October is without a doubt the spookiest month of the year in London, with plenty of eerie experiences on offer for big and little kids alike!
From chilling West End plays to haunting tales from the many Royal parks dotted around the city, you’ll be spoilt for choice for things to do when you stay at our accommodation Hyde Park London in the run-up to Halloween.
Read on to discover a few of the best events taking place in and around London this October so that you and your family know exactly where to head during your autumn stay at the Park Grand hotel London.
Halloween on ice
Not your usual setting for a Halloween spooktacular, but for one night only the ice rink at Tobacco dock will host a special Halloween party complete with themed food, chilling drinks and prizes for the best fancy dress.
With a DJ pumping the best pop, RnB and dance tracks all night long, this is an excellent way of celebrating the spookiest time of the year in the capital with friends and family before heading back to the Park Grand hotel London to give those weary legs a rest.
To reach the Tobacco docks from our accommodation Hyde Park London, simply take the Tube from nearby Knightsbridge station using the Piccadilly line, and you'll reach the docks in just over 30-minutes.
Remember, there are some great prizes on offer for the best-dressed skaters, so make sure that you pack your fancy dress outfit before heading to the Park Grand hotel London or ask your concierge where you can find your nearest fancy dress shop after you check in to your room.
Dark Arts at Warner Bros Studio: The Making of Harry Potter
If you’re something of a Potter fan and don’t mind heading out of the city for a little while, then a visit to The Making of Harry Potter at the Warner Bros Studio has some special Halloween treats in store!
For the occasion, the grand hall has been decked out with floating pumpkins, bubbling cauldrons, candy and toffee apples and you’ll even get the opportunity to show off your wand skills and battle a Death Eater! There is also an amazing display of costumes and props from the famous film series to enjoy during your visit too.
To get to the studios from the Park Grand hotel London, the best option is to take the Piccadilly line from Knightsbridge Station, and you'll reach your destination in just over 60 minutes.
London is filled with historical buildings and areas going back centuries, but one of the lesser-known monuments to beloved pets from the Victorian era is nestled in a quiet corner of Hyde Park, just a short stroll from our accommodation Hyde Park London.
On special occasions such as Halloween, a guided tour to the UK’s only pet cemetery is available for visitors seeking a spooky activity with a difference, but you need to be quick to secure a space as this tour has proven to be incredibly popular with visitors from all over the world.
Not only will you be able to see the tiny headstones that mark the final resting places of much-loved pets from years gone by, but your tour guide will also reveal some chilling tales about the history and ghosts of Hyde Park too. This is a great Halloween tour for anyone with an interest in London’s hidden history.
The Woman in Black – The Fortune Theatre
No visit to London would be complete without a visit to one of the capital's iconic theatres, and one of the scariest and longest-running plays on offer is perfect for a Halloween night out with a difference.
Located in Covent Garden, the Fortune Theatre has been beautifully maintained over the years to retain its Victorian charm, and it is this setting that adds to the tense and chilling atmosphere of the play. It follows the central character Arthur as he travels to the terrifying Eel Marsh House to uncover the mystery surrounding its previous owner.
The Woman in Black is the only play running at the Fortune, so there are plenty of afternoon and evening performances to choose from, meaning that you can try out one of our restaurants near Hyde Park before heading off to take your seats.
Getting to Covent Garden is straightforward too and takes just 13 minutes to reach via Tube, so you can take your time over lunch or dinner before arriving at the theatre to be scared silly.
Hair-Raising Halloween at Hyde Park
If you don’t want to stray too far from our restaurants near Hyde Park or your hotel and are thinking of bringing the kids along for a visit to London, then the Royal Parks have a wide range of child-friendly Halloween activities on offer in the run-up to the 31st of October,
Hyde Park is located just a few minutes’ walk away from the Park Grand hotel London, and between 11am and 3pm on the 24th of October, there are plenty of weird and wonderful activities which will keep the little ones entertained. From a hair-raising nature trail filled with interesting facts of creepy crawlies, potion-making using garden herbs and even a spooky storyteller, this is a wonderful introduction to nature with a spooky twist that children of all ages will enjoy.
Witches hats and fancy dress is optional, but as the park staff are getting into the spirit of things with their outfits, it’s a good opportunity to get the kids dressed up for a little outdoor Halloween fun with a visit to one of London’s many fancy dress shops.
If you’d like a memento of your time at Hyde Park, you’ll also be given the opportunity to build your very own bat box for a small fee which you can take home with you afterwards.