East London is known for its party spirit at the best of times, so whenever a specific occasion rolls around, you can rest assured it will be brimming with great events, not least so around Halloween. So, if you’re hoping to get in on the action with your own spooky celebration, keep in mind these top venues.
Dalston Heights is found above a former cardboard box factory, and retains much of the urban feel of its past, rich in texture and characterful touches. There are 2 distinct main areas, as well as a large make-up and styling room (perfect for getting into costume for the occasion!), with skylights throughout letting in good natural light during the day. The separate kitchen will also come in very handy should you wish to organise refreshments for your guests.
The Roost is a 4-floor Victorian pub that dates all the way back to 1863, with a wealth of its original period features still intact. These are accentuated by an eclectic array of vintage furnishings and props, not to mention the bold statement wallpapers and quirky artwork, which all combine to create an ambience of decaying grandeur; a tone which is suitably immersive for the time of year. Other highlights include big fireplaces in various rooms and French doors which open onto an attractive planted garden.
The Mangle is both spacious and adaptable, boasting a vast 720-capacity, fully-licenced, basement level event space (and where better to get into the spooky spirit that quite literally underground?), as well as a bar and canteen on the ground floor, and several additional music and arts workspaces that could serve as breakaway or prep areas if required. Street level drive in access should make set-up easy, and the inclusion of stage lighting and an inhouse PA system is also sure prove useful.
Eastbound sits tucked beneath 2 railway arches, a location that is characteristically atmospheric. Hosting everything from pop-up restaurants and exhibitions to private parties and live music, to say they can turn their hand to a diverse range of events is an understatement. Hire of the function room starts at just £150, with full venue hire starting at £2000, keeping your options open with regards to both scale and budget. Well served by the city’s transport links, Bethnal Green and Cambridge Heath are mere minutes away.
The industrial-chic feel of 133 Shoreditch, which is brought about through raw exposed brickwork, steel beams and hard concrete flooring, means it is also inherently rich in atmosphere, providing a wonderfully distressed backdrop for a Halloween themed gathering. This characterful space can accommodate a total of around 120 people, and these guests are sure to make good use of the close proximity to rail links such as Shoreditch High Street and Bethnal Green.