With Halloween come and gone some of us are still clinging onto the hope that a scare is right around the corner. Little did you know, London is a hotbed for electromagnetic activity – ghosts walk the cobbled streets and ride the underground tube.
Have you ever stopped to think on your daily commute about just what was disturbed when the tunnels were dug?
Here’s our pick of the best places to get scared out of your mind in London:
Liverpool Street Station
This popular station was opened in February 1874, and is used by thousands of commuters every day. During the time of its construction, there were reports of workers seeing a young woman walking through the tunnels, her name: Rebecca Griffiths. Over the course of the building, the sightings became more frequent and soon enough the workers could hear her piercing screams echoing through the tunnels.
Buried under the tracks of Liverpool streets tube rail with a gold coin that she held dear, she wakes at the dead of night in search for it and stops at nothing to get it.
Rumour has it, that she was a patient at the Star of Bethlehem Asylum (Beldam Royal Hospital), home to some of London’s most mentally unstable women and some of the world’s worst torture and abuse horror stories.
If you find yourself at the station, with no one around but the mice at your feet, and you hear a coin drop… run!
Next up is the historic Viaduct tavern. Behind the impressive floral display and architecture is a truly terrifying and haunting past.
The Viaduct was built in the bustling district of Holborn,1869. This ‘Gin Palace’ was supposedly built on the site of Newgate Prison (1700 – 1853), with living conditions being so dire inmates were forced to sleep on the floor along with many others in the same room. Diseases spread like wildfire, inmates turned on each other and if their sickness didn’t kill them off, hanging from the gallows would.
At the strike of eight am, the church bells went off summoning the public to watch as each inmate took their last breath. These deaths were such a spectacle that a pub across from the Viaduct offered an ‘execution breakfast’… nothing says breakfast quite like watching a man’s neck snap.
Some staff members say when entering the Viaduct at eight they can hear distant church bells, and a harmonious crack, described by staff member Mike as “standing on fallen twigs in a forest”. The further you go to the large entrance doors the louder the pleas and screams of the damned can be heard ringing through the walls.
The Theatre Royal
Beware of the things that go bump in the night, or should I say in the wings. Ghosts have long plagued Drury Lane’s famous Theatre Royal, from visions of long-dead performers to shadowy presences lingering in the wings.
One of those ghostly presences is none other than murderous Charles Macklin, with a tendency to kill co-workers over wig arguments he is not a presence you’d like to run through during a performance.
However, not all that haunts the theatre are murderous psychopaths. During rehearsals, actors have claimed to see the famous Man in Grey, which contrary to what most people think is a good omen as seeing him usually means the show will go on to be a success.
The London Dungeons
The floors creak and doors fly open as you walk down the winding pathways through one of London’s most popular tourist attraction. You would hardly believe the amount of blood that has been spilt on those floors.
The early hours of the morning are said to be peak time for guests, unwanted guests that is. A figure dressed in all black wanders the halls, some say it’s Jack the Ripper and the recreation of his murders in the dungeons lures him in, attracted to watching the murders all over again.
As you continue your way down the path through the Mortuary area, there stands an operating table where two men are operating on a body while a third man stands watching. If you see the phantom third man, make no sudden movements and carry on as if it were part of the scene. Whatever you do DON’T tell anyone you have seen him or you will never be rid of him and his hauntings.
Other hauntings include staff such as Charles Beaumont having walked into the break room, “I saw my breath coming up in a mist in front of me and heard a faint sound of children singing Ring-a-ring-o-roses and then they vanished into thin air,” leaving nothing but hairs on end.
Here is where you can find these terrifying locations:
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We asked you, the public, exactly how you feel about what London has to offer in this scare fest. Do you believe in ghosts? While most said yes I know there are some out there who don’t, so I challenge YOU to go out and get your spook on.
Words: Victoria Locke | Subbing: Ruby Naldrett