Given that the 31 October was a rather insignificant day in the British diary 10 years ago, The Capitalist was surprised to learn that the UK Halloween market is now worth £300m. Poor old Guy Fawkes has been shoved out of the limelight, and Halloween is now Asda’s third most lucrative sales flog after Christmas and Easter.
For those brave souls hoping to get spooked in the City tomorrow The Capitalist has conducted some thorough research and suggests starting off at The Ten Bells on Commercial Street. It was formerly known as the favourite haunt of Jack the Ripper, so no explanation necessary as to the pub’s haunted credentials. Follow this by a guided walk around Sinister Smithfield which promises tales of execution, body snatchers and a famous meat market. To finish, a visit to City watering hole Abacus, a meat market of a different kind but no less terrifying on a Wednesday evening.