13 Of The Most Haunted Places In London

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 13 haunted places 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

You may not want to live the suite life after hearing this terrifying tale. 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’s 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

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

3. The Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead

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.

Spaniards Road, Hampstead, NW3 7JJ 

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 

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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.

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

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 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

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 – it’s a no from me.

Victoria Gate Lodge, W2 2LU

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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. Maybe they just really fancied a pint?

84 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, E1 6LY

9. Bank Underground Station, Bank

Bank Underground Station is an undoubtedly scary place. Ever tried to change platforms in the middle of rush hour? 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

10. Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, Haggerston

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

11. Bleeding Heart Yard, Farringdon

Bleeding Heart Yard may look harmless, but looks can be deceiving. 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. 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

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

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