There’s just over a week left until Halloween, but the ghoulish antics have already begun – most of the capital’s Halloween events have sold out weeks ago, but we’ve got some fangtastic alternatives for those of you who, like us, did not think to plan so far ahead…
NEWBURGH QUARTER OF CURIOSITY
For the two weeks leading up to Halloween, Carnaby Street has been transformed, with workshops from pumpkin carving to potion cocktail making, and an extravagant Halloween Fright Night on the 26th of October.
One of the world’s creepiest, and most beautiful cemeteries, Highgate Cemetery is notable for its burials, including the notorious ‘Napoleon of Crime’, Adam Worth, the inspiration for Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Moriarty.
OLD OPERATING THEATRE MUSEUM
In the attic of a Southwark church, at the top of a creaking wooden staircase, sits the UK’s oldest surviving purpose-built operating theatre. It was built in 1821, and saw dozens of surgeries conducted without the use of anaesthesia, with gruesome-looking tools that look more like torture instruments. Also, don’t miss the old apothecary, the Herb Garret, in the next room.
THE LAST TUESDAY SOCIETY & VIKTOR WYND MUSEUM OF CURIOSITIES
One of the most offbeat museums in London, the Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities presents everything from two-headed kittens to inmates’ drawings, making it the perfect place to get in the spooky Halloween mood… Think you’ll be needing a few drinks after that? Never fear, there’s a cocktail bar attached!
This grim medieval prison was the inspiration for the expression ‘to be thrown in the clink’. Dating back to 1144, this was one of England’s most notorious prisons.
GARLIC & SHOTS
If you’re worried about vampires, this gothic bar is probably the safest place in all of London for you to be. With 6 flavours of garlic vodka and not a single garlic-free dish on the food menu, heavy metal music blares in this low-lit bar decorated with skulls, coffins and mysterious markings of the occult on the walls.
THE HARDY TREE
Inside the churchyard of St Pancras Church stands a tree surrounded by dozens of gravestones. These were placed there by novelist Thomas Hardy as a young employee of the railroads during their expansion into the ancient cemetery. Hardy was tasked with exhuming the remains of those buried there to make way for the railroad, and after dealing with these, he arranged the gravestones around a tree in the churchyard, where they remain to this day.
THE CROSS BONES GRAVEYARD
In medieval times, prostitutes, who could not be given a Christian burial, were buried here, in this unofficial dumping ground which became the resting place of an estimated 15000 paupers, the majority prostitutes and infants. Today the fence outside is decorated with ribbons in tribute to those buried there.
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