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The Vintage Guide To London | February 18, 2018

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Go Hammer Horror this Halloween at the Black Widow's Ball

This Halloween White Blackbird returns to celebrate all things Hammer Horror with the Black Widow’s Ball.  Featuring pagan rituals, a Mummification Room, a Nude Portraiture Salon, a resurrection of the Thirteen Club and an All Black Midnight Feast, this is promising to be a ghoulish night indeed.

First, head to Hanover Square (W1) where carriages will be stationed to whisk guests away in sterling style on a half hour journey to the rural idyll of Stoke Place, a 17th century country house hotel in Buckinghamshire.

There, irst port of call should be Vyse Room’s Punch Bar serving a selection of vintage punches that will leave you searching for another contusion. A bistro menu is also available (£30 for two courses and £40 for three courses inclusive of a complimentary glass of Prosecco) should you wish to wine, dine and keep hold of your blood till the early hours. Throw caution to the wind and venture to the Wedgewood room where you can join the Thirteen Club, resurrected by the White Blackbird to encourage you to flout every single superstition known to man. Established in New York by William Fowler in 1881, the club that walked under stepladders, dined under the lights of skull candelabrums and put crossed forks on their plates became such a sensation that it grew to over 2,500 members and included no less than five US presidents.

If that didn’t jinx your plans, carry on to the Thomas Grey room where the Royal Society for the Pursuit of Lovebirds will foretell your amorous fate with the help of the Ancient Greek (and very pagan) tradition of bird reading.

Visit one of the specially opened Bedroom’s and find Vintage Secret’s Mummification Room, a vintage dress up room that will have you fit for a pharaoh or jump out of your skin and take your heaving bosoms, torn lace and manly chest hair (can even be on the same person) into Emma Myrtles Nude Portraiture Salon.

Peek into another Bedroom and find Millicent Binks as Queen Dracula, where she will be bathing in blood and eating her suitors for breakfast and if this leaves your nerves are on edge visit the Alcoholic Alchemist to create your very own bespoke remedy. Run to the grounds and make for the Secret Den Bar where you can take part in Pagan Rituals with the Lady Greys or a rather civilised game of Croquet. Alternatively, dance the Vampire Fang-dango in the Ballroom with Vicky Butterfly as Demon Queen Lilith to the sounds of resident DJ Pierre Romain and Vintage Secret’s Naomi Thompson.

If all that has left you feeling a bloody hunger, take yourself to the Hunting Room for an all black midnight feast by Stoke Place’s Head Chef Craig Van der Meer.

The Black Widow’s Ball
Friday 28 October
Tickets £35