London’s haunted, didn’t you know? Our capital city is teeming with haunted subways, hospitals, houses and towers. But which one’s best to visit? We’ve compiled our three-favourite ghost-hunting grounds in London for you to visit so you can discover the creepy side of the capital.
The Tower of London
A bus ride eastwards down the Thames from our Park Grand Hotels London will take you to perhaps the most famous haunted building in the whole UK: The Tower of London. Used as a prison for the Royal Family’s most disliked prisoners, the tower’s dark past is the cause of the many voices and apparitions haunting The Bloody Tower’s walls. This isn’t entirely surprising; scores of unfortunate prisoners were beheaded in the tower, with some even less lucky captives being tortured to death using grisly medieval methods that don’t even bear thinking about. The closest Park Grand accommodation to The Tower of London is The Piccadilly London West End on Shaftesbury Avenue, which is within a 25-minute Tube ride of the tower.
The Spaniard’s Inn
Reachable by easy travel links from our Park Grand Hotels London, this 400-year-old inn was home to the legendary Dick Turpin. Britain’s most notorious highwayman was said to have used the inn as a base of operations where he plotted his next grisly move on unsuspecting travellers. Some records state that Turpin’s father was the landlord. Dick’s ghost haunts the upstairs rooms he used to use as a hidey-hole hundreds of years ago, and many residents visiting the inn have reported seeing the horrifying figure of Turpin wandering his old hunting ground.
Spaniards Road was a route many wealthy travellers took during the Middle Ages, giving weight to the idea that Turpin used the inn as place to plan his next murder. A woman dressed entirely in white, most likely one of Turpin’s victims, has been spotted aimlessly roaming outside along with the frightening aberration of Black Bess, Turpin’s horse.
The Ten Bells
Another venue haunted by a monstrous killer, The Ten Bells Pub in Spitalfields is haunted by the ghosts of the infamous Jack the Ripper, one of London’s greatest unsolved mysteries. The ripper’s final victim, the unfortunate Mary Kelly, was found horrifically mutilated across the road from The Ten Bells the morning after she’d spent the night drinking in there. Another of Jack’s victims, Annie Chapman, frequented the pub and was said to have been lured across the road by the ghostly silhouette of the ripper, gesturing her across the road in the smog. Her corpse was found torn to pieces on nearby Hanbury Street the next day, and landlords and members of the public alike have reported seeing the ghostly figures of Mary and Anne. Some living at the pub have even reported gusts of ghostlike wind and objects moving of their own accord, making it likely that the ripper’s tortured victims still haunt the place they were slaughtered to this day.