Ideas for Halloween in London

Murder mysteries (including Jack the Ripper tour) and see how surgery was carried out before we had anaesthetics

With Halloween fast approaching, a hotels group with several London locations has compiled a list of the best activities for guys and ghouls looking for a spooktacular stay in the capital.

Our thanks go to Citadines, the collection of apart’hotels, for alerting us to the following:

Spooky South Kensington

Just a short walk from Citadines South KensingtonThe Natural History Museum will host a Crime Scene Live session on Friday, November 1. Guests must gather evidence, analyse facts and carry out experiments to catch the culprits and solve the mystery.

An exciting murder mystery challenge will take place at speakeasy cocktail bar, Barts. The first challenge is to find the elusive bar, which is tucked away on Knightsbridge’s Sloane Avenue. Once in, step back in time to 1929 and attempt to solve the case by immersing yourself in the role of a detective.

Bewitching Barbican

A DeLuxe studio at the Citadines Barbican

A short tube ride from Citadines Barbican is the meeting place for the Original Aldgate East Jack the Ripper Walking Tour. Starting from Aldgate East tube station, the tour will take you around key London sites and locations made famous by Jack the Ripper. Guided by published authors (featured in the video), guests will be immersed into the history of Jack, his victims and the unsolved police investigation.

Hear the man who created the tour explain its best features

For an eye-watering experience head to The Old Operating Theatre Museum & Herb Garret, housed in the attic of the early 18th-century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital. This Halloween, the venue will open its doors for a unique Victorian speed surgery demonstration, giving an insight into surgery before anaesthetic and antiseptic. There will also be a chance to explore the museum’s collection of eerie medical equipment.

Haunted Holborn-Covent Garden

Studio DeLuxe at Citadines Holoborn-Covent Garden

Head to the Fortune Theatre on Russell Street to watch the spooky stage show The Woman in Black. Based on the book by Susan Hill, the show is now in its 30th year in the West End and is guaranteed to give those watching it a real chill this Halloween.

For a spine-chilling evening, take a trip to the Ambassadors Theatre and watch the international stage show Ghost Stories which returns to the city for a limited time only. The show, a 10-minute walk from Citadines Holborn-Covent Garden, promises to be an edge-of-your-seat experience and not for the faint-hearted.

Terrifying Trafalgar Square

High anxiety at The London Eye

The Ghost Bus Tour takes guests on a spooky sightseeing tour around some of London’s top attractions on the Necro Bus, a refurbished Routemaster bus. The tour lasts just over an hour and departs a short walk away from Citadines Trafalgar Square.

Part of the publicity material for the Thames Rockets river ride

To celebrate Halloween with all the family, take to the sky with The London Eye. From today (Wednesday, October 23) to Halloween itself (Thursday, October 31) The London Eye will be hosting Spooky Storytime sessions. During a 30-minute ride guests will be told four ghostly legends, but the trick is that one of the stories will be false, and you need to guess which one it is before the ride is over. As a sweet treat guests will receive a Hotel Chocolat Halloween goodie bag on departure.

For those wanting to explore London from a different point of view, why not join the Thames Rockets on its Thames Thriller tour. The 50-minute tour starts with an adrenaline-pumping ride down the River Thames on a RIB speedboat to the Tower of London. Guests will then embark on a walking tour around some of the city’s most spooktacular sites before heading to a traditional London pub for a well-deserved hot toddy.

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David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past publications worked for include the South-East London Mercury*, Kent Messenger, Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor for an East Midlands-based publishing group.

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