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Halloween in London

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With Halloween fast approaching, we take a look at what spooky events the Capital has to offer…

What is Halloween?                                                                                                                                                                                                                          LH1

Halloween has its origins in pagan festivals held around the end of October in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. People believed that, at this time of year, the spirits of dead people could come ‘alive’ and walk among the living. They thought that it was important to dress up in costumes when venturing outside, to avoid being harmed by the spirits. This may be the origin of the Halloween costumes seen today. In Puritan times, Halloween celebrations were outlawed, but they were revived in later times

 

 

SEE: Chills in the Chapel – Compton Terrace, London N1 2UN
Friday October 30 2015 – Saturday October 31 2015: LH2

What spookier place to spend Halloween than a Gothic-revival chapel? Chills in the Chapel, Union Chapel’s annual and hugely popular Halloween film night mixes a love of cinema and music with a great night out. Set in the Grade I listed architectural masterpiece that is Union Chapel the atmosphere is suitably spooky. Expect fancy dress, creepy cocktails and a few surprises along the way.

 

 

EAT: San Carlo – CiLH3cchetti – Cicchetti Covent Garden, 30 Wellington St, London WC2E 7BD
7 days a Week, 8am – 12am:

Set in sophisticated yet relaxing interiors using light colours alongside huge expanses of light grey Italian marble, San Carlo Cicchetti reinterprets the delightful Venetian culinary custom of cicchetti – delicious small plate dishes to share or eat alone, enjoyed with a beer or glass of wine.

 

 

VISIT: Hampton Court Ghost Tour – Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AULH4
Saturday 31 October 2015:

Explore the eerie palace grounds with an expert tour guide. Hampton Court Palace is renowned for its paranormal activity, with some events even reaching national media. Experience the hauntingly beautiful palace for yourself this Halloween, just beware of the Grey Lady…

 

EAT: Café in the Crypt – St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 4JJLH5

Monday and Tuesday: 8.00am – 8.00pm Wednesday: 8.00am – 10.30pm Thursday-Saturday: 8.00am – 9.00pm Sunday: 11.00am – 6.00pm:

Although long established and hugely popular, this unique café remains something of a hidden gem, due to its subterranean location in a fascinating church crypt. A stone’s throw from Trafalgar Square and bustling theatreland, it makes a welcome escape from the crowds. Brick-vaulted ceilings and pillars make for a dramatic and airy setting in which to tuck into the good-value, wholesome food. Its relaxed atmosphere is ideal for an inexpensive meal pre-or post-theatre, or before catching a train from nearby Charing Cross station.

 

SHOP: Westfield White City – 4006, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF

Monday – Friday 10:00am to 10:00pm, Sunday 12.00pm to 6:00pm:

With over 255 stores, the second largest shopping mall in London is a prime destination for retail therapists. As well as having a vast variety of shops, the mall also boasts a cinema, music venue with weekly performances and holiday themed events.

SLEEP: Adria Hotel & Apartments – London W6 0LS

Adria Hotel & Apartments is a family-run B&B hotel providing good value accommodation, just a short stroll from Hammersmith’s main shopping street and conveniently located for the Tube, as well as the concert venue, LH7Hammersmith Apollo.

Being a large and attractive house with bags of character, it has an edge over the more anonymous chain hotels in the area. Smart, wrought-iron gates open onto a tidy, paved front courtyard and polished stone steps up to an entrance porch boasting coloured marble tiles and a video-entry intercom. The interior of the Adria Hotel & Apartments is just as neat and well looked after. Up-to-date, bright, modern bedrooms, some with three beds, are available and each has compact, modern, en suite shower rooms.  Tea and coffee making facilities as well as a TV are also provided in the rooms.

 

 

We’re sure that however you choose to spend this Halloween, you’re in for a treat (or trick) have a Spooky Halloween!!

September 28, 2015 | Les Routiers UK

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