The Best Seasonal Happenings in London

Afternoon tea, Bars & Clubs, Food and wine, London / Friday, October 26th, 2018

Autumn is now officially upon us, which means it’s time to celebrate Halloween, bonfire night and the run-up to Christmas. Here are some ideas for events and parties to go to in London – fancy dress optional.

Rooftop Skating
Skylight is throwing a two-day Halloween party this October, featuring guest DJs including JakJax, Joaz, Because of Art, Freddie Ried and Alex Glover. Friday’s focus is on 90’s Club Classics and Saturday’s on Deep House Disco. Expect costume parades, prizes and seasonal cocktails. Skylight also hosts Europe’s only rooftop ice rink, open from 1st November. As well as skating there will be igloos and huts to enjoy a winter cocktail or mulled wine. 
When? Halloween party, Friday 26th & Saturday 27th October, £15 – £25 (Early Bird tickets currently available). Winter ice rink, 1st November onwards. 
New social dating app, Tangle, launches on 8th November, promising to unite London’s singles. The idea is that if you meet a match online, you take it offline straight away and mingle at one of Tangle’s events such as sound circles, dinners and immersive experiences. Who knows who you’ll be cosying up to this winter?!

Blake’s, Kensington 
Celebrating 40 years of fine dining, fashionable boutique hotel Blake’s has launched a new all-day dining menu, including dishes such as Smoked Aubergine Agnolotti with Confit Tomatoes & Mediterranean Herbs, Chargrilled Octopus with Tomato Relish, Purple Potato and Lime – alongside old favourites of the hotel’s founder, Anouska Hempel – Black Cod with Courgette Flower and Miso, and a Seared Tuna Loin served with Ponzu, Green Tea Noodles and Dark Miso. Over Halloween, you can also order seasonal cocktails such as, Freddie’s Fizz and The Aztec Mummy.
When? Throughout winter

Tickets: Phone reservations: +44 (0)20 7370 6701,


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Hallo-Wine Watch, Village East

To celebrate Halloween this October, Village East, Bermondsey, will be kicking off the latest Wine Watch series with Hallo-Wine, a tasting of five wines, led by wine expert Pippa Penny. 

When? 31st October, 6.30pm

Tickets: Buy here for £10 per person. Enjoy dinner at Village East with 20% off the bill.

Halloween at The London EDITION

London EDITION is throwing its first ever Halloween party this year. Called The Curse of the Red Kiss, it entails a four-course dinner at Berners Tavern, an immersive theatre experience in the Punch Room, and a DJ until 3am in the basement. Seasonal drinks at the Lobby bar include Here’s Johnny – a twist on a classic New York Sour, featuring a syringe of Tawney Port, Jack Daniels Single Barrel, Egg White and Lemon – and Fallen Leaves – a pumpkin daiquiri featuring Bacardi Carta Blanca, pumpkin puree, lime and Montenegro. The Punch Room has also just launched an exciting new series of cocktail masterclasses, taking place Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 2pm until 4pm, to give guests a tell-all insight into the wonders of Punch Room’s famous drinks.

When? Halloween party, 31st October. Punch Room masterclasses run on weekends, all season. 

Tickets: Halloween tickets cost £95 and include all of the above. Tickets to just the party are £25 and can be purchased via Eventbrite or by emailing Cocktails only are £14 each. Punch masterclasses are £50pp, which includes five drinks and little one to take home too!

Festive Afternoon Tea at Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch and seasonal Crystal Head Vodka cocktail

Nobu Hotel London Shoreditch is serving a festive afternoon tea, from the 1st November, featuring Japanese takes on classic British creations – think snowflake yuzu tart, tofu bun with truffle tofu cream and pickled tomato, and snow crab tempura on a shokupan bun. Tea includes matcha and the wonderful Imperial green tea, or you can try the Japanese kinto slow-pour coffee. You can pair this experience with a spa treatment for a truly indulgent afternoon. Downstairs, the bar has teamed up with Crystal Head Vodka to bring you a fright-filled new cocktail for Halloween, The Japanese Mask, made with yuzu juice, blood orange liqueur, grapefruit juice, wasanbon sugar and Crystal Head vodka.

When? The Festive Afternoon tea launches on 1st November. The Japanese Mask is available from Friday 26th of October until Friday 2nd of November.

Tickets: For reservations click here or call 020 7683 6722. The Japanese Mask costs £13. The Festive Afternoon Tea costs £30 and comes with tea, coffee or a glass of Prosecco. You can also opt for a spa and afternoon tea package, with mulled wine, which sounds like the perfect antidote to chilly autumn evenings.

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