Top Things to Do in London (30 October-1 November)

It’s Halloween!  And there’s plenty of ghoulish fun in London this weekend. 


Starring Ralph Fiennes, directed by Nicholas Hytner and written by David Hare, Beat the Devil depicts Hare’s experience of contracting Covid-19 early on in the pandemic. Suffering a pageant of random symptoms, Hare recalls the delirium of his illness in a monologue of furious urgency and power. Tickets £10 – £30. 


London Shell Co. is launching a new series of Murder Mystery Cruises aboard The Prince Regent. Running every Thursday and Friday throughout November, with the first cruise on Saturday 31 Oct, the night will unfold around the murder of Admiral John Dory while out at sea. The murderer has to be hidden among the passengers and crew. Everyone aboard is a suspect, and dining on a five-course seafood meal, passengers will have to crack the clues and discover the killer. Boarding from 6pm returning to Paddington for 9.30pm. £65pp.


The Clapham Grand is celebrating Halloween with a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show from 4pm-7pm and 8pm-11pm on 31 October. Enjoy a huge Halloween Ball fronted by drag queens Crystal Methyd and Sum Ting Wong on Sunday 1 November. Ticket prices vary. 


Immerse yourself in five musical worlds from 1950s rock ‘n’ roll to 1918 Ragtime in a maze of tunnels under the tracks near London Bridge station. Created for the age of social distancing, Lockdown Town offers five immersive gigs over two hours with limited spaces available so that you can dress up as your favourite decade, cut loose and enjoy live music accompanied by themed food and cocktails. Runs to 30 December. Tickets £30 – £52 


The Marylebone-based pizzeria from Flavio Briatore, will be serving ghoulish Halloween cocktails all weekend and spine-chilling live DJ sets. The restaurant’s 17-strong pizza menu offers toppings including truffle, homemade buffalo mozzarella, smoked salmon and, for the decadent diner, Russian caviar.  On the menu is a wickedly delicious ‘Berry Heart’ vanilla panna cotta, topped with crimson berry compote. 


Sexy Fish has partnered with The House of Suntory whisky on a collection of theatrical smoking cocktails. Served alongside twirling acrobats and costume-clad live singers for a Halloween brunch party that will carry on into the evening. Costumes are not essential, but much encouraged. Saturday 31 October, 12pm-10pm. 


The boutique cinema at Selfridges is showing classic horror films all this week including The Conjuring, American Werewolf and The Exorcist. Visitors can also enjoy a dining and screening package, which includes a welcome cocktail and three-course meal at Brasserie of Light, followed by a film. £55 per person.