If you thought I’d suffer from heat deprivation in London’s chilly Autumn after a year spent in the sun-drenched Coogee Beach, you are mistaken. I am making the most of what the UK Capital has to offer and damn, there’s no shortage of events on this side of the pond. Here’s a round-up of events you need to look out for this Autumn.
As a Potterhead and a fan of any British Library exhibition to this date, A History of Magic Seems unmissable: rare books, manuscripts and magical objects from the British Libraryâ€™s collection, showcasing the folklore and magic at the heart of the Harry Potter saga.
The exhibit celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopherâ€™s Stone – feel old yet?
- Poisoned AppleÂ – VSOP Calvados, Elderflower Liqueur, fresh pressed apple, apple juice, lemon juice, Abbott’s Bitters;
- Devil’s BladeÂ – Rittenhouse Rye, Campari, Ancho Reyes Red Chile Liqueur, Orange bitters;
- The Pumpkin KingÂ – Organic Vodka, Maple Syrup, Pumpkin Puree, Vanilla, Black Walnut bitters.
This year, I’ve decided I’m going to have at least one DYI Halloween night and instead of going to fancy events in very little clothing, I will actually do something spooky. EnterÂ Cemetery Club’s lamp-lit tour of the Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, set to celebrate the lives of the quarter of a million people buried there, from heroes to villains, locals and mavericks. The tour will be an occasion to explore the Victorian customs associated with Hallowmas, and taste authentic Soul Cakes, made from a recipe from the time of old Queen Vic herself.
- Tours on Saturday 28 and Tuesday 31st, either at 6:30 or 8 PM;
- Tickets Â£12/Â£10.
My DYI night will be followed by by a dance and a sing-along to the best break-up bangerZZZ and pop kiss-offs at The Old Blue Last. It’s on the same night as the Cemetery Tour so I might end up wearing at least something Halloweeny. Whether you’ve been dumped by a satanic being (haven’t we all), ghosted by a moron or just wanna have some fun, this looks like the place.
- Saturday October 28th, 10pm-4am;
- Fancy dress strongly encouraged;
- FREE all night long.
For all of you South Londoners out there, The Grand in Clapham will throw a part paying homage to the finest and freakiest Horror Movies of all time to the sound of party favourites. The event includes photo booths, make-overs, balloon drops, prizes for the best dressed and more confetti than you can think of. Fancy dress: compulsory.
There’s no Halloween without creepy food options but this year I wanted to go a bit more left-field than your average pumpkin stuff… so why not try charcoal activated cheese balls filled with “spicy blood”?
On Tuesday 31st October, Brazilian Chef Rita will make aÂ a special batch of Brazilian cheese balls Halloween set to taste like a “melted-cheese inferno”. Brazilian Cheese Balls are the go-to snack in Latin America. They’re gluten-free, made with Cassava and cheese and are crunchy outside and cloud-like inside.
This time however, Chef Rita will be blending this dark and detoxifying twist with the original recipe, the cheese balls will beÂ served with a Syringe, filled with your choice of sweet or spicy blood (donâ€™t worry, itâ€™s only jam and Sriracha sauce). You can inject the balls with blood, spill it all over for a gory look or pour it in your mouth as Halloween make up. The choice is yours.
- The pop-up is near the stall in front of the ticket hall at Old Street Underground Station;
- A portion of 6 blood-injected charcoal balls costs Â£5;
- Opening times:Â 7.30am to 7pm, open until late on Halloween;
- You can try a less devilish version until the 26th of November, the day the pop-up closes.
Right, so the 31st is a Tuesday which sucks a bit, but at least Junkyard Golf Club in Brick LaneÂ is teaming up with el Jimador to transform its crazy golf labyrinth into a Day of the Dead scare fiesta complete with actors, magicians and circus performers, cocktails and, well… golf. A round is just Â£9.50 including booking fee which is great if, like me, you are going just for shits and giggles and plan to be kicked out due to how appalling your golfing skills are.
Performers on the line up include jugglers, unicyclists, LED hoopers andÂ The Magic Ball Man, who caused a storm last year with a hypnotic videoÂ that racked up over 22 million views on Facebook.
- Junkyard Golf London at The Old Truman Brewery, from 7 to 10 PM;
- Tickets availableÂ here.
Ever since it launched in the summer, news aboutÂ Skylight has been giving me a huge FOMO. I thought I’d have to wait until Summer to check it out, but luckily, Tobacco Dock’s rooftop is relaunching as a top Winter destination on Thursday 2 November, complete with seasonal drinks, fondue,Â street food AND Londonâ€™s first rooftop ice rink.
A Â£10 skating ticket gets you 45 on the ice rink, while you can play ice hockey for Â£3.Â The cheese fondue will start at Â£14.95 per person with tables available to book in advance and ladies and gentlemen, Skylight will also offer delicious chocolate fondue at Â£9.95 per person.
Who am I kidding, this is where I break my leg. I know this. Cocktails and ice skating will never be a good match for someone as clumsy as I am, but with itsÂ unobstructed views of some of Londonâ€™s most iconic buildings, Skylight is one of those venues you just can’t miss out on.
- Thursday & Friday 5pm â€“ 11pm;
- Saturday & Sunday â€“ 12pm â€“ 11pm.
Cornwallâ€™s most magical Museum comes to London with an exhibition made of scary photographs of haunted objects from The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic by Sara Hannant and Simon Costin. I’m looking forward to seeing all the magical objects on display, including a Witch Mirror, a waxen curse poppet, spells and charms and items from a Black Magicians altar.
The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic has the largest and most remarkable collection of witchcraft-related objects and books in the world, focusing on this misunderstood aspect of British folk culture.
- The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
- November 3rd 2017 – 28th Febuary 2018.
- Tickets: Â£55 per person;
- Feasts: Wednesday â€“ Sunday, 6.30pm â€“ 11.30pm.
Jazz Before Jazz Was Jazz, Two Temple Place – SundayÂ 12 November
Made of talks, interactive workshops,Â Smitty’s signature juleps, Deep South inspired street food and performances byÂ the Kansas Smitty’s House Band, this event comes as a prequel toÂ The Age of Jazz, an exhibition produced by The Arts Society and the Bulldog Trust, which opens at Two Temple Place in January 2018. The exhibition will kick off a year of celebrations for The Arts Society which marks its 50th anniversary next year.
Go on then, feel the FOMO.