17 October 2016 City in the spotlight, Location Guides

It’s scary season again. And the world seems to have totally lost the plot on this whole ‘killer clowns’ thing. What is happening!? The craze started – as these things tend to – in America and has quickly hopped the pond. With ’killer clown’ sightings all over the UK, you’d do well to escape it all for just one night. Because frankly, the world’s well and truly barmy.

Escape all this madness on Halloween and hit up one of these six creepy days or nights out to get your fill of frights and know you’ll be heading back safe at the end of the event. If you’re just staying for the weekend, easyHotel offer cheap accommodation in London in hotels all over the city.


Hunterian Museum, Holborn



For a taste of the truly macabre head for the Hunterian Museum, in the Royal College of Surgeons. Open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 5 pm and for those with cast-iron sensibilities this is the spot. Less jumpy scary, more just truly unsettling. Perfect for Halloween. Just some of the creepy things you can expect are bottled human foetuses, preserved monkey heads and more than 3,500 other anatomical preparations. The museum is based on the artefacts and collections of Sir John Hunter who is considered the father of scientific surgery.


Fear in the Dark




These days, fear factor really isn’t what it was. Horror pioneers such as Edgar Allan Poe (The Tell-Tale Heart) and Sheridan Le Fanu (Uncle Silas) really set the standard most ghost story writers still work to. Fear in the Dark, a decidedly literary affair, is a performance set in Abney Park Cemetery in Stoke Newington that draws on these literary influences to give you the heebie-jeebies. Shows take place throughout the final 10 days of October, book tickets here.






Harking back to another great icon of horror and gothic, Lunatic – at the Theatre N16 above the Bedford Pub in Balham – is a reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The subject matter is that of Renfield, a side character in the actual novel. He is a crazed patient in an asylum who becomes obsessive over the collection and consumption of flies that buzz their way into his padded cell. With just three showings get tickets as soon as you can. It’s certain to be an unsettling experience.


Stranger Things Themed Halloween Party



If you haven’t watched Netflix’s original series Stranger Things, then it’s time to catch up – watch the trailer here. Caught up? Ok, good. So you’re ready to go to a Stranger Things themed Halloween Party at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. Expect a lot of ‘80s synthpop, tickets are £5on the door or free if you sign up online before.


Mexican Day of the Dead/Night of the Undead



This is the night out for those of you that just can’t do half-hearted. Fire Vauxhall has made quite the name for itself as one of the biggest nights out going in London. Inconspicuously tucked away beneath one of Vauxhall’s railway arches, the club will open for the evening. But if you don’t think you can wait that long there is a daytime boat party. Tickets are selling out fast, get them here. The event takes place on 28 October.


Bugged Out: Skream

Murky, dark and dirty. They used to be three words that best described renowned Croydon-born DJ, Skream. Dubstep used to be his MO, these days he’s moved into house music. But for a Bugged Out’s Halloween party who knows what eerie sounds he’s going to be pulling out his vinyl bag. This event, in Village Underground in Shoreditch, is for the fairly serious party heads, don’t expect too many sexy-zombie-cat costumes. It’s going to be more hoods and trainers, and with Skream banging out a seven-hour set, you’d better get comfortable. This event takes place on 28 October, get your tickets here.

The best festivals in Manchester this autumn

August 2017 | City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

With so many incredible festivals having taken place in Manchester over the summer (see here for examples), you might think things would start slowing down with the cooling of the temperature and the arrival of Autumn…Well, think again as September and October are packed with loads of fun events and festivals to welcome in the new season and reassure people that winter ain’t that bad.

A history of the Notting Hill Carnival

August 2017 | City in the spotlight

Notting Hill Carnival will take place on the 27th and 28th of August this year, with the more chilled Family Day on Sunday, and the grand finale happening on Monday. Seeing as the carnival is such an iconic event, we thought we’d take a look at a bit of its history and the story of Caribbean music in the UK.

Amazing Festivals this August: Manchester

July 2017 | City in the spotlight, Insider’s Guide

We recently took a look at some of the best music and dance festivals on offer this August in London, and now it’s Manchester’s turn. This Northern town is famous for its eclectic and fresh music scene, as well as for its crazy, all-night long parties – and what better recipe could you have for the perfect festival? The month will see all a hugely diverse and exciting range of genres, artists and venues in its different festivals, from the smooth croons of the Manchester Soul festival through to the electric beats of Creamfields.