Most Haunted Places in London
Do you believe in ghosts? Do you like being scared? Or have a particular fascination for the taboo? Well, this just be the list for you! With Halloween being a few weeks away, there are a lot of spine-chilling places to visit in one of Europe’s oldest cities to start the spooky season. That being said, here’s a list of the most haunted places to visit in London:
1) Hampton Court Palace
Some of London’s most haunted places are also popular historical landmarks. With over 500 years of history, Hampton Court Palace has been the former residence of King Henry VIII and Queen Victoria, no to mention an execution site for many individuals including Henry VIII’s wives. So it’s no surprise that visitors have encountered hauntings throughout the years.
In fact, Catherine Howard, Henry VIII’s fifth wife gave the Haunted Gallery its name when she was allegedly seen running through the gallery right before she was captured and taken to her execution in 1541. her ghost can reportedly now be seen dressed in white floating through the gallery, screaming and pleading for mercy.
Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymor, is also known to haunt Hampton Court. She has been spotted walking along the Cobbled Grounds of Clock Court. And on the anniversary of her son Edward’s birth, she is seen wearing a white robe, ascending the stairs of the Silver Stick Gallery carrying a single candle.
2) Tower of London, Tower Hill
This infamous bloody tower has been the execution site for many historical figures. from 1100 to 1952, the Tower of London prisoned people who the Royal family particularly disliked. Prisoners were usually beheaded in the most gruesome fashion on public display.
Perhaps the most famous of all hauntings in the tower is that of Anne Boleyn, the sixth wife of serial husband Henry VIII. Many claimed to have seen the sorrowful queen with a head tucked between her arm. Others have spotted her from the courtyard, staring out of the window from the room she was held captive.
Other famous historical figures have also been haunting the tower such as Guy Fawkes, Lady Jane Grey, and Henry VI to name a few. The ghosts of other prisoners can also be spotted; if they weren’t famous during life they certainly gained notoriety in death. Unsure of her origins, the White Lady has also been known to enchant visitors with the powerful smell of her cheap perfume as she is seen glaring out the window of the Tower.
3) Langham Hotel, Marylebone
Opened in 1865 and undoubtedly crowned London’s most haunted hotel, the Langham Hotel has been visited by a number of literary greats including Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde. Not only that but it is said to have an array of spirits residing with its walls. The most common sighting has been of a man dressed in Victorian evening wear, in room 333 who apparently only makes appearances during October.
Another guest claimed to have seen the figure of a man dressed in military attire standing by the window on the fourth floor who allegedly may be the German prince who jumped out of a window before the start of World War II. It’s a;so believed that Napoleon III, another former guest, haunts the the hotel’s basement.
4) Highgate Cemetery, Highgate
Highgate Cemetery has been a frightening and disturbing location for many years, having served as the film set for a number of Gothic films in the 1970s. The Highgate Vampire is one of the many legends surrounding the burial site. This is said to be the spirit of a Romanian lord who dabbled in dark magic. Following his death, the nobleman’s servants transported his body to England, where he was interred in a home in the West End. Highgate Cemetery presently stands on this location.
According to legend, the nobleman lay in a graveyard for many years until a gang of Satanists conducted a ceremony there. This jolted him awake, and he spent the rest of the day wandering about the cemetery. You may visit Highgate Cemetery to find out for yourself, as well as witness the graves of important personalities such as Karl Marx, George Eliot, and George Michael.
5) Ten Bells Pub, Shoreditch
In 1888, London was terrorised by the infamous serial killer Jack the Ripper who preyed on young women in the East London neighbourhood of Whitechapel. Some account the Ripper story link two his victims, Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly to the pub itself.
Annie being the former landlady of Ten Bells, may have drunk her last pint inside shortly before she was murdered; and it’s said that Mary Jane Kelly picked up clients as a prostitute just outside the pub.
It is rumored that after all these years poor Annie still haunts her beloved pub. If that isn’t enough, the pub also has a long history of poltergeist activity.