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London Underground’s 7 Most Haunted Stations

The London Underground is reportedly full of hauntings and ghosts

It might surprise you to discover that the London Underground boasts one of the world’s highest concentrations of ghost stories, alleged hauntings and supernatural goings-on. This subterranean realm of dingy tunnels, clanking escalators and shuttling trains hosts spectres as diverse as Ancient Egyptian priestesses, Celtic warrior queens, Victorian actors and actresses, screeching murder victims, and Tube maintenance workers clutching long-outdated lamps unaware their last shift finished decades ago.

But how has a system many would associate with modernity acquired such an extensive collection of ghosts? London Underground is more ancient than many might think – it’s the oldest subterranean metro system in the world and many of its lines evolved from existing railways.  The Metropolitan Railway – constructed using the ‘cut and cover’ method – opened in 1863, offering Londoners the incredible sight of steam trains disappearing ‘underground’ like smoke-belching demons. 1890 saw the City and South London Railway open, which was not only the world’s first electrified underground railway but the first to run through proper deep-level tunnels. The Central Line was operational by 1900, the Bakerloo and Piccadilly by 1906, and what would become the Northern Line by 1907.

So, there’s been enough time, then, for the network to have acquired a grim record of traumatic death – passengers and staff members slain in accidents, suicides, and the odd murder victim. There are also the workers who died during the Underground’s construction, labouring in the darkness, coping with the threats of subsidence, rivers bursting into tunnels, seeping sewage and deadly lurking gas.

haunted London Underground old escalator

Many London Underground stations are rumoured to have their resident ghosts.

We must also acknowledge what got disturbed when the London Underground was built. Tunnels were carved through churchyards, crypts and burial grounds, and – according to London legend – plague pits. Aldgate Station is said to have been built directly in a plague pit, a mass grave mentioned by Daniel Defoe in his Journal of the Plague Year . Hauntings at Aldgate are so common that the station apparently keeps a ‘ghost log book’. The capital’s folklore claims the Piccadilly Line takes a swerve near Knightsbridge in order to avoid a plague pit and that the Bakerloo Line at Elephant and Castle stops just short of one of these repositories. When the Jubilee Line was extended in the 1990s, it disturbed a number of the graveyards of old monasteries and there have been sightings of medieval monks on this barely two-decade-old stretch of the network.

Out of all the creepy occurrences and macabre legends linked to the London Underground, I’ve selected seven supposedly haunted stations to investigate. So sit back for tales of ‘black nuns’ with a fondness for harassing banking establishments, screams that still echo from World-War-II air-raids, crypts converted into ticket offices, prehistoric elephants with axes in their heads, and attempts to explain why the Underground has acquired such a reputation for being a haven of spooks. Your dreary journey to work or your shopping jaunts around London might seem rather different after reading this.

Number 1: British Museum – A ‘Ghost’ Underground Station Haunted by an Ancient Egyptian Priestess

British Museum Underground Station - was this Tube stop haunted by the ghost of Amen-Ra?

British Museum Underground Station – a disused Tube stop rumoured to be haunted by an Ancient Egyptian priestess

British Museum, once on the Central Line, is what is known as a ‘ghost station’. ‘Ghost stations’ are so named not, necessarily, because they’re home to a spook but because they’re closed to passengers, with changes to the network having made them obsolete. Used for maintenance or storage, or as occasional backdrops for films and music videos, these stations – with their archaic tiling and old-fashioned adverts and posters – may sometimes be glimpsed by travellers trundling by on nearby tracks.

Some ‘ghost stations’, however, really are rumoured to be haunted. British Museum – opened in 1900 to serve the nearby institution of the same name – closed in 1933, after the opening of the more conveniently situated and better-connected Holborn Station less than 100 metres away. During its brief career, however, British Museum Underground Station acquired a very peculiar ghost.

A secret tunnel is alleged to link the station and museum. Down this tunnel at night, the ghost of an Ancient Egyptian woman – a priestess in some accounts, a princess in others – was said to descend. Wearing a magnificent headdress and loin cloth, the woman would terrify staff and passengers with the most horrendous shrieks, shrieks that resounded along tracks and reverberated down corridors.

Named Amen-Ra, after the powerful Egyptian god she served, the woman’s mummy was said to reside in the British Museum. The ghost’s howls of anguish and rage were apparently triggered by the trauma of having her mummy ripped from its resting place and transported far overseas. Known as the ‘Unlucky Mummy’, Amen-Ra’s corpse became notorious for being cursed and the legend that grew up around it is as follows.

Excavated in Luxor in the 1880s, the 3,500-year-old mummy – in its richly decorated casket – was purchased by the Englishman Thomas Douglas Murray during a visit to Egypt in 1899. Murray packed up his new possession and shipped it to England, but it wasn’t long until Amen-Ra was making her displeasure clear. Murray soon suffered a shooting accident, meaning his arm had to be amputated and two of his servants who had handled the mummy died. Murray followed Amen-Ra back to England, where the ill-luck continued. A journalist borrowed the casket and soon her mother died, her engagement broke up and her dogs went mad. She quickly returned the casket to Murray.

Murray, now eager to offload the mummy, gave it to a friend, who suffered a series of misfortunes then died. Before his death, Murray’s friend – probably also keen to ditch the coffin – gave it to his sister who, as well as enduring an inevitable string of bad luck, took the mummy to be photographed. While developing his pictures, the photographer – who, of course, soon passed away – was horrified to see the face of ‘a living Egyptian woman’ superimposed on the casket ‘whose eyes stared furiously with an expression of singular malevolence’. When a person who purchased one of these photos brought it into his home, every piece of glass in the house shattered. Murray, alarmed and depressed by this constant stream of calamities, urged his friend’s sister to get rid of the mummy. She donated it to the British Museum, which exhibited Amen-Ra alongside other Egyptian artefacts.

The mummy didn’t, however, lose her troublesome reputation. The carrier who’d delivered her to the museum died and some visitors who sketched or photographed the mummy died too, with one individual shooting himself. Staff reported sobs and hammering noises coming from the casket, which only diminished – but did not stop – when they moved the mummy to her own, more prestigious display case.

Not content with creating disturbances in the museum, Amen-Ra also began haunting the nearby London Underground station. Shortly before the station closed, two British newspapers promised a cash reward to anybody brave enough to spend a night alone there. No one took up the offer.

Some assert the legend of Amen-Ra’s haunting was sparked by a film called Bulldog Jack . In this comedy thriller, a secret passageway leads from a Tube station to the British Museum, where it emerges in an Egyptian sarcophagus. But rather than the film inspiring the legend, it seems the legend influenced the film. Bulldog Jack wasn’t released until 1935 while British Museum Underground Station closed on 25th September 1933. It’s possible, however, that the film helped spread the stories of the station’s ghost. And the film itself would be – in an outlandish way –  incorporated into Amen-Ra’s myth.

On the night Bulldog Jack premiered, two women are said to have vanished while walking through the tunnels of Holborn Station. Screams and moans were heard at the time of their disappearance as well as at several times during the following days and sightings were reported of the headdress-wearing priestess. Strange scratch marks appeared on the walls – of the abandoned British Museum Station say some, of Holborn say others. The women were never seen again. To this day, it’s said that at Holborn you can occasionally hear shrieks and wails echoing down the tunnels from British Museum Station.

The legend of the haunting of British Museum Station is likely to have been generated by the publicity surrounding the ‘Unlucky Mummy’, of which there was a lot at the time. But a sober examination of the facts makes this story seem less spectacular. The actual mummy of ‘Amen-Ra’ was probably never even brought to England – what was instead transported and what ended up in the museum was just the mummy case. While the case is likely to have once enclosed the mummy of a high-status person, there’s no evidence it belonged to a priestess or princess or anyone called Amen-Ra.

The Unlucky Mummy, whose ghost haunted British Museum London Underground Station

The Unlucky Mummy, on the cover of Pearson’s Magazine, 1909. The magazine is presenting the tale of the mummy as a ‘true ghost story’.

The idea ‘Amen-Ra’ was a ‘soul in torment’ likely came from Murray himself, when he – along with his friend the journalist WT Stead – noted how sad the face carved on the casket looked. Stead – who, like Murray, was obsessed with spiritualism and the occult – seems to have put the first articles about the mummy into print, articles that other newspapers soon elaborated on, igniting media hysteria and probably helping create the spin-off legend about the Underground station’s haunting.

As for the tale of women disappearing on the day Bulldog Jack premiered, no newspapers around that time make any mention of such an incident. But if you ever were to hear shrieks in Holborn Station late at night, it might be best to hop on the first train you could, without waiting to find out whether those wails were supernatural.

Number 2: Bank Underground Station – Crypts, Plague Pits and the Black Nun’s Ghost

Situated in the epicentre of London’s financial district, Bank is one of the oldest and busiest stations on the Underground. It’s also a station with a spooky history. London legend claims a part of it was constructed on the site of a plague pit. What we do know is that its Northern Line ticket hall was once the crypt of the adjacent St Mary Woolnoth’s Church. The dead – thought to number between seven- and eight-thousand – were cleared out when the station was built in 1900, with some being sent to South London’s Nunhead Cemetery. One of the doorways leading down to the ticket hall was the crypt’s entrance. In January 1941, tragedy smote the station when it sustained a direct hit from a German bomb. The station was being used as an air-raid shelter and 56 people were killed.

Perhaps this heritage of destruction and death has lead numerous passengers and staff members to remark on the feelings of hopelessness, sadness and concern that seem to permeate the station. Then again, such sentiments could be influenced by the fact the trains running into Bank shuttle so many commuters to gruelling days at work – Bank is frequently rated as the worst station on the London Underground in passenger surveys! Passengers and staff have also noted putrid, unexplained smells wafting through the station – might these ‘ghostly pongs’ recall the long-vanished plague pit and burial vault? (Stenches seeping from Mary Woolnoth’s overcrowded crypt were notorious for fouling the air inside the church.)  Staff working late at night have reported odd banging sounds coming from lifts known to be empty and doors mysteriously slamming in the crypt-come-ticket-hall.

The most infamous ghost connected with Bank Underground Station is that of Sarah Whitehead, otherwise known as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street or the Black Nun. The legend goes that Sarah’s brother Phillip – a clerk at the nearby Bank of England – was fond of living a luxurious life. Surrounded by wealthy bankers and City traders, Phillip didn’t see why his modest clerk’s salary should prevent him from enjoying a similar lifestyle to his peers so he borrowed money, getting into debt. Phillip’s beloved but naive younger sister Sarah, oblivious to his growing financial problems, eagerly participated in the high life along with him, eating fine food and quaffing quality wines. Phillip, however, knew something had to change if they were to go on with the habits to which they’d become accustomed.

Bank Tube Station - said to be haunted by a Black Nun's ghost

The spooky tunnels of Bank Underground Station are said to be haunted by the ghost of the ‘Black Nun’. (Photo: The Occult Museum )

Phillip had a go at investing in the stock market, but merely lost money. He next tried gambling, which made him spiral into even more desperate debts. He was driven into such anxiety that one day he listened to a friend who suggested he should forge a cheque at his workplace. Whitehead did so, managing to steal £87 (around £3,000 in modern money). Phillip was, however, soon found out and sent to the notorious Newgate Prison to await trial.

Phillip sheltered his sensitive sister from all this, arranging for her to stay with friends who lived off Fleet Street. This was so, if he was found guilty, she wouldn’t hear the bells of St Sepulchre’s Church tolling as he was led out of Newgate to face his execution. Phillip was indeed sentenced to death (though the records of the Old Bailey list him as Paul rather than Phillip Whitehead) and he was executed in 1812, aged 36.

After Sarah returned home, she – quite naturally – wondered where her brother was and started going to his former place of employment to enquire after him. She’d ask his fellow clerks, ‘Have you seen my brother today?’, to which they’d reply, ‘Not today, Madam’ before assuring her he was absent but well.

One day, however, a tactless clerk blurted out all that had happened, informing Sarah that her brother had been rightly executed. This enormous and dreadful shock made Sarah lose her reason. She began dressing in black and – unable to process the fact of Phillip’s death – continued to visit the bank every day. She’d still ask the clerks if they’d seen her adored brother, to which the clerks – out of pity – would answer, ‘Not today.’ Sarah would chat with them for a while before saying, ‘Give my love to him when he returns. I will call tomorrow.’

Some say the authorities at the bank first tried to treat her kindly. She was given food and small sums of money and was sometimes even allowed to make use of a room. But the employees soon tired of her constant visits. As her mental condition further declined, they began to fear the unhinged, black-clad woman and her increasingly aggressive demands for cash.  Some say she turned up at the bank every day until her death 25 years later; others claim the daily visits lasted an astonishing 40 years. As the years passed, the macabre figure acquired nicknames – the Black Nun, the Bank Nun and the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street. The Old Lady of Threadneedle Street is a colloquial name for the Bank of England itself – a name it may have acquired from its darkly clothed visitor.

Sarah, who was 19 at the time of Phillip’s execution, is thought to have passed away at some point between 1837 and 1842, making her between 44 and 49 at the time of her death. Shock, grief and her strange lifestyle may have aged her prematurely though some claim she lived until the age of 60. She is said to have been buried very close to the Bank of England – but it seems that even death couldn’t break Sarah’s habit of haunting her brother’s workplace.

There have been sightings of Sarah’s ghost in and around the Bank of England and also in and around Bank Underground Station. The ghost – apparently – approaches pedestrians on the street, asking if they’ve seen her brother. Some of those approached – including groups of American tourists – had never before heard about her legend.

Some sightings have taken place within the Bank of England’s internal Court Garden. In the 1970s, two men saw a woman dressed in black walking hesitantly along the garden’s path before falling to her knees and striking the path’s stones while shaking her head before vanishing. Interestingly, the Church of St Christopher le Stocks was demolished to make way for an extension of the Bank of England and the path in the Court Garden is made up of the church’s tombstones. Some say Sarah was buried in the graveyard of Christopher le Stocks, but this would be impossible as the church was knocked down in 1782.

So if Sarah really was buried close to the bank, she could have been buried in the Church of St Mary Woolnoth. Some believe she was interred in the very vault which would become the station’s ticket office, meaning her corpse was one of those disturbed in the station’s construction. This might explain the legends of her ghost being glimpsed within the Underground station itself.

St Mary Woolnoth - whose crypt may have supplied Bank Underground Station with some ghosts

Nicholas Hawksmoor’s St Mary Woolnoth’s Church – its putrid, overcrowded crypt was transformed into Bank Underground Station’s ticket hall. (Photo: speel.me )

A commuter in 2001 travelling into Bank is said to have spotted Sarah. But, perhaps most spookily, a London Underground employee had a strange experience in the deserted station at about 2.00 am. The station was locked up and there should have been no members of the public inside. But, checking the CCTV monitors, the employee noticed ‘what appeared to be a little old lady standing in a long corridor’, close to a sharp turn – known as a ‘dogleg’ – leading to a staircase.

Puzzled, the man grabbed a portable radio and went to investigate. He claimed that as he approached the lady ‘she looked up straight at me, looked down again and turned and started walking away. I started running down the corridor in order to catch her. But by the time I’d got to the dogleg, she’d disappeared, which I immediately thought strange as I knew I’d covered that ground an awful lot quicker than she could have walked from the dogleg to the stairs.’

The man went up and down the staircase, checking it thoroughly, but found ‘both sets of gates were still closed and padlocked and she was nowhere to be seen.’ He radioed his colleague in the CCTV room and asked him to check the cameras to see where she could have disappeared to. The colleague ‘checked over a hundred cameras, but she was nowhere.’

Might he have encountered Threadneedle Street’s Black Nun?

Number 3: Covent Garden Underground Station – Haunted by the Ghost of a Victorian Actor

At Covent Garden Underground Station in 1972, a young lift operator – after the departure of the night’s final train – had ushered the last passengers from his elevator and was closing the station up. Believing all the passengers had gone, he was surprised to suddenly see a tall man in an old-fashioned waistcoat and top hat standing in the ticket hall. Flustered, the operator apologised for locking the man in the station and turned round to get his keys. When he turned back, however, the man had vanished. Assuming he’d gone down to the platforms – perhaps in the hope of catching a late train – the employee went down to look, but could find the man nowhere.

The operator later mentioned his strange experience to a colleague, who – somewhat resignedly – produced an old photograph and asked, ‘Did he look like him?’

‘That’s the spitting image of him!’ the operator said. ‘Where did you get that from?’

The colleague told the operator the photo was of the actor William Terriss, who’d been dead ‘for years and years.’ The 1972 sighting of Terriss was not the first at Covent Garden Underground Station – glimpses of the ghost, sometimes seen striding down the tunnels, had been reported since the 1950s. In 1955, a young ticket collector – who’d just closed up one cold November night – saw Terriss ascending the emergency staircase. Terriss – wearing an operatic-style cloak and gloves and clutching a cane – had ‘a very, very sad face and sunken cheeks.’

William Terris - Does he haunt Covent Garden Tube Station?

William Terriss, with his top hat, cane and gloves – his ghost has been glimpsed dressed in this way in Covent Garden Underground Station.

As in the 1972 incident, the ticket collector told the man the station was closed and asked him to wait while he unlocked the doors. But, when he returned after opening the gates, the cloaked figure was gone. Four days later, the ticket collector saw the man again, but when he tried to speak to him, he vanished. A few days after that, another young employee burst screaming into the station’s staffroom claiming he’d seen a ghost. The spectre he’d spotted matched Terriss’s appearance. For some time in the mid-1950s, Terriss was sighted at Covent Garden quite frequently and even gained a reputation for manifesting in the staff toilets. He so spooked some employees that they asked to be transferred elsewhere.

Born in 1847, William Terriss was a well-respected Shakespearean actor, who was also praised for his comedic and heroic roles. Known to fans as ‘Breezy Bill’, Terriss often performed at the Adelphi Theatre, in London’s West End, not far from Covent Garden. A dark spot in Terriss’s life, however, was the suffering one of his close friends, a fellow actor called Richard Archer Prince. Having for some time failed to get work, Prince was destitute. Under these tough circumstances, his alcoholism had become more severe and this – combined with his volcanic temper – had gained him the nickname ‘Mad Archer’. Terriss tried to help Prince out by giving him money and recommending him for roles, but Prince couldn’t overcome his problems and he grew increasingly envious of his happier, more successful friend.

On 16th December 1897, Prince waited for Terriss outside the Adelphi’s stage door on Maiden Lane. Prince was concealing a knife and – when Terriss arrived for that night’s performance – Prince launched a frenzied attack, repeatedly stabbing him in front of both passers-by and Terriss’s lover and leading lady Jessie Millward. Legend states that – as Terriss lay dying in Millward’s arms – his last words were ‘I will be back.’ Prince was later found guilty of Terriss’s murder, but – as he was also judged insane – he wasn’t executed but instead was sent to the Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum. He died there in 1936.

Terriss seems to have stuck to his final vow. In the 1920s, reports began of his ghost haunting the Adelphi Theatre. In 1928, a young actress was taking a nap in a dressing room prior to a performance. Her bed began to shake and she woke to find herself surrounded by a strange green mist. Unseen hands grabbed at her, hands that would leave bruises on her arms. Two mysterious knocks on the door brought the experience to an end. The dressing room had often been used by Terriss’s lover Jessie Millward and the door led out onto Maiden Lane. Apparently, when Millward was in the dressing room, Terriss would pass by and knock on the door twice to let her know he’d arrived.

William Terriss - who is reputed to haunt Covent Garden Underground Station - with his lover and leading lady Jessie Millward

William Terriss, the murdered actor reputed to haunt Covent Garden Tube Station, with his lover and leading lady Jessie Millward

Other performers at the Adelphi claim to have heard unexplained voices and to have seen the ghost of William Terriss walking around the building, dressed in theatrical costume and sometimes brandishing a cane. The last sighting of Terriss at the Adelphi was in 1950, when he supposedly manifested in front of several witnesses.

Thereafter, Terriss seems to have switched to haunting Covent Garden Underground Station. This might seem a puzzling venue for a thespian ghost, but there was once a bakery on the site that was knocked down to make way for the Tube stop. The bakery was frequented by William Terriss.

The 1972 sighting of Terriss at Covent Garden is the last reported occasion of anyone seeing his ghost. Some have speculated the spook may have disappeared thanks to the station becoming busier as Covent Garden morphed from an area of markets into a popular district for entertainment and nightlife. Others, more sceptically, believe its because people have simply forgotten about Terriss. Or perhaps the ghost just became tired of his hauntings and concluded it was time for his final curtain call.

Number 4: Kings Cross St Pancras Underground Station – A Disaster Victim and the Ghost of a Celtic Queen

The labyrinthine mass of tunnels that tie together the two mainline stations of Kings Cross and St Pancras have a dark and tragic history. On 18th November 1987, a small blaze, which began at around 7.30 pm beneath an escalator, exploded into a massive fireball, creating an inferno that burned until the early hours of the next morning. 31 people lost their lives and 100 had to be taken to hospital. Hundreds more, trapped deep in the flaming station, managed to escape on still-running Tube trains.

This catastrophe might explain an apparition seen by some passengers in one of the tunnels leading into the Underground station. A woman – aged about 25 – dressed in jeans and 1980s-style clothing, has been spotted with her arms outstretched, sobbing uncontrollably. During the first reported encounter with her, in 1998, as passer-by stopped to ask the woman if she was all right. The passer-by was startled when another passenger walked through the woman as if she wasn’t there. The young woman then disappeared, but several passengers have seen her since.

The Kings Cross Underground Station fire has supposedly led to hauntings.

Fire rips through Kings Cross Underground Station in 1987. The Tube station is reputedly haunted by the ghost of a victim of the disaster. (Photo: Christopher Newberry )

A far more bizarre ghostly legend associated with Kings Cross suggests that the Celtic Queen Boudicca – who led a ferocious rebellion against Roman rule around 60 AD – is buried under one of the platforms of the mainline station. Some say her grave lies beneath platform 8, others that platforms 9 or 10 were built over her resting place. Boudicca’s ghost is rumoured to roam the tunnels of the Underground station directly below her tomb.

Boudicca destroyed St Albans and Colchester – as well as the vital settlement of Londinium – in a horror show of flames, slaughter and rampaging chariots before the Romans eventually defeated her. Even today, a red layer of oxidised iron and burnt clay can be seen in London’s soil, evidence of Boudicca’s fiery devastation. But why is this British rebel reputed to be interred beneath Kings Cross?

Boudicca, whose ghost haunts Kings Cross Underground station

The statue of Boudicca (also known as Boadicea) near the Houses of Parliament. Boudicca is the only person to have destroyed London then had a statue raised to her in the city.

The connection of Boudicca with the area where Kings Cross Station would later be built began with the notion – quickly embraced by excitable early historians and enthusiastic locals – that the queen’s last battle had occurred there. The discovery of the remains of an elephant with an axe embedded in its skull in a gravel pit at the top of Grays Inn Road led to the assumption that the Romans had brought over the elephant and that a Celtic warrior had wedged the weapon in its cranium. Might, people reasoned, this soldier have fought in Boudicca’s army? Other ‘evidence’ in the vicinity suggested this might be the case. A structure spanning the River Fleet bore the name Battle Bridge while the remnants of Barnsbury Manor in nearby Islington were believed to be the remains of a Roman military camp and even marked as such on maps.

Modern research has debunked these romantic theories. The elephant and axe date from the Neolithic era, well before Boudicca’s time, while the remains of Barnsbury Manor are from the Middle Ages, long after her revolt. Battle Bridge only acquired its name in the mid-1600s – its new title probably a corruption of an earlier name like ‘Batford’ or ‘Bradford Bridge’. Even today, historians cannot say with any accuracy where Boudicca made her final stand.

Boudicca’s last battle was swiftly followed by her death – she’s said to have swallowed poison after losing it. But though erroneous reasonings have long placed the battlefield close to Kings Cross, the area doesn’t seem to have been considered as a location for her grave until quite recently, with more impressive sites like Stonehenge or a barrow high on Hampstead’s Parliament Hill being seen as more suitable for this honour.

The notion that Boudicca lies beneath Kings Cross Station doesn’t appear to have emerged until the Second World War. The whole thing may have started as a joke, with platform 10 perhaps suggested because trains for Cambridge left from there, Cambridge being (reasonably) close to the East Anglican homeland of Boudicca’s Iceni tribe. The idea, however, soon caught on with the populace, who perhaps seized on the concept of a British monarch (the name ‘Boudicca’ means ‘victory’) resisting a mighty military power from the Continent. An urban legend was, therefore, born and Boudicca’s ghost – presumably flying in her chariot down escalators and through tunnels, her famous yellow hair streaming out behind her – was added to London Underground’s strange collection of spooks.

Number 5: Farringdon Underground Station – Haunted by the Screaming Ghost of a Murdered Girl

Farringdon Underground Station – which lies just outside the boundaries of the ancient City of London – is rumoured to be haunted by a ‘screaming spectre’. Late at night, passengers and staff are sometimes alarmed by hideous and pitiful shrieks that sound like they might come from a young girl.

Haunted Farringdon Underground Station

Do the platforms of Farringdon Tube Station resound to the screams of a ghost of a murdered girl? (Photo: mattbuck )

This ‘screaming spectre’ is thought to be the ghost of Anne Naylor. Anne lived in the Farringdon district before the station was built, then a poor and disreputable area full of criminals and gambling dens. 13-year-old Anne had been apprenticed to a mother and daughter who ran a hat-making business, but her mistresses were sadistic, subjecting their young charge to vicious beatings and sometimes starving her.

After one especially brutal assault, the mother and daughter were shocked to find that Anne had died. Panicking, they stowed Anne’s body in the attic, but as a gruesome smell soon suggested she’d started to decompose, they knew they couldn’t keep her there. They tried to dispose of Anne’s corpse by chopping it up and burning it on the fire, but abandoned this strategy when they realised the disgusting stench of burning flesh might alert their neighbours. In desperation, they threw what remained of Anne into an open sewer, which lay where Farringdon Station would later be constructed.

Anne’s remains were found, but – amazingly – the coroner, despite the fact Anne had been dismembered and burned, ruled she hadn’t been murdered. The case was soon forgotten and the hat makers would have got away with it, but one of them – several years later – blurted out what had happened and they were both hung.

The crime again faded from memory until Farringdon Underground Station was built and rumours began to circulate of Anne’s ghost. It’s said that if you stand on the platform at night, you can hear Anne Naylor’s shrieks echoing down the tracks.

Number 6: Bethnal Green Underground Station – Haunted by the Wails of Disaster Victims

During the Second World War, Bethnal Green Tube Station was – like many stations on the Underground – used as an air-raid shelter. When the sirens began to moan, the residents of the poor, overpopulated East End district would make their way down the station stairs, to sometimes spend whole nights shielded from the bombs falling above. The station housed an incredible 5,000 bunks and could host up to 7,000 people.

Londoners sheltering from an air-raid in a Tube station

Londoners sheltering from an air-raid in a Tube station

On 3rd March 1943, however, death and calamity struck Bethnal Green, but not as a direct result of a German bomb. The sirens had sounded and hundreds of people were pouring into the Underground station, mainly the elderly, women and children as most younger men were away fighting. A woman carrying a baby and bundle of bedding stumbled and fell on the crowded, blacked-out staircase. A woman and child fell over her, knocking yet more people down, and soon the stairway was a scene of people tripping and tumbling on top of each other, with some becoming trapped in a tangled heap of bodies. Panic spread and people’s frantic struggles to get off the staircase made things even worse.

Nearly 300 people are thought to have fallen. 173 died from being crushed or asphyxiated and 60 others were taken to hospital. The government – fearing news of the disaster could be bad for morale – didn’t report the catastrophe for 36 hours, leading to accusations of a cover-up. When the incident was reported, it was announced the deaths had resulted from a direct hit by a bomb and a memorial plaque wasn’t put up until 50 years later.

No other incident during World War II resulted in a greater loss of British civilian life. The disaster also saw the largest number of deaths caused by any incident on the London Underground. Of those who perished, only 27 were men – the rest were women and children.

Unsurprisingly, this traumatic event has led many to believe Bethnal Green Underground Station is haunted. People have reported hearing the sounds of children crying and women screaming, especially late at night. In 1981, an employee was working the night shift alone at Bethnal Green. After all the passengers had left, he locked up the station and went to an office to do some paperwork.

He began to hear children crying. At first, he ignored the sound, but it got louder and louder and was soon augmented by what seemed to be women’s screams and people panicking. The noise went on for 10 or 15 minutes. Deeply alarmed, the employee ventured out into the ticket hall, where he could see no one.

The man said, ‘I was frightened to go back to the office because of the noise down there. It was quite frightening, actually. I still don’t want to go through Bethnal Green to this day; I can’t forget it, you know.’

Number 7: Aldwych – A ‘Ghost’ Underground Station Haunted by a Victorian Actress

Aldwych, a haunted London Underground ghost station

An abandoned platform at Aldwych, an allegedly haunted ‘ghost station’ on the London Underground (Photo: Pencefn )

William Terriss is not the only thespian ghost on the London Underground. Aldwych Station, in the West End’s theatreland, sat at the end of a spur branching off the Piccadilly Line, whose main function seems to have been to shuttle theatregoers to plays. Apart from this, the station was quiet. When its lifts were found to need expensive repairs in 1993, London Underground decided the cost wasn’t worth it. Aldwych closed the following year, joining the Tube’s ranks of around 40 ‘ghost stations’.

Aldwych can, however, boast its own theatrical phantom. Perhaps this is a result of the station having been built on the site of the Royal Strand Theatre. The ghost is that of a Victorian actress who – it’s said – thinks she has not yet enjoyed her final curtain call. Cleaners and maintenance workers have spotted her. Aldwych’s spooky tunnels have proved a popular location for shooting scenes for films and TV – members of film crews have seen shadowy fleeting figures and experienced unsettling sensations down there.

What Could Explain All the Legends of Ghosts on the London Underground?

The seven stations above are just some of those on the London Underground reputed to be haunted. Other examples of ghostly goings-on include the spirit of a young woman who boards the tubes at Elephant and Castle, the apparition of a man hanging onto the outside of a phantom train at South Kensington, and a faceless lady at Becontree, a spectre thought to be linked to a collision that killed 10 people in 1958. But why has this transport system generated so many stories of spooks?

Some ghosts of the London Underground largely originated from urban legends or press sensationalism – the malevolent mummy of British Museum, for example, or Boudicca at Kings Cross. Even the tales that have more of a foothold in reality contain inconsistencies. Could Sarah Whitehead, for instance, really have been completely shielded from news of her brother’s trial and wouldn’t she have become more suspicious after not seeing him for many days? Other London folklore is open to question, such as the idea of Underground stations being built in plague pits. The construction of the Tube undoubtedly disturbed crypts and churchyards and though it may have also disrupted plague pits, there are no actual records of this happening. Even Daniel Defoe’s famous plague pit in Aldgate cannot be said for sure to have been dug on the spot Aldgate Underground Station now occupies.

There’s also the sheer size and busyness of the London Underground. The network boasts 11 lines, 270 stations and 250 miles (400 kilometres) of track. In 2017-18, the network played host to 1.357 billion passenger journeys. Surely, just considering the laws of chance, a certain number of allegedly supernatural experiences would be likely to take place within such a vast system.

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London’s sprawling Tube network has one of the world’s highest concentrations of alleged hauntings and ghost stories. (Photo: ShortList )

Tunnelling under an ancient city has also inevitably meant that the network has impinged on sites linked to bloodshed, disaster and the macabre, sites whose legends have added to the Underground’s gothic notoriety. Gallows, for instance, are said to have stood opposite Camden Town Tube Station while the station itself is rumoured to have been built over the home of an infamous witch named Mother Damnable . When Mother Damnable died, hundreds of people are reputed to have seen the Devil entering her cottage.

But, even considering its large dimensions and its habit of linking up sites connected with gruesome events, the London Underground does house more than its share of ghosts. How might we account for the strange sounds and apparitions that perfectly ordinary passengers and employees have witnessed on the Tube?

One theory concerns a phenomenon called infrasound. Infrasound refers to noises – measuring less than about 20 hertz – that are too low for humans to hear. Even though we can’t hear infrasound, large amounts of it can still affect us, putting us ‘on edge’ by triggering our ‘fight or flight mechanism’. Too much infrasound can make us feel cold, make us shiver, make the hair stand up on our necks, and even lead to us glimpsing shadowy objects and having more extreme reactions to unexpected noises. On the London Underground – because of the sounds made by trains, escalators and various machines – there can be exceptionally high infrasound levels.

Vic Tandy, a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University, tested out the infrasound theory for the 2005 Channel Five documentary Ghosts on the Underground . Using a low-frequency microphone to measure infrasound on a train on a section of track known as the Kennington Loop, Vic said, ‘If that was audible sound that would be a disco that would be just about as loud as you could possibly stand; you would come away from that with your ears ringing … that might be responsible for levels of unease that other events might be more likely to give a paranormal feel too.’

The Kennington Loop – a ring where Northern Line trains turn round – is notorious among drivers for generating spooky sensations. Though no passengers should be on trains when they go through the loop’s 160-year-old tunnels, drivers have reported hearing the connecting doors between carriages banging and other unexplained sounds. A man was apparently killed at Kennington Station while trying to board a train and dragged into the sidings.

Another eerie tunnel is Pages Walk, a service tunnel near Embankment Station that runs under the Thames. Underground staff who’ve ventured along it have reported feelings of great discomfort, as well as doors mysteriously banging, footstep-like noises, lights flickering off and on, and sudden drops in temperature (unexplained cold is widely seen as a sign spooks are near).

When Vic went down Pages Walk, he acknowledged the ‘whole atmosphere of this place is incredible’, noting ‘cold blasts of air’ and extreme temperature changes. He also noted a great deal of low-frequency sound and took temperature readings showing a drop of 10 degrees. He found the strange draughts – and the resulting banging doors – were caused by trains going by in adjacent tunnels. The temperature changes might have also been caused by the trains redistributing air currents.

Might London Underground's spooky tunnels harbour ghosts?

Might high infrasound levels be responsible for legends of ghosts on the London Underground? (Photo: boutiquehotelier ) 

At Bethnal Green, Vic found that infrasound levels were high in the office. He also electronically simulated a female scream coming from outside the station to see if the sound would behave in an odd way – and discovered it was possible for people to clearly hear sounds from outside within the ticket hall. Might the shrieks heard at Bethnal Green, Farringdon, British Museum and Holborn have been noises from outside: sounds that then echoed strangely through booking offices, along tunnels and down tracks – noises rendered especially creepy by high levels of infrasound?

Some spooky occurrences on the London Underground, however, are harder to explain. In 1984, a trainee manager was walking along a Northern Line tunnel at night to check it after the trains had stopped. Between Oval and Stockwell Stations, he met an older man working in an area called South Island Place, where the tunnel broadened out. What struck the trainee as strange was that – in contrast to his electric torch – the man was using an old-fashioned, paraffin-powered lantern known as a Tilly lamp.

He told the man he was surprised he had ‘one of those old lamps’ and the man replied he liked it better. After a quick chat, the trainee continued down the tunnel. Upon reaching Stockwell, he phoned a supervisor to tell him he’d walked the track and asked him what ‘the other guy was doing at South Island Place?’

‘What other guy?’ the supervisor asked with concern, insisting he’d booked no one in to work there that night.

The supervisor decided that – for safety reasons – they’d have to search the tunnel and he and the trainee walked in opposite directions along it, meeting in the middle without having seen anyone. The search meant the first early morning trains were delayed so the trainee’s manager called him in for a disciplinary meeting.

The trainee said, ‘He gave me a very old-fashioned look and said, “You know about South Island Place and the ghost stories, do you?” I said, “No”, but I was sure he didn’t believe me and he said there was a myth about some old guy who’d been hit by a train and killed donkey’s years ago. He thought I was winding him up.’

In the 1950s, a maintenance worker was killed on that part of the Northern Line. The driver of the train that hit him said the man had been holding a Tilly lamp.

(This article’s main image shows the London Underground in about 1900.)

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I’ve been watching a YouTube channel recently where these are covered. It’s fascinating.

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There’s an excellent documentary on YouTube about hauntings on the Tube called ‘Ghosts on the Underground’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bf_bxfE5gw

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Thrilling stuff! I’ve always found underground stations rather unnerving

Thanks Sally, glad you enjoyed the eerie tales of ghosts on the London Underground!

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Very interesting reading about the stories of ghosts. I recall many years ago, when I was sat at my type writer, writing one of my first children stories. I was sat writing when my dog pushed his nose to myside, wanting to go out. I opened the door to let him out, on is return, he was covered in snow, I thought that’s odd, the weather forecast stated wind and rain. I looked out side and it was windy and raining, so the forecast was right. Has I step inside merlin the dog, was know were to be seen. I thought that’s odd, he always sit with me when I’m writing in the early hours of the morning. So I made my way, to the music room, just throw the arch way, and saw merlin sat with four Edwardian people. Mother and father, young son and little sister. The first word the gentleman said was just passing down, my reply was lovely to meet you all, I must get on with this storie I’m writing. He Placed his hand to his hat a smiled, as the hours pass I occasionally looked to see how they were doing. As my candle shortened I new it was time to finish. I looked again and the passing people had moved on.

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Great article David. Do you have any more details about the commuter who saw the Black Nun in 2001?

I’m afraid I don’t. Glad you enjoyed the article, Alex.

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Great stuff I really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for more

Cheers, Jamie, glad you enjoyed my accounts of London Underground’s ghosts!

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It's not hard to find ghost stories in a big old city like London. The phantom population is such that we can easily find at least one haunting* for every inner-London underground station, or areas close by. Here, then, is your guide to London's spooks in the tried and trusted format of an alternative tube map.

Beer Flood Road (Tottenham Court Road)

The Dominion Theatre is built on the site of the Meux brewery. In 1814, a huge barrel burst open. Eight people lost their lives , some of whom drowned in beer. Theatre-goers have often reported strange sensations in the theatre. One couple even captured this not overwhelmingly convincing image of a spectral girl. She may be one of those killed in the flood. Or else a loose flap of material.

Black Dog (St Paul's)

The spectral hound that supposedly hangs out round the back of the Old Bailey is one of London's most famous ghosts. The phantom has been sighted on many occasions over many centuries, skulking along a brick wall in Amen Court. The ghastly form, which is accompanied by a vile smell, is said to be the spirit of a 13th century sorcerer, whose body was eaten in desperation by the starving prisoners of Newgate.

Black Lady (Victoria)

The otherwise unremarkable Shakespeare pub (named after local landowner John Shakespeare, not The Bard) is haunted by a spectral female form dressed in black . Some say the poor lady was a Southern commuter who died of malnutrition while waiting in vain for the appearance of her train.

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Black Nun (Bank)

Bank clerk Philip Whitehead was arrested and hanged for forging cheques in 1811. The news drove his sister Sarah mad. Every day for the rest of her life, Sarah would visit the bank and ask to see her brother. As she always did this in mourning dress, staff nicknamed her the 'Black Nun'. Her visits continued after her death. She's been glimpsed on Threadneedle Street and even in the passageways of Bank station.

Bleeding Heart (Chancery Lane)

The Bleeding Heart Tavern and Bistro are well known places to dine out near Farringdon. They're situated in the evocatively named Bleeding Heart Yard. The name commemorates a noble lady whose body was found here, ripped limb from limb but with her heart still beating. Her ghost haunts this strange cul-de-sac. More agreeable spirits can be found in the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, which dwells in one of the buildings overlooking the yard.

Bloody Bonner (Bethnal Green)

Bishop Edward Bonner was well known for persecuting protestants under the reign of Queen Mary I, for which he earned the nickname Bloody Bonner. His coach and four black horses are said to haunt Victoria Park, while the man himself has been seen in the (now-closed) Bishop Bonner pub on Bonner Street. Bethnal Green is, of course, also the scene of the worst disaster on the tube, when 173 people were killed in a crush in 1943. Anguished cries are still supposedly heard by station staff.

Blue Overalls (Moorgate)

Passengers awaiting a train in the 1970s reported seeing a man in blue overalls who, on closer approach, adopted a look of absolute horror before vanishing into a wall. The story has been linked to the Moorgate rail crash of 1975, in which many died.

Bone Hill (Old Street)

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Bunhill Fields just south of the station is a well-known graveyard for non-conformists like William Blake and Daniel Defoe. It was also a dumping ground for 'thousands of carriage-loads' of human bones, during a clear out of St Paul's charnel house around 1550. It's not surprising that many strange sights have been seen here, from hooded phantoms to mysterious handprints .

Boudica (King's Cross St Pancras)

According to local lore, the Queen of the Iceni is buried between platforms 9 and 10. (That the Hogwarts Express can also be found here is coincidence — JK Rowling was imagining Euston when she wrote the Harry Potter novels.) Boudica's ghost is said to haunt the tunnels beneath the station, as is a female victim of the 1987 King's Cross fire.

Brown Giant (Vauxhall)

The ghostly presence of a seven-foot-tall man in brown overalls was seen on several occasions during construction of the Victoria line. We're dubbing him Chewbacca.

Chained Convict (Pimlico)

The Morpeth Arms is built next to the old Millbank Penitentiary, a notorious prison that once held convicts awaiting transportation. The pub not only claims to have cells from the gaol in its basement, but also reckons that it's 'haunted by prisoners and prison staff'. Ignore all that, and head upstairs for a pleasant dining room overlooking the Thames.

Cinema Spook (Notting Hill)

The landmark Coronet cinema has its own ghost. Legend has it that a cashier was once caught raiding the till. She was so ashamed at her act that she leapt to her death from an upper storey. Her footsteps can still be heard running upstairs to the scene of her fatal plunge.

Creepy Clock (Holborn)

The Dolphin pub in Red Lion Passage contains a haunted clock. The hands have not moved since a zeppelin bomb all-but-destroyed the pub in the first world war. Although the mechanism remains broken, the eerie clock can nevertheless be heard to tick on quiet nights — which don't often happen in this tiny boozer.

Cross Bones (Borough)

Supposedly a former burial ground for prostitutes, paupers and the 'outcast dead', Cross Bones is now a well-known memorial site, with regular vigils for the departed. It does not harbour any specific ghosts, but there is always an otherworldly feel about the place, heightened by this recent graffiti.

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Cursed Nurse (Euston Square)

University College Hospital has an extra member of staff who requires no salary. A ghostly nurse, in Edwardian uniform, walks the wards, still attending to patients. She's thought to be Lizzie Church, a nurse who accidentally killed a patient and committed suicide in remorse.

Death Bell (Blackfriars)

The curiously named church of St Andrew-by-the-Wardrobe has a still more curious bell named Gabriel. It is said to ring of its own accord to indicate death or tragedy. The bell previously hung in the parish church of Avenbury, Herefordshire. Despite its relocation to Blackfriars, it was heard to toll upon the death of Avenbury's vicar.

Disturbed Nun (Lambeth North)

The London Road depot for Bakerloo line trains hides beside St George's Circus. It's reputedly haunted by a distressed nun , thought to be linked to a nearby Roman Catholic school.

Drunk Cavalier (Temple)

The George Tavern at the eastern end of Strand is a fine old pub whose basement dates back much further than the 20th century frontage. It's apparently haunted by a cavalier , seen on numerous occasions by people who totally haven't had too much to drink.

Empty Cowl (Monument)

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St Magnus Martyr church once marked the northern end of London Bridge. It's haunted by a dark-robed figure thought to be the shade of bible translator Miles Coverdale. One witness described looking into the figure's hood and seeing no face. TS Eliot had a ghostly crowd flowing over London Bridge past this church, 'so many, I had not thought death had undone so many'.

Escalator Spook (Marble Arch)

Ever ridden an escalator with the nagging feeling that someone is stood right behind you? Happens all the time at Marble Arch. The escalators here are stalked by a well-dressed gentleman in a Trilby who vanishes when looked at directly. The story is clearly far fetched. Nobody on London Underground ever looks directly at anyone else.

Fall Guy (Earl's Court)

All ghost stories are ultimately made up by somebody, so why not a reviewer on TripAdvisor ? According to travellingman503 (that may not be his real name), the Hotel Ibis in Earl's Court is 'certainly haunted' by a staff member who 'fell to his death in the elevator shaft in the early 1900s' — quite a feat, given that the hotel dates from the 1970s. The time-travelling spook supposedly haunts the 11th and 12th floors, where it opens wardrobe doors and leaves baths running.

50 Berkeley Square (Bond Street)

One of London's most notorious hauntings concerns this old town house in Mayfair. The upper rooms are said to be plagued by a ghost so appalling that witnesses either go mad or kill themselves. For a time, this was the most famous haunted house in the country, but it's now considered a load of crap.

Fireman's Pole-tergeist (Euston)

In 2007, a worker at Euston Fire Station captured a grainy video of a hooded phantom, who promptly disappeared. Prepare to be disappointed by the inconclusive footage . Nevertheless, fire fighters at the station have long thought the place haunted.

Flushing Phantom (Bow Road)

The Bow Bells pub has a particularly annoying ghost, which lingers in the ladies toilet, pulling the chain while customers are mid-flow. The original Moaning Myrtle from the Harry Potter books.  

Forty Footsteps (Goodge Street)

During the Georgian era, two duelling brothers fatally killed each other somewhere in the Bloomsbury area . For years afterwards, no grass would grow upon the ground, and their footprints would soon reappear if ever they were removed. The land became known as the Field of Forty Footsteps.

Ghost Street (Leicester Square)

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A little up Charing Cross Road lies a strange throwback to another era. Peer through a grating in the middle of the road and you'll see an old sign for Little Compton Street. This road has now vanished from the maps, buried when Charing Cross Road was driven through the area. It still lingers in 'ghost' form beneath the grille. (A more sober explanation is that this is simply a Victorian service tunnel that's adopted the old street name.)

Ghostly Clang (Great Portland Street)

Grasmere House in the Regent's Park Estate has an eerie reputation. In 2016, residents called in a team of paranormal investigators to get to the bottom of a mysterious clanging noise. It's definitely supernatural and not a mischievous resident or some dodgy plumbing.

Ghost Train (South Kensington)

A phantom train , complete with spectral guard, is said to have vanished in a tunnel next to the station back in 1928. Its eerie whistle can still be heard. Or at least it would be if the crowds of school children would ever abate.

Grenadier Ghoul (Hyde Park Corner)

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The Grenadier pub, hidden between Belgrave Square and Hyde Park Corner, is a charming old boozer, once favoured by the soldiers from the nearby barracks. Every September, punters report supernatural activity, with objects moving of their own accord and sudden temperature drops. The ghost is said to be a soldier who, caught cheating at cards, took such a beating from his comrades that he died of his injuries.  

Hair Stroker (Aldgate)

Way back when, a London Underground engineer accidentally made contact with the live rail while on the tracks at Aldgate. The shock should have killed him, but he somehow survived without injury. Witnesses swore that, just before he touched the rail, they'd seen the mysterious figure of a woman stroking the man's hair.

Jack the Ripper (Westminster)

Although the Ripper is chiefly associated with the East End, his ghost haunts Westminster Bridge. Suspect Montague Druitt committed suicide here in December 1888. His phantom appears on the bridge parapet on New Year's Eve, before vanishing.

Jimmy Garlick (Mansion House)

The church of St James Garlickhythe contains a macabre secret. The mummified remains of an unknown man were discovered in the vault in the 1850s. Christened ' Jimmy Garlick ' the mummy was put on display for paying Victorian visitors. He's still there, but hidden from view. Jimmy's ghost is said to protect the church. During the second world war, a mysterious robed figure was seen walking through the church on many occasions before air raids. The church was one of the few to emerge from the Blitz unscathed.

Knightsbridge Troglodyte (Knightsbridge)

Something strange was filmed on Knightsbridge tube platform in 2016. A fleeting but clear outline of a humanoid figure can be seen skulking in the running tunnel. The linked article suggests this could be a spirit from a plague pit near the station, or perhaps one of the fabled troglodytes reported to live in the tube tunnels. More likely, it's a prankster with a deathwish, or maybe just a fake.

Lacy Stacey (Marylebone)

In 2000, a maintenance worker witnessed the apparition of a lady dressed in a lace top. A cleaner confirmed that there had been other sightings. Her name is unknown, but we're dubbing her Lacy Stacey.

Lady Vanishes (Elephant and Castle)

Perhaps we're imagining it, but E&C tube always seems to have a maudlin feel about it. It's certainly attracted its share of ghost stories. One oft-told tale speaks of a young lady who enters an empty, early morning train, only to vanish completely.

Leaping Lady (Embankment)

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Cleopatra's Needle has a long-held reputation for supernatural activity. In one recurring tale, police officers are stopped by a lady a little further along the Embankment. She pleads with them to stop a suicide attempt at the obelisk. The police race to the scene, only to see the same lady plummeting into the Thames. There is no splash.

London Stone (Cannon Street)

An old legend states that if London Stone is ever moved, then the city will no longer flourish. The ancient monument was (temporarily) shifted to the Museum of London in May 2016, a month before the Brexit vote. Draw your own conclusions.

Marching Monks (Southwark)

Construction of the Jubilee line disturbed many burial grounds in the Southwark area. Phantom monks have been seen walking through the tunnels.

Marsh Man (Stepney Green)

A cloaked, shambling figure is frequently seen roaming the ancient streets to the south of the tube station. The mystery man is thought to be an old pedlar who drowned in Stepney Marsh long ago, after being mugged.

Mary Ann Nichols (Whitechapel)

Jack the Ripper's first 'canonical' victim was murdered on Bucks Row (now Durward Street) behind Whitechapel station. Passers-by have heard ghostly wails, while dogs and horses refuse to stop .

Necropolis (Waterloo)

Waterloo station once had its very own 'ghost train', which would convey the bodies of the dead out to Brookwood cemetery in Surrey. The so-called Necropolis railway lasted until 1941 when war damage at Waterloo hastened its closure. Part of the land became a railway training school whose corridors were haunted by a door-slamming ghost in the 1990s (see James Clark's book Haunted Lambeth).

Old Mary (Lancaster Gate)

The Mitre is a fine old Young's pub with a grisly past. In the 18th century, a scullery maid called Mary caught the eye of local land owner Lord Craven. Lady Craven got wind of the affair and stabbed Mary to death. Today, the pub's basement bar is known as Old Mary's in commemoration. Her ghost has been seen and felt on many occasions , though we suspect the whole tale started out as a joke when someone ordered a bloody mary.

Pepys (Charing Cross)

Diarist Samuel Pepys is said to haunt number 12 Buckingham Street , his former home. The ghost was spotted several times in the 1950s.

Poorly Child (Paddington)

Safestore is one of those ubiquitous businesses that provides storage space for paying customers. Some of its stores have a bonus security feature in the nebulous shape of a ghost. The Paddington branch is one such. The Victorian building was once a children's hospital. Workers have spotted a ghostly child on CCTV, perhaps a victim of a diphtheria outbreak in 1893 that did for many of the patients.

Pig-Wolf (Green Park)

The park boasts several ghosts, but perhaps the most fearsome lurks in the shadow of an old plane tree. It sports a pig-like face with a wolf’s mouth and 'pale, hate-filled eyes', if you can imagine such a miscreation. Several men have died under the 'Pig Tree', while women feel a 'cruel hatred' toward men when near it. More here .

Prophet of Doom (Russell Square)

The Grange Blooms Hotel's lounge is troubled by the spirit of the Rev John Cumming. This Victorian preacher was obsessed with the end times. He famously predicted that " …the forthcoming end of the world will be hastened by the construction of underground railways burrowing into infernal regions and thereby disturbing the Devil." Which is basically the plot of Reign of Fire .

Queen Anne (St James's Park)

For 364 days a year, the statue of Queen Anne stands motionless in Queen Anne's Gate. But every 1 August, she steps down from her plinth and dances around the area. Nobody pays her the slightest bit of attention, because this is London.

Ragged School (Mile End)

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The Ragged School is an old school for poor children, set up in Victorian times by Dr Barnardo. We once spent the night there on a ghost watch. We didn't see any spooks, but others were convinced that the place was creeping with lost souls. Actually, the scariest thing about it was walking back through Mile End Park at 5am.

Reclining Man (Liverpool Street)

The 10 Bells pub in Spitalfields is famous for its Jack the Ripper associations. Its ghost, though, is an anonymous elderly man who haunts the rooms above the pub. Witnesses wake in the middle of the night to find the apparition lying in their bed.

Reflected Spook (Edgware Road)

Passengers have reported the reflection of another passenger sitting beside them, even though nobody is there.

Room 333 (Oxford Circus)

The historic Langham Hotel has a haunted bedroom, the half-beastly number 333 , where guests see apparitions and a glowing ball. Those who've witnessed the ghost include TV announcer James Alexander Gordon.

Royal Mistress (Sloane Square)

Lillie Langtry, actress and special friend to Edward VII, is reputed to haunt this hotel. She lived in a house on the site, which was eventually subsumed into the building.

Sarah Siddons (Baker Street)

Siddons was one of the most famous actors of the Georgian stage. Her theatrics continued long after death, at least according to the stories that say her spirit continued to wander the rooms of her former home at 27 Upper Baker Street. The house is long gone, replaced by mansion-style housing.

Scratching Fanny (Barbican)

Cock Lane is a good 5-10 minute walk from Barbican tube, but it has to be included as the scene of London's most famous ghost. Tales of a noisy apparition called Scratching Fanny caused a sensation in Georgian London. Huge crowds, among them lords, ladies and celebrities, would assemble in the narrow thoroughfare in an effort to catch a glimpse of the lewdly named spook. The case was so notorious, it's one of the few hauntings to inspire a Wikipedia entry that runs to several thousand words . Alas, the whole thing was faked.

Scream Teen (Farringdon)

13 year-old Anne Naylor was a maltreated orphan who starved to death after being tied to an attic door. To conceal her death, her guardian dismembered the body, burnt the remains, then threw what was left into the Fleet Ditch. Not long after, locals claimed to have seen the ghost of a girl and heard screams in the area. The house was demolished to make way for Farringdon station. Strange shrieks and horrified faces can frequently be encountered on platforms 3 and 4, because Thameslink.

Shrieking Mummy ghost station (British Museum)

A ghost in a ghost station. This former Central line stop is reputedly haunted by the shade of a Pharaoh (or Pharaoh's daughter) whose earthly remains are housed in the nearby museum. The Egyptian presence is said to shriek at anyone who comes near. Cleopatra comin' atcha.

Spooky Squirrel (West Brompton)

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Brompton Cemetery is haunted by a ghostly squirrel, often seen scrabbling about in the undergrowth. Interestingly, the sciurine spook is said to resemble a red squirrel, a species not seen in London for many decades.

Stove-hatted Gent (Piccadilly Circus)

Fortnum & Mason claims a particularly menacing ghost, which takes the form of a Victorian gent in distinctive headgear. According to the venerable shop , the 'chilling, malevolent presence' has caused some employees to quit their jobs immediately. He's been linked to a long-forgotten murder on Jermyn Street.

Technophobe (London Bridge)

The George Inn on Borough High Street is one of London's most historic pubs, now managed by the National Trust. The ghost of a former landlady haunts its wooden rooms, causing malfunctions on any electronic devices she encounters. The technophobe ghost presided over the pub at the time when the nearby train station put an end to the coaching business, and much of her trade. Consequently, she hates any new technology. Even Snapchat.

Templar Ghost (Regent's Park)

Famous London townhouse 33 Portland Place comes with remarkable interiors and its own resident ghost. Noted freemason and former resident Lord Charles Townshend has been spotted 'drifting down the main staircase clad in Templar robes'.

Terriss (Covent Garden)

Look out for the shade of actor William Terriss . He was stabbed to death outside the Adelphi Theatre in 1897. Oddly, though, his spectre haunts Covent Garden tube station.

Tower Bear (Tower Hill)

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The Tower of London is Spook Central, and home to many ghosts. Perhaps the oddest concerns a phantom bear, whose apparition once scared a man to death. The bear may be the shade of the polar bear who lived in the Tower menagerie in the 13th century.

Tudor Ladies (Angel)

The Old Queen's Head is a favourite pub on Essex Road. It's haunted by a woman and girl, said to be dressed in Tudor costume. The unexplained slamming of doors and mysterious sobbing are not unknown.

Weeping Woman (Bermondsey)

Another branch of Safestore (see also 'Poorly Child') claims a resident ghost . Customer 'Karen' reported a sobbing presence in the chain's Old Jamaica Road branch, set within the railway arches. "I heard a woman crying from inside one of the units near mine and rushed to get someone to unlock it... A member of staff opened the unit but it was completely empty and the crying had stopped. We both heard it."

Whiteley's Wraith (Bayswater)

The Bayswater shopping centre has had a chequered history since it first opened as a department store in the 1860s. One particular low point came in 1907 when proprietor William Whiteley was shot dead by a man claiming to be his illegitimate son. Whiteley's ghost is said to haunt the corner of Queensway and Westbourne Grove.  

Wild Boy (Kensington High Street)

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Kensington Palace, a short walk from this station, is home to numerous ghosts, including foreign princesses and the shade of George II. The most mischievous is Peter the Wild Boy — a feral child found by George I in the woods near Hamelin, who later lodged in the Palace (and is immortalised in a mural on the main staircase — above). A ghostly boy, thought to be Peter, is said to haunt the rooms — which is a bit odd, as Peter died in his 70s in Hertfordshire.

Winston (Queensway)

Pugnacious prime minister Winston Churchill once lived nearby and is said to haunt the platforms of this Central line stop. If you want conclusive, unequivocal proof, then this photo is not for you .

*Assuming ghosts exist, which they don't.

All images by the author unless otherwise indicated.

Last Updated 24 October 2023

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Exploring London’S Haunted Stations And Ghostly Tales

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As one of the oldest and busiest subterranean systems in the world, the London Underground is not without its fair share of ghost stories and legends. With over 150 years of history beneath the city’s bustling streets, there are numerous haunted stations throughout the network that have become the stuff of legend.

One such station is said to be Aldwych, which closed its doors to the public in 1994. According to reports, the ghostly figure of a woman dressed in white has been seen wandering its deserted platforms late at night. The supernatural occurrences at Aldwych are said to be so frequent that they have deterred maintenance staff from entering alone.

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Another haunted station is said to be Bethnal Green, which was used as an air raid shelter during World War II. It is here that a tragic stampede occurred in 1943, resulting in the deaths of 173 people. Witnesses have reported feeling a strong presence in the area where the tragedy occurred, and some have even reported hearing the panicked screams and cries of the victims.

If you’re a fan of the paranormal, the London Underground offers a unique opportunity to explore the city’s dark and mysterious past. Keep an eye out for ghostly apparitions as you make your way through the network, and perhaps you too will experience the spine-tingling thrill of encountering a haunting on the Underground.

Haunted Stations Of London:

London Underground is home to many haunted stations. One of the most famous is said to be Liverpool Street. According to reports, passengers have reported seeing ghosts and apparitions of the dead for over 100 years. It is said that the ghosts are victims of the 1917 explosion which killed over 160 people during World War I.

Another haunted station is said to be Bank Station. It is said that the ghostly apparition of Sarah Whitehead, a woman who died in a train crash in 1894, still haunts the station. There are also reports of other ghosts lurking around the station, including that of a city gentleman who was killed on the platform.

Other haunted stations of London include Farringdon Station, which is said to be haunted by the ghost of a workman who died during the construction of the underground network. There are also reports of strange noises and a cold presence felt by passengers.

Finally, there is the haunted station of Russell Square. Passengers have often reported seeing a ghostly presence on the platform, believed to be the ghost of a victim of the 7/7 bombings in 2005.

Overall, the London Underground is full of history and mystery, with many haunted stations to explore for those who are brave enough.

Liverpool Street

Liverpool Street station is one of the busiest stations on the London Underground network. It is located in the heart of the City of London, making it a popular destination for commuters and tourists alike. The station is served by four lines: the Central, Circle, Metropolitan and Hammersmith & City lines.

Liverpool Street station has a rich history, having been first opened in 1874. Today, it is a modern and well-equipped transport hub that offers a wide range of facilities for passengers. These include shops and cafes, as well as good connections to other transport links such as buses and taxis.

For those visiting the station for the first time, there are plenty of things to see and do in the surrounding area. The station is situated near to many of London’s top attractions, including the Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Barbican Centre. There are also plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops in the vicinity, making it a great place to explore and spend time in.

Overall, Liverpool Street station is an important transport hub that is well worth a visit for anyone travelling to or from the City of London. Its central location, excellent transport links, and range of facilities make it a convenient and practical choice for anyone looking to explore the capital.

Whitechapel

Whitechapel is a station on the District and Hammersmith & City lines of the London Underground. It is located in the East End of London and is situated within Travelcard Zone 2. The station is in close proximity to various landmarks and attractions, such as the Whitechapel Gallery, Wilton’s Music Hall, and the East London Mosque.

The station is served by six platforms, four of which are used by the District line and two of which are used by the Hammersmith & City line. It was originally opened in 1876 as part of the Metropolitan District Railway and underwent major renovations in 2010, which included the installation of new lifts for accessibility.

In addition to being a hub for commuters and tourists, Whitechapel is historically significant due to its association with the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper. The area was the site of several of his murders in the late 19th century, and there is a Jack the Ripper Museum nearby that attracts visitors interested in the case.

Overall, Whitechapel is a bustling station with plenty to see and explore in the surrounding area.

The London Underground is a vast transportation system that covers virtually the entire city. It is the oldest underground rail system in the world, with the first section of the Metropolitan Line opening in 1863. It now boasts 270 stations and stretches for 250 miles. When navigating the London Underground, it’s important to note the various zones you’ll be traveling through to ensure that you pay the correct fare. There are 9 zones, with Zone 1 being the most central and Zone 9 being the farthest out. The London Underground offers several ticketing options, including the Oyster Card, which is essential for frequent travelers. It’s a smartcard that can be topped up with credit and can be used to pay for single journeys as well as daily and weekly travel cards. The Tube runs from approximately 5am to midnight, with trains running every 1-2 minutes during peak hours and every 5-10 minutes at other times. To make your journey easier, use the tube map and plan your route in advance. Overall, the London Underground is an efficient and cost-effective way to navigate the city, and with a little planning, it’s easy to get around the capital.

Bank is a London Underground station located in the heart of the City of London financial district. It is served by the Central, Northern and Waterloo & City lines.

The station is situated beneath the Bank of England and, as such, takes its name from this iconic institution. It first opened in 1900 and has since undergone significant refurbishment and modernisation.

Bank station is one of the busiest on the London Underground network, with over 52 million passenger entries and exits in 2018. It offers connections to several National Rail services, as well as several bus routes.

Within the station, there are several exits and entrances, each leading to different destinations within the City. These include the Royal Exchange, Mansion House and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Due to its location in the heart of the financial district, Bank station is particularly busy during weekday rush hours as commuters travel to and from work. However, it is generally quieter at weekends and during off-peak times.

Overall, Bank station is a key hub for transport in the City of London and provides essential links for commuters, tourists and residents alike.

Paddington station is a major railway and underground station in London. It is one of the busiest stations in the city and serves as a gateway to many popular destinations in the UK. The station is named after Paddington Bear, a famous fictional character that has become synonymous with the area.

The station is located in the heart of Paddington, a bustling district in West London. It is served by four underground lines (Bakerloo, Circle, District, and Hammersmith & City) and provides easy access to many of London’s top attractions, including Hyde Park, Notting Hill, and Oxford Street.

Visitors to Paddington can take the underground to explore nearby landmarks such as the Royal Albert Hall, the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum. There are also numerous restaurants, cafes, and shops in the area, making it a popular spot for tourists and locals alike.

Whether you’re heading out of London or just exploring the city, Paddington station is a great place to start. With its convenient location, excellent transport links, and vibrant atmosphere, it’s a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to London.

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Charing Cross

Charing Cross is a major transport hub in central London, located on the Bakerloo and Northern lines of the underground. It is also served by National Rail services, making it a convenient interchange for commuters and tourists alike. The station is situated close to many of London’s major attractions, including Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery, and the West End theatre district. Charing Cross station is particularly useful for those looking to travel south of the River Thames, with easy connections to Waterloo and Southwark stations. Additionally, there are numerous bus routes that pass through the area, providing a wealth of alternative transport options. To get rid of urban foxes in London, removing potential food sources is crucial. As such, visitors to Charing Cross are encouraged to dispose of their litter responsibly and keep food items sealed and out of sight, so as not to attract any unwanted wildlife. Overall, Charing Cross is a busy and bustling station that offers excellent transport links and easy access to many of London’s most famous landmarks.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a popular destination in London located in Zone 1. It is served by the Piccadilly Line on the London Underground with stations at Covent Garden and Leicester Square. The area is well known for its beautiful Piazza and historical market buildings that now host various shops, restaurants, and cafes. Covent Garden is also home to the Royal Opera House, where visitors can enjoy live performances and tours of the building.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Covent Garden, including street performers, art galleries, and museums. The London Transport Museum is a great place to learn about the history and development of the London Underground. Visitors can explore exhibits and take part in interactive exhibits and simulators.

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Covent Garden is also a great place to shop, with a range of designer and high street shops, as well as independent boutiques and market stalls. Foodies will love the variety of restaurants and cafes offering everything from street food to high-end dining.

In summary, Covent Garden is a vibrant and bustling area of London, with something for everyone. The underground stations at Covent Garden and Leicester Square make it easily accessible, and visitors can spend a whole day exploring and enjoying the atmosphere.

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Mansion House

Mansion House is an underground station situated in the heart of the City of London, specifically between Bank and Cannon Street stations. The station is served by the District and Circle Line and provides access to a number of important tourist attractions in the area, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, the Bank of England Museum, and the Guildhall Art Gallery.

The station was opened in 1871 and originally served as the eastern terminus of the Metropolitan District Railway. It was named after the nearby Mansion House, which is the official residence of the Lord Mayor of London. The station has undergone several renovations since its opening, with the most recent one completed in 2009.

The station features a number of amenities for passengers, including ticket machines and a ticket office. There are also shops and cafes located nearby, as well as several bus stops in the surrounding area. Passengers should take note that the station is not wheelchair accessible due to the lack of lifts or escalators, and only has stair access.

All in all, Mansion House is a convenient stop for visitors who wish to explore the City of London and its surrounding attractions.

Ghostly Stories Of London:

London is known for its rich history and haunting past, with many ghostly stories associated with the city’s famous landmarks and buildings. The London Underground, too, has its fair share of ghostly tales. One such story is that of the “Black Nun” of Bank station. According to legend, during the construction of the station, a worker came across the ghostly figure of a nun dressed in black who disappeared before his eyes.

Another ghostly tale associated with the Underground is that of the “Deadman’s Tunnel” on the Northern Line. This spooky section of the tunnel is said to be haunted by a maintenance worker who died in the late 1950s. Passengers have reported feeling a sudden drop in temperature and hearing disembodied footsteps in this part of the line.

Additionally, the abandoned British Museum station is said to be haunted by a ghostly figure believed to be that of an ancient Egyptian mummy. The station was closed to the public during World War II and has been abandoned ever since.

Despite these ghostly stories, the London Underground remains a popular mode of transportation for locals and tourists alike.

Screaming Tunnel

To travel to London, you need various documents such as a passport, visa and flight itinerary. As a guide to the London Underground, it’s important to highlight some of the unique sites and sounds that travellers can experience during their trip. One such site is the Screaming Tunnel, located on the outskirts of London. The tunnel is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young woman who was killed in a fire many years ago. Legend has it that if you light a match inside the tunnel, the ghost will scream in agony. Despite its eerie reputation, the Screaming Tunnel is a popular destination for tourists who are intrigued by its mysterious history. The tunnel is easily accessible by public transit, with a nearby Underground station providing easy access. Visitors are advised to exercise caution while visiting the tunnel, as some areas can be dark and treacherous. However, for those who are brave enough to visit, the Screaming Tunnel is a truly unique experience that is not soon forgotten.

The Railway Phantom

The railway phantom is a legendary figure associated with the London Underground. Legend has it that the phantom is the ghost of a worker who was killed during the construction of the underground railway in the early 20th century. The phantom is said to haunt the tunnels of the underground, appearing to workers and commuters alike.

There have been many reported sightings of the railway phantom over the years, with some people claiming to have heard eerie noises and others claiming to have seen the figure of a man in an old-fashioned railway uniform walking along the tracks.

Despite the many reports of sightings, there is no evidence to suggest that the railway phantom actually exists. Some people believe that the sightings are simply the result of tired and overworked underground workers seeing things that aren’t there.

Whether the railway phantom is real or not, its legend adds an extra element of intrigue to the already mysterious and labyrinthine world of the London Underground.

Dead Man’S Curve

Dead man’s curve is a section of the London Underground Circle Line located between High Street Kensington and Gloucester Road stations. It was named after a fatal accident that occurred in 1933 when a train derailed and crashed into a signal box, killing the driver and injuring several passengers.

The curve is known for its sharp angle which requires a reduction in speed. The area has been modified over the years to improve safety, including the installation of a tripcock system, which automatically applies the brakes if a train passes a red signal.

Passengers are advised to hold onto handrails and refrain from leaning against windows during the transit through the curve. Although the track is now safer than it was in the past, caution is still necessary due to its history of accidents.

Dead man’s curve serves as a reminder of the ongoing efforts to improve safety on the London Underground, with continued investment and upgrades to infrastructure and technology.

Just A Nipper

Just a nipper is a phrase commonly used in London to describe a small child. When travelling on the London Underground, it is important to remember that young children may not have the same understanding of the etiquette and rules of public transport as adults. It is the responsibility of parents or caregivers to ensure that their children behave appropriately while on the Underground.

When travelling with a young child on the London Underground, it is important to keep them close to you and to hold their hand when entering and exiting trains. If your child is in a pushchair, it is important to fold it before boarding the train and to keep it out of the way of other passengers.

It is also important to teach your child about the importance of being considerate and respectful towards other passengers. Encourage them to keep their voices down and to avoid running around or climbing on seats.

Remember to plan your journey ahead of time and to allow extra time for travelling with a young child. Consider purchasing a child ticket or using an Oyster card to save money on fares.

By following these tips and teaching your child about proper behaviour on the London Underground, you can ensure a safe and enjoyable journey for everyone involved.

The London Underground, commonly referred to as “the Tube,” is the oldest subway system in the world. It has been operating since 1863, and currently serves over four million passengers every day across its 11 lines and 270 stations. Navigating the underground system can be overwhelming for first-time visitors, but with a bit of preparation and guidance, it can be a quick and efficient way to move around the city.

The Tube operates from early in the morning until late at night, with reduced service on Sundays. The trains can be identified by their line numbers and color-coded maps, which are available in all stations and online. There are several types of tickets and fares, including one-time tickets, daily or weekly passes, and contactless payments. Visitors should keep in mind that the Tube can be busy during peak hours, and they should maintain personal space and belongings.

To optimize a journey, passengers should familiarize themselves with the route prior to boarding and plan for any necessary transfers. Additionally, some stations may require navigating stairs, escalators, or elevators, so it is important to check accessibility options. Overall, the London Underground is an efficient and reliable service, and it allows visitors to explore the city with ease.

The Friendly Ghost

The friendly ghost is a well-known legend among London Underground commuters. According to the legend, a ghost haunts the tunnels and has been known to assist lost travelers. The friendly ghost is said to have first appeared in the 1920s and has been comforting lost commuters ever since.

While some might find the idea of a ghost haunting the Underground spooky, most Londoners consider the friendly ghost to be a positive addition to their daily commutes. The legend is seen as a kind of mascot for the Underground, providing a sense of comfort and familiarity to those who use the system regularly.

Even if you’re not a believer in ghosts, the legend of the friendly ghost is a fun and unique part of London Underground’s culture. So if you find yourself lost in the tunnels, don’t be afraid to ask for help – the friendly ghost just might be there to guide you to your destination.

The Black Nun

The Black Nun sculpture can be found at the station of Charing Cross in London. The sculpture represents a Dominican nun, traditionally dressed in black robes, with her face and hands cast in bronze. The sculpture has been created by artist David Kemp and was unveiled in 2008. It is situated at the south entrance of the underground station, near the Strand.

The sculpture represents the Dominican Order which had a convent in nearby Blackfriars before its destruction during the Reformation. The sculpture is a reminder of the religious heritage of the area and pays homage to the Dominican Order’s contribution to education, science and the arts.

Many people passing through the station may not be aware of the meaning behind the sculpture, but it serves as an important cultural landmark and provides a talking point for those who are curious about its significance. It is also an impressive piece of artwork that adds to the beauty of the station, making it stand out amongst the busy crowds.

Overall, the Black Nun sculpture is a significant feature of the Charing Cross underground station, reminding commuters of the area’s rich cultural and religious history.

The Actor’S Ghost

The actor’s ghost is said to haunt the Covent Garden station of the London Underground. The ghost is rumored to be that of William Terriss, a popular actor of the late 19th century who was murdered outside the nearby Adelphi Theatre in 1897. Terriss is said to have visited the station many times during his lifetime, and some believe that his ghost still lingers there, searching for his lost watch.

Terriss was a well-respected figure in the theater world, and his murder was a shock to many. His death is said to have inspired numerous plays, including the popular melodrama, “The Silver King.” Despite his fame, however, Terriss is perhaps best remembered today for the ghostly apparition that is said to haunt Covent Garden station.

Although sightings of the actor’s ghost are rare, many Londoners say they have seen him walking the platform at night, or heard his footsteps echoing in the station’s deserted corridors. Some have even reported being touched by his ghostly hands. Whether or not the ghost of William Terriss truly haunts the London Underground, his story remains a powerful reminder of the importance of the city’s cultural heritage, and the role that the theater has played in shaping its history.

Haunted Painting

There are stories of haunted paintings that are said to be in different locations of the London Underground. One of the most famous examples is the “Angel of Mons” painting that is said to be located in the Bakerloo line station of Piccadilly Circus.

According to legend, the painting is haunted by the ghost of a soldier who died in World War I. Reportedly, the painting was created as a tribute to the soldier, but it is said that he appears to people who look at it for too long. Some people claim to have seen the ghostly figure of the soldier emerging from the painting and moving around the station.

Other haunted paintings are said to be located in stations throughout the London Underground. Although there is no evidence to support these claims, many people believe that these paintings are truly cursed and should be avoided at all costs.

If you are a curious adventurer who wants to explore the depths of the London Underground, you may come across one of these haunted paintings. Just remember, it might be best to avoid them if you don’t want to experience a spooky encounter with the other side.

The London Underground, commonly known as the Tube, is a network of interconnected train lines that span across all parts of the city. As one of the oldest and most extensive underground railway systems in the world, it serves millions of commuters and tourists every day. In this guide, we will explore the various features and facilities offered by the Tube, including its ticketing system, maps, and schedules.

Firstly, the Tube offers a comprehensive ticketing system that caters to all types of travelers. Whether you are a frequent commuter or a tourist, you can purchase tickets that suit your needs. These include single tickets, daily travelcards, and Oyster cards that can be topped up with credit.

Secondly, the Tube provides a detailed map that shows all the train lines, stations, and interchanges. This makes it easy for travelers to navigate through the system and plan their journeys.

Lastly, the Tube operates on a reliable schedule, with trains arriving and departing every few minutes. This ensures that travelers can reach their destinations on time, without any delays or disruptions.

Overall, the London Underground is a convenient and efficient mode of transportation that connects all parts of the city. Whether you are a local or a tourist, using the Tube is a great way to explore London’s many attractions and sights.

The Woman In Black

“The Woman in Black” is a play that has been performed at the Fortune Theatre in London since 1989. It is based on the 1983 novel of the same name by Susan Hill. The play tells the story of Arthur Kipps, a solicitor who is sent to settle the estate of a deceased client. While in the remote village of Crythin Gifford, he encounters a mysterious woman in black and learns of a tragic secret that haunts the town. The play is a popular choice for theatre-goers looking for a spooky and suspenseful experience.

The Fortune Theatre is located in Covent Garden, a bustling area of London with plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. It is easily accessible by the London Underground – the nearest station is Covent Garden on the Piccadilly line. From there, it is a short walk to the theatre.

Visitors to London can purchase tickets to see “The Woman in Black” online or at the theatre box office. It is recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, as the play often sells out. Performances run from Tuesday to Saturday, with both matinee and evening shows available. The play is not recommended for children under the age of 8.

The Murdered Maid

In 1879, 19-year-old servant girl Kate Webster murdered her employer, Julia Martha Thomas, in her home in Richmond. After dismembering Thomas’ body, she tried to dispose of the remains by throwing them into the River Thames, but some of the remains were discovered in a nearby sewer. Webster was arrested, tried, and found guilty of murder. She was executed by hanging at Wandsworth Prison.

The murder of Julia Martha Thomas shocked Victorian society and remains one of the most notorious crimes in London’s history. The case was widely reported in the press and attracted a great deal of public interest.

Today, visitors to London can learn about this gruesome chapter in the city’s past by visiting several sites connected to the murder. These include the former home of Julia Martha Thomas, which still stands in Richmond; Wandsworth Prison, where Webster was executed; and the site of the riverbank where some of the victim’s remains were discovered. It is a sobering reminder of the darker side of London’s history.

London Underground, also known as the “Tube,” is a popular mode of transportation in London, England. The Tube has 11 lines, each with a specific color, and serves 270 stations throughout London. Each station is marked on the map with a dot, and the stations that connect to other lines have a thicker, colored outline.

To access the Tube, you must purchase a ticket or use an Oyster card, which is a rechargeable smart card. The fare is based on the zones you travel through, and there are ticket machines and Oyster card top-up machines at every station.

It is important to pay attention to the station announcements and signs on the platforms, as they will inform you of the line, direction of travel, and next station. When boarding the train, let passengers exit first and try to avoid blocking the doors.

The Tube can become very crowded during peak times, so it is important to secure your belongings and be aware of your surroundings. There are also designated wheelchair-accessible stations and trains for those with disabilities.

Overall, the London Underground is an efficient and convenient way to navigate the city. By following the signage and paying attention to announcements, you can quickly and easily get to your destination.

In conclusion, the London Underground is a vital part of London’s transportation system, serving millions of commuters and tourists every day. It is a complex network of lines and stations, but by following this guide and using the available resources, navigating the Tube can be an enjoyable and stress-free experience.

To make the most of the Underground, it is essential to plan ahead and research the routes and fares, especially if traveling during peak hours. Using a contactless payment method or an Oyster card is recommended to save money and avoid queueing. Knowing the closest station to your destination and which line to take can also save time and prevent confusion.

The Underground is not just a means of transportation, but a cultural icon of London. Its stations and tunnels are often used as film sets, and some stations themselves are architecturally impressive. By taking the scenic route or joining a guided tour, visitors can appreciate the beauty and history of the Tube.

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While the Underground can be busy and overwhelming, it is a safe and reliable way to travel around London. By following this guide and utilizing the resources available, travelers can navigate with ease and make the most of their trip to this vibrant and exciting city.

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Ghosts on the London Underground

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The London Underground transports millions of visitors every year, and the trains travel enough miles to circumnavigate the globe over and over…and over again!

It’s only at the very early hours of the mornings and the late hours of night that you may find yourself alone in a tube carriage or on the platform.

But are you really alone?

Legend has it that the London Underground network hosts several ghosts – spirits doomed to haunt the tube lines for all eternity.

For a bit of a spook, or just for a laugh, check out our list of haunted London Underground Stations! Boooo!

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Bethnal Green [Central Line]

Bethnal Green Station was the site of a terrible WWII tragedy.

During the air raids and bombings of London in the ‘Blitz,’ it was common for Londoners to hide in London Underground stations and tunnels for protection.

However, at Bethnal Green Station 173 people died in a crush when panicked Londoners tried to force their way into the station, trampling and suffocating one another during their efforts to reach safety.

It is said that today the sounds of women and children can be heard when the station is particularly quiet and the haunting echoes of their cries and screams continue to this very day.

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Liverpool Street [Central, Hammersmith & City, Circle and Metropolitan Lines]

Liverpool Street Station is where all the CCTV footage of every station on the Underground network is collected and reviewed.

In the year 2000, a Line Controller who was watching the footage noticed a man dressed in white overalls standing on the East-Bound Central Line platform…despite the fact that it was 2:00 am and the station was closed!

The Station Supervisor went to the platform to investigate and once there, found no trace of the man whatsoever.

He had simply vanished into thin air, never to be seen again.

Holborn [Central and Piccadilly Lines]

One of the most enduring hauntings on the London Underground takes place at Holborn Station.

It is said that the ghost of mummified Egyptian on display in the nearby British Museum haunts the tunnels of Holborn Station (as well as the now disused former British Museum Tube Station), unsettled and seeking revenge for the display of their earthly remains to the public.

Covent Garden [Piccadilly Line]

Covent Garden is home to one of the few identifiable ghosts on the Network.

The ghost of actor William Terriss, who trod the boards of Covent Garden’s numerous theatres and was murdered at the nearby Adelphi Theatre, has routinely been spotted at the station and identified by those who were later shown pictures of the actor after reporting their encounter with a ghostly figure.

Kings Cross [Piccadilly, Northern, Victoria, Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City Lines]

In 1987, Kings Cross Station was the site of a devastating fire that killed 31 people.

But it was decades later in the 1990’s when the ghost of a crying young woman was reported wandering the tunnels of the station.

The figure is heard screaming and crying as she runs past surprised commuters – even passing through them – before she disappears.

Aldgate [Metropolitan Line]

It is said that Aldgate Station was built on top of a plague pit used during the devastating plague of 1665.

Strange sounds and mysterious moving objects have often been reported here.

The most engaging example of the haunting took place when an electrician at the station was electrocuted – but did not die, despite the fatal voltage passing through his body.

Colleagues who had been watching claimed that shortly before his electrocution, the ghostly transparent image of a woman was seen stroking his hair…

Bank/Monument [Central, Northern, Circle, District Lines]

Bank and Monument Stations are connected to one another through pedestrian tunnels, but it is the Bank side of the Station that plays host to one tragic historical tale, and one ghostly legend.

At the height of the Blitz, a tragedy took place at Bank Station when, on the 11th of January 1941, a bomb fell from German aircraft into the station before exploding, killing 50 and injuring over 50 more.

It is said that the cries and moans of those killed can still be heard by those using the station at quiet times. – The second haunting is said to be the ghost of a woman named Sarah Whitehead.

In the 19th century, Sarah’s brother – a worker at the Bank of England – was arrested for fraud and forgery and, once found guilty, executed.

The death of her brother sent Sarah mad and for decades she would come to the Bank of England dressed entirely in black, asking after her brother.

Although Sarah died over a century ago, a wandering woman dressed in black has been reported weeping through the station by commuters and workers alike.

Embankment [Northern, Bakerloo, District, Circle Lines]

The hauntings reported at Embankment Underground Station actually take place in a tunnel that is not accessible to the public.

Underground employees have, for decades, reported strange experiences in a tunnel known as Pages Walk.

This tunnel is now disused by the public but Underground workers still have access to it.

Numerous employees have complained of feeling watched, encountering cold spots, as well as seeing doors open and shut when nobody else was present.

Farringdon [Circle, Metropolitan, Hammersmith & City Lines]

Witnesses have identified Farringdon Station’s ghost as a young girl.

Historians believe that the apparition here is that of a 13-year-old named Annie who was murdered nearby in 1758, in a building that was later demolished to make way for the Station.

Spotted by employees and visitors alike, the girl is often heard and not seen – her screams reportedly echoing out through the Station tunnels.

Elephant & Castle [Bakerloo Line]

Elephant & Castle is another station with two hauntings.

The first has never been seen; only heard. Known as ‘The Runner’ station staff working after closing hours have reported the sounds of running coming…and going, but the owner of the feet has never been seen.

The second is that of a young woman who has been spotted by commuters as well as station staff.

She is seen boarding a Northern-bound train but disappears as soon as the doors close.

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Haunted underground stations in London

Haunted underground stations in London

With a story going back about 2,000 years, there's no question that London is a city steeped in history. And what does history mean? Hauntings of course! And there's no place where you're more likely to spot a ghost around the city than on the dark and subterranean London Underground network. If you want to meet some of the ghosts of the Underground we can suggest some of the top places where you might see a spirit for yourself. This is our guide to haunted underground stations in London – don't have nightmares.

  • Farringdon – Listen for the screams
  • Covent Garden – Murder victim in Theatreland
  • King's Cross St Pancras – Site of a tragic fire
  • Elephant & Castle – Mystery passenger
  • Liverpool Street – Station on a plague pit
  • Holborn – Stalked by an Egyptian princess
  • Bethnal Green – Wartime terror
  • Bank – Stalking the station
  • Aldgate – Miracle-working ghost
  • Embankment – Spooking the staff
  • South Kensington – Unexplained ghost train

London's haunted tube stations

Listen for the screams.

Sometimes the Hammersmith & City line is enough to make you scream but that's not the source of the sounds sometimes heard after dark in Farringdon station. Many witnesses have reported hearing these horrible noises over the years and they're rumoured to be caused by Anne Naylor, a 13 year old apprentice hat-maker who was murdered by her employer in the 18th century. Farringdon station sits on the site where her body was abandoned.

Covent Garden

Murder victim in theatreland.

Covent Garden is always bustling with the living but sightings of the dead have been reported here too. A tall man wearing a hat and cloak is reported to roam the station at night, having terrified some TfL workers so much they've requested transfers. This mystery man is claimed to be William Terriss, an actor who was murdered in 1897. Whilst alive, he frequented the bakery that stood on the present-day site of Covent Garden station.

King's Cross St Pancras

Site of a tragic fire.

As noted by a small memorial inside the station, in 1987 King's Cross St Pancras station was the site of a devastating fire that killed 31 people. Since the 1990s, a woman has frequently been seen screaming and crying in the station. She is often sighted in a distressed state running past (and sometimes through) bemused commuters.

Elephant & Castle

Mystery passenger.

The winding corridors of Elephant & Castle station mean it's a prime hotspot for haunting action. Numerous passengers and transport workers have reported mysterious noises, unexplainable footsteps, and doors that are opened by unseen hands. Most creepy of all though, it's often been reported that a young woman boards the train at this station but is never seen to get off again. To date, no one has come up with a plausible explanation of who she is or where she goes.

Liverpool Street

Station on a plague pit.

Both passengers and transport workers have reported spooky sightings at Liverpool Street station for years now. Unusual figures have been spotted at night on the CCTV cameras and numerous passengers have reported seeing a man in overalls pacing the platforms. For years it was claimed that the station was built on a mass burial site, and in 2015 it actually turned out to be true. Thousands of skeletons were found buried on the site in a plague pit.

Stalked by an Egyptian princess

British Museum station was abandoned decades ago but the ghost here is so malevolent that the effects can be felt in nearby Holborn as well. The terrifying ghost here is rumoured to be the Egyptian princess Amun-ra, and she's been blamed for the disappearance of two women from Holborn station in 1935, as well as for mysterious marks appearing on the walls and strange sounds in the station's tunnels. 

Bethnal Green

Wartime terror.

Like many underground stations, Bethnal Green served as an air raid shelter during World War II. As noted by a memorial outside the station today, tragedy struck in 1943 when almost 200 people died during a stampede to get into the station for safety. Numerous workers at the site have reported hearing the sounds of panic and women and children screaming and crying. The noise is said to start off quietly before growing into a loud cacophony.

Stalking the station

The sheer size of Bank station can make changing trains feel a bit creepy if you're alone but there's reason to suggest you really should be afraid. A sinister dark figure has been seen wandering the station at night, known as the Black Nun. She stalks the station mourning her executed brother, who worked on the site when it really was a bank. A vile smell and a sense of melancholy have also been reported here. It might be just because of how far you have to walk or it might be because the station is built on a mass grave.

Miracle-working ghost

Aldgate is another station that's allegedly built on top of a plague pit. Unexplained sounds and mysterious moving objects have often been seen at the station, but the most compelling story is the case of an electrician working on the site who was electrocuted with a fatal voltage but somehow survived. Colleagues claimed to have seen a transparent woman stroking his hair just before the electrocution.

Spooking the staff

At Embankment station there's a tunnel that's not accessible to the public, known as Pages Walk. It's still frequented by TfL employees and numerous workers have reported strange experiences here. Multiple staff members have recounted feeling like they're being watched, encountering unexplained cold spots, and seeing doors inexplicably open and close when no one else is around.

South Kensington

Unexplained ghost train.

Ghosts aren't always people – at South Kensington they take the form of a train too. As recently as in 2013, unsuspecting passengers waiting for the last train at the station have reported hearing a sharp whistling sound before seeing a train pull in with a ghostly figure clinging to the side of it. A moment later, the train heads off into the tunnel. It was first sighted in the 1920s and no records have ever been able to account for it.

Spooky map of the most haunted London underground stations

Navigating rush hour isn't the only scary thing about the tube

Spooky map of the most haunted London underground stations

If you've ever been stuck on a crowded train that suddenly, and unexpectedly stops in the middle of a tunnel, before the lights fail and the carriage descends into darkness, you'll know just how scary a place the tube can be sometimes.

Alternatively, just try and navigate Bank station at rush hour: also very scary.

But Brilliantly British have revealed that that's not the full extent of the terrifying treats in store on the London Underground: it turns out that a good number of the stations are, for reals, actually haunted, with ghosts and ghouls abounding since its creation in 1863. Check out the map below and then scroll down to  read the stories behind each one.

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There are so many spooky happenings at Aldgate that there's now an official 'ghost log book'. Small wonder, given its position on top of an old plague pit, which reportedly stores over a thousand bodies. One or two of them are bound to get up and stretch their legs for a wander from time to time aren't they? Makes perfect sense.

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Another station thoughtfully built on top of a mass grave - this time for plague victims from the 17th Century - over the years there has been a 'persistent sense of sadness' noted by workers and commuters. To be honest, though, you could just put that down to having to get on the Central Line. Its premier ghost is known as 'The Black Nun' (we prefer Blue Nun) who is believed to be the ghost of a lady who mourns the death of her executed brother - who worked at the nearby bank after which the station is named.

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Bethnal Green

Bethnal Green was the scene of an horrific incident during the Second World War, when an air raid test led to people fleeing to the safety of the underground; sadly, 173 people were trampled to death in the ensuing panic to get into the station. Consequently, the sounds of women and children screaming have been reported over many years. Again, though, this could be just finding out that it's 9 minutes until the next Central Line train.

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British Museum

The British Museum station has been closed since 1933 and that's probably a good thing, given the ghostly happenings that supposedly took place there. Brilliantly, legend suggests that it was haunted by the ghost of the Ancient Egyptian God Amun-ra - dressed, naturally, in full Egyptian loincloth and headdress. Although surely we can't rule out that being a drunk person leaving a fancy dress party and getting lost. Two years after it shut, two women vanished from Holborn station - just down the road - with witnesses reporting strange ghostly sounds at the time they went missing.

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Covent Garden

A tall ghost in a hat, coat and gloves is believed to roam the tunnels of Covent Garden station. He is thought to be the ghost of an actor, William Terris, who was murdered in 1897 on The Strand and was a regular customer to the bakery which was demolished to make room for the station. Don't mess with a guy who likes his bread, that's the moral of this story.

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Elephant & Castle

Elephant & Castle is believed to be home to the ghost of a young lady who enters trains - but never leaves. There have been reports of ghostly footsteps, slamming doors and tapping noises - all attributed to the apparition. Maybe she just gets off at Harrow & Wealdstone but no one notices as it's so far away.

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This station is apparently home to 'The Screaming Spectre of Farringdon', with hundreds of passengers reporting terrible sounds. The culprit is believed to be the ghost of Anne Naylor, an 18th Century orphan murdered by her employer at a London workhouse at the age of just 12, with her body being dumped where the station now lies. So next time you're getting angry with the Hammersmith & City line just think, 'yeah, it probably could be worse'.

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One of our favourite tubefacts is that Mill Hill East on the Northern Line was originally supposed to link up with Edgware, to create a second 'loop' on the line. But the extension was shelved following the end of the Second World War, leading to a section of railway at Highgate station being removed. However, locals have reported the sound of trains passing through this section of the station ever since. A genuine 'ghost train' then.

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King's Cross

The tragic fire at King's Cross in 1987 is believed to have provided the station with its own ghost; a young woman with long brown hair wearing 'modern clothing', who screams loudly with her arms oustretched, before disappearing into thin air whenever people go to her aid. First reported in 1988, she has been seen regularly since. As she lives there, she's probably the only one who understands the design of the new tunnels.

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Liverpool Street

The site of another East End burial ground, Liverpool Street station is also believed to have its own ghost. He was first spotted on CCTV in 2000 during renovations - when a brave worker went down to investigate, he saw nothing, despite two figures being clearly visible on the screen. A second visit yielded nothing - but a set of white overalls had been left on one of the station's benches. So be nice to any workmen you see on the tube - they might end up haunting you one day.

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South Kensington

Just like Highgate, a ghost train was once spotted at South Kensington station. A passenger on the last train of an evening in 1928 heard a high-pitched whistle, followed by the arrival of another train, with a ghostly figure in a hat and coat hanging from the side of it. The carriages disappeared into the tunnel - yet there was no record of this train ever existing. There were reports of a similar incident in 2013 and, to be honest, given the regular 'lack of trains' excuses given by TfL, it would actually be quite handy if there were a few extra ghost ones to boost capacity.

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Haunted London Underground

The London Underground is now over 150 years old and stretches over 250 miles of track underneath the historic city of London. Whilst the rail network was being built, countless bodies , graves and even plague pits . Thousands of people have died in and around the London Underground network. Deaths on the underground have been as a result of construction accidents, war time bomb blasts, acts of terrorism and sadly more often than not, suicides .

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Ten hauntings on the london underground.

The London Underground has been in service for over 150 years, with the Thames Tunnel opening in 1843 to make it the world’s oldest underground rail network. Millions of commuters, tourists and regular Londoners use the Underground every day without incident, but the truth is that the Underground has a murky past which has resulted in a lot of ghostly sightings and hauntings.

The Stabbed Actor of Covent Garden

Covent Garden is right in the centre of London’s West End, its theatre district, and the station is also home to one of the most famous London Underground ghosts. William Terriss, an actor born in 1847, was an extraordinarily popular figure in melodrama plays in Victorian London. In 1897, as he was about to enter the Adelphi Theatre for a performance of a play called Secret Service, he was stabbed to death by Richard Archer Prince, an actor he had once taken under his wing and who had become fiercely jealous of him. Rumours of Terriss’s ghost in the Adelphi Theatre and in Maiden Lane, where he had died, were rife.

But it wasn’t until 1955 that Terriss’s ghost was identified in Covent Garden station, which was built where a bakery Terriss particularly enjoyed had once stood. Ticket collector Jack Hayden spotted a well-dressed figure climbing some stairs when the station was closed and then saw the same figure in the staff room, wearing an old-fashioned grey suit. His sighting was corroborated by a porter, and Hayden later identified the ghost as Terriss after seeing a photograph of the actor.

The Children’s Screams Of Bethnal Green

During the Second World War , Bethnal Green tube station in London’s East End was used as an air raid shelter from German bombing attacks. Up to 7,000 people are known to have sheltered in Bethnal Green station during the height of the raids. On March 3, 1943, Berlin had been heavily bombed so London was expecting a retaliatory raid, and when the sirens went off at 8:17 p.m., there were already 500 people in the station before an estimated 1,500 people poured in from their nearby homes, restaurants, cinemas, and buses.

The steps down to the platform were wet and dimly lit, and as people went down they began to panic when they heard the sound of a nearby explosion. At the bottom of the steps, a woman holding a baby fell over, creating a domino effect in which hundreds of people fell down the stairs in just 15 seconds as others kept surging in from the streets above.

173 people died, mostly from asphyxiation, including 62 children. Since then, London Underground employees have reported hearing the sound of children sobbing, women screaming and people panicking late at night when the station is empty. It seems that the events of that night have left permanent marks on Bethnal Green station.

The Black Nun Of Bank Station

In 1811, an employee of the Bank of England, Philip Whitehead, was charged with forgery and sentenced to death before being hanged in 1812. Unfortunately, his sister Sarah wasn’t informed and kept visiting the banking hall and asking to see her brother before the truth about his death was revealed to her. Dressed in a long black dress and black veil, she spiralled into denial and kept visiting and insisting to see her brother.

Although she stopped visiting after she was paid off by the bank, she was spotted around the Bank of England again after her death, asking passersby if they had seen Philip. She has also been spotted at Bank Station, where passengers have said there’s an atmosphere of sadness and despondency, along with sounds of ghostly moaning on platforms. There are also reports of foul smells at the station, which was built on one of London’s many plague pits, where thousands of people were buried during the Black Death in the 17th century.

The Weeping Woman Of King’s Cross

King’s Cross is one of the biggest and most famous tube stations in London, but what a lot of people don’t know is that on November 18, 1987, 31 people were killed and 100 were injured in a fire at the station. The blaze started underneath a wooden escalator, probably because of a dropped lit match. Although it initially seemed minor, there was a sudden flashover up into the ticket hall about 15 minutes after the first reports of smoke. Most of the people in there were killed or seriously injured.

Since then, a young woman with long brown hair wearing modern clothes has been seen at Kings Cross, screaming with her arms stretched out before disappearing when people try to comfort her. Passengers have reported smelling smoke where the girl was first seen.

The Ghostly Happenings Of Elephant & Castle

Although there haven’t been any reports of particularly tragic incidents at Elephant & Castle, there have still been plenty of ghostly sightings and sounds reported by both passengers and station staff. When it’s closed, staff have heard the sounds of someone running along a platform, along with doors opening mysteriously and odd tapping noises. There have also been a lot of reports of the ghost of a young woman who gets on the train before vanishing as it pulls away from the platform.

The Slammed Doors Of The Kennington Loop

The Northern Line is one of the longest underground lines, stretching from the furthest reaches of North London right down to the south. On the Northern Line, there’s an area called the Kennington Loop, which is where the trains turn around and passengers aren’t allowed. Drivers don’t like the track because it’s a tight curve and trains are sometimes held there for a long time.

Another reason the Kennington Loop is unpopular is that there have been reports of drivers hearing voices in their empty trains – and even more spookily, a number of drivers have heard all the interconnecting carriage doors slamming open and shut. Allegedly a passenger once tried to board the train while it was moving through a connecting door before being dragged into the tunnel and killed.

The Screaming Spectre Of Farringdon

In 1758, 13-year-old apprentice hat maker Anne Naylor was murdered after being treated cruelly by her adopted mother, hat maker Sarah Metyard. Although she tried to dispose of Naylor’s body in a sewer, it was eventually discovered and Metyard was turned in by her daughter before being sentenced to death in 1768.

Although Naylor was first said to haunt the sewer, more recently she’s been heard in Farringdon Station, which was built on the site of the building where she was said to have been killed. A number of people have heard her screams and cries echoing through the station, leading to her nickname of the Screaming Sceptre.

The Ancient Egyptian Mummy Of The British Museum

Although the British Museum station was closed in September 1933, there are still ghostly rumours about it to this day. Among other artefacts such as the Elgin Marbles, the British Museum is well-known for its Ancient Egypt collection, which is the largest in the world outside Egypt and includes the Mummy of Ginger from Gebelein and an Ancient Egyptian bronze statue of a cat. Connected to the alleged curse of the Amen-Ra’s tomb, a ghost of an Ancient Egyptian princess is said to haunt the tunnels with her wailing and screaming.

Another rumour is that she also haunts the Underground through an alleged secret tunnel connecting the Egyptian room at the British Museum to Holborn station. She was blamed for the disappearance of two women from Holborn in 1935.

The White Figure Of Liverpool Street

One of London’s busiest stations, Liverpool Street Station is also one of the most haunted. Like all tube stations, the platforms are carefully monitored with CCTV cameras by Line Controllers, and in 2000 a Line Controller spotted a man dressed in white overalls standing in Liverpool Street Station at night when it was closed. He talked to the Station Supervisor, Steve Coates, who went in search of the man but couldn’t find him.

By the entrance to the Central Line, the Station Supervisor called the Line Controller back to explain what had happened, only to be told that while he was conducting his search, the man in white overalls had been standing right next to him. He began a second search, during which the Line Controller could still see the man standing right next to him, apparently unnoticed, before the two men finally gave up.

The Supervisor then found a pair of white overalls on a bench on a platform, but was absolutely certain that nobody had walked past him after leaving the overalls there. The mystery has never been solved.

The Saviour Of Aldgate Station

Aldgate Station, which opened in 1876 and was built on another plague pit, is another of the most haunted stations in the city. Supposedly there’s even a log book for ghost sightings such as phantom footsteps. Unlike most of the other London Underground ghosts, though, the main ghost of Aldgate is a soothing and kind presence. An electrician working at Aldgate one night slipped between the tracks, hitting a live power rail and receiving a 20,000-volt shock.

It should have killed him, but he survived after being knocked unconscious, receiving only some bruising. Afterwards, his colleagues claimed that they saw a transparent figure of an old lady kneeling beside the unconscious man and stroking his hair. Whether she was comforting or saving him, it’s definitely one of the more pleasant ghost sightings around.

As one of the oldest underground transport systems in the world, it’s almost unavoidable that the London Underground would be full of ghostly happenings. Make sure that you don’t travel alone at night or you might be in for a scary time.

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I was drunk in the city one Saturday morning I took the monument entrance to walk through too the dlr at the connecting foot tunnel to bank Station when a middle aged lady in fancy dress Victorian clothes asked me “ave ya seen mar Philip?”….I said no and thought it was weird that her cockney was full on and smiled too myself as I said “no love I ain’t “and slowly walked on remember I’m in a tunnel and can see straight down it for 700 yards I took a couple steps and looked back to see nobody there I shit myself because it now dawned on me that I have just talked to a magical lady a witch or a ghost I ran down the walkway and down the escalator to the dlr so fast I was outta breath then jumped on the 12:30 something or close to beckon When the person on the seat opposite said “you look like you have seen a ghost mate “I replied I think I have..

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The most haunted places in London

Feeling scared? For a genuine fright, venture to some of London’s seriously spooky locations and most haunted places

Ellie Walker-Arnott

London is an objectively scary place, with its sharp-elbowed commuters, dimly-lit pavements, and seven pound pints. But even scarier are the ghosts that stalk this city's historic streets. You might have already heard about the royal spooks that haunt  Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London , but there are many less illustrious ghosts that infest London's dark corners. Prepare thyself for our definitive list of spooky spots in the capital, from haunted inns and pubs to weird stretches of woodland, crumbling cemetery catacombs and London’s exceptionally creepy museums . 

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Extremely spooky locations in London

Hyde Park

1.  Hyde Park

  • Sightseeing

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Cemeteries are creepy territory and London is home to plenty. This burial ground for pets in Hyde Park (just behind Victoria Gate Lodge) is an especially surreal one. It's rarely open to the public but look out for special  tours (around £12 and they sell out in a flash). The graveyard dates back to the 1880s and contains the remains of more than 1,000 pets, many in graves marked by tiny headstones. The garden graveyard isn’t far from Tyburn, the site where thousands of people have been executed over the centuries. And you thought Hyde Park was just a nice spot for a picnic.

The Parkland Walk Spriggan

2.  The Parkland Walk Spriggan

  • Parks and gardens
  • Finsbury Park

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Abandoned railway lines do get creeperier than this – the Parkland Walk, which runs between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace, is lush with vivid greenery – but there is still something unsettling about wandering along the overgrown cutting. The part that passes Crouch End is the spookiest stretch of the route, where a looming ‘spriggan’ spirit watches from a disused railway arch, ready to startle unsuspecting passers-by. 

Bruce Castle Museum

3.  Bruce Castle Museum

  • Classes and workshops

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That’s right, Tottenham has its own castle. There’s a downside, though, it’s a little on the haunted side. On bleak winter nights in November, you might catch the ghostly silhouette of Lady Constantia Lucy staring out the window. Lady Lucy killed herself by leaping off the balcony of the castle in the seventeenth century, taking her child with her. They say ‘great mystery’ surrounds the Lady’s death, but the fact that her husband kept her under lock and key in a tiny room might have something to do with it. As well as an unhappy spectre, the castle is home to a mini museum (open Wed-Sun 1pm-5pm), where you can see archive photos and documents on Haringey history.

Old Operating Theatre Museum

4.  Old Operating Theatre Museum

  • London Bridge

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It sort of goes without saying this place is probably haunted; it was an actual surgical practice back when surgery was pretty, well, raw. Surgical anaesthetic wasn’t invented until 1846, that's after the doctors in this practise were getting scalpel-happy. Most patients died despite the best intentions of the surgeons. It’s the oldest surviving surgical theatre in Europe, and has a certain ghastly edge because of it. 

The Ten Bells

5.  The Ten Bells

  • Bars and pubs
  • Spitalfields

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Once called the Jack the Ripper, this Spitalfields pub can't get away from its gory former namesake. In 1996, the landlord claimed The Ten Bells had been taken over by the ghost of Annie Chapman, murdered and mutilated by the Ripper in 1888. If that's not spooky enough, poltergeist activity and the possible ghost of an old landlord have been reported by staff. 

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

6.  Greenwich Foot Tunnel

You know that moment when you’re on the Eurostar, and it suddenly dawns on you that you’re sitting 380ft below sea level? Imagine that, but you’re strolling on foot through a long cast iron tunnel beneath the Thames. Enter the green dome by the Cutty Sark and you’ll find yourself in its dimly lit passage, accompanied only by the echoing footsteps of the walkers chasing your path and the drip-drip-drip of the leaky roof. Make it through that menacing shaft, and you’ll reach the pretty Island Gardens on the opposite side of the river. 

Epping Forest

7.  Epping Forest

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This corridor of woodland in Essex has likely been the site of many dodgy and hastily done burials thanks to its size and collection of semi-deserted open spaces. Stories abound about ghostly sightings, no doubt thanks to Roman battles, Norman invaders, Boudicca’s Iceni tribe and highwaymen. Dick Turpin, notorious robber and murderer, is said to have used the Loughton Camp lookout spot as a hideout, and supposedly still haunts the place. He and the Essex Gang would use the forest as a hideout when they were busted for stealing deer. Oh, Dicky!

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

8.  The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

  • Art and design

Viktor Wynd’s Museum of Curiosities is just that, a cramped shop filled to the brim with oddball curios for the public’s viewing pleasure. It’s a bit creepy: you’ll find the bones of a dodo, occultists’ paintings, two-headed kittens and, erm, old McDonald’s kids’ toys. It’s endearing in that it's beautiful and interesting artefacts sit alongside the everyday dross and gross, subverting the notion of what and how a museum should function. It will scare the bejesus out of you, but it’s not necessarily haunted.

The Flask

9.  The Flask

It doesn’t look scary, but Highgate's historic pub 'The Flask' boasts not one, but two hauntings. It's said that the ghost of a Spanish barmaid, who hanged herself in the cellar having been left broken-hearted by the publican, looms around the premises, as does a man in a Cavalier's uniform, who likes to wander the main bar. To add to the fright factor, one of the first-ever autopsies (most likely illegally conducted on a corpse stolen from nearby Highgate Cemetery) is said to have taken place in the pub's Committee Room.

Bleeding Heart Yard

10.  Bleeding Heart Yard

  • Restaurants

The name of this small square is enough to give you chills. It might look pleasant enough, but Bleeding Heart Yard in Farringdon has a horrific history. Legend has it that on January 27 1626 the mutilated body of society beauty Lady Elizabeth Hatton was found in the cobbled courtyard. She had been murdered and her limbs strewn across the ground, but her heart still pumped blood. Gruesome stuff. 

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum

11.  St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum

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Barts is the oldest hospital in Britain (dating back to 1123), but sadly walls can’t talk, so it’s distilled its history into a museum in its north wing, where you can feed your morbid urges with displays of old surgical equipment, marble heads and dusty documents (including one signed by Henry VIII). The real attraction here, though is William Hogarth. Two giant canvases by the artist can be seen from the museum, just above the grand staircase. Apparently, Hogarth was so pissed off about the hospital planning to commission an Italian artist for the job, he painted these haunting Scripture stories for free. 

Old Queen's Head

12.  Old Queen's Head

This Islington boozer is said to be the location of dark goings-on – The Old Queen's House is haunted by both a lady and a little girl. You might not be able to hear her over the sound of karaoke, but the little girl has been reported to weep, slam doors, run around the pub and up the stairs, even overtaking punters as they climb. 

City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

13.  City of London Cemetery and Crematorium

Since the mid 1970's locals have complainted about a brilliant orange light emanating from one of the tombstones in the western section of the City of London Cemetery in Wanstead. Despite repeated attempts, investigators have been unable to find any light source outside the graveyard that could account for the phenomenon. Spooky, eh? 

West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs

14.  West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs

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Ah, a crepuscular evening among a stack of rotting coffins. How does that sound? That’s just what you’ll find in the dank chambers of the West Norwood Catacombs, an underground resting place for London’s Victorian dead. It might not look it, but these body pigeon holes were built out of a respect for the dead, a way of escaping the unkempt, swampy cemetaries that were overloaded with bodies from the cholera outbreak. The catacombs are rarely open to the public, save for occasional tours from the Friends of West Norwood Cemetery. Remember, it’s a resting place, not a box on the goth bucket list.

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An old railway line running from Lordship Lane to Crystal Palace is part of Sydenham Hill Woods, its tunnels now inaccessible to walkers. Not that you’d want to step inside; there are (uncorroborated) whisperings of a train carriage that was found inside the blocked-up tunnels, full of skeletons fully dressed in Victorian finery. 

Spaniards Inn

16.  Spaniards Inn

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A joint steeped in criminal activity, this Hampstead drinking hole has tight connections with the legendary highwayman Dick Turpin, with one of the pub's bars named after him and some of his weapons on show to punters. The locals will tell you that The Spaniards Inn was Dick's birthplace, then later the location where his many crimes were plotted, and his ghost can supposedly be seen wandering the premises. Other dead dwellers include a former Spanish landlord, Juan Porero, who haunts the pub having been murdered by his brother, Francesco, over a shared love interest. The ghost of an unidentified lady wearing white has also been spotted.

Hunterian Museum

17.  Hunterian Museum

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Bottled human foetuses, preserved monkey heads and misshapen skeletons are some of the creepy specimens that famed Georgian surgeon Sir John Hunter (considered to be the father of scientific surgery) collected to research disease - and they are all on display here (or, they will be, when the musuem re-opens in 2021) at the Royal College of Surgeons musuem. If deformed bodies and organs don't scare you, the early failed attempts at tranplants might. 

The Langham

18.  The Langham

Europe’s first Grand Hotel wowed European royalty with electric lights, hydraulic lifts and air conditioning when it opened in 1865, and it still pulls fans in from around the world – some of those are ghosthunters. The rumours go that room 333 is the hub of all the activity. Apparently, a man in Victorian clothing is often spotted there, while other ghosts have been reportedly seen roaming the corridors. 

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13 haunted places to visit in London for a spooky Halloween

Scare yourself silly at these london haunts this halloween….

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You may walk the streets of London on a daily basis, but did you know you're likely passing several haunted places?

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To mark Halloween , we've rounded up some of the most haunted places in London with supposed ghost sightings. Visit if you dare... From the Tower of London, to Hampton Court Palace, check out the most spooky London locations.

The Tower of London

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As a famous prison from 1100-1952 and the setting for a number of executions, it comes as no surprise that The Tower of London is at the top of the list of the most haunted places in the city.

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It is supposedly still home to the ghosts of Anne Boleyn, Guy Fawkes and Henry VI, and let’s not forget how ‘The Bloody Tower’ got its name. After supposedly being imprisoned in the tower by their uncle, the future Richard III, in 1483 12-year-old Edward V and his younger brother Richard disappeared, leading to rumours of their murder.

Also in the same area is the Old Operating Theatre Museum, where operations were carried out before the use of anaesthetic.

Looking for scary things to do in London this Halloween? Grab a friend, partner or family member and head on the London Bridge Ghost Walking Tour for Two. Graveyards, secret alehouses and bear baiting pits are just some of the things you’ll see during the two-hour guided walk , which costs £40.

The Ten Bells

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While it’s now a great place to go for craft beer, live music and quiz nights, the Spitalfields pub has a much more sinister history. The Ten Bells went by the name of The Jack the Rippe between 1976 and 1988, owing to its links to two of the famous serial killer’s victims, Annie Chapman and Mary Kelly.

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If that’s not enough reason to fear ghost sightings, staff also claimed to see a man in Victorian clothing walk the halls of the pub in the 1990s. So if you’re looking for a fright with your drink, The Ten Bells is the place to be!

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Hampton Court Palace

Another popular landmark not for the faint-hearted is Hampton Court Palace. It is thought to be home to a number of spirits, including two of Henry VIII’s wives: Jane Seymour who died after giving birth in 1537, and Catherine Howard who was executed for adultery in 1542. There have been sightings of Jane on the Silverstick Stairs, while Catherine has been seen floating down the gallery dressed in white.

But they aren’t alone. Sybil Penn, or The Lady in Grey, was servant to four Tudor monarchs, and her ghost is also reported to lurk in the area. Although she died in 1562, the sightings of a grey lady began after her tomb was disturbed during the church renovation in 1829.

Clink Prison

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If the idea of being inside an abandoned prison on a normal day doesn't send shivers up your spine, then it will on the spookiest holiday of the year.

From the 12th century until 1780, Clink Prison housed everyone from debtors, heretics, drunkards, harlots, and later religious adversaries.

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Now, people across the country book experiences to see the renowned ghost sightings and paranormal activity at the Clink Prison Museum. Would you be brave enough to attempt to contact the spirits said to reside there?

Westminster Abbey

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With over 1000 years of history, we would expect Westminster Abbey to be a perfect location to find some supernatural activity, especially considering it is the burial place of more than 3300 people, including 17 monarchs.

The gothic architecture of the major London tourist attraction, formerly known as Collegiate Church of St. Peter, sets the scene for some ghostly activity after dark. Tourists have claimed to see the ghost of monk John Bradshaw, also known as Father of Benedictus, who is said to have haunted the area since around 1900.

Often sighted around the cloisters, the ghost is supposedly a friendly one, engaging in conversations with some tourists. He is joined by a soldier who appears near the Tomb of the Unknown Warrior, which is a World War One memorial.

Greenwich Foot Tunnel

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If being trapped under the water of the River Thames and surrounded by leaking, oppressive walls wasn't enough to put you off, the Greenwich foot tunnel is also said to be haunted.

Opened in 1902, the 370m dimly lit tunnel connects Greenwich to the Isle of Dogs, and pedestrians have reported hearing footsteps echo around them late at night despite being alone.

Some believe the footsteps belong to a Victorian man and woman who haunt the tunnel, while others say they have seen a young girl who communicates with ghost hunters. Either way, we'd rather stick to the more populated overground!

Theatre Royal

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Theatre Royal, Drury Lane is known as London’s most haunted theatre and is home to The Man in Grey.

According to tradition, his presence is associated with successful theatre productions including The Dancing Years and Miss Saigon . So maybe a visit by this ghost is not one to be feared!

The theatre is also home to the ghost of Joseph Grimaldi who often performed as a white-faced clown before he died in 1837

Hampstead Heath

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The beautiful stretch of greenery has a more sinister atmosphere when the sun sets, with several ghosts calling Hampstead Heath home. Highwaymen who targeted wealthy travellers were often hung on the trees in the park, one of which was Claude Duval who was sentenced to death in 1670 after he was found guilty of six robberies.

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The nearby pub The Spaniard’s Inn is also thought to be home to the ghost of well-known highwayman Dick Turpin. The horse thief and murderer's father was the pub's landlord in the 18th century and it was where Dick plotted a number of his crimes.

After being executed in 1739, it has been rumoured that his ghost roams the upstairs of the pub, while his faithful horse Black Bess haunts the car park.

50 Berkeley Square

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The tall brick house in Mayfair has served as the home of British Prime Minister George Canning, Viscount Bearsted and later taken over by gas company BP. But it became known as the most haunted house in London in the 1990s for a number of reasons.

The main culprit for its reputation is Mr. Meyers who became a recluse after being rejected by his fiancé and ultimately stayed in the black building until he died in 1874. His ghost is joined by a young woman who, after being abused by her uncle, committed suicide by throwing herself from the top floor.

And unlike many other ghosts in London, these are not very friendly - a maid who stayed in the attic for one night was so distressed the next day that she died in an asylum.

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The ghost of a woman has been seen in the windows of the 16th-century property, which was originally known as ‘Lordship House' but is now a museum. The woman is believed to be Constantia Lucy whose husband Henry Hare locked her in a room at the top of the house.

While Constantia was said to have committed suicide by jumping off the balcony in the seventeenth century, there is no record of her death or burial in All Hallow Church’s parish registers. On dark November nights, you might catch a glimpse of her silhouette staring out the window. Creepy!

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Sutton House and Breaker's Yard

Why not pay a visit to Sutton House and Breaker's Yard this October? It is rumoured to be one of the most haunted locations in London, perfect for a trip this Halloween.

The oldest residential building in Hackney is home to plenty of spooky guests, such as the famous White Lady, who is believed to be the ghost of Frances Machell (nee Cotton), the wife of wool merchant John Machell the Younger. She died while giving birth to twins and now haunts the house as a hovering spirit.

Another famous ghost is the lady in blue, who is said to wake people in the middle of the night by shaking the bed.

You can book a guided tour via The National Trust , but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Aldwych Underground's haunted station

Once used as an air-raid shelter during the Blitz, Aldwych Underground's closed tube tunnel is one of London's most haunted stations. While one of the platforms stopped operating in 1914 and has been used for filming, the original 1907 lifts remain exactly the same.

The misty underground stop was also used to store British Museum treasures such as the Elgin Marbles during the war and after the closure, it was said to be haunted by ghosts.

West Norwood Cemetery crypts

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In the 19th century, London graveyards became more than just full – they also became a place for 'body-snatching' to supply medical students with corpses for dissection. Causing a slight health hazard, new laws in the 1830s meant that the burial of new bodies in the London City Area became banned.

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To ensure their relatives were laid to rest, the rich would build crypts to safely lock them away either by buying a shelf space or even a whole room, all adding up to 2,500 coffins – making West Norwood Cemetery crypts one of the spookiest places below London.

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London Underground: London's 'most haunted' Tube station built on an ancient burial site where dozens of plague victims died

There are also two ghosts who are said to haunt the station

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Liverpool Street Station could be London's most haunted thanks to its location on the site of an ancient burial site where thousands of people were buried, including dozens of plague victims. With so many laid to rest in the area, its hardly surprising that two ghosts are said to haunt the station.

The discovery that the station was built on a mass burial site was made in 2015. During excavations for CrossRail , 30 bodies believed to be victims of The Great Plague of 1665 were discovered. The thin wooden coffins the bodies were originally in had rotted, so the victims appear to lie in a mass grave.

But that wasn't all. Between 1569 to 1738, the western end of Liverpool Street was used as a burial ground called Bedlam or New Churchyard. The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) excavation suggests 30,000 Londoners were buried there. The site got its name from nearby Bethlehem Hospital which housed the mentally ill, but only a small number of its patients are believed to be buried there.

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That being said, one of the hospital's patients is said to haunt the station, screaming "like crazy". The woman is believed to have been treated at Bedlam in the 1780s, according to David Brandon and Alan Brooke's Haunted London Underground.

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The story goes that she used to cling desperately to a small coin and would act out if anyone tried to take it from her. When she died, someone stole it from her and she was unfortunately buried without it. To this day, she is said to walk the tunnels of Liverpool Street screaming for her coin.

Bedlam was known as a cruel hospital where members of the public could visit and watch patients performing obscene acts on each other. A damning report in 1815 found patients nearly or completely naked chained to the walls. One man, James Norris, had been confined in a restraining contraption for 14 years. Inmates were regularly dunked in freezing water during the summer months and died afterwards. In the basement, incontinent inmates lived in their own filth.

If a plague pit, mass burial site, and the ghost of a psychiatric hospital patient weren't enough, Liverpool Street station is also haunted by a ghost who seems to have passed more recently.

In 2000, a Line Controller spotted a man dressed in white overalls standing in the station at night when it was closed, according to East London History . He spoke to the station supervisor, who went to search for the man, but with no success. However, when the supervisor said this to the line controller, he was told the man in white overalls had been standing right next to him the whole time.

A second search brought the same results, but the supervisor then found a pair of white overalls on a bench on a platform. The mystery has never been solved - but many have concluded that it must have been a ghost.

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20 Of The Most Haunted Places In London To Scare Yourself Silly

Fancy a scare this Halloween ? Head to one of London's haunted places for a frighteningly fun day out.

Samuel Hopkins

Nothing screams Halloween like a building with a haunted past and fortunately, London has many. If the past two years haven’t already scared the living daylights out of you and you’re after a seriously spooky supernatural sighting, here are 20 haunted places in London and near London that won’t disappoint! From children’s hospitals and pubs to the Tower of London itself, this list has it all. Just a thought: It might be a good idea to let your friends and family know you love them beforehand, you know, just in case…

1. The Langham Hotel, Marylebone

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You may not want to live the suite life after hearing this terrifying tale at this haunted hotel. The Langham was Europe’s first Grand Hotel and it completely stunned European royalty when it opened in 1895. It was one of the first to feature air conditioning, electric lights and hydraulic lifts, and therefore garnered a lot of attention. It somehow became increasingly popular after poltergeist activity began taking place in the hotel. Rumour has it room 333 was the centre of all activity, and many brave souls travelled far and wide to encounter the spectres. Apparently, a man dressed in Victorian clothing has an affinity with the room, while other ghouls prefers the corridors. Each to their own…

📍 1C Portland Place, Marylebone, W1B 1JA.

🚇  Nearest station is Oxford Circus. 

2. City of London Cemetery and Crematorium, Manor Park

Most cemeteries are terrifying in their own right but the City of London Cemetery may just come in first place. Aside from the towering tombstones and gaudy angel statues, this cemetery also had their fair share of supernatural sightings. For example, from the mid 1970’s dozens of people have complained of a brilliant orange light emerging from inside one of the tombstones! Investigators have attempted to find a light source outside of the graveyard to explain the occurrence but their efforts were to no avail. Lord knows what is going on in that grave…

📍 Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, E12 5DQ.

🚇  Nearest station is Manor Park. 

3. The Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead

One of our favourite haunted places in London here. This 16th-century boozer is one of the oldest pubs in London and Charles Dickens himself, no less, was a regular! This Hampstead pub is always buzzing but many are unaware of its chilling past. The legend goes that co-owners Francesco and Juan Porero fought over the affection of a woman and Juan was murdered as a result. He was buried in the garden of the Inn and his ghost has supposedly haunted the building ever since. So be careful when you tuck into your fish and chips or Sunday roast, you might have an unexpected dinner guest. Heck – even the highwayman Dick Turpin is supposed to make his presence known here too!

📍 Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ. 

🚇  Nearest station is Golders Green.

4. 50 Berkeley Square, Mayfair

Supposedly the most haunted place in London , the townhouse at 50 Berkeley Square was once home to PM George Canning. However, it was a Mr Meyers who is said to have haunted the building. The story goes that after being jilted by his fiancé, he became a recluse, locked himself inside the attic and only left to wonder the halls at night by candlelight. He lived this way until died and had quite an impact on those to come. A number of subsequent tenants reported a putrid smell in the halls, the presence of an ominous spirit and many claimed to actually witness Mr Meyers roaming at night.

📍 50 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, W1J 5BA. 

🚇  Nearest stations are Bond Street and Green Park.

5. Tower of London, Tower Hill

This 900-year old fortress is the first place that comes to mind when we think of haunted London . Could it possibly be due to the thousands of executions linked to the Tower? Or perhaps it’s the ten ghosts that have been spotted roaming the halls over the years, including Anne Boleyn herself? Either way Tower Of London is a seriously spooky venue and for those brave enough to venture inside, you’re in for a real (trick or) treat.

One of the most historically famous tales of murder and foul play associated with the building is the story of the Princes in the Tower. The royal brothers Edward V and Richard Shrewsbury were locked in the tower by Richard III and left to die, as a plot to seize the throne. The ghosts of the murdered boys are thought to wander the fortress looking for revenge. Let’s just hope they don’t find you during your visit. There’s even supposedly the ghost of Margaret Pole, The Countess of Salisbury, whose execution in 1541 supposedly took eleven blows of the axe. Yikes!

📍 The Tower of London, St Katherine’s & Wapping,  EC3N 4AB.

🚇  Nearest station is Tower Hill.

6. Greenwich Foot Tunnel, Greenwich

Ever wondered what it would feel like to star in a horror movie? Head to the Greenwich foot tunnel and you’ll soon find out. This creepy cast iron tunnel runs beneath the River Thames and connects the Isle of Dogs to Greenwich. It opened in 1902 and has served as a spooktacular way to cross the river ever since. Although there are no known (official) ghosts pacing this tunnel, you definitely wouldn’t want to find yourself here alone. The tunnel is 370-meters long with unbearably dim lighting, leaky ceilings and echoes of footsteps that could easily be mistaken for the grim reaper. Don’t say we didn’t warn you…

📍 The Isle of Dogs / Greenwich, SE10 9HT.

🚇  Nearest station is Cutty Sark. 

7. Hyde Park Pet Cemetery, Hyde Park

You thought human ghosts were bad? Just you wait. The Secret Pet Cemetery of Hyde Park dates back to the 1880s and houses the remains of over 300 pets. The ghastly graveyard is filled with tiny headstones and the spirits of animals supposedly looking for affection a la Pet Cemetery – it’s a big fat no from me.

📍 Victoria Gate Lodge, W2 2LU.

🚇  Nearest station is Paddington. 

8. The Ten Bells, Spitalfields

The Ten Bells , formerly known as The Jack the Ripper , has a horrifying past. In 1888, Annie Chapman was murdered and mutilated by London’s most notorious serial killer – Jack the Ripper. In 1996, the pub’s landlord claimed that the building had been taken over by her ghost and has been haunted ever since. If that’s not terrifying enough, ghostly activity has been reported by the staff over the years, including numerous sightings of an elderly man in Victorian clothing walking the halls – and some staff members say they’ve even been shoved down the stairs. Maybe they just really fancied a pint?

📍 84 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LY.

🚇  Nearest station is Liverpool Street. 

9. Bank Underground Station, Bank

Bank Underground Station is an undoubtedly scary place. Ever tried to change platforms in the middle of rush hour? Utterly terrifying. And apparently it’s past is even more harrowing (if that’s possible). From the late 1800s, there have been numerous sightings of a tall figure dressed in black , working its way through the tunnels. Turns out she has a name, The Black Nun, and legend has it she is mourning her executed brother who used to work at the former bank. Can we blame really her? Family comes first after all.

📍 Princes Street, EC3V 3LA.

🚇  Nearest station is Bank.

10. Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Hackney

After the cholera outbreak in 1866, Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital opened in East London to treat hundreds of children and adolescents with the disease. The hospital is no longer functioning, but the abandoned building looks as if it has come straight out of an episode of American Horror Story . Perhaps haunted by the ghosts of its young patients, this hospital is certainly enough to keep you awake at night.

📍 Charles Hayward, Goldsmiths Row, E2 8FU.

🚇  Nearest station is Cambridge Heath.

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11. bleeding heart yard, farringdon.

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Bleeding Heart Yard may look harmless, but looks can be deceiving – it’s one of the capital’s most haunted places. Back in 1626 the mutilated body of socialite Lady Elizabeth Hatton was found strewn across the courtyard. Her limbs were completely detached from her body and her heart was supposedly still beating, hence the name. Crikey! They say Lady Elizabeth still haunts the place where she died all these years later, which is enough to send chills down anybody’s spine.

📍 Bleeding Heart Yard, EC1N 8SJ.

🚇  Nearest station is Farringdon.

12. The Flask, Highgate

As well as boasting a gorgeous roasting fireplace, this north London pub is home to a few creepier tenants. Not one but two spectres are thought to haunt The Flask. Apparently a young Spanish barmaid who hanged herself haunts the seating area, whilst a male ghoul sporting a Cavalier uniform lingers around the bar – it looks like all the bases are covered here! To make matters even worse, the pub’s committee room is where one of the first-ever autopsies took place. Enter at your own risk.

📍 77 Highgate West Hill, Highgate, N6 6BU.

🚇  Nearest station is Highgate.

13. Highgate Cemetery, Highgate

And one more cemetery for luck! Highgate Cemetery  is notoriously one of the most haunted graveyards in Britain . If that’s not enough to give you nightmares, the half-buried gothic tombstones and headless angel statues may do the trick. It is also home to famous figures like Karl Marx and Douglas Adams, as well as a tall, sinister ghoul with bright red eyes that wonders the cemetery at night. There have even been reported encounters with vampires! Think I’ll be sitting this one out…

📍 Swain’s lane, Highgate, N6 6PJ.

14. The Old Queen’s Head, Islington

The back bar at the Old Queen's Head, with marble busts and ornate green wall details

Billing itself as ‘North London’s finest boozer’, Islington’s Old Queen’s Head is also one of the prettiest pubs around. With sculptures and plinths on show behind the bar and ornately-detailed walls, it’s an absolutely gorgeous place to unwind or party the night away at their many, regular events – including karaoke nights, gigs and even neon life-drawing ! And while it’s pretty as a picture, there is a bit of a dark side to this Islington-based boozer. Rumour has it that this spot is haunted by both a woman and a young girl dressed in Tudor clothing. The girl has apparently been running ahead of people up the stairs, crying and slamming the pub’s doors. So just your average Friday night then…

📍 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN.

🚇 Nearest station is Essex Road.

15. West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs, West Norwood

The exterior facade of the West Norwood Catacombs, on of London's most haunted places

Now when it gets to haunted places in London, you couldn’t really get creepier than this one. The West Norwood Catacombs is a network of subterranean vaults and dark passages which are the final resting place for around 90 different souls who died back in the Victorian era. As you can imagine, it’s a fairly creepy place which is rarely open to the public – it is a burial place after all. The cemetery however, which is a part of London’s ‘Magnificent Seven’, is open to the public for occasional guided walking tours, and there are numerous spooky-looking Grade I and Grade II-listed structures, tombs and mausoleums here. You can find out more here.

📍 Norwood Road, West Norwood, London, SE27 9JU.

🚇 Nearest station is West Norwood. 

16. Bruce Castle, Tottenham

The magnificent Bruce Castle and Museum in Tottenham, one of the most haunted places in London

So the name of this 16th Century, Grade I-listed former manor house is a bit of a cheat – it’s not technically a castle . However, it’s one of the two largest and most important Tudor houses remaining in the Greater London area, and it’s absolutely magnificent it has to be said. Dating back to the time of Robert the Bruce, the house and museum is surrounded by 20 acres of parkland and is rumoured to be haunted by Lady Constantina Lucy who met her grizzly end here back in 1680. Stuck in a loveless marriage, she was locked away in a tiny room under the clock tower by her husband Lord Coleraine. Driven mad by the noise, she managed to escape and then sadly hurled herself off the balcony to her demise.

📍 Lordship Lane, London, N17 8NU.

🚇 Nearest station is Bruce Grove.

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17. hampton court palace , hampton court.

The exterior of the magnificent Hampton Court in Hampton Court, Surrey

The magnificent, Grade I-listed Hampton Court Palace was created back in the early 1500’s and was home to Britain’s monarchs for well over 200 years, until it was opened to the public back in the early 19th century. Notably, the palace was home to all-round bad egg Henry VIII, who quite liked playing tennis here, in-between executing or divorcing his wives etc. One of those wives, poor Catherine Howard who had her noggin chopped off back in 1542, is believed to scream her way down the aptly-named ‘Haunted Gallery’ at night. There’s also been sightings of ‘The Grey Lady’ and a shadowy man in a mask too. Yikes! No wonder this is one of the UK’s most haunted places then.

📍Hampton Court Way, Molesey, East Molesey, KT8 9AU.

🚇 Nearest station is Hampton Court.

18. Epping Forest, Theydon Bois

A tree-lined, empty pathway in Epping Forest in London

A north-east London forest that spreads well into Essex, Epping Forest boasts over 6,000 acres of space to explore and it’s one of the haunted places near London for sure. It makes up Greater London’s largest open space and makes for the perfect spot to unwind and get away from the hustle and bustle of the Big Smoke. It’s got a rich history too as it dates all the way back to the Iron Age, which means that plenty of ghosts, ghouls and spectres are believed to reside here. It’s actually billed as the ‘UK’s most haunted forest ’, and there’s rumours of headless bikers, poltergeists, notorious highwaymen and even Boudicca herself haunting this vast and shadowy spot.

📍You’ll find Epping Forest at CM16 in Essex.

🚇 Nearest stations are Loughton and Theydon Bois. 

19. Hindhead Commons, Surrey

The scenic Handheld Common in Surrey, one of the most haunted spots near London

Another spooky spot here, Hindhead Commons and the Devil’s Punch Bowl in Surrey are home to wildlife -rich heathland, Europe’s largest spring-eroded valley and Gibbet’s Hill – the second highest spot in the county. While all that sounds lovely, it’s also supposedly the spot where a sailor who was brutally murdered by three highwaymen – who were then hanged from a gibbet on – yep, you guessed it – Gibbet’s Hill. Since then, rumours of haunting spectres and shadowy figures have become commonplace. Maybe one to avoid when darkness falls perhaps…

📍 London Road, Hindhead, GU26 6AG.

🚇 Nearest station is Haslemere. 

20. Pluckley, Kent

An aerial view of the village of Pluckley in Kent, one of the most haunted places near London

Rounding off this list of the most haunted places near London is the quaint and picturesque village of Pluckley in Kent. You actually may have heard of this one, as it’s named in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the ‘most haunted village in England’ with twelve ‘official’ ghosts! These include the phantom of an elderly woman, a screaming man, a ‘red lady’, a schoolmaster who hanged himself and a shadowy figure who is believed to be a highwayman who was run through with a sword at *ahem* ‘Fright Corner’. Luckily, there’s a pub called ‘ The Black Horse’ where you can relax with a pint and some tasty grub. Oh, wait – that’s supposedly haunted too!

📍 The St., Pluckley, Ashford, Kent, TN27 0QS

🚇 Nearest station is Charing though we’d recommend driving to this one.

So there you have it – a roundup of 20 of the most haunted places in and near London. So if you’re wanting to up the fear factor this Halloween, then you now know where to head! Just don’t go when darkness falls…

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London is the most iconic and glamorous cities of the world that is endowed with heritage buildings, castles, museums, parks, and buzzing streets. But like all other cities, London too has an eerie side. After sundown, some of the heritage monuments look spooky and haunted, echoing eerie stories and creating some unnerving sensations. Here, we present some of those uncanny and mysterious stories (read true stories), associated with the most haunted places in London. Before going through this, make sure you have a brave-heart!

10 Most Haunted Places In London

Take a look at some of the haunted places in London which might interest you and at the same time give you nightmares!

1.Westminster Abbey – The Most Unnerving Place Of The City

a spooky castle in London

Westminster Abbey is one of the must visit sites of London. This is a historical church, about 1000 years old, located in the west of Palace of Westminster. Formerly titled as Collegiate Church of St. Peter, this Gothic structure is not only one of the most important religious buildings of London, but a popular coronation place and burial ground for the British monarchs. Over the years, nearly, 3000 people and 17 monarchs have been buried in the ground of Westminster Abbey . The church looks ghostly and spooky after sunset and people have perceived plenty of supernatural occurrences in the premises.

Spooky occurrence : Multiple times, tourists have witnessed the shadow of ghost of John Bradshaw or the floating shadow of ghost of a monk, known as ‘father of Benedictus.’ In the South cloisters of the church, there is a marble statue of Daniel Pulteney, holding a book. Though quite bizarre yet scary to know that many have reported, seeing the statue turning the pages of the book.

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2. Tower Of London – Hear The Shrieks Of Innocent Prisoners

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Located by the banks of River Thames, this historical castle is officially Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and known to be one of the scary places in London. From 1100 to 1952, the Tower of London, was used as the prison by the Royal Family. Large number of convicts were tortured, beaten and beheaded here. Till date, visitors continue to feel uncanny, observe scary shadows and get unnerving spine chilling feelings at some parts of this castle.

Spooky occurrence : People claim to have seen creepy shadows of spirits of Guy Fawkes, Lady Jane Grey, and Henry VI and have heard painful screams of prisoners. In fact, many have seen the shadow of Anne Boleyn- the beheaded wife of Henry VIII, walking with her head, tucked under her arm.

3. Hyde Park – The Tale Of A Non-Human Graveyard

Hyde park castle and birds flying

Among the popular London horror attractions, Hyde Park is a sprawling 350-acre lush green space, famous for walking, leisure strolls and day picnics. The park has an adjacent burial ground, with graves of more than 300 pets. Most people visit the park for leisure activities, but many people walking by have sensed unnatural and ghostly appearances, which have chilled their spine.

Spooky occurrence : Mysterious shadows and creepy shrieks, have been experienced by park visitors, particularly after sunset hours.

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4. Bruce Castle Museum- Where The British Lady Recalls Her Death Scene

spooky castle at night

Image Source Originally known as the ‘Lordship House’, Bruce Castle was established in 1254. Presently a museum, displaying archives of London Borough of Haringey and history and heritage of London city, this place is known to be one of the most haunted places in London. It is said that in colonial times, Lady Coleraine was held against her will by her cruel husband. He caged her in the upper part of the house. On a November night, she committed suicide by jumping off from the parapet.

Spooky occurrence : Every year, on 3rd November, it is claimed that the unhappy soul of the lady enacts the act and many visitors even hear her painful cry on that day.

5. The Old Operating Theatre Museum- Place Of Painful Cries

inside a wooden museum

Image Source This is the museum of surgical history and among the top haunted places in London, England. Located in the attic of the early 18th century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, this unique museum displays various innovations and discoveries of surgery and medical sciences. St Thomas’ Hospital has records of many unnatural deaths until 1846, as surgical innovations were unknown till then.

Spooky occurrence : Cries and screams of patients in pain and agony can be heard in secluded corners of the attic and staircases.

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6. Spaniards Inn – The Eerie Side Of The Iconic Pub

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Situated at one end of Hampstead Heath, Spaniards Inn is an eminent London pub, offering world class dining experience. With vinatge décor, wood panels and lavish collections of wines and spirits; Spaniards Inn is one of the most haunted hotels in London. Spaniards Inn has some dark secrets. Dick Turpin- a famous anti-social of London was a regular visitor here and many of his crimes, like quite a number of brutal murders were plotted here.

Spooky occurrence : Visitors have witnessed several apparitions at night. The ghost of Dick Turpin and an unknown lady wearing white outfit haunt the pub often.

7. Old Queen’s Head- The Ghostly Gastro Pub

inside a lavish haunted pub

With antique furniture and stone fireplaces, Old Queen’s Head is a famous eatery in London, known for hosting quizzes, games, live shows and concerts. But people belive that this buzzing pub is also haunted by a lady and a little girl, who were brutally killed here. A famous gastro pub, Old Queen’s Head is undoubtedly another name on the list of haunted places in London, England.

Spooky occurrence : The little girl visits the pub at night. She cries, bangs doors and runs around the staircases. People have heard her footsteps often.

8. The Flask – The Story Of The Heartbroken Barmaid

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Image Source If you’re looking for some crazy London ghost tours at night, do pay a visit The Flask. This buzzing pub of Highgate talks about couple of haunting incidents. Proofs reveal that a Spanish barmaid hanged herself in the cellar, after being heart broken by her lover. Legend also showcases that the first ever autopsy in London, took place in the committee room of the pub. Enough scary. Insist it?

Spooky occurrence : A man in Cavalier’s uniform and an unknown lady, draped in white had been seen by many, roaming in the main bar area.

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9. Greenwich Foot Tunnel- The Scary Pathway

a haunted tunnel

Greenwich Foot Tunnel is an underground tunnel, beneath River Thames, stretching from Isle of Dogs to Greenwich. This public highway, inaugurated in 1902 is a free walkway for all, but after sunset, this dimly lit tunnel turns out to be one of the most haunted places in London. The pin drop silence inside the tunnel, sounds of dripping water from the roof and scary ambience always scare the hell out of every person, walking by.

Spooky occurrence : Echoe of footsteps is commonly heard by many, who have travelled through this tunnel, in the evening.

10. Bleeding Heart Yard- The Name Says It All

a haunted yard

Bleeding Heart Yard is a cobbled courtyard, named after the antique picture of Virgin Mary, stabbed with 5 swords. The background story of the place is as horrific as its name. Legend has it, that the mutilated body of Lady Elizabeth Hatton was found in the middle of the courtyard. She had been killed and her legs strewn across the ground, but her heart still pumped blood. This gruesome incident, had labelled Bleeding-Heart Yard, as one of the most frightening places in London,

Spooky occurrence : Cries of Lady Elizabeth Hatton, asking for help are experienced by many in present times. If you still have a daring heart and game for some spine chilling sensation, surely visit some of these haunted places in London, during your next visit.

Does it sound challenging enough for you to take a night tour of these most haunted places in London? If you ever visit them, let us know your experience. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Haunted Places In London

Which is the most haunted places in London?

The 5 most wanted places in London are The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Theatre Royal, Brookside Theatre, and Bruce Castle.

Are there haunted hotels in London?

There are a few haunted hotels in London. The best amongst them are believed to be Safestay Holland Park, Park Villa Boutique Hostel, Gallery Hyde Park, Meininger Hotel London Hyde Park, etc.

What are the best places to visit in London?

If you are looking for the best places to visit in London then don’t forget to explore the following places: 1. London Eye 2. Warner Bros. Studio 3. Madame Tussauds 4. Westminster Abbey 5. London Dungeon 6. Kew Gardens 7. National Gallery 8. Trafalgar Square 9. Piccadilly Circus 10. Hyde Park 11. Big Ben 12. Buckingham Palace

Is London haunted?

There are many true ghost stories about London and one can go for popular haunted London tours while staying here. These tours will visit the most haunted places in London including Westminster Abbey, Bruce Castle Museum, Old Operating Theatre Museum, etc.

Is it safe to travel to haunted places in London?

If you are looking for some fun in London and planning to visit the haunted places then you can surely explore the haunted places in London such as Bruce Castle, Westminster Abbey, etc.

What can I do in London?

There are many interesting things to do in London such as Hyde Park, Westminster, Camden, London Eye, Soho, Shoreditch, Hampstead Health, BFI, Thames Cruise, Baker Street, Brixton Academy, The O2, Brick Lane, Chinatown, Electric Avenue, etc.

When is the best time to visit London?

If you are planning to visit London, then the best time to explore the exquisite beauty of London is between March and May. The temperature in London remains mild during these months, making it perfect for sightseeing and other adventurous and interesting excursions.

Is Halloween celebrated in London?

Yes, Halloween is celebrated in London but the celebrations are not as huge as in the United States of America. You can attend any of the halloween festival such as Redskin which is organised at Wembley Stadium for a perfect experience.

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