On Halloween night, me and a friend climbed aboard the London necrobus and set off on a spooky sightseeing tour of the capital.
Although the necrobus offers tours all year round, the London Ghost Bus Tour was a great way to spend Halloween, the darker evenings at this time of year add to the spooky atmosphere at part of the spookiest time of the year.
The classic London Routemaster which takes you around London's haunted sights was supposedly restored after a fire at the depot, in which a member of staff was killed. Rather than being its traditional red colour, the bus is now painted black and is decorated with curtains, lamps and a lot of audio/visual kit that brings the trip to life.
Pre-booked tours departs from outside the Grand Hotel, 8 Northumberland Avenue off Trafalgar Square daily at 19:30 and 21:00. The tour takes you around the City and West End before going South of the river.
The tour was so much more than I expected it to be, the on-board actors entertain and inform you with stories of London's gruesome past as you travel past Downing Street, Parliament, the theatre district before heading on to Fleet Street.
It's much more than just a bus tour, it's dramatic, entertaining and extremely well presented.
The tour guide, a bus conductor, was really funny and was backed up with special effects, making it the most entertaining tour in town, as well as a great way of seeing London by night.
The creepy conductor points out haunted palaces, unmarked burial grounds and the sites of horrid crimes in the capital during the tour which last an hour and 15 minutes.
As well as these 'real' ghost stories, the tour also relies heavily on the onboard theatrics, which include the creepy bus inspector, Mr. Hinge.
The tour does get a little dark and scary in places, in fact my friend refused to take part in one of the onboard activities towards the end of the tour when the curtains on the bus were drawn and we were crossing the Thames on London Bridge.
I would definitely recommend this tour, it's a lighthearted evening out which also teaches you some of London's history in a fun way.