Halloween isn't cancelled. The best things to do in London this weekend

This year proposes a decidedly different Halloween than usual, but there is still plenty of ghoulish fun to have in London. Below is our pick of the best film screenings, events and pumpkin-themed menus to enjoy in the capital 

27 October 2020

Coya Mayfair weekend brunch

Mayfair's Peruvian party spot Coya serves ceviche, steak, tacos and pisco sours amid dialled up South American decor. The restaurant is hosting a four-hour Halloween brunch on Saturday and Sunday, replete with costumed dancers, DJ sets and a host of hypnotic tricks performed by an illusionist. Peruvian platters and a premium brunch menu will be accompanied by free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Champagne and cocktails, including margaritas and a tequila-based, spiced Cardinal Sins concoction.

When: Saturday 31 October and Sunday 1 November, 12.30 – 4.30pm
Price: £190 per person
Location: 118 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7NW
Website: coyarestaurant.com

Film screenings at Selfridges Cinema, Mayfair

The boutique cinema at Selfridges is showing classic horror films all this week including The Conjuring, American Werewolf and The Exorcist. Visitors can also enjoy a dining and screening package, which includes a welcome cocktail and three-course meal at Brasserie of Light, followed by a film.

Price: the Halloween dining and film package is priced at £55 per person
Address: 400 Oxford Street, Marylebone, London
Website: thecinematselfridges.com

Crazy Pizza, Marylebone

Crazy Pizza, the dough-spinning, Marylebone-based pizzeria from Flavio Briatore, will be serving ghoulish Halloween cocktails all weekend, against a backdrop of bewitching decor and spine-chilling live DJ sets. The restaurant's 17-strong pizza menu offers toppings including truffle, homemade buffalo mozzarella, smoked salmon and, for the decadent diner, Russian caviar. Also on the menu is a wickedly delicious ‘Berry Heart' vanilla panna cotta, topped with crimson berry compote.

Address: 7 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5QH
Website: crazypizza.co

Sexy Fish, Mayfair

In celebration of Halloween, Sexy Fish has partnered with The House of Suntory whisky on a collection of theatrical smoking cocktails. This Saturday, these will be served alongside twirling acrobats and costume-clad live singers for a Halloween brunch party that will carry on into the evening. Costumes are not essential, but much encouraged. 

When: Saturday 31 October, 12pm-10pm
Address: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR
Website: sexyfish.com

London Shell Co’s Murder Mystery Cruise

Imagine Murder on the Orient Express on water and you will have London Shell Co’s new Murder Mystery Cruise. Admiral John Dory has been found dead in fishy circumstances, and as The Prince Regent hasn’t docked in 14 days, the murderer is still very much at large. Over a five-course seafood dinner, guests will decipher clues to discover who amongst them is the killer, all the while cruising down Regents Canal, passing landmarks such as London Zoo and Regents Park. Each guest will be assigned a character profile and script a week before the event. The series kicks off on the 31 October and will take place every Thursday and Friday throughout November. 

Price: £65 per person
Address: The Prince Regent, Sheldon Square, W2
Webiste: exploretock.com

Halloween Buns from Bun House

Bun House’s beloved Cantonese-style steamed buns have been given a spooky makeover. Until the 31st October, the restaurant will be serving plump pumpkin buns stuffed with roasted pumpkin, fragrant star anise, cinnamon and cloves. Each bun is scored into a cute pumpkin shape, before being steamed and studded with a goji berry ‘stalk’. The spooky treats are available from Bun House’s Chinatown restaurant and for delivery to across London.

Price: £3.98 per bun
Address: 26-27 Lisle Street, WC2H
Website: bun.house

French Horror Show at Balthazar

Perhaps to seek revenge for the famous mistranslation of “let them eat cake”, Marie Antoinette has returned from the grave to haunt Balthazar for Halloween. The restaurant will turn back the clocks to 18th-century France for its French Horror Show evening on the 31 October, which will see staff dressed as spooky soldiers, with Napoleon Bonaparte and Antoinette serving behind the bar. An instrumental quartet will provide the soundtrack for diners, who will have the chance to enjoy a selection of limited-edition Perrior-Jouët Grand Brut cocktails, including a strawberry purée and candy floss concoction named after the historic French queen herself. Throughout the night, two opera singers dressed as French Revolution executioners will perform scenes from musicals such as Les Miserables and The Phantom of the Opera.

When: Saturday 31 October, after 5pm
Address: 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B
Website: balthazarlondon.com