Date Published 04 November 2014
Believe it or not, London is said to be one of the most haunted cities in the world, with stories of ghosts and ghouls that span across hundreds of years. But just where are the spookiest streets, hair-raisingly haunted houses and abandoned alley-ways? Read on to find out the 5 scariest places in the capital.
5) The Ten Bells Pub - Spitalfields
This pub used to actually be called the `Jack The Ripper` and is said to be the resting place of the ghost of Annie Chapman - one of Jack`s unfortunate victims. For years, the pub has experienced obscure goings-on, with various ghostly sightings, including unexplained poltergeist activity, and inexplicable gusts of wind. Why not embark on a ‘Ripper Tour` around Whitechapel and relive the gruesome legend, ending up in The Ten Bells for a not-so-relaxing pint afterwards?
4) The London Dungeon
No Halloween is complete without a visit to this world-famous attraction, temporarily located by the Jubilee Gardens along the South Bank. Dive right into London`s terrifying past; visit the demon barber of Fleet Street, Sweeney Todd, or risk a boat trip along The Thames, ensure to keep an eye out though. Various Halloween specials (running throughout November) are likely to have your heart beating irregularly and your palms sweating.
3) Highgate Cemetery
By night, Highgate Cemetery depicts a scene from a cliché horror movie: overgrown greenery, snaking over moss-eaten gravestones, shrouded in an ever-present cloak of grey mist. Crooked gravestones with indecipherable epitaphs line the way, with ivy-strewn gargoyles and headless, crumbling angels watching over make Highgate one of the country`s most popular spots for ‘ghost spotting`. By day, however, the cemetery showcases what is perhaps the most impressive collection of gothic architecture collaborated in one location.
2) Tube Stations
The Underground can be a scary place at the best of times, but there are specific stations that have acquired quite a name for themselves thanks to ghostly goings-on. The spirit of a nun is said to haunt Bank, seeking out her banker brother who was executed for forgery in 1811, as well as the apparition at Covent Garden of an actor, brutally murdered near the Adelphi Theatre in 1897. There have been reports of a ‘Screaming Spectre` - the ghost of a 13 year-old trainee hatmaker from 1758 at Farringdon station.
1) 50 Berkeley Square
Currently the home of an antiquarian bookseller, the house is infamous for a series of unexplained deaths in the 19th century. It is said that the attic is haunted by the spirit of a young woman - in the form of a white figure or brown mist - who committed suicide by throwing herself out of the top floor window. The spirit is said to be capable of frightening people to death, leading to suspicions that a series of strange deaths were, in fact, the spirit`s doings. A story that has sparked inspiration for generations of corny horror writers, but the original story remains as chilling as ever.