London Ghost Tour: A Guide To Haunted London

April 27, 2014 2:54 PM

 

London, a city steeped in history, at times it's had a very grim and sinister past and it's those traumatic events that have left their marks on some of London's most famous streets and buildings.

St. James's Park, home of the Grey Lady. At dusk the figure of a woman can often be seen crossing the lake. She's believed to be the abused daughter of King Victoria. She was killed on evening while running from near-by Buckingham Palace. In tears, after arguing with the monarch who wouldn't let her attend a rave in the docklands. Her body was dredged from the lake days later, her killer was never found.

Everyone loves music, apart from those over 75. But did you know you can actually make your own music? This is Denmark Street, better known as Tin Pan Alley. Famous for its music stores and also it's famous ghost. Italian composer Vivaldi is said to have bought his first oboe in a store here while on holiday in London, he loved the area so much he returned every year until his death. It's said that on a still night you can hear bars from Four Seasons played on an oboe. Cars have even swerved to avoid a ghostly composer seen crossing the road.

Of course, not all ghosts are humans, this lamp post is a ghost and has been haunting the city for almost a century, the ghost of Ben however is much younger.

Ben is London's newest ghost. He was killed in 1994 in a fatal accident with a line painting truck as he crossed Park Lane. The 14-year-old didn't notice the truck as he was playing on his Sega Game Gear. Road maintenance workers say they still hear the Sonic The Hedgehog theme echoing along the road in the dead of night.

Here's a London land mark you might recognise, Abbey Road crossing, made famous by the Beatles who recorded their 1969 album in the legendary studios here. You may be surprised to learn that the crossing itself is haunted, not by John Lennon or Paul McCartney but by the thousands of stupid people who have lost their lives posing in front of speeding traffic while trying to recreate the cover of the famous album.

The last stop on our ghost tour takes us to London's most haunted house, but 50 Berkeley Square isn't haunted by a ghost or a spirit, this is a site of a demonic manifestation. Reports of strange goings on started when President Canning lived here in the 1800s. On several occasions the maid reported seeing a lion-like creature eating butter from the larder. On another occasion the family dog, Rusty began singing sea chanties in an elderly woman's voice. When the local priest visited in 1807 they found women's underwear in his bag, no one know why.

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