With the third national coronavirus lockdown due to end, on April 12 the government will relax the 'stay local' message, which means that for the first time in months we can get out and visit some of our favourite creepy and fascinating haunted locations.
Like a lot of people, you might be hoping to make up for lost time and visit as many famous paranormal
hotspots as you can this summer, so to help you out we've put together a list of seven spooky places that are famous for their ghost stories in London.
Where possible with tried to pick open air locations and tourist attractions that will be allowed to open under the relaxed guidelines.
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.
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.
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One of Central London's parks, a welcome piece of tranquility in the heart of the West End and a great place to head for a restful afternoon in the sun but not all of the parkland is as welcoming. Legend has it that there's one sinister "Death Tree" within the grounds which should be avoided at all costs.
It's said that anyone who falls asleep in the shade of the tree's branches never wakes up again. The tree has only been identified in the past by claims of a black figure who's been spotted under the tree, park wardens have said they've heard a man's voice around the tree, and moans have been heard coming from the tree.
It's said that the city's homeless population avoid the tree but it seems that for most people the knowledge of which tree we should be avoiding has been lost. So, next time you sit in the park you may be under the infamous, yet elusive deadly tree.
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.
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.
St. James's Park, the oldest of the eight Royal Parks in London. It's located in Westminster, it gets its name from a local leper hospital in the St. James area.
St. James's Park Lake runs through the middle of the park, there are two small islands in the lake. The Blue Bridge crosses the lake and boasts views of the London Eye and Buckingham Palace.
While walking through the park, many people have reported seeing a headless figure which walks in front of them near the Blue Bridge before vanishing.
The figure, known as the Red Lady, is often described as wearing a red dress or cloak, sometimes she is said to be seen coming out of the lake.
She could be the wife of a soldier who, in the 18th century, lured her into the park and murdered her. After removing her head, he attempted to dispose of her body in the lake but was spotted and spotted.
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.
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