5 supposedly haunted places in London

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26 April 2018 | Location

London’s long and illustrious history has given rise to hundreds of ghost sightings and things going bump in the night.

If you’re feeling brave enough, here are 5 of London’s supposedly most haunted spots.


Tower of London

The Tower of London is one of the most infamous prisons in history, and has played host to the executions of a number of well-known figures, so it’s hardly surprising that many people believe the place is haunted.

Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife, was beheaded in the tower’s grounds in 1536 and her spirit supposedly still haunts the site to this day.

She has reportedly been seen roaming the chapel located within the white tower, sometimes with her head and sometimes without.

Other ghosts supposedly residing in the tower include King Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey and Margaret Pole.


The Old Operating Theatre Museum

The souls of destitute patients who died undergoing the surgeon's knife are said to haunt The Old Operating Theatre Museum in Southwark.

Housed in the attic of the Old St Thomas' Hospital, the operating theatre was built in 1822 to demonstrate surgical and medical procedures and predates the invention of surgical anaesthetic, meaning many patients bled to death in excruciating pain. Gruesome.

The museum is located on St Thomas Street and is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10.30 am to 5.00 pm.


Hampstead Heath

Hampstead Heath offers spectacular views of the city and is one of London’s most popular open spaces, but the ancient park also holds some dark secrets.

The Spaniards Inn, to the north of the Heath, allegedly homes several ghosts, the most famous being the infamous highway robber Dick Turpin who can be heard stomping around upstairs.

Other sightings reported on the Heath including a Victorian woman most recently spotted in 2016.

Walks of London offers the self-guided Haunted Hampstead Walking Tour, which takes in several locations where there have been reported ghost sightings.


Farringdon tube station

The ghost of Anne Naylor supposedly haunts Farringdon tube station and commuters have heard blood-curdling screams when the station is quiet.

The apprentice hat maker was brutally murdered by her employer who disposed of her body on the future site of the station.

Next time you’re there, keep your ears open for any screams.  


The Ten Bells Pub 

The Ten Bells pub in Spitalfields plays a prominent role in Jack the Ripper folklore, so naturally many ghost stories involving the pub have emerged.

It’s claimed that several people murdered by the Ripper drank in the pub, most notably Mary Kelly, who is believed to be his final victim.

Staff in the 1990s reported seeing an old man in Victorian clothing, while a tenant who lived in the premises claimed that he was often pushed down the stairs by an invisible force.


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