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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

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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

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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.

 

Lunatic

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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

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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

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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.

Where to Celebrate Pride in the UK

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LGBT Pride festivals and parades have grown massively in strength and size in the UK over the past few decades. Since the first official UK Gay Pride Rally held in London in July 1972, and involving around 2,000 people, Pride events have drawn millions together to celebrate the LGBT+ community and unite people in love, strength and the commitment to achieving equality and respect for all. Today, there are over 100 Pride events held across the UK every year, with millions of people gathering to show their solidarity and support.

The best spots to eat & drink in Croydon

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7 Incredible Summer Music Festivals in London

March 2017 | City in the spotlight

London is the place to be in the summer time; the entire city becomes one with big party, with bars, parks, markets and clubs all playing host to hundreds of locals and tourists alike, all out to have a good time and make the most of the long, sunny days. There is no shortage of music and dance festivals over the summer months as well, with just about every weekend holding a different festival. With such an overwhelming number of options, we’ve come up with a list of all of our favourites to help point you in the right direction.