Get into the spirit of the Hallowe’en season with the best dressed houses, shops and restaurants for 31st October. You will find spooktacular streets with garish ghouls and velvety vampires. Displays of pumpkins and skeletons brighten the darker days as the nights draw in across the capital. And this year, Henry & James will be handing out goodies to Hallowe’en trick-or-treaters from our office. We have enough sweets for Ghosts to gobble and Devils to devour so stop by any time for a treat, or maybe a trick!
1. Cheyne Walk, London SW3
Chelsea doesn’t disappoint when it comes to Hallowee’n. Cheyne Walk is a Hallowe’en highlight which even has its own ghost. A shadowy bear has been reported. Apparently, the poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti kept a menagerie there in the 1860s – including a black bear. In Upper Cheyne Row, there is one house that opens its door and the display must be some of London’s best. The owners dress up as skeletons or ghouls with a smoke machine and buckets of Hallowe’en goodies.
2. Thurloe Place, London SW7
London’s spookiest places aren’t all on the surface. Some are deep underground. There are numerous ghost stations on the old Tube lines, including Brompton Road on the Piccadilly line. It was bricked up at platform level during the Second World War, so the trains thunder past a deserted station.
3. The Grenadier, London SW1X
Ghostly sightings have been reported all over London, with pubs naturally being a favourite haunt. Spirits mix with the spirits at the Spaniard Inn on Hampstead Heath where Dick Turpin is said to roam, and at the Grenadier in Belgravia with Cedric the guard. The ghost of Lillie Langtry is said to haunt the Cadogan Hotel – currently undergoing a multi-million refurbishment.
4. Rococo (www.rococochocolates.com/pages/belgravia)
Captivating chocolatier Rococo on Motcomb Street offers elaborate creations for Hallowe’en. Treat yourself to a steaming cup of hot chocolate in their cocoa-themed café, and signing up for one of their chocolatey events, such as a Hallowe’en workshop. Motcomb Street has just been revamped as a pedestrianised zone, breathing new life into the area.
5. Chester Square, London SW1W
For a Hallowe’en treat, stroll the autumnal streets of Belgravia to soak up the atmosphere created by pumpkins and other spooky treats. Chester Square usually has some of the capital’s best dressed homes.
6. Peggy Porschen (https://www.peggyporschen.com/home)
Peggy Porschen on Elizabeth Street is a well-known bakery to the stars with an upmarket cafe. It’s a place to see and be seen. The staff here go to town with their Hallowe’en display, so expect a goulishly gourmet extravaganza to enliven your coffee and skull cupcakes.
7. Harrods (www.harrods.com)
You can rely on Harrods to have a seriously wicked Hallowe’en display. As well as a spectacular show of spooky souvenirs, you can take part in wand-making with Little Marc Jacobs, or create your own spooky mask with Fendi.
8. The Non-Stop Party Shop (www.nonstopparty.co.uk/seasonal-halloween-31st-october.irc)
The Non-Stop Party Shop is a great place to start for your trick and treating needs on Kensington High Street. This iconic shopping street can also furnish you with spooky treats in the guise of Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies and cupcakes decorated with spiders, witches and bats from Primrose Bakery http://www.primrose-bakery.co.uk/shop/Halloween.
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