20 Ghosts You May Meet In London!

20 London Ghosts You Simply Can’t Resist to Meet…

London is an intriguing city. To some, it is a multi-cultural metropolis with an atmosphere you can’t find anywhere else. Others might think of it as an urban moloch, dirty and massively overpopoulated.

Regardless of what your feelings towards London might be, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to the Britain’s capital.

London is known for its supernatural history and with more ghosts per square mile than any other city, it is a true paradise for any ghost hunter out there.

But, even if paranormal activity isn’t your thing, there are still some ghosts you simply should meet while on your trip to the city.

Luckily, many of them gather together in the same location so discovering them will not mean having to travel from one place to another.

The Tower of London
Probably the most ghost-populated location in the whole city, which isn’t that surprising, given the original intend for the building.

Built in 1098 by William the Conqueror, the Tower was used as a gaol with many people executed there in the past.

Today it’s the most haunted place in the country, with many historic figures making their appearance within its walls.

Some of the most notable Tower ghosts include:

Anne Boleyn – a former Queen of England and wife to Henry VIII, beheaded and buried in the Tower in 1536. Anne is said to regularly roam the grounds, scaring the guards at night.

Lady Jane Grey – this another rather unlucky monarch tortured and killed in the Tower. She is said to appear every year at the anniversary of her death.

The Two Princess – Edward and Richard, murdered in 1495 at the order of Richard III. Their bodies haven’t been found until 1674, and only then they were given a proper burial. However, their spirits still haunt the Tower today.

Other notable Tower Ghosts include:

Guy Fawkes who planned the failed Gunpowder plot in 1605, Thomas Becket, archbishop of Canterbury, murdered in 1170 and Sir Walter Raleigh, a writer and popularizer of tobacco in England.

Heathrow Airport
If you’re arriving to London via Heathrow, take a look at the directon of a Runaway One. And, don’t be surprised if you spot a ghostly apparition roaming the area there.

The famous London airport is haunted by a ghost of an unknown man. It is believed that he is a ghost of one of the victims of a Belgian DC2 plan that crashed on the site of Runaway One back in 1948. Today he seems to be walking the runaway and is often picked up by an airport radar. However, when services get there, they can’t see anyone, in spite of the fact that the radar still shows some presence there!

London is the city of theatres but what’s more, many of those are still inhabited by actors and past staff that used to work there.

Theatre Royal on Druray Lane is haunted by a “Man in Grey” who quite surprisingly appears during the daylight, usually between 10am and 4pm. no one really knows who he is, however, in 1850, a skeleton of a man with a dagger in his ribs was found in a previously unknown room. Apparently, the actors of the theatre believe that if The Man in Grey appears during rehearsales, the performance wil be a success.

The Adelphi Theatre is haunted by a ghost of an actor, William Terriss, murdered in 1897 outside the stage door by his jealous rival, Richard Prince. Terriss was first reported to be seen in 1928 and since then, many poltergeist activities were reported.

Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket is a home to a ghost of its former manager, John Buckstone who died around 1890.

Last but not least, the famous Palladium is haunted by a ghost of Helen Campbell, a former resident of a building that once stood at the site of the theatre.

Westminster Abbey
This large, mainly Gothic church located just to the west of the palace of Westminster is not only a religious site but also a burial place of more than 3000 people, including 17 monarchs. It’s no surprise then that a number of ghosts roam the site day and night.

Out of the most known ones is the ghost of John Broadshaw, a judge known for being the President of the Court of Justice during the trial of the King Charles I who is known to walk around the Abbey’s Triforium.

A quite special ghost is the one of “Father Benedictus”, a monk who is often seen floating around the cloisters around 5 and 6pm. His figure appears quite solid and he has been known to hold conversations with witnesses, many of who don’t even realize that they are talking to a ghost.

Pubs are the heart and soul of London, and many of them welcome guests not only from this world.

Anchor Tavern on 34 Park Street has a quite extrordinary ghost story, being haunted by a ghost of a dog who back in 1700 tried to protect its master from some violent thug. Legend says that a gang member slammed the heavy pub door on the dog, severing its tail. The dog run away and has never been seen in the flesh.

These days the dog is often seen at the closing time, sniffing around, looking for its lost tail or lost master.

Grenadier Pub on 18 Wilton Row is haunted by a ghost of a soldier who was caught cheating at cards and murdered there. Every September, on the anniversary of his death, strange things happen are observed, objects appear and disappear and tables rattle for no reason whatsoever.

John Snow Pub (39 Broadwick Street), named after a doctor who tracked the source of outbreak of cholera in 1854 is haunted by a ghost of an unknown man who sits in the corner observing the patrons.

Volunteer Pub on 247 Baker Street stands on the site of the 17th century mansion owned by the Neville family. The building burned down but the cellars survived and they are the foundation of the pub these days. It is said that the cellars are haunted by a member of the Neville family.

Sutton Arms on 6 Carthusian Street is a home to “Charlie”, a ghost of a smiling red haired man. He has been seen many times in various places around the pub and has his own favorite table where he sometimes quietly sits, observing the patrons.

Broadcasting House in London’s Regent Street is the home of the BBC but also, a home to a ghost of a limping butler. Not really a personality you simply can go and see. But just in case, if you ever are in the famous building, keep out on the BBC ghost.

Source: www.staycity.com/category-london/20-london-ghosts-you-simply-cant-resist-to-meet/

About Andrew

Co-founder & lead investigator of Paranormal Encounters. I've experienced the paranormal all my life, having encountered ghosts, angels and demons. I live in a haunted house and when not exploring and researching the unknown, I enjoy single malt Scotch whisky & potato chips (though not necessarily at the same time).