Best things to do in London in October 2022: Discover the best events, restaurants, bars, West End shows, activities and more to do in the capital this Halloween
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Best spooky things to do in London in October
Indulge in spooky delights at Balthazar restaurant
Balthazar is the destination to be this Halloween, situated in the heart of London in bustling Covent Garden, the Parisian-style brasserie offers guests to be transported to the grand dining rooms of bohemian fin-de-siècle Paris. Dine on all the favourite French classics whilst indulging in a delectable, limited-edition dessert and sipping on spooky themed cocktails.
To book, visit balthazarlondon.com
Spooky Halloween at Chiswick House & Gardens
Creepy corpses in neon cobwebs are among chilling new installations at the immersive trail Halloween at Chiswick House & Gardens which opens on the 14th of October until the 31st. Enter the haunted graveyard where you will find a Victorian undertaker, surrounded by creaking coffins, spooky skulls and beastly bones. – can you hear the tap, tap, tapping?
Make your way into the Witches' Covenstead where more creepy installations await, such as a cauldron, ram's skulls, metal mushrooms, real pumpkins and shepherd crooks. The immersive trail will follow a route through the beautiful gardens of the English Heritage property in south west London.
For tickets to the fun-filled after dark trail, visit halloweenatchiswickhouseandgardens.co.uk
Visit Paulton's Park Home of Peppa Pig World
There's never been a more perfect time to visit Paultons Park Home of Peppa Pig World than now - in the autumn. The park has had a spooky Halloween makeover, and can now be seen filled with tons of pumpkins, scary decorations and more.
So if you haven't managed to book a trip to a pumpkin patch, then fret not as Paultons Park is even better if you're on the lookout for Halloween photo opportunities.
Even Peppa Pig World has had a transformation, with Mr Skinnylegs making an appearance as well as Peppa and George themselves, in their spookiest attire. Happy Halloween takes place between 13-31 October.
Visit paultonspark.co.uk/halloween for more information and tickets.
Scare yourself silly at a haunted theatre tour
What better way to immerse yourself in spooky Halloween vibes than with a tour around the world's most haunted theatre? Theatre Royal Drury Lane is hosting spooky ghost tours from 25 to 31 October, introducing you to the theatre's resident ghouls – of which there are many! New friends include the little girl who haunts the theatre's basement, to the man in grey who's been seen by hundreds of thespians.
The tour takes you through the fascinating history of the theatre, with a few chilling tales along the way. Be prepared to feel serious goosebumps as you walk the corridors – you'll never feel the same way about the royal box again…
The Halloween theatre tour is £25 per person, book here thelane.co.uk/halloween-tours
Book your tickets for Jurassic World: The Exhibition
A roar of excitement awaits families this autumn as they experience the exciting and magical dinosaur kingdom at ExCeL London. After taking the ferry to Isla Nublar, dinosaur lovers can discover and learn about the 16 life-sized dinosaurs that inhabit Jurassic World as they explore the prehistoric environments based on scenes from the best-selling blockbuster film.
Find out more at jurassicworldexhibition.com/uk
Experience the Strangest Things on Halloween at Cloud Twelve
Join the best Upside-Down celebration in London! Cloud Twelve members and guests will immerse in Stranger Things-themed activities, featuring Haunted Forest of Hawkings, Demogorgon Light Show, Vecna's Sweet Station, and an 80s Monster Disco! Don't miss out and book your slot from 28-30 October.
For more information visit cloudtwelve.co.uk
Take the kids on a spooky LEGOLAND visit
LEGOLAND has had a spooktacular makeover just in time for Halloween. Highlights include Monster Street, a brand new interactive walk through experience. Visitors will be met with ghoulish residents and lured into the Creepy Crypts to play some games – and the chance to get your hands on some awesome treats! Your very own little monsters can also enjoy a frightfully good new Harbour Show featuring plenty of music, dancing and special effects for the whole family.
There's also a brand new 4D Movie exclusive to LEGOLAND. The Great Monster Chase is a must see show for all monsters, big or small! As you wander through the creepy street, your kids will love meeting the five new Halloween characters: Monster Rocker, Wolf Guy, Tiger Woman, Zombie Cheerleader or Square Foot.
Book your tickets at legoland.co.uk
Treat yourself to Halloween cakes
The iconic Hummingbird Bakery has excelled itself this Halloween, with the tastiest collection of ghost and ghoul-inspired cupcakes, cakes and pies - no Halloween party is complete without a spread of these.
We particularly loved the Frankenstein Cake, £34.95, which has chocolate curls for hair and a handmade sugar paste face. Underneath the scary exterior, it has two layers of fluffy vanilla sponge covered in bright green vanilla buttercream frosting for sweetest, spookiest treat.
There's also a cupcake selection box, £25.60 for 12, with an array of fun decorations, including bats, spiders and mummies.
Hummingbird Bakery fans will be particularly keen to learn that they're opening a new brand in Victoria on October 25 - we'll see you there!
Visit Hummingbirdbakery.com to see the full collection.
Discover Día de los Muertos at temper
temper is celebrating Día de los Muertos for the third year running, and will be carrying on the celebrations for five days, culminating in an epic party at temper Soho complete with a Mariachi band. Tuck into mouth-watering, limited edition dishes on the special spooky dinner menu, available at all temper restaurants (Soho, Covent Garden, City and Shoreditch branches) from Friday 28 October until Wednesday 2 November.
Menu highlights include a sugary, orange blossom-laced Pan de Muerto bread from specialist Mexican bakery, Sweet Nibble, filled with homemade cochinita pibil. And you have to order the 'nose-to-tail' pumpkin taco served with caramelised, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin seed salsa, dehydrated pumpkin powder and smoked labneh.
temper restaurants will be decked out in custom-made papel picado decorations throughout the celebrations, and guests are encouraged to dress up! On the big day itself (2 November) temper Soho will play hosts to Mariachi Amigo, who will be treating guest to live music.
To book a table or for further information please visit: temperrestaurant.com
Book yourself in for a Halloween afternoon tea
Theatre Royal Drury Lane is also offering delicious Halloween-themed afternoon tea, served in the opulent surroundings of The Grand Saloon. Glittering chandeliers and pastel seats make you feel like you've been transported to Bridgerton, while the sweet treats created by famous baker Lily Vanilli will get you in the spooky mood, with graveyard themed cakes and spooky embellishments. Halloween Afternoon Tea is available from 17-31 October, £49 per person.
Book by calling 02039252999 or emailing email@example.com
Enjoy a Halloween cult classic on the big screen at Backyard Cinema
This autumn, Backyard Cinema returns to London with a magical movie experience that's bigger and better than ever before. Making the perfect date night or a great evening out with friends, cosy up on Backyard's signature giant bean bags to watch a new release like Nope or a cult classic such as The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Hocus Pocus and Scream. Before you settle in for the evening, you can also indulge in specially-created themed cocktails, and delicious cinema treats, including the legendary Backyard Pizza. You can even 'build your own' boozy hot chocolate, made especially for Backyard Cinema by British chocolatiers, Hotel Chocolat.
Backyard Cinema Autumn will run for a limited time from 1st October 2022 to 15th November 2022. Prices start from £10 per child and £20 per adult.
Tickets on sale now at backyardcinema.co.uk
Ghosts, ghouls… and a week off school
With everything from spooks to school holidays on the horizon, Puttshack is the place to keep everyone entertained this Autumn with its high-tech mini golf, outstanding food and drink and great vibes. With locations in and around London and exciting events taking place for Halloween, London Cocktail Week and the half-term break, it’s just the ticket as the colder months approach - so get set to swing in seasonal style!
Get into the spooky spirit with the ultimate Halloween party
As our anticipation builds for the blood-curdling day, all four venues from The Little Door & Co are making Halloween a weekend to remember with a series of specials, including bottomless brunches and themed parties to celebrate in style from Wednesday 26th – Saturday 29th October. Undergoing a spooky makeover, the house party inspired bars in Soho, Fulham, Notting Hill and Clapham will be adorned with creepy delights, frighteningly good cocktails, devilish DJ’s and plenty of spooky surprises to ensure a night(mare) to remember.
To find out more and book visit here
Best places to explore in London in October
Discover the luxury shopping destination of London Designer Outlet
It might only be October, but if you're anything like us, you'll want to start getting Christmas gifts organised for the loved ones in your life ahead of the festive season. London Designer Outlet is a total shopaholic's playground, with everything from highstreet labels to designer brands, homeware stores and beauty outlets offering major savings across everything in stock. Located just a ten-minute walk from Wembley Park tube station, London Designer Outlet is the ultimate pre-concert pitstop or post-match bargain hunt for those visiting Wembley Stadium.
It's not all about the shopping, however. When you need some downtime to think over that Villeroy & Boch purchase, or want to trawl through your discounted finds while refuelling with a delicious meal or cocktail, there's also a versatile selection of food and drink outlets.
Not one to pass up the opportunity to find a bargain, I headed to LDO to check it out for myself. I was immediately struck by how helpful the staff are, always taking the opportunity to talk through your purchase, or offer alternatives. The thriving, but calm atmosphere of this Wembley shopping village is miles away from the hectic fleet of shoppers that descend upon Oxford Street at the weekends - making it the ultimate destination for a solo shopping trip.
Whether you're after a new pair of loafers, want to amp up your makeup collection or are looking for a chic new dining set for your minimalist kitchen - London Designer Outlet likely has something for you. The best part? The stock isn't outdated, damaged, or the 'unwanted' collection that never made it to highstreet shelves. I bought a chic Fuschia cardigan in the Marks & Spencer outlet I had my eye on in the store just weeks before. You won't need to convince me to go back!
To find out more, visit www.londondesigneroutlet.com/
Whilst you're at Wembley Park... don't miss Rambert: The Redemption of Thomas Shelby
You don't have to be a fan of Peaky Blinders to get lost in the passionate, cataclysmic and dark life of Thomas Shelby following World War I with Rambert's exceptional dance theatre event. Performing at Wembley Park's Troubadour Theatre until 6 November, this exhilarating spectacle on stage sees the full Rambert dance company bring everything from the horrors of trench warfare to the heady glamour of the Jazz Age to life with breathtaking solo work and deceptively slick ensemble choreography.
The dancers perform with impressive discipline, transcending the possibilities of the stage as a live band playing several Blinders favourites. Whether you've got Peaky fever or not, you're guaranteed to enjoy the ride of this atmospheric and chilling interpretation.
To book tickets, visit wembleypark.com
Best luxury things to do in London in October
Get an A-List facial at Vie Aesthetics
Autumn can be hard on the skin, and who doesn't deserve to treat themselves to the so-called 'queen of facials' on offer at Harley Street's Vie Aesthetics? A multi-step, but fairly speedy and super relaxing aqua facial is the perfect recipe to give your skin a health boost before the weather gets even colder and the heating dries out all our complexions.
A secret of many a celeb, this treatment reverses and prevents further skin damage and is great for stopping hyperpigmentation, fine lines and rosacea in their paths. An AquaFacial wand gently cleanses before exfoliating the whole face to remove impurities and dead cells. The Oxybrasion Treatment then jet blasts the skin with oxygen and goodness (it's painless, don't worry!), and is followed by a face peel, tailored to your skin's problem areas.
The treatment then uses Hydro-Dermabrasion, No-Needle Mesotherapy and Radio-Frequency technology to cleanse, feed and stimulate your skin. The treatment ends with a relaxing LED Light Therapy.
To book, visit vie-aesthetics.com/
Join south west London's friendliest members club
Bingham Riverhouse has long been an established members club and dining spot among locals in south west London, with a prime spot by Richmond riverside. The impeccably decorated venue is as welcoming as it sounds, with exciting membership opportunities to suit everyone this autumn and beyond - Bingham's After Hours. Here, you can connect with the club's exciting social scene with access to an aperitif hour each evening in the stunning members lounge. You also will get access to exciting monthly events - from super clubs to art talks - all while being part of an ever-growing community. What's more, you have access to the members lounge and its long list of vibrant cocktails (and the option to create your own thanks to the talented bartender) - along with a tasty menu featuring everything from sharing boards to salads, open sandwiches and steaks.
For more information, visit binghamriverhouse.com
Book a signature facial at Skinwork
Prep your skin for winter with a pampering Supercharged Signature facial at Soho's Skinwork - the clinic's most popular treatment. This radiance boosting facial has been elevated for a limited time with microdermabrasion and a detoxifying pore treatment to provide a deep cleanse and exfoliate your skin. Promising a clear complexion by eliminating blackheads, whiteheads, blocked pores and excess oil in seven easy steps - this relaxing remedy also includes a neck, shoulder, hand and arm massage for the ultimate pampering session. Luxurious!
To book, visit skinworkofficial.com
Treat yourself to a luxury manicure at Townhouse
Townhouse is a premium nail salon founded by Juanita Huber-Millet – and it's changing the beauty game. With salons in Liverpool Street, Knightsbridge, Kensington, Fitzrovia and Milton Keynes, Townhouse is easily accessible within London and boasts contemporary interiors and charming nail technicians. The Townhouse team specialise in nail art – also offering classic manicures, pedicures, gels and extensions.
The brand is quickly becoming one of London's best-loved and fasted-growing salons – no doubt due to its highly-Instagrammable aesthetic and state-of-the-art nail treatments. Housing private pedicure booths, a marble manicure bar and an eclectic array of beautiful polishes, Townhouse is a mecca for nail enthusiasts.
To book, visit mytownhouse.co.uk
Check out the Veronica Beard and VV Rouleaux haberdashery
The Veronica Beard and VV Rouleaux haberdashery is a unique experience where customers can design their own bespoke creations, using VV Rouleaux’s luxury trimmings, ribbons, flowers, and plumes to craft whimsical yet traditional pieces. London-based stylist and thrift pioneer Bay Garnett has also collaborated with the haberdashery to create a selection of vintage tees sourced from her Oxfam edit which can be customised with a decadent twist.
Head down to the Veronica Beard flagship store on 27 Bruton Street in Mayfair to customise your very own garment. VV Rouleaux's decorative craftsmanship married with Veronica Beard's tailored offerings and Bay's unrivalled thrift vocabulary will ensure you leave the store with a one-off statement piece for your transitional wardrobe.
The collaboration will run from October 11 - November 30 2022.
Relax with a wellness retreat on the Southbank
This October, Sea Containers London are inviting guests to The Wellness Social Retreat on London’s Southbank. The weekend, which will take place on 23 – 24 October, will be a chance to recharge and reboot through the transitioning of the seasons. The Wellness Social will offer a variety of wellness and fitness activities and events, such as an invigorating HIIT class with Milo and the Bull and a Meditation and Breathwork session with Emily from The Luna Circle, to recentre and refocus as the weather gets colder and the days get shorter. Sea Containers London’s renowned spa, agua, will offer a Therabody session and agua Spa Mud pack treatments to combat the post work-out pain and sooth those sore muscles.
To book visit here
Explore Belo's pop-up at Selfridges
Belo is a British/Brazilian, community-driven accessories brand that are currently debuting their collection in Selfridges. Located in the main accessories hall, their exclusive Selfridges collection - 'New Horizons' - is inspired by the myriad of colourways coming from the sun, the giver of all life.
Established in 2017 by Maria Costa and Charlotte Bingham-Wallis, the label, which is beloved by Lady Amelia Windsor, transforms industrial materials such as disused seatbelts, into modern yet timeless luxury accessories. The items are hand-made by Brazilian artisans from marginalised communities, giving back and empowering Brazilian communities each step of the way.
Belo’s exclusive collection will be available to buy in Selfridges from Monday 24th May and
online at belobags.com or selfridges.com
Best alternative things to do in London
See some free art at St Pancras International
St Pancras International has unveiled HMS Alice Liddell, a major new site-responsive art installation by Shezad Dawood that continues St Pancras' legacy of art commissions in a fresh approach to the destination's calendar of arts and cultural experiences. Dawood's work reclaims Alice as a traveller for our times: a proto-science fiction heroine who explored the quantum possibilities of multiple, but connected realities and universes.
In Dawood's trademark blend of physical and digital worlds, visitors can use their phones to scan a QR code that unlocks an Augmented Reality filter, expanding the experience of the work. Together with the physical sculpture, this digital space invites audiences of all ages to embark, much like Alice in Wonderland, on literal and metaphorical journeys, moving through the past and into a kaleidoscopic future.
To find out more, visit stpancras.com
Head to the theatre to watch the dazzling Pretty Woman: The Musical
Introducing the perfect girls night out this October - Pretty Woman: The Musical is bringing Hollywood to the stage and is sure to be a hit for you and your friends. Big. Huge!
Starring Danny Mac and Aimee Atkinson, this musical take on our favourite romance movie brings the best in music and theatre. Lead by a powerhouse creative team, Pretty Woman: The Musical will be sure to lift your spirits and light up your heart.
To book, visit london.prettywomanthemusical.com
Get booked in for London's Interactive Clay Shooting
This December, London’s premier indoor virtual shooting experience bar Clays, will be opening its second site. Following on from the success of the brand’s Moorgate venue, Clays will be opening in Canary Wharf’s buzzy West India Quay and bringing a slice of the British countryside to East London. As well as offering a truly unique activity, Clays Canary Wharf will also offer an impressive food and drink menu meaning guests can settle in and savour the experience.
To book visit clays.bar
Try the boozy Sunday brunch at Swingers
Swingers, the high-end crazy gold club loved by all, is launching their new brunch offer from 16th October. Guests can enjoy epic street food, unlimited drinks for 1.5 hours, crazy golf and a reserved area - for only £45 at the go-to place for an all in one, competitive day out. Tasty bites will be served up from resident street food vendors Pizza Pilgrims, Breddos Tacos and Patty & Bun, with sweet treats from Crosstown Doughnuts. To get the party going there will also be a DJ throughout the day to keep Monday at bay for as long as possible.
To book, visit here
Charity comedy gig with Ivo Graham
Spend an evening laughing the night away on the 18th October with friends at the GenerationTusk Comedy Night, on October 18th, at the renowned Comedy Store, between Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus. Following the success of previous years, the GenerationTusk Comedy Night promises a laughter-filled evening of stand up comedy, while raising money for African conservation.
Tickets are available to purchase now
Take a class at DanceBox
A new and empowering way to keep fit, let loose at the inclusive, judgement-free DanceBox. Founded by Ilana Gambrill, these dance classes provide a space of acceptance and the freedom to express yourself how you want in a caring and supporting environment - making exercise fun! Also available to join online, DanceBox is helping people to find their confidence and gain new friendships all through the power of movement.
To book, visit here
Best restaurants to visit in London in October
Sample incredible food with sprawling city views
Make sure you plan a visit to Decimo, The Standard's restaurant presided over by Michelin-starred Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias. The culinary master's debut London restaurant – which boasts dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of the city – combines his native Spanish cuisine with his love of Mexican delights. Some of his new dishes include Caesar salad, Carabineros taco (Wood fired Carabineros prawn head, confit garlic oil, hard shell taco) and Pork ribs with mole glaze. For those in search of an after-hours feast, Decimo has also launched a series of late-night tacos - available exclusively on Fridays and Saturdays from 11pm-1.30am. These include: Pulled pork el pastor with red cabbage and onion; Lamb with cucumber and mint, and a vegan option of Sweet potato and black bean with watercress and onion.
To book, visit decimo.london
Enjoy panoramic views at Tattu London
Sunday 30 October will see Tattu London, the recently opened modern Chinese restaurant featuring panoramic views over the West End, host its final inaugural 'Sunday Sunsets' event of 2022. Going out with a bang, and held on Halloween weekend, guests will be able to revel in high-octane DJ sets kicking off from 1pm, an exclusive Taste of Tattu menu offering and an array of limited-edition cocktails until late into the evening. Renowned DJ Fat Tony is set to headline the event, taking the helm from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, as the sun sets on the iconic London skyline.
For more information and to book a table visit www.TattuLondon.com
Enjoy an afternoon of culinary exploration
Just a stone's throw from Oxford Circus, after you've indulged in a spot of Christmas shopping, head over to Chouranghi for an eventful afternoon of culinary exploration. Located in Marble Arch, this decadent haunt celebrates the harmonious blend of European, Mogul and Chinese cultures and food that has evolved in Calcutta – otherwise known as the City of Joy. Offering a menu that's equally as joyful, Chouranghi is the definition of a foodie's paradise and one that you won't want to miss this autumn. Combining adventurous new ingredients, flavours and cooking methods, some of the restaurant's most mouth-watering dishes include the Beetroot Chop, Calcutta Lamb Biryani and Tiger Prawns Tandoori – to name a few.
After walking through the opulent doors, you'll find yourself in a contemporary yet carefully thought-out tribute to the elegant architecture of Calcutta, as natural rattan-stained furniture, rubs shoulders with warm cream walls, art deco detailing and vintage-inspired ceiling fans. Top tip, if you can't decide what to order, it's definitely worth asking the ever-thoughtful staff for their personal recommendations – not only do they know the menu back to front, but they'll tell you exactly which dishes are best suited to your tastes, and they're never wrong!
To book visit chourangi.co.uk
Enjoy a cocktail (or two)
Fancy trying out some cocktails? In the heart of Green Park, you will find Quaglino's, and they've just launched a brand new cocktail menu, Art Within Mixology, which brings the four corners of the globe together.
Inspired by East Asia, South America, Northern Europe and the Mediterranean - the exotic selection will not disappoint. Take a sip, and enjoy the establishment's amazing live music. Fabulous!
To book, visit quaglinos-restaurant.co.uk.
Indulge in Circolo Popolare's famous dessert
There’s something about the Big Mamma restaurants that makes this Italian Group go beyond its Instagram hype. It’s difficult to tell whether it’s the breathtaking interiors, where trattoria arches are lined with rainbow liquor bottles, or the warming service where waiting staff take pride in going above and beyond to elevate your meal, or if it’s the deliciously tempting menu inspired by timeless Italian classics that makes a trip to Circolo Popolare so special - but we can tell you that it’s exceptional.
If you're a lover of truffle, the Mafaldine al Tartufo 'truffle pasta' is to die for, as is the wholesome Carbonara carved from a wheel of Pecorino. Pizza fans can delight in pillowy dough and Napoli tomato, while cheese enthusiasts will queue for the giant creamy burrata. And if you go here without ordering a show stopping, towering lemon meringue pie, you’re doing it wrong.
To book a table, visit bigmammagroup.com/en/trattorias/circolo-popolare
Try some Tequila at Madison
Fancy a taste of Tequila this Halloween? Madison, which is situated in the heart of St. Paul's, is partnering exclusively with KAH Tequila to bring a taste of Mexico, its culture and traditions to Madison. This ultimate autumnal fiesta brings together family and friends to celebrate food, drinks and entertainment, in true Meso-American style.
Over the next five weeks, the decorations will be taken up a notch during the Festival of the Dead period. This installation promises to transform Madison’s world renowned terrace as it’s never been seen before. There's a fabulous new menu to coincide with the partnership, and guests will be treated to a range of incredible cocktails you can't afford to miss!
To book, visit sevenrooms.com/reservations/madisonalllocations
Tuck into Spanish small plates at Tapas Brindisa
I once read that a hack for determining if a tapas restaurant is good is by the quality of their 'patatas bravas.' I'm not sure if there's any credibility in that claim, but I can tell you that Tapas Brindisa certainly know their alioli when it comes to finessing small plates. This lively, bustling tapas restaurant tucked on the corner of Borough Market in London Bridge, is a food-lover's dream. Bursting with flavour and vibrant in colour, the Mediterranean-inspired small plates on offer are simple, but exceptional. From flavoursome Pan con Tomate to salty Iberico ham, the Spanish menu delights range from classic to creative - all equally delicious and carefully presented.
Highlights include the squid-ink paella, inky in colour and rich in flavour, followed by the Gambas Al Ajillo, served in a sizzling skillet of chilli and garlic oil. With heated outdoor seating and a lively indoor atmosphere, Tapas Brindisa is the perfect place to simmer down for the weekend with friends.
Be prepared to queue during peak times, or book a table at brindisakitchens.com
Grab a free burger
Fat Hippo, the independent burger restaurant, will open its first London location on Shoreditch’s Great Eastern Street on Friday 14th October, giving away 100 free burgers to the first 100 guests through the door. Expect signature 100% British beef patties and double buttermilk chicken burgers, moreish sides and Naughty Shakes alongside a range of vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and halal options.
To visit, book here
Enjoy an exquisite Halloween brunch
This Halloween, from Monday 24th - Monday 31st October, COYA London is hosting a spookily stylish Halloween Brunch (from 12:00pm) or Halloween Party (18:00pm - 03:00am), inviting everyone to dress to impress in fancy masks for the occasion to celebrate the wolf - the horror fest’s deadliest creature.
Party-goers will enjoy a journey through the haunted forest, filled with cobwebs and scary decor, where they will then be treated to the finest Peruvian cuisine including our personal favourite, the Yellowfin Tuna Ceviche. A Bottle service will be available throughout the venue, and COYA's renowned Pyramid and Treasure Chest shots will also be up for grabs. What are you waiting for?
To book, visit coyarestaurant.com/restaurants/london-mayfair/
Free Burger & Lobster dishes
Burger & Lobster, have teamed up with one of the UK's finest chefs, Tom Brown - Chef Patron of the Michelin-starred Cornerstone in Hackney - to bring not one but two limited-edition dishes to Burger & Lobster's menus from 17th October. Get ready, London, for a Beef & Oyster Burger and a Roast Chicken Lobster Roll. Famed for his love of seafood, it's no surprise to see Tom's signature pickled oysters make an appearance in the impressive Beef & Oyster Burger (£23). To celebrate the launch, Burger & Lobster will be offering a free sample of one of the limited-edition dishes on Tuesday 18th October. Head down to the Leicester Square restaurant at 1pm and the first 50 people through the doors will be able to enjoy either a complimentary Beef & Oyster Burger or a Roast Chicken Lobster Roll. Be sure to arrive quickly to snap these up!
To book, visit here
Check out this brand new piri-piri chicken spot
Casa do Frango, the cult favourite piri-piri chicken spot with locations in London Bridge and Shoreditch, is opening a brand new restaurant on Heddon Street. The new spot will open on Friday 14th October and will be their largest site to date. The menu mirrors that of the other sites, celebrating what Casa do Frango does best. It is centred around the Algarvian staple of Frango Piri-Piri; half a chicken, brushed with a secret piri-piri recipe that has been perfected over time, drawing on co-founder Marco Mendes’ upbringing in the Algarve region of Southern Portugal. True to the traditions of the Algarve, the open-fire grill is stoked with wood charcoal, for an inimitable flavour and unmistakable char. This is one not to miss!
To book, visit here
Delicious Italian dining experience
Gather friends and family and secure your spot at the table, as modern Italian food brand, Crosta & Mollica, opens an exclusive pop-up restaurant in London from the 14th - 15th October 2022. Live for two nights only, diners can expect a full Italian feast, featuring an unforgettable five-course dining experience to showcase Crosta & Mollica’s extensive range of restaurant-quality Italian food. Taking place just minutes from Aldgate station, tickets will cost £10 per person, with all proceeds going to Crosta & Mollica’s long-standing charity partner, EMERGENCY UK.
To book, visit here
Level up your date night at Piccolino
Looking for the perfect place to level up your date night? Look no further than Piccolino, an authentic Italian restaurant tucked away in Mayfair's glamorous Heddon Street. Where comforting Italian classics meet upscale interiors, artisan suppliers and deliciously cooked food, Piccolino is a delight for the senses. It's easy to get a taste of Italy in London.
Yet where Piccolino stands out is their generous portion sizes, rich and creamy classics and elevated, flavoursome dishes that do justice the beauty of simplistic Italian cuisine. It's not just the food that earns Piccolino it's place on our best things to do in London guide. The attentive and friendly service is a pleasant perk of dining at this glamorous haunt, along with the deceptively delicious cocktail blends and charming heated terrace, perfect for dining alfresco.
To book a table, visit piccolinorestaurants.com
Cosy up at Côte and try their delicious new Autumn menu
After the non-stop hustle of summer, Côte's new menu celebrates the changing of the seasons and the slower pace of autumnal living. From a starter that pays homage to the humble fig to a mouthwatering main of Pork Tomahawk served with luxurious truffled potato purée, roasted garlic and crunchy French beans to the most delectable dessert of baked French almond cake with blackberry compote, vanilla ice cream and salted caramel sauce, you won't want to miss it.
Guests can raise a glass with an Orchard Sidecar – a love letter to the modest apple – and enjoy the seasonal menu for just £14.95 for two courses or £18.95 for three. It's perfect for diners seeking a treat while also keeping an eye on spending and is available until 11 October.
To book, visit cote.co.uk
Make your Pasta Dreams come true with Jamie Oliver's new venture
Pasta lovers, line up! Jamie Oliver has teamed up with Taster, the delivery-first restaurant group, for a new collaboration called Pasta Dreams. The service is launching with a delivery-first pop-up in Archer Street, Soho – and trust us, you’re not going to want to miss out.
Jamie has, of course, put his signature twist on the dishes – and they pack a big punch. We loved the super cheesy Margarita Gnocchi, tangy Vodka Arrabbiata Casarecce (topped with creamy stracciatella cheese) and our personal favourite, the Beef & Chianti Agnolotti (giant stuffed pasta with a rich meat sauce). Plus, there's garlic bread, tiramisu jars and Italian meat platters, delivered straight to your door via the Taster app.
Crafted with delivery in mind, the dishes are fresh, tasty and most importantly, travel well, so we predict big things. Pasta Dreams is set to be rolled out to other London sites and UK cities –watch this space!
Check out the menu at taster.com
Feast upon Byron Burger's new menu featuring Temple of Seitan
Cult fast food brand Temple of Seitan and Byron Burger have formed an exclusive collaboration to offer some of the tastiest vegan fast food in town – and trust us, it's delicious.
The nation's favourite burger restaurant, Byron Burger, is expanding its scrumptious plant-based menu from September at Byron Wembley, by partnering with the cult vegan fast-food brand, Temple of Seitan.
Temple of Seitan has made it their mission to create plant-based options, packed full of natural flavour, for dedicated vegans, those dipping their toe into this way of life, or simply wanting to indulge on 'Meatless Monday.' Unsure how to feel about vegan food? With it's diverse menu and undeniable deliciousness, Byron and Temple of Seitan's new collaboration is sure to change your mind.
To book, visit byron.co.uk/locations/wembley
Best bars to visit in London in October
Discover beer tasting at Five Points Brewery & Taproom
Located in the heart of Hackney, and a favourite amongst the locals, Five Points Brewery & The Taproom offers beer lovers a refreshing variety of 18 beer lines to choose from, ensuring complete satisfaction all around. From their flagship, Pale Ale to their refreshingly unfiltered Pilsner style lager, visitors are sure to find their perfect pint. Guests can also enjoy delicious pizzas, courtesy of ACE Pizza, folks love the ‘Double Pepperoni’ and the ‘Papa Jones’ comes topped with house-made vegan fennel sausage is a hit.
For more information and to visit the Brewery Tours andTastings, visit www.fivepointsbrewing.co.uk
Try Five Rivers rum Diwali Bar for London Cocktail Week
Five Rivers, the world’s first dry Indian spiced white rum, is celebrating Diwali in London this October and this is the last weekend to stop by the beautiful pop up bar. Especially for the ‘festival of lights’, the bar will be adorned with festoon lighting, traditional brightly coloured Diwali lanterns, and candlelight. Bringing Londoners together to celebrate Diwali, the bar will feature five x Five Rivers signature cocktails - The Desi Daiquiri, Saffron & Black Pepper Negroni, Kulfi Colada, Punjabi Punch and Five Rivers & Tonic - along with South Asian inspired snacks, which perfectly pair.
Try the Havana Nights pop-up at Mama Shelter London Shoreditch
Taking over Mama Shelter's signature tropical-inspired Garden Bar, set in a beautiful all-weather courtyard space within the centre of the hotel; the Havana Nights pop-up will run throughout October and November, meaning guests can swap their chilly autumn evenings for warm, summer nights, all whilst chilling out to exotic Latin beats from a resident DJ and sipping from a menu of specially hand-crafted Havana cocktails.
Embrace the cold nights at Richmond's cosy cocktail bar
Richmond is forever expanding its bar scene, and Chalk is quickly becoming a must-visit among locals - and a visit there for yourself will make it easy to see why. With dim lighting and artistic decor - including chalkboards decorated by regulars - the bar is not only stylish but incredibly welcoming. A cosy hot spot for the cold nights ahead with an exciting drinks menu boasting cocktails including a gin-based Juicebox, the Natsu - ideal for vodka fans, the Prestige - a smoky and tropical mix, and the popular PB&J - an old fashioned type drink tasting just like peanut butter and jam. Organic wines are also on the menu by the glass and bottle, sourced from vineyards chosen by the team at Chalk. For food and nibbles, there's an exciting selection to choose from too, from grazing boards to olives, nuts and charcuterie.
Info and booking, chalkbar.co.uk
Visit London's newest - and coolest - speakeasy
Drunch has recently opened its doors with its newest venue in Fitzrovia, featuring an expansive brunch, lunch and dinner menu complete with cocktails and wine. But that's not all - it also has a hidden club lounge, Kave - making it one of the most exciting new speakeasy spots in the capital right now. Enter through a secret unmarked door to what was once a Victoria baker's kitchen and most recently, an illegal gambling den. Original features remain including the vaulted tiled ceilings, while guests can expect to enjoy live music, cocktails and sharing style menus throughout the night.
For more info, visit drunch.co.uk/kave
Sip cocktails behind bars at Alcotraz
Inspired by TV and Film that have brought to life infamous prison stories, Alcotraz is a new London one-of-a-kind immersive cocktail experience pushing the boundaries of immersive entertainment combining world-class cocktails with a theatrical storyline where the guests play a crucial part in the story. The new penitentiary will be home to three expansive Cell Blocks, 30 individual cells and seven secret rooms.
To book visit here
Enter the magical world of Avora
Set amongst a lush natural environment, Avora is a new-world theatrical cocktail experience where guests forage for their cocktails and decide whether to join an underground resistance to protect Avora or mine this new wonder of its beauty for financial gain. Entering the world during the daytime, guests will watch in wonder as the magical surroundings transition into darkness and the landscape transforms into the extraordinary through its bioluminescent qualities. Illuminated by the planet’s nearby moons and the Avorian flora, guests will be taken on a short trip to the ‘Tree of Spirits’, a giant 9ft willow-like tree and one of Avora’s most exciting discoveries to date. Launching in December, book now to avoid disappointment.
To book visit here
Grab a cocktail at Louche
This October, Louche Soho will be taking part in a cocktail celebration, London Cocktail Week, for the very first time from 13th to 23rd October. In celebration of London’s cocktail scene, Soho’s favourite live music bar will be partnering with elderflower experts, St-Germain, to create two extra exciting cocktails. The raucous drinking den will be hosting its usual line-up of live music events throughout the week, featuring everything from funk & soul and vintage rock n roll bands to jazz and brass. With sensational cocktails and guaranteed good vibes, Louche Soho is definitely worth a visit whilst exploring London's best bars this London Cocktail Week.
To book visit: louchesoho.com
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