Even its not spooky season, there’s plenty of thrill seekers who love feeling scared and engaging in all sorts of ghost hunts, haunted night walks and séance. London is one of the world’s busiest and most advanced cities, endowed with dozens of shops, businesses, nightclubs and entertainment venues. But the city’s history holds a plethora of dark secrets, and if you scratch the surface, you’ll find an eerie atmosphere in the city that buzzes day and night. After the sun sets the buildings in London echo the eerie stories of their past, their spooky and mysterious nature coming to life…
Here are the top haunted sites in London to check out if you’re scared!
#1- Tower of London:
Set on the banks of the River Thames, the Tower of London is known to be one of the scariest places in London. This historical castle belongs to Her Majesty, and between the years of 1100 to 1952, the Tower of London was used as a prison by the Royal Family. Several convicts were imprisoned, labored, beaten and guillotined here. As the tower is now open to the public, visitors have reported feelings of the uncanny, spine-chilling sensations and observing scary shadows in parts of the castle. Even scarier is that some visitors claim to have seen the shadow and spirits of infamous historical figures such as Guy Fawkes, Lady Jane Grey and Henry VI.
#2- The Old Operating Theatre Museum:
A place of historical gruesome tales is the Old Operating Museum in London, England. Hidden away in the attic of early 18th century church of the old St Thomas’ Hospital, the building displays the horrific history of surgery- from the barbaric ways in which medical discoveries were made, to advances in medical science. The hospital has a number of recorded unnatural deaths until the year 1846, and alleged cries and screams of patients in agony can be heard in secluded corners of the attic and staircases.
#3- Hyde Park:
By day, Hyde Park is one of London’s busiest outdoor attractions, and even more so in the summer- as it’s the perfect spot for a picnic. However, after the sun sets, it becomes a creepy piece of land that is home to a surreal burial ground. Located just behind Victoria Gate Lodge, the graveyard dates back to the 1800s, and is home to more than 300 pets. The graveyard isn’t far from Tyburn, a site where thousands of people have been executed over a long period of time
#4- The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities:
Perhaps not necessarily haunted, but one of the scariest and creepiest places to make the list is The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities. In the museum, you find various strange and slightly perplexing items, such as the bones of a dodo, a two-headed kitten and occultists’ paintings. The museum has objects that are a cross between everyday dross and gross- and the museum definitely subverts the expectations of what artefacts are appropriate for a museum. A creepy day out- it’s definitely worth it!
#5- Hampton Court Palace:
A popular landmark and a haunting London hotspot, Hampton Court, has over 500 years’ worth of history. The site has been the stage of many deaths- and is most famous for being the site of the execution of Henry VIII’s wives. It’s no surprise that visitors have reported many hauntings at the site over the years! The fifth wife of Henry VIII, Catherine Howard, is the wife who has given the gallery its haunting name, as she can be seen floating the gallery towards the Royal Pew dressed in a white gown- all while screaming. Additionally, Henry VIII’s third wife, Jane Seymour, is also said to haunt Hampton Court. She is said to have been seen walking the cobbled grounds of the Clock Court, and even more eerie, she is said to ascend the stairs that lead to the Silver Stick Gallery on the anniversary of her son Edwards’ birth, dressed in a white robe and wearing a candle.
#6- The Clink Prison:
First established in the 12th century, the ancient prison is one of the county’s oldest prisons. In operation until 1780s, the prison was home to all kinds of criminals who underwent the most gruesome forms of torture. From a plague-era physician to murderers and thieves, the museum is said to hold the spirits of criminals who haunt the hallways, and attendees of their fright nights can take a tour around the castle, be introduced to the resident ghosts and explore the spine-chilling grounds.
#7- Bruce Castle:
Shrouded in horror, history and mystery, is the ghost of Bruce Castle. The story (which is arguable a mixture of historical fact and legend) surrounds famous historian Henry Hare, who bought the property with his wife Constantina and moved onto the grounds sometime in the late 17th century. It is told that in a rage of jealousy surrounding her husband’s affair, Henry locked his wife Constantina in one of the highest rooms in the house- and from the window in this room is where Constantina threw herself from, holding her child in her arms. On November 3rd of each year, it is reported that you can see her ghostly figure haunting the grounds.
Exploring the city’s creepiest and most haunted locations is definitely not for the faint hearted. The city is not only a metropolitan mixing pot, but also has a history that is eerie and will certainly send some chills up your spine. Here at We Buy Any Home recommend checking out these places…who knows, you may even see the ghost of a historical figure with your very own eyes!