A list of well known London locations which are said to be haunted by ghosts of their past, the list includes details of the paranormal activity and photos of each historic location.
London is one of the oldest cities in the world and with such a rich and diverse history, it's no surprise it has such a grim and sinister past. From echoes of Jack the Ripper killings, to the spirits of the victims of the fire of London and the black death, there's plenty of misery that still haunts London's historic streets and buildings.
Below is a a list of 20 well known locations in and around central London, which are said to be haunted by the ghosts of their past, the list includes details of the paranormal activity and photos of each historic location.
20. West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs
By far the creepiest cemetery in London, probably thanks to the eerie catacombs which lie beneath it. The catacombs date back to 1837 and were built as a final resting place for London's dead in Victorian times. As if dank, dark tunnels aren't creepy enough, these are fill with lead-lined coffins and ghosts of the past.
19. City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Wanstead
The reports of hauntings at this Grade I listed landscape in Wanstead date back to the 1970s. Locals have reported seeing a strange orange light emanating from one of the tombstones. Despite several investigations, no one has managed to find a reason why residents would be seeing this light from outside the cemetery.
18. Epping Forest
A forest near London, with a history of burials, ghosts, and unexplained lights. It's famous for its connection with the notorious highwayman Dick Turpin, who was said to have a hideout here. He held up passing carriages with his partner in crime, Tom King.
At Hangman's Hill, an area known locally as a "gravity spot", drivers are said to experience a strange phenomenon whereby their car rolls up a hill, seemingly defying gravity's pull. Locals say that it's the ghost of a hangman dragging an unfortunate criminal to his execution which now pulls the cars along the road, despite the incline.
17. Liverpool Street Station
This central London railway station is said to be haunted by a man in overalls who is said to patrol the dark platforms in the dead of night. It's not just commuters waiting for the last train of the day who have witnessed the figure, staff on night shifts have spotted the spook on CCTV, but when a colleague went to investigate, there was no one to be found.
The ghost of the station might not be wandering the platforms alone, it's said that the station is built on one of London's many mass burial grounds, so disturbed spirits could be responsible for many sightings of strange occurrences in the local area.
16. Queen's House, Greenwich
The Queen's House in Greenwich is a former royal residence and is now home to an internationally renowned art collection and is a free museum. It's not just the art here that is famous, the Grade I listed building is famously thought to be haunted, after a visiting reverend from Canada caught what appeared to be a ghost in his photo taken on the Tulip Stairs.
The photo was taken in 1966 and seemed to show a shrouded figure ascending the stairs in pursuit of a second and possibly a third figure, despite the fact that there was no one on the stairs at the time the photo was taken.
More recently in 2002, one of the gallery's staff had an unusual experience while talking to two colleagues. He saw a figure gliding across a balcony, dressed in an old-fashioned, white dress and passing through a wall.
15. The Savoy Hotel
The world famous, luxury hotel on The Strand in Central London is said to be one of the most haunted hotels in the capital, especially on the fifth floor.
Oddly the ghostly activity includes tales of a ghostly lift, its apparition is seen in the fifth floor corridors as well as in room 502. It is said to be operated by the ghost of a young girl who died in the building.
14. The Clink Prison, Southwark
The Clink is the oldest prison in England, dating back to 1144 and as well as being a tourist attraction, it's also said to be home to a shadowy figure that has been witnessed in the Bishop's Room. Guests have reported hearing cries coming from the oubliette, and poltergeist activity is frequently reported here. Others have reported witnessing glasses smash on their own, doors slamming, and the spirit of a woman rattling chains.
13. Hampton Court Palace
One of the royal palace in Richmond-upon-Thames' most famous spooks is the Grey Lady of Hampton Court, it's said she was once a servant at the house, Prince Edward's nurse and the carer of Queen Elizabeth I.
She was first sighted at the palace in 1829 after the tomb where she was laid to rest was disturbed. The tourist attraction even released CCTV footage in 2003 which apparently showed the Grey Lady open a fire exit door, leaving security staff baffled.
12. London Tombs, Southwark
The London Tombs are part of The London Bridge Experience, a tourist attraction on Tooley Street, in vaults below the southern end of London Bridge, built on the site of what was once a plague pit. As well as being a popular tourist spot, it's also a popular location for ghost hunts.
The paranormal activity at this location includes objects being moved by an unseen force, unexplained dragging sounds, footsteps and banging, and even full apparitions.
Staff and visitors have reported seeing a dark shadowy figure roaming the building, as well as the spirit of a little girl who's believed to be called Emily. Other visitors have reported encountering an unenthusiastic staff member in the tombs. She's said to be dressed in character but doesn't interact with the guests, she simply stares at them. When the guests mentioned this to staff they are surprised to hear that there is no such woman working in that part of the tour.
11. Ragged School Museum
Today the building is a museum, but 150 years ago it was used to educate the poorest children in the area. Thousands of children passed through the school, many of whom suffered at the hands of their sadistic teachers. It's said it's the spirit of these children that haunt the building now. Countless ghost sightings and weird noises have been reported here.
Those who have visited the Victorian school have reported hearing disembodied cries, laughing and voices, loud bangs and slamming doors, the sound of heavy-booted footsteps coming from empty rooms, and even full apparitions. In the creepy basement play area, witnesses have reported seeing strange lights floating in mid air.
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10. The Spaniards Inn, Hampstead
The Spaniard's Inn is a historic pub on Spaniards Road between Hampstead and Highgate. It's said that notorious highwayman Dick Turpin's father was once the landlord of the inn and Dick used it as a hideout. His ghost is said to be one of the spirits that haunts the building. Another of the pub's spirits, the ghost of a cruel moneylender named "Black Dick", has been blamed for tugging patrons' sleeves as they drink at the bar. The pub's car park is also said to be haunted by a horse, believed to be Turpin's trusty steed, Black Bess.
9. Greenwich Foot Tunnel
Connecting Greenwich and the Isle of Dogs is one of the oldest tunnels under the River Thames, an eerie, 370 metre long pedestrian tunnel. It was opened in 1902 to allow workers from north of the river to easily get to London's docklands without having to catch a ferry.
Many have reported a feeling of unease in the dank subterranean walkway, others say they've felt they've been followed through the tunnel, but a rare few have reported seeing the ghost of a couple walking along the tunnel, the figures promptly vanish into thin air as they are passed by.
8. Hampstead Heath
Hampstead Heath in North London is one of the city's oldest parks, a popular location for a stroll, a run, or just somewhere to sit and catch some sun with a view of London. The high street and surrounding area is a trendy and popular part of the city.
It's not just Londoners who frequent the area, it's also said to be haunted by several ghosts. One is often reported in the Hampstead pub where it rattles windows and doors, there's also a sad-looking young girl who is often spotted on the High Street, people have also reported the sound of disembodied footsteps on Church Row.
7. Highgate Cemetery
One of London's biggest cemeteries and a location which is said to have hosted occult rituals, witnessed witchcraft and secret meetings of Satanic cults. The site, which is designated Grade I on the list of English Heritage Register of Parks and Gardens of Special Historic Interest in England, is also said to be home to a vampire and has countless ghost stories associated with it.
The apparitions spotted at the cemetery and the adjoining Swains Lane, include a shadowy figure in a tall hat, the ghost of a cyclist seen working his way up a steep incline, and a woman in white. In a letter in the local newspaper, the Highgate Express & Hampstead, one witness said that his car broke down near the cemetery and he saw a hideous face peering through the bars of the cemetery's gate.
Others have reported bells ringing and voices calling from within the cemetery at night, and it's no surprise considering that more than 170,000 of London's dead are buried here.
6. The Langham Hotel
It's our second trip to a London hotel, this time the purpose built Langham Hotel in Marylebone. The hotel opened in 1865 and is said to be haunted by at least five different ghosts. The prolific of these ghosts is the spirit of a German prince who is said to have died after being thrown out of a window in one of the guest rooms on the upper floors of the hotel. There's also a spirit who has been sighted passing closed doors and solid walls.
But it's room 333 which is claimed to be the most active part of the hotel. One guest reported seeing a strange ball of light hovering two feet above the floor in the room. As he watched, the orb of light began to take human form, but with the lower part of its legs missing.
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5. The Ten Bells, Spitalfields
The Ten Bells on Commercial Street has been serving Londoners pints since at least the 1740s. The pub has ties to several of victims of notorious killer Jack the Ripper.
The pub's most famous ghost is that of Annie Chapman, one of Jack's victims, who was murdered after a night drinking at the Ten Bells. She's been blamed for the disembodied sound of footsteps, laughter and poltergeist-like activity.
Staff and drinkers have also reported sightings of a male spirit, seen wearing Victorian style clothing, leading many to believe that this could be the spirit of the Ripper himself.
4. The Flask, Highgate
The Flask is one of London's oldest pubs and has plenty of stories to tell. It's said to be one of Dick Turpin's hideouts. He's supposed to have evaded capture by hiding in the inn's stables, but isn't actually said to haunt the pub. Regular paranormal activity here includes sudden and unexplained drops in temperature, swinging lights and moving glasses.
The pub is believed to be haunted by the ghost of a Spanish barmaid, who allegedly hanged herself in the inn's basement after being rejected by the pub's landlord at the time. She's been blamed for moving glasses and blowing on customers' necks.
There's also the ghost of a man seen wearing a Cavalier's uniform, most often seen crossing the bar area before disappearing into a pillar.
3. Theatre Royal, Drury Lane
The Theatre Royal on Drury Lane is London's oldest working theatre, there's been a theatre on this site since 1663 and as you'd expect, the building has its fair share of resident ghosts.
The theatre's most famous ghost is known as 'The Man In Grey', a spirit who is seen limping through the theatre in a grey cloak and three-cornered hat, he's usually seen at the beginning of a successful West End run.
Whoever this ghost is, he seems to be friendly, it's often been said that he'll give actors a helping hand by pushing them in to position and can often be seen walking past the stage in front of the entire audience during matinee performances.
2. 50 Berkeley Square, Mayfair
The building, believed to be the oldest unaltered building in London, has been in the hands of antique book dealers, Maggs Bros since the 1930s, but was once the private home of Prime Minister George Canning, who claimed to have heard strange noises and experienced psychic phenomenon.
The four-storey town house dates back to 1827, the first ghastly tale to come from the house is that of a young woman who committed suicide there, she jump from a top floor windows after being abused by her uncle. She's now said to haunt the house in the form of a brown mist.
One former resident, Mr. Myers decorated the house in preparation of his pending marriage and starting a family, but he was jilted by his fiancee and became a recluse. He spent his time living alone in the attic slowly going mad, while the rest of the house fell in to disrepair.
Others who have spent the night in the attic since have ended up dead. In 1879 a night in the attic drove a maid mad, she died in an asylum the next day. The next night a curious man took up the challenge to spend a night in the room and went on to become the first person to be recorded dead in the house, the coroner's verdict was "death of fright."
The second reported death at 50 Berkeley Square was a sailor from HMS Penelope in 1887, several sailors stayed the night, the next morning one was found dead, having tripped as he tried to run from the house. The other sailor reported seeing an aggressive ghost of Myers.
1. The Tower Of London
Millions of tourists flock to London every year to uncover its history and one of the city's busiest and most famous attractions is the Tower Of London, it's regarded as one of the most haunted buildings in the UK and with a history of over 900 years of torture and execution, it's no surprise.
The most notable spook visitors to the historic castle hope to spot is that of Anne Boleyn, the wife of King Henry VIII. She was beheaded in 1536, and her headless body has been seen walking throughout the building, often near the place of her execution.