Halloween Highlights in SE1
Image courtesy of Merlin Entertainments
SE1 has something for everyone, even the ghosts, ghouls and spectres amongst us.
At the Ministry of Sound (Ministry of Sound) there was ‘rib cage shattering music’ at the Halloween Rave in Elephant and Castle. Four rooms playing everything from house to disco, and grime to R&B. Organisers promised, and delivered on, ‘synchronised murder visuals’ and ‘gruesome lasers’.
This year’s electric pedalled screening of Danny Boyle’s cult classic 28 Days Later down at Courage Yard (Courage Yard) in Shad Thames, to be powered by Electric Pedals (Electric Pedals) was unfortunately cancelled. Viewers were going to be encouraged to hop on one of the 12 bikes and use their pedalling to power the cinema throughout the screening, which follows bicycle courier Jim (Cillian Murphy) as he wakes up from a coma in a post-apocalyptic London. Let’s hope that in 2019 it’s scheduled again as it sounds a fabulous and fun way to enjoy a horror film.
There was even after hours access to the Tower of London. It might be a good one to book early for next year and take the kids? Spook yourselves out at Traitors’ Gate, the Scaffold Site and the Bloody Tower at night. Tales of prisoners and past residents, of royal gossip and of the secrets kept within these ancient walls were played to all, for an extra eerie experience.
At Westminster Pier was the haunted Ghost Ship (with two decks of music, entertainment and bars until midnight).
And finally, the London Dungeon went big this year with its Halloween spectacular bringing visitors up close to the city’s most notorious villains – Jack the Ripper and Sweeney Todd to name but a few. Guests were invited to visit the pitch black streets of Whitechapel and take on the Drop Dead Ride.
If you didn’t dare to try it this year, perhaps spend the next twelve months summoning up the courage to face the challenge next year instead!
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