Need a little inspo on where to head on this most haunted of weekends?
Have no fear – we’ve picked out the hottest parties taking place and the venues to visit across the capital
The Twisted Hospital
You can trust ZODIAC Bar to go above and beyond with the assignment. Not only will there be prizes for the best costumes linked to the Twisted Hospital theme, but scream queens can look forward to some interactive performances up on stage, blood-curdling bangers from the resident DJs and plenty of surprises that will put the willies up you.
Saturday 29th October, 8pm-3am, 119 Hampstead Road, NW1 3EE, Nearest Station: Euston
Are you fresh out of ideas for costumes? Or maybe your Liz Truss outfit got lost in the post? Doesn’t matter – just head down to Pleasuredrome where a towel wrapped around your waist, or even less if you’re brave, will more than suffice. Plus it’s open 24/7, so you can pop in at any point over the weekend.
Pleasuredrome, 124 Cornwall Road, SE1 8XE, Nearest Station: Waterloo
Desi Boyz Halloween Disco
London’s premier LGBTQ+ Desi club night is taking over Fire this Halloween and will be bringing its trademark mix of Bollywood, bhangra, hip-hop and RnB to the dancefloor. Be sure to dress up as the best costume wins a prize, but if you come in your regular get-up, there’s a face painter on hand to liven your look up a bit.
Friday 28th October, 11pm-4am, Fire, 6 South Lambeth Place, SW8 1SP, Nearest Station: Vauxhall
Death Drop: Back in the Habit
Ask anybody who went to Catholic school and they’ll tell you that nuns can be pretty fearsome creatures. We can’t guarantee you’ll be scared at Death Drop’s latest murder mystery play set at a nunnery, but you can be pretty sure that you’ll scream yourself silly at the cast of Willam, Victoria Scone, River Medway, LoUis CYpher and Gay London Life’s very own Cheryl Hole.
Thursday 27th-Sunday 30th October, Churchill Theatre Bromley, High Street, BR1 1HA, Nearest Station: Bromley South/North
Want to raise some vital cash for vital HIV and sexual health services run by the Terence Higgins Trust, but don’t want to commit to running a marathon or jumping out of a plane? Pop over to Bridge Bar in Clapham this Friday for a fundraising do, with proceeds from drink sales and raffles going to the charity. Drag queen Darcey Nox will be up on stage, too.
Friday 28th October, 8pm, Bridge Bar, 8 Voltaire Road, SW4 6DH, Nearest Station: Clapham North
Check out the event HERE
If the thought of being on the dance floor in some old warehouse surrounded by thousands of other revellers sends shivers up your spine, The Old Ship’s annual Halloween bash will be right up your street. In the much-loved East London boozer, you’ll be treated to big tunes, a friendly atmosphere and a turn on the stage from Italian starlet, Sissy Lea.
Saturday 29th October, The Old Ship, 17 Barnes Street, E14 7NW, Nearest Station: Limehouse
Pop Horror in Space
Celebrating their favourite kitsch horror classics and equally camp taste in pop music, the fellas behind Pop Horror always put on parties with a bit of creativity behind them and this Halloween will be no different. The event’s returning to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for a sci-fi-themed bash, with extra-terrestrial shows from Miss Terri Box, Mynxie, Oedipussi & Ripley.
Wednesday 26th October, 7pm-midnight, Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY, Nearest Station: Vauxhall
VAULT 139: Flesh and Bone
After celebrating its fourteenth birthday with a black-light party last month, central London cruise joint Vault 139 will do the same again for the spookiest time of the year. Head down in your brightest neon finery and explore the darkened depths of the club while DJ Johnny Yihi spins some horny, haunted beats.
Saturday 29th October, 7pm-3am, Vault 139, 139-143 Whitfield Street, W1T 5EN, Nearest Station: Warren Street
Fitladz Halloween Special
Roadmen, scallies and all those who get their kicks on their knees kissing 110s – this is the party for you. Fitladz has long been the capital’s premier destination for those with a kink for sportswear and the horndogs are back at Bunker Bar this Halloween. DJs Devilish, Caaro and Oli Lektric will be soundtracking a night of trackie bottoms around ankles.
Friday 28th October, 10pm-4am, Bunker Bar, 217-221 City Road, EC1V 1JN, Nearest Station: Old Street
Pay a visit to Freedom Bar over Halloween weekend and you’ll think that you’ve been transported to the VIP section of the afterlife. The organisers behind the Dead Famous Ball wants people to come dressed as their favourite star that’s no more, whether that’s Marilyn or Angela, Prince or Prince Phillip. The dance floor is open until the witching hour of 3am, too.
Friday 28th & Saturday 29th October, Freedom Bar, 66 Wardour Street, W1F 0TA, Nearest Station: Picadilly Circus
This is the Lord Clyde’s first Halloween since the venue opened earlier this year and they’re not letting it pass without a big party. Costume-wise, ditch the plastic fangs and vampire cape for something a little more fetish-orientated, and spend a few hours down in the dark corners of the basement cruise space. Who knows what you may encounter?
Saturday 29th October, 6pm-1am, The Lord Clyde London, 9 Wotton Road, SE8 5TQ, Nearest Station: Deptford
The Yard Bar
Wherever you choose to go this weekend, be sure to pop into The Yard Bar for a livener beforehand. Not because it’s scary in any way, but more the fact that this could be your last chance this year to enjoy a drink out in the courtyard before wintry weather makes sure that any such attempt to do so becomes a feat of endurance rather than a pleasure. Cheers!
57 Rupert Street, W1D 7DL, Nearest Station: Piccadilly Circus
Ted’s Place Halloween
As Halloween falls on a Monday this year, most of the celebrations are happening on the Friday and Saturday beforehand, but if you want to stick true to your pagan roots and party on the date itself, much-loved West London gay bar Ted’s Place’s event is taking place on Sunday night and will sprawl into the early hours. Plus, the best costume wins a bottle of Champagne!
Sunday 30th October, 7pm-2am, 305a North End Road, W14 9NS, Nearest Station: West Brompton
Seeing as the Klub has been shut for refurbishment for a while and re-opens properly on Wednesday, Halloween could be the perfect opportunity for you to pay a visit to the shiny new dancefloor and put it through its paces. The resident DJs will be back behind the decks spinning pop, RnB and disco bangers until 3am – surely that’s worth covering yourself in zombie-green face paint for?
30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA, Nearest Station: Leicester Square
Some people might be a little scared of Bunker Bar’s hard-hitting collection of cruise and kink nights, but it’s actually one of the friendliest venues in London. Sorry to spoil the illusion. Nevertheless, it’s putting a Halloween special on Saturday, with those who make an effort with a look (whether scary or sexy) getting a fiver off the entry price. See what we mean about friendly?
Saturday 29th October, 10pm-4am, Bunker Bar, 217-221 City Road, EC1V 1JN, Nearest Station: Old Street
Ye Olde Rose & Crown – Double Trouble
It’s fair to sat that money’s a little tight at the moment for a lot of people, so if you’re looking for a party where you pay nada on the door, catch the DLR over to Greenwich and show your face in Ye Olde Rose and Crown. Gruesome twosome Candy Heals and Ella Gant will be up on stage and entertaining the masses.
Saturday 29th October, 9pm-11.45pm, Ye Olde Rose and Crown, 1 Crooms Hill, SE10 8ER, Nearest Station: Greenwich
Drag Scream Queens
Over at the elder statesman of central London gay bars, there’ll be two nights of live entertainment over the Halloween weekend in the City of Quebec. Chanel No.5 will be paying homage to the cabaret stars of yesteryear on Saturday night, while devilish duo Alyssa Van Delle and Minnie Bar take over the reins on Sunday.
Saturday 29th & Sunday 30th October, shows at 10pm, City of Quebec, 12 Old Quebec Street, W1H 7AF, Nearest Station: Marble Arch
There’s only one way to round off a weekend of hedonism in the capital and that’s with a couple of hours on Sunday afternoon at SBN (or Stark Bollock Naked to the unintiated). Strip off your kit and mingle with hundreds of other fellas completely in the buff. DJ Aamyko pumps out the tunes to set the mood, while you also get a porn star up on stage at 5pm for a little titiliation.
Sunday 30th October, 2pm-10pm, Union, 66 Albert Embankment, SE1 7TW, Nearest Station: Vauxhall
Hope you have a fantastic, safe and scary Halloween! BWAH HA HA HA HA AHHHH!!