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. 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.
19. 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.
18. British Museum
You may not know that in Holborn there was once a London Underground station known as British Museum which served the Central line, it's been abandoned since the 1930s and has a spooky history of its own.
It's said to be haunted by the ghost of an Ancient Egyptian God, he's been spotted dressed in a loincloth and headdress. Five years after its closure two women went missing from the next station on the line, Holborn which is just 90 meters of track away.
Witnesses claimed that they heard ghostly moaning at the time of their disappearance and the Egyptian ghost has been blamed. Some believe that there is a secret tunnel from the underground network which connects with the Egyptian room in the nearby museum.
17. Absolute Radio
Absolute Radio, which was originally Virgin Radio has had its studios in the basement of No. 1 Golden Square since its launch in 1993, it just so happens that this is right on top of one of London's many plague burial pits, its said that the communal grave was the resting place for over 4,000 people.
This could explain the many reports of the sound of children laughing by DJ working the night shift at the station. Staff have also reported seeing ghostly figures and unsettling shadows, as well as hearing the sound of wailing coming from beneath their feet.
16. Elephant & Castle Underground Station
South of the river on the Northern and Bakerloo lines is Elephant & Castle station, opened in 1890 and the site of numerous reports of spooky goings on.
Staff and commuters have reported hearing mysterious footsteps running through the station's tunnels and along platforms, as well as doors being slammed and unexplained bangs and tapping sounds. Others claim to have seen the ghostly figure of a woman boarding the trains.
An off duty train driver even reported seeing her on his journey home, he says the woman walked straight through the carriage and he had to move aside as she seemed totally unaware of his existence.
15. Langham Hotel
The purpose built Langham Hotel in Marylebone opened in 1865 and is said to be haunted by at least five different ghosts. The most 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, only with the lower part of its legs missing.
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14. The Grenadier, London
The Grenadier is said to be London's most haunted pub and despite its small size, it boasts plenty of ghosts stories and even has a a small crucifix on the wall in the cellar to scare away evil spirits.
The upper floors were once used by service men from a nearby barracks, the cellar was used as a drinking and gambling den by the soldiers. It's said that one of their numbers was caught cheating at cards, he was punished by his peers and died from his injuries.
People have reported seeing dark shadows moving through the building, objects have reportedly disappeared or moved, and tables and chairs are rattled by an unseen force.
13. 50 Berkeley Square, London
The building, believed to be the oldest unaltered building in London, has been in the hands of antique book dealers, Maggs Bros since the 30s, but was once the private home of Prime Minister George Canning, who claimed to have heard strange noises and have 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.
12. Ragged School, London
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.
11. Clink Prison, London
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.
10. London Tombs, London
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.
9. Queen's House, London
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.
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8. The Flask, London
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.
7. The Tower Of London, 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 London 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.
6. Hampton Court Palace, London
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.
5. Lyceum Theatre, London
The Lyceum theatre in London's West End, currently home to the 'Lion King' and the sighting of a terrifying sighting of a severed head.
One night a couple looking over the balcony saw the head looking back up at her from the lap of a lady below in the stalls.
They attempted to find the woman after the show but failed to find her but several years later the husband visited a house in Yorkshire where he was surprised to see a portrait of the terrifying face he's seen in London.
The owner of the house told him that he was an ancestor and former resident of the house who'd been beheaded for treason. His family also owned the land where the Lyceum was built.
4. Epping Forest, London
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.
A road which runs through the forest, Hangman's Hill is 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.
3. The Ten Bells, London
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.
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2. Heathrow Airport, London
When you think of potentially haunted buildings, the last place that springs to mind is the bustling airport on the outskirts of London, but it is said to be one of the city's paranormal hotspots.
One of the airports resident spooks is said to be the notorious highwayman, Dick Turpin. It's said he's been spotted in the main terminal in Heathrow. Holiday makers have reported feeling someone breathing on their necks, only to turn around and find no one there.
Staff and passengers have also reported seeing a man in a dark suit and bowler hat on one of the runways, he is thought to be a traveler who died when a Belgian airline flight from Brussels crashed on the runway in 1948, 20 of the 22 people on board were killed.
He was first spotted by workers in a hangar nearby who saw the aircraft crash on the runway and quickly went to the survivors' aid, the man approached them and asked if they had found his briefcase.
1. Senate House Library, London
Senate House Library is part of the University of London and the eighth floor is the place where famous paranormal investigator, Harry Price's collection of magical literature are store, a total of almost 13,000 books and papers on the subject of magic and the paranormal.
The library's staff have reported paranormal activity in this part of the building in the form of the sound of disembodied laughter and whispering, and have seen books floating books and even a full-bodied apparitions of an unknown man wearing a cloak and a glowing "Blue Lady".