Halloween in London0
With Halloween fast approaching, we take a look at what spooky events the Capital has to offer…
What is Halloween?
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
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.
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.
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…
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, Hammersmith 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!!
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