 Spring Gardens, St. James's, London SW1A 2TS

For more information, visit trafalgarstjames.com

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