Halloween is nigh! All Hallow’s Eve is mostly regulated as a children’s holiday in the UK, but there are still plenty of haunts to keep you spooked.
In a city as old as London (founded in 43 AD), ghost stories abound.
Check out this documentary on Haunted London
If you’d like to visit some of these spooky sites in person, have a look below at Time Out London’s Top 10 List here.
Here are my top 3 recommendations for haunted pubs in the city. In no particular order:
1. The Queen’s Head in Islington. It dates back to the 19th century and is said to be haunted by a young girl and a woman. Staff have reported hearing footsteps on the pub stairs and the cries of a young child over the years.
2. Spaniard’s Inn, Hampstead. One of the UK’s oldest pubs, it makes appearances in Dickens’s The Pickwick Papers and is rumored to be haunted. Legend has it that two previous owners fell in love with the same woman and dueled for her hand. One was killed and buried near the inn; it is said his ghost still haunts the pub today.
3. Morpeth Arms, Westminster. This one is relatively close us in South Ken. This pub used to house holding cells for prisoners awaiting deportation to the colonies. The pub is said to be haunted by a prisoner who committed suicide while being held.