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No matter where you are, you've probably heard of Halloween. It's a fun and exciting holiday where horror and frights are the names of the game. And while it's not as traditional as Christmas, New Year's Eve, and the like, many places take it very seriously. One of which is the city of London. Admittedly, Halloween isn't as big in the UK as it is in the US but here in London, lots of people celebrate it. Especially in certain hotspots like Phantom Peak, the Prince Charles Cinema, the Natural History Museum, and even the Tower of London. During Halloween, these are the places you want to go to!
Even when it's not Halloween, Phantom Peak on Surrey Quays Road is still a fantastical place. It's an immersive theme park modeled after the Wild West in the US, complete with realistic pubs, exciting rides, and live entertainment. Every October, however, particularly on October 31, the place turns into 'Hallowed Peak,' a lunar festival filled with carnival acts, and great music, not to mention delicious cocktails too. And though it's pretty exciting, it will also give you the fright of your life! Join the investigators as they explore the open graveyard and try to uncover a mystery that was probably better left unsolved.
You'd think that Oxford street was only filled with London tailor shops and luxury stores, right? And for the most part, you're correct. However, there is a place here that's far from the usual upscale spectacles. It's No Escape, the escape room that will have your heart pumping even more than if you were riding a roller coaster. If you're celebrating Halloween in London, going here is a great idea. It's during this time of the year the themes in this place get even more sinister. From the Demon Barber who's out for vengeance to the haunted toy stores with less-than-pleasant playthings, good luck trying to escape these rooms!
Located in Leicester Square in the West End district of London, The Prince Charles Cinema is where you can get your movie fix. They show everything here, from the latest box office to classics that you can't stream online. And every Halloween, this place is all about horror flicks! If you want to forgo the fancy dress parties and midnight raves, having a movie night in this theater is the next best thing. Like always, they'll screen some of the most famous scary movies of all time. You won't want to miss this movie marathon, that's for sure!
When you decided to celebrate Halloween in London, you never would've guessed that the Natural History Museum would be a hotspot worth visiting, did you? Far from the chic art galleries in London, this historic institution is more for academic research and educational tours. With that said, this doesn't mean that the place doesn't know how to have fun. Even on a night like October 31st! Year after year, the Natural History Museum in London puts on Halloween events to give both young and old some good old-fashioned frights and lots of fun. The most famous of which is the 'Crime Scene Live,' wherein visitors have to investigate a grizzly murder through clues scattered all over the museum!
Source: Natural History Museum, London Facebook Page
A refurbished Victorian music hall that first opened back in 1900? Now, that sounds like the perfect place for a Halloween party! Though it looks like a historic site from the outside, the Clapham Grand has been used as an events hall and a party venue for quite a while now. Every year, they throw 'The Grand's Halloween Party,' the biggest of its kind in the British capital. Think famous DJs playing crazy sets, big-named drag queens turning up the party, and of course, costumed guests having the time of their lives. It's one of the best fancy dress parties you'll ever get to attend during Halloween in London!
Source: The Clapham Grand Facebook Page
Known as one of the most famous shopping districts in London, Carnaby Street also livens up every Halloween. But don't expect any themed parties or frightening parades here. It's just the people who turn the party on Carnaby Street year after year. On October 31st, the iconic street gets filled with cosplayers, creating all sorts of mischief in celebration of the frightful holiday. Some establishments join the party by offering up all sorts of refreshments, specifically creepy concoctions known as cocktails. But all in all, the vibe here is to show off your costume. Whether you look scary or sexy is up to you!
Source: Wikimedia Commons
Tower of London
The Tower of London doesn't host any Halloween events, per se, but isn't this place the perfect spot for this holiday? Having been used as a prison and execution site as recently as the 1940s, this landmark certainly has a lot of creepy stories to tell. Fortunately, the Tower of London stays open on October 31st and you can go on a tour at night. The fun part is that the guides will share more frightening stories than usual as explore the place. And who knows? You might spot some fellow visitors that you initially didn't notice at the start of the tour.
Though not exactly a specific spot in London, joining the Jack the Ripper Tour is a great idea for celebrating Halloween in London. From 1888 to 1891, Jack The Ripper was the moniker used to refer to a serial killer that killed five (possibly more) women near London's East End. Also called the 'Whitechapel Murderer' and 'Leather Apron,' his killing spree spread terror throughout the entire city, even when never really strayed away from one specific area. And this tour will show where the victims were discovered, how gruesome they looked, and more info on just how gruesome Jack The Ripper truly was.
Source: Jack The Ripper Tour YouTube Channel
Want to celebrate Halloween in London? Then you better head on over to these exciting spots in the city on October 31! You're guaranteed the have the time of your life celebrating this exciting Halloween here!