London's Spookiest Halloween Food And Drink

Helen Graves
By Helen Graves Last edited 18 months ago

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London's Spookiest Halloween Food And Drink
The pigs' blood gelato at Gelupo.

Sweet Blood Pudding Gelato at Gelupo

We love this left field creation from Gelupo - it’s such a welcome change from all the ‘stop your heart’ burgers around at this time of year. This outlandish scoop is a chilled twist on an Italian classic, sanguinaccio sausage (a sweet salame of chocolate, pig’s blood, pine nuts and pistachios). Yes, it is real pig’s blood in there.

Gelupo, 7 Archer Street, W1D 7AU. Available: 31 October.

Randy's will serve a special, super hot menu.

Very Hot Stuff at Randy’s Wing Bar

We love this Halloween collaboration between Randy’s Wing Bar and World of Zing. 'Terrifries' are Randy’s chips dusted with Naga Ghost chilli powder and 'Wing Reapers' are chicken wings given serious bite with the addition of Carolina Reapers (the world’s hottest chilli). Ouch.

Randy's Wing Bar, Canalside, 28 East Bay Lane E15 2GW. Available: 29 October.

Pumpkin shake at The Diner.

Pumpkin Oreo Shake at The Diner

It’s all pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin at this time of year. Get your dose of the sweet vegetable in this shake which is made with pumpkin pie (what about the pastry?!), vanilla ice cream and crushed Oreos. It’s also served ‘lantern style’ which means it has a candle on the top. Duh.  

The Diner, see website for locations. Available: 28 - 31 October

Zetter's Nosferatini.

Cocktail Flight at Zetter Townhouse

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone will be serving a special flight of three ‘ghoulishly good’ cocktails in its sumptuous cocktail lounge, which will be decorated for the occasion with a display of, erm, withering flowers. We’re going to trust them on that one. From 28 - 31 October get three cocktails for £30, from a choice of four, including the Nosferatini (Beefeater gin, martini dry, blood); Death in the Afternoon (Absinthe, sugar, champagne); the Silver Bullet (Beefeater gin, kummel) and Corpse Revived #2 (Beefeater gin, lemon, lillet blanc, triple sec, absinthe).

Zetter Townhouse, 28-30 Seymour Street, W1H 7JB. Available: 28 - 31 October

Meatup sure had some fun with their food styling.

Brain Burgers  

Brain burgers seem to be all the rage right now. Try one at Meatup, where the Halloween special contains a burger along with a slice of fried lamb’s brain, Red Leicester cheese and pickles. At St. John it’s a classier effort – fried brain with sliced white cabbage and spiky sauce gribiche.

Meatup, 350 Old York Road, SW18 1SS. Available: 28 - 29 October

St. John Bread & Wine, Spitalfields Arts Market, 94-96 Commercial Street, E1 6LZ. Available: on bar menu until further notice.

Balthoween at Balthazar

There will be a three-day Halloween extravaganza at Balthazar restaurant and bar with an official party on 30 October (it’s not a ticketed event so you’ll need to book a table). Legendary barman Brian Silva has come up with a Corpse Reviver No. 2 cocktail to join his existing gruesome cocktails Blood and Sand, and Off with her Head. There’s also a dessert – the witches hat parfait, which is a praline parfait on hazelnut sponge with a chocolate cremeux grave and pistachio soil. Of course.

Balthazar, 4-6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ. Available: 29 - 31 October

Charity Boo-ritos at Chipotle

Chipotle is raising money for charity this Halloween. Dress up in your best Halloween costume on 31 October and claim a free £2 burrito, burrito bowl, salad or tacos. All profits will go to Action Against Hunger, with a minimum pledge of £10K.

Chipotle, see website for locations. Available: 31 October

Black Banquet at The Museum of Brands

On 28 October, Adam Rawson will cook a 7-course feast at The Museum of Brands, with every course featuring black foods. Expect dishes like aged beef with mushroom, Marmite caramel and black quinoa and milk ice cream, preserved lemon and black olive. The feast will take place in the actual museum, too, surrounded by quirky exhibits. Tickets can be purchased via Grub Club.

Last Updated 24 October 2016