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Halloween is fast approaching and if you’ll
be staying in London for spooky season then don’t worry – there’s plenty of
scary and fun activities to fill your days right up until 31st
October! From hearing ghost stories by candlelight and creepy explorations of
Hyde Park, to pumpkin-spiced baking. If you’re staying in central London,
you’ll have easy access to all of London’s best Halloween events, top
attractions and more.
Halloween at Hyde Park
Taking place at the Lookout Centre in one of London’s most famous royal parks, Hyde Park will be hosting creepy Halloween events for all ages. The events are idea for smaller children and don’t require travelling far, as the park is in the heart of central London. Enjoy ‘feely boxes’, a scary nature trail, spooky ghost stories, potion-making and even learn about the bats that live in Hyde Park! Kids are encouraged to dress up, and you can pick up cute or creepy Halloween outfits for your little ghosts and ghouls in one of London’s many fancy-dress shops. After the events, kids can build and take home their very own bat box. It’s an ideal place for Halloween event from one of the budget hotels in Kensington known amongst the Londoners for the budget accommodation in Kensington High Street.
How to get there: Hyde Park is just a short walk from Marble Arch, Knightsbridge and
South Kensington, and these are also the best tube stops to get off at for the
park. If you are staying at the Park City Grand Plaza, you can take a bus, tube
or taxi to the park in around 5-10 minutes.
The Month of the Dead
The Month of the Dead is a month-long event with many fun things to do in various locations across London throughout October. There will be guided tours through some of London’s most famous cemeteries, such as Highgate and Brompton. These will be accompanied with spooky tales and information about the people buried there, as well as the fascinating history of the area. The Month of the Dead will also host events such as candlelight ghost stories, lectures about dissections and butterfly preservation, and walking tours of London’s secret locations and backstreets so that you can find out more about the gruesome history of the city. Tickets range is price from £12 upwards, per events.
How to get there: Month of the Dead events are scattered throughout London, including
locations such as Kensal Green Cemetery, Brompton Cemetery and Guy’s Hospital
Chapel. These can all be reached via tube or bus from central London.
A Halloween attraction for the little ones, famous biscuit bakers Biscuiteers will be opening their doors over Halloween for some icing fun for kids of all ages. Book a visit to either their Notting Hill or Belgravia cafes to experience their School of Icing. Visitors will learn how to ice their own delicious pumpkin, ghost and witch cookies, and the experience also includes a free hot chocolate. You’ll get to take a whole box of your tasty iced biscuits home with you to enjoy on Halloween too. For more spooky sweet treats, Gail’s Bakery will be hosting Halloween baking classes in their bakeries across London, including in Richmond and Pimlico. If you can’t make time for a full afternoon of cooking, head to the famous Hummingbird Bakery which has branches in South Kensington, Notting Hill and Victoria and will be selling delectable cupcakes and pumpkin pies throughout October.
How to get there: Biscuiteers has cafes in Notting Hill and Belgravia. Notting Hill
can quickly be reach by tube on both the District and Circle Lines, while the
Belgravia branch is close to Victoria station which is also on the Victoria
Line and connects to major national rail services. Gail’s Bakery in Pimlico is
also located on the Victoria Line, and all three Hummingbird Bakery branches
are at stops on the District & Circle Lines.
If you’re planning to take part in some of these spooktacular events in the capital this month, staying in the heart of London at the Park City Grand Plaza Kensington budget accommodation makes the perfect base for your trip. With easy access to London attractions such as Hyde Park, the West End and the museums of South Kensington, you can enjoy your visit knowing you don’t have far to return home.