Yes, this series continues. It seems like no one can get enough of the creepy side of London. Part 4 has haunted Tube Stations, theatres, and of course cemeteries because honesty where are you going to be hanging out if you are a ghost?

Read on to find out more about the hauntings in London.


Bethnal Green Underground Tube Station

If ever there was a site ripe for haunting, this would be it. This station was used as an air-raid shelter in WWII. Unfortunately, 173 people perished while trying to get inside the shelter. Their pain and anguish have manifested themselves in a variety of different hauntings.

A man working overnight heard sobbing children and screams that echoed throughout the station, the sounds lasting for more than fifteen minutes.

Theatre Royal, Drury Lane

This is not the only theatre to have been built on this site. The earliest theatre was built in 1663. Today’s is the fourth one and it has a long claim to fame of being the world’s most haunted theatre. There is more than one ghost who visits the theatre and they are considered good luck if seen prior to a performance.

The most famous ghost is that of a nobleman from the late 18th century. He is adorned with a tricorne hat with powered air beneath and a dress jacket along with a cloak. He is so clearly defined that witnesses can easily spot his sword and riding boots. He is said to have been stabbed to death, his remains hidden inside the theatre walls until 1848.

Another spirit who wanders around backstage is that of Charles Macklin. He was said to have killed another actor in 1735 over the use of a wig.

The famous clown Joseph Grimaldi can be seen escorting nervous actors around the stage from time to time as well.


Theatre Royal, Haymarket

This theatre is the third oldest in London that is still actively being used. It was built back in 1720 and is rife with ghosts and legend. Many actors have claimed to see various spirits throughout this aged theatre but not more so famous than that of Patrick Stewart. During a performance of Waiting for Godot in which he shared the stage with Sir Ian McKellen, Patrick Steward claimed to have seen a ghost. It startled him so that he almost left the stage. This spirit is believed to be the ghost of John Baldwin Bustone who was an actor-manager of the theatre until sometime in the mid-19th century. As it turns out he was also a close personal friend of Charles Dickens.


Highgate Cemetery

This is an expansive cemetery which opened in 1839 and was created to provide the outskirts of London with a large modern cemetery. It has two sections known as the East and West cemeteries. To date, this graveyard has 170,000 people buried on the premises and approximately 53,000 graves. The most famous occupants? None of other than Karl Marx, Charles Dickens, and Douglas Adams.

This cemetery no stranger to hauntings and the macabre. There are numerous events that remain inexplicable to this day that have occurred on the Highgate Cemetery grounds.

The Highgate Vampire is said to roam the grounds with piercing eyes and long black coat and top hat. Towering at an impressive 7 feet tall, he repeatedly vanishes into thin air when witnesses approach.

A red-eyed ghoul has been known to peer through the cemetery gates at anyone who stops their car along the road outside the fence.

There is an old, insane woman who runs among the gravestones, her hair drawn away from her scalp as she frantically searches for the graves of her children whom she murdered.

Other frequently spotted ghosts include a businessman shrouded figure, and even a floating nun.


City Of London Cemetery and Crematorium

This property is located in north east London and was commissioned back in 1853. This has been the site of long-term hauntings of various spirits to the point that it has been professionally investigated.

Locals have described an eerie orange light that emanates from one particular gravestone frequently. It’s been doing so since the 1970s. Although it has been investigated, there was no outside light source found and no explanation offered for why it was happening.

Charterhouse Square

One of the oldest structures mentioned in this series, the Charterhouse Square is found in Islington and linked to the Carthursian monastery next door which was founded in 1371. It became a plague pit as it was called which was a mass grave during the time of the Bubonic Plague. More than 35,000 bodies were buried there and their spirits roam the area. There is no shortage of spirits that is for sure. One of the most frequently spotted spirits is that of a monk who is seen floating around the courtyards along with the headless Duke of Norfolk who repeatedly comes down the main staircase.


The Old Bailey

His is known as the Old Bailey because of the street that is located on. It is placed next to the Newgate Gaol which was a prison dating back to 1188 and first mentioned as early as 1585.

As one might expect, this area is charged with a great deal of negative energy including the spirit of ‘The Black Dog of Newgate’. This spirit is said to be that of a former inmate who were starving back in 1596 during a great famine. He was murdered by his cellmates and eaten and has been known to appear as a rabid black dog haunting the Old Bailey.


Greenwich Foot Tunnel

This tunnel crosses beneath the River Thames and links the Isle of Dogs with Greenwich. Originally constructed in 1899, the tunnel replaced an expensive ferry service.

Visitors who enter the tunnel from Cutty Sark Gardens have repeatedly reported an unsettling feeling and odd sounds echoing as they traverse the 370-metre-long tunnel. They also report being followed when walking through the tunnel.

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By BLOG | 31 Dec 2022 | London Tips & Culture