Do you ever find yourself walking around London and get a soft shudder down your spine. Maybe you’ve walked past some spooky history and you didn’t know about it. There are countless buildings and locations across London with gruesome stories and alleged ghost sightings; with Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London amongst the most well-known.
Whilst this location may not be considered haunted straight away, the burial ground found in Hyde Park is a special one. It is not open to the public but sometimes holds special tours. The graveyard dates back to the 1880s and contains the remains of more than 300 pets, many in graves marked with tiny headstones. The graveyard is also fairly close the Tyburn, a site where thousands people have been executed over the centuries.
The Parkland Walk Spriggan, Finsbury Park
The Parkland Walk, which is an abandoned railway line between Finsbury Park and Alexandra Palace, is lush with greenery. But if you look closely, there is something a little unsettling about this place. The part of the line which passes Crouch End is the spookiest stretch, where the looming spirit of spriggan watches from the abandoned railway arch. A startled vision if you’re not expecting it.
The Old Operating Theatre Museum, Borough
I guess it goes somewhat without saying that this place is probably haunted, as it was an actual surgical practice when the term surgery was still somewhat loose. With anesthetic not being invented until 1846, this surgery was still being used by doctors wielding a scalpel. Many of the patients in these surgeries died despite the best intentions of the surgeons, definitely giving this operating theatre an eery vibe.
Ten Bells, Spitalfield
This pub was once called Jack the Ripper, and whilst the pub tried to get away from its gory namesake, it just can’t. The landlord claims The Ten Bells has been taken over by the ghost of Annie Chapman, one of the murdered and mutilated victims of the Ripper in 1888. However, it’s not just the landlord who thinks the place is haunted, feel free to ask the staff about their own encounters.
Bleeding Heart Yard, Farringdon
The name of this small square will give you a moment of pause as you wonder where it may have come from. The legend has it that on January 27 1626, the mutilated body of the society beauty Lady Elizabeth Hatton was found in the cobbled courtyard. She had been murdered and her limbs sprawling across the ground, yet her heart was still pumping blood.
West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs
Fancy an evening among rotting coffins? Because that’s exactly what the West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs is. It is an underground resting place for London’s Victorian dead. These were built out of respect for the dead, as a way to keep them away from swampy cemeteries that were overloaded with bodies from the cholera outbreak.
These catacombs are rarely open to the public, apart from the occasional organized tour.