It’s a well-known fact that London is a city generously steeped in history. In fact, a lot of the city’s tourism stems from people wanting to visit London’s unusual attractions to find out more about its interesting past. And with so many sights to see, who can blame them? Now, while we know that there are some attractions you must visit such as Big Ben, the Tower of London and Houses of Parliament, it’s also nice to get off the beaten path and see a new side to our nation’s capital. If you want to truly get to know London and add a fun twist to your trip, there are a whole host of spooky places to visit all around the city. Are you brave enough to add them to your itinerary?
One of the best ways to get spooked is by taking part in one of London’s interesting ghost walks. With so many years of history to explore, famous names and plenty of dark tales, there there are a lot of different ghostly activities to choose from. Here are our pick of some of the best, full of dark alleys, spooky sights and unexplained phenomenon. Grab your camera and get ready for an Insta-worthy day out!
The Original London Ghost Walk
The Original London Ghost Walk goes beyond simply escorting you around London’s best ghoulish haunts and telling you traditional ghost stories. This ghost walk focuses largely on the most recent ghost activity in London, adding a spine-tingling modern twist to the usual ghost tales.
Jack The Ripper Tour
Inspired by arguably one of London’s most famous (or notorious) residents, the Jack the Ripper Tour tells the tale of one of history’s greatest mysteries. Jack the Ripper caused mayhem throughout the capital back in the day, murdering an unknown number of women, but to this day his identity remains unknown. If you’re itching to know more about the gruesome murders and follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper as he left a trail of terror in his wake in Victorian London, this is the one for you.
The Ghost Bus Tours
Explore the darker side of London’s past with this ghostly bus tour. Though a little different from the popular walking tours, the Ghost Bus Tour lets you take in the locations of some of London’s most horrific murders, hangings and executions. On the itinerary you can expect to visit the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and the Tower of London - all from aboard a haunted London bus.
The London Dungeon
One of the most popular attractions in London is The London Dungeon – it’s a must visit if you have kids or are travelling with history-obsessed family members. It showcases a number of creepy historical events using live actors, theatre shows and special effects to educate visitors on the spooky side of London life. Prepare for spine-tingling scares, people jumping out from dark corners to test your nerve and a lot of fun. Expect to find out about the Great Fire of London, Jekyll and Hyde, Sweeney Todd, the Whitechapel Labyrinth, a murderous judge, Guy Fawkes and more.
West End Ghost Walk
London's West End is home to some of the city’s oldest streets and buildings that appear to be frozen in time, making it the perfect location for another of London’s unusual attractions. This walk takes visitors on a journey through time, playing close attention to one of the world’s most haunted theatres and an equally spooky statue. The great thing about this walking tour is it’s historic setting – the perfect backdrop for a city selfie with a difference!