Hallowe’en may be almost upon us but there’s plenty of opportunity to experience gore, creepiness and the supernatural the whole year round in London!
A wander around the ivy-clad ruins of this Victorian cemetery is creepy enough, with its overgrown, neglected tombs and gravestones. But add in the stories of the Highgate Vampire who reported;y haunted the cemetery in the 1970s and you’ll no doubt have shivers running down your spine! The most atmospheric part of the cemetery is the West Cemetery. Take an organised tour and explore the catacombs, tombs and maze of overgrown gravestones and memorials.
If you prefer something a bit more scientific head to the Hunterian Museum in the Royal College of Surgeons building. Wander the exhibition and check out the specimen collections, skeletons, body parts in jars and pickled organs galore – definitely not one for the squeamish! This gruesome collection is a tribute to science and the history of medicine.
Closed Sundays and Mondays. Free admission. Part of the Temple Tranquility London walk.
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2A 3PE www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums
Bleeding Heart Yard
The name says it all really! Legend has it that on January 27 1626 the mutilated body of society beauty Lady Elizabeth Hatton was found in the cobbled courtyard. She had been murdered and her limbs strewn across the ground, but her heart still pumped blood.
Greville St EC1N 8SJ
Tower of London
Site of many beheadings - 112 people were executed within the walls of the tower or on Tower Hill. Famous executions included Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Thomas Moore. Known as a place of torture and imprisonment and now also ghost sightings. Some of the most sighted ghosts include the Princes in the Tower, allegedly murdered by their uncle Richard III, Anne Boleyn and the White Lady, who apparently brings a strange perfume smell with her on her hauntings.
50 Berkeley Square
50 Berkeley Square has a long held reputation as being the “Most Haunted House in London.” It is said that it is/was haunted by the spirit of a young woman who committed suicide by throwing herself from the top floor windows and that there have been many ghostly sightings of her since.
Mayfair W1J 5BA
Ten Bells pub
Long known for its associations with Jack the Ripper, as it is the pub that supposedly some of his victims used to drink in. It is suggested that Annie Chapman may have drunk at the pub shortly before she was murdered. On the wall opposite the bar is a giant sign listing the victims of Jack the Ripper. Check out the original tiling as you go in to.
84 Commercial Street E1 6LY
Now don’t have nightmares…