Looking for a last-minute scarefest this Halloween? Here are a couple of ways to spook yourself silly. And one includes booze.
Phobophobia – London Bridge Experience
Last week, I headed to the launch of Phobophobia at the London Bridge Experience. I’ve actually wanted to go to the London Bridge Experience for ages and never got around to it, so it was a pretty cool chance to check out the experience and particularly Phobophobia, the special, adults-only Halloween special.
Upon arrival, we sipped on drinks, chatted away and waited for our turn to meet our doom. Oh, and took silly photos with creepy props, obviously. The other groups took so long coming back, we felt like there was something sinister afoot. Finally, we were ‘welcomed’ in, and went down into the tunnels…
And it was pretty bloody scary. The tunnels are small, cramped and claustrophobic, and as we went through them we never knew what was around the corner. Including some majorly creepy things…no spoilers, you have to face these fears yourself!
It wasn’t as long or story based as similar attractions I’ve been to (like the London Dungeons and Goosebumps Alive), but some of the rooms were just pure jump scares. We were quite a big group, which I felt glad for – if there’d been more of us I definitely would have been hella freaked out.
Here’s a little peek at what went down…
Phobophobia runs at The London Bridge Experience until Monday 31st October (Halloween, obv). Tickets are usually £26.95, but AttractionTix have a very special deal where you can save over 70% and pick yours up for £15.50. Go forth and be scared. And definitely go for a wee first, okay?
Gothic Midtown Scare Walk & Pop Up Bar, Holborn
This week, I was told to head to a London location for a surprise before heading out on a Scare Walk with Derek Acorah (yep, that Derek Acorah off the telly) in ‘Gothic Midtown’ near Holborn. Apparently one of the most haunted areas of London, so I’ve been told. Eek indeed.
After catching up with a couple more guests, we were met with our surprise. Which comprised of two horses and one gothic old-fashioned cart. I basically felt like a combination of Her Majesty and something from Sleepy Hollow as we trotted along the streets of London, with passers by waving and taking snaps as we went. Possibly one of the strangest and most absolutely awesome things I’ve done in the city to date.
Once we arrived at the start of the Scare Walk itself, we were met with hot apple juice with vodka in. So wonderfully creepy-Autumn-night-ish. The walk itself was more atmospheric than jump-out-your-skin-pee-your-pants scary, and Derek did a fantastic job of setting the scene before a walk through the park. The whole walk was well-acted, with performers that definitely immersed you in their world. There are definitely a couple of creepy surprises along the way though…
If you’re not willing to take a wander in the dark, you could just go straight to the bar, which is free entry. Set in an old, gothic building and featuring DJs, tarot card readers and ouija board setups, it’s definitely a pretty cool place to have some Halloween fun.
And from 6-7pm, it’s happy hour – all cocktails half price. In the name of research, I tried all five (research is brill), and can definitely recommend the ‘Coffin Lining’. Yep, they’ve all got spooky names too. Oh, and also, AMAZING sausage rolls. The man who made those sausage rolls is going to be my new best chum. Seriously. He just doesn’t know it yet.
Tickets for the Scare Walk (with a free drink at the bar after and warm booze on the walk) are £20, or £15 for the Scare Walk booze-free, available here. The walks and bar are both open from tomorrow (Friday), evenings from 6pm, until the 31st.
What are you upto this Halloween?
*Both events were press previews, just so ya know. I nearly met Derek Acorah, but got distracted by sausage rolls. Sorry Derek.