Some of us revel in the opportunity to slip into fancy dress and hit the town at the end of October, but many of us despise the very thought of it. If you’re a member of the latter club, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t have to hibernate all weekend (although it’s also a pretty good reason to do so). There are in fact lots of non-spooky events for you to indulge in that don’t require dressing like a sexy cat and pretending to be terrifying…
1. Enjoy a G&T at The Georgian Gin Palace
As part of Museums at Night, a festival that invites museums across London to keep their doors open after hours, Fulham Palace is hosting a ginny Georgian evening. On Friday (28th), you can visit the Palace for an exclusive gin tasting with the lovely gin masters at Sipsmith. You’ll also get the chance to handcraft your own notebook and pose for a costumed photo in a pop-up Georgian photobooth! For more info and tickets, see here.
Bishop’s Ave, SW6 6EA
2. Taste some authentic flavours at Brick Lane Curry Festival
Raita fans rejoice! On Sunday 30th, Brick Lane will be even curry-ier (hmm) than usual. Wander down the world-famous street feasting on authentic flavours and live entertainment, including a drumming parade. The day is sponsored by Cobra, so you can enjoy a beer as you veer towards the paneer. Read more about it here. If that’s not poetry, what is?
Brick Lane and Hanbury Street
3. Check out Pop Brixton’s winter transformation
On Friday 28th, Pop Brixton will #RaiseTheRoof at the big reveal of their spanking new Winter makeover. Expect a cosy transformation of lights, heating, wintery decorations and the all-important weather proof roof. Although officially reopening on Thursday, Friday’s Raise the Roof party will see the real celebrations of the new season at Pop. They promise some very special guests and entry is free! RSVP here.
49 Brixton Station Rd, SW9 8PQ
4. Sip on a Viking Cocktail at The Queen of Hoxton
This year, The Queen of Hoxton is returning with a Nordic Viking theme, complete with themed cocktails, dining and immersive experiences (it’s in Shoreditch, what do you expect?). “What the hell does a Viking cocktail entail?” we hear you ask. Well, let’s just say that you should expect plenty of nettles, dandelions and lots of hot mead punch, all with names like Thor’s Courage. As for the food, the menu will be full of hearty dishes such as pork belly hot pot with potatoes and turkey with sloe gin gravy – perfect warming meals for a winter’s day! For more wintery themed pop-ups and bars, see here.
1 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
5. Chug a pint at Britain’s smallest pub
As part of a new campaign, Meantime Brewing Co. have very fleetingly opened Britain’s smallest pub, and this weekend is its second and last. The pub slash pop-up, named Make Time For It, is a tiny 6ft by 8ft space, meaning it’s smaller than a snooker table and only fits three people in it at a time. The best part about it is that the beer is free, but there’s two catches: there’s no mobile phones allowed, and you’ll have to be prepared to queue.
You’ll find it right outside North Greenwich tube station and the O2.
6. Sniff some whiskey at Glenfiddich’s immersive pop-up
On Friday or Saturday this week, why not head to Soho to dodge the Halloween crowds and enjoy a pop-up whiskey experience with Glenfiddich? Taste it, sniff it, hear it… this really will be an immersive experience! Not only that but you’ll also be able to take a virtual reality tour of Glenfiddich’s Duffton Distillery. Oh, and Secret London readers get a third off the original ticket price when they use the code SecretLDN10. Aren’t you spoilt? Read more and book tickets here.
The Vinyl Factory Ltd (Entrance through Phonica records), 51 Poland St, Soho, W1F 7LZ
7. Have a peek inside Westminster Abbey after dark
On Friday 28th, Westminster Abbey will be keeping its doors open later than usual as part of Museums at Night. Explore the stunning venue that has hosted 16 royal weddings, and is also the place of rest for kings and queens and many distinguished historical figures alike. Tickets cost £10 but are only available on the door on the night. The Cellarium Cafe will also stay open late for the evening, but you must be seated before 7.30pm.
20 Deans Yd, SW1P 3PA
8. Slap your knees at Clapham’s Comedy Carnival
As if Inferno’s on a Saturday night wasn’t hilarious enough, how about adding a bit of actual professional comedy to the night? This Saturday (29th) you can see Live at The Apollo star, Sara Pascoe, and Radio One star, Tom Deacon, hit the stage. Your ticket will include entry to Infernos afterwards, but we can’t promise that’ll be any less scary than a Halloween event (totally kidding, we’re just trying to pretend that we don’t absolutely adore it). Book tickets here.
146 Clapham High St, SW4 7UH