Be afraid, be very afraid... Like a stealthy vampire or a sneaky zombie, Halloween has snuck up on us again. The good news is that as the main event falls on a Saturday this year (October 31), the number of frightfully fantastic Halloween club nights, parties and other nightlife happenings, on both the Friday (October 30) and Saturday of the Halloween weekend, is going to be off the scale.
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Halloween parties in London
The iconic, influential electronic label Ninja Tune celebrates a mighty 25 years with a party at the beautiful St John-at-Hackney Church to kick off the Halloween weekend. The line-up features the deliciously dubbed-out King Midas Sound playing with guitar virtuoso and electronic experimentalist Fennesz, plus Dean Blunt and Shackleton.Read more
A frighteningly heavy Halloween showcase for excellent underground party series Clock Strikes 13. Night Slugs co-boss Bok Bok brings his hefty basslines and earth-shattering beats to Village Underground, with further huge sets courtesy of Karizma, Total Freedom, Sweyn Jupiter and special guest UNIIQU3.Read more
Venue says: Back Counter lounge is Vauxhall's newest playground, open from 5pm Thur-Sun.
A bar, restaurant and entertainment space at Counter Vauxhall Arches. Back Counter is marketed toward the LBGT community, though expect a friendly welcome whatever your orientation. The food on offer is the same as next door, so expect ambitious French/US brasserie fare done pretty well. Some of the tables are at the counter: a bar serving cocktails, craft beers and a serviceable selection of wines. Weekends welcome brunches with live entertainment. Keep an eye out for special events, including wine tastings, Sunday soul sessions and cocktail master classes.