This Week in South London: 23rd-29th October 2023

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Halloween at Charlton House & Gardens, various dates

Charlton Rd, SE7 8RE

The borough and UNESCO World Heritage site of Greenwich is one of the capital’s most fascinating historical pockets, home to the Royal Observatory, the Cutty Sark and the magnificent Painted Hall. Unsurprisingly, this part of town thrums with activity during school holidays and significant days such as Halloween… One of the area’s quieter attractions—but no less spectacular—is Charlton House & Gardens, which is a Jacobean manor house that was built in the 17th century for the tutor of Henry the Prince of Wales. The building has actually witnessed a rich, and sometimes dark, history, making it an intriguing venue for some Halloween happenings. Families can enjoy a spooky afternoon tea in the Great Hall on Thursday 26th or Friday 27th, where there’ll be fabulous costumes and plenty of finger sandwiches… Meanwhile, on the evening of Saturday 28th, the allegedly haunted building will host a night of history and paranormal exploration. There have been many reports of ghostly sightings here, the most common of which describes a Grey Lady who appears to carry a baby. The evening will begin with a drinks reception and a briefing, before the paranormal investigations begin using specialist ghost hunting equipment, a Ouija board, and even a psychic medium!

Eat At:

Goddards at Greenwich

22 King William Walk, SE10 9HU

If you really want to soak up the history of this borough, then you really must tuck in to a plate of traditional pie and mash. Goddards at Greenwich is a family-run business that has been serving traditional pie, mash and liquor and jellied eels since 1890 when their first shop opened in Deptford. The classic combo of minced beef pie, mash and liquor (a kind of parsley sauce) is still a bestseller, however the menu has evolved since the Victorian era, and now features steak, chicken, lamb and even vegetarian fillings. Try and leave room for a classic dessert of crumble and custard! Is there anything more comforting on a breezy October day?

Drink In:

Anchor & Hope

Riverside Walk, SE7 7SS

This Thameside boozer has allegedly been providing pints for locals and visitors alike since the 1500s. If you’re wrapped up well, you can enjoy a brisk beer with a view of the river in all its glory as the sun goes down over the city, and perhaps imagine how different the view might have been all those centuries ago.

dealchecker Tip: If you really want to earn your pint then you could walk along a section of the Thames Path!

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