We hope you have a very Happy Halloween. For those chill-seekers looking for their new London haunt, we put together our spookiest area guide of the year. We had our local experts suggest some of their favourite spots around London for a frightfully good time:
🎃 Anyone for a haunted pub crawl? Hampstead is home to some of the most haunted pubs in London, including the Old Bull and Bush and the Spaniards Inn - where Dick Turpin - infamous highwayman, may haunt the upstairs rooms. This pub is also where two landlords supposedly fell in love with the same woman, settled it with a duel and the ghost of the landlord who lost (both the duel and his love) is said to remain. The spectre of a sad girl is said to wander the High Street in Hampstead Heath, and ghosts abound around Highgate Cemetery. With all this spirited activity in the area, it's no surprise there's some excellent ghost walks in the area, like Hampstead Ghost Walk and Twilight Ghost Hunts.
🎃 Tower Hamlets is the place to go if you want to learn some spooky history, from the Ragged School Museum - a fascinating educational museum on the trials of Victorian schooling, where ghosts of poor school children may still play, to the Clink Prison - a prison so infamous we still use "the Clink" as slang, and now another thrilling museum. Also, of course, there's the Tower of London - we mention the Halloween Tours held here in the top 5 reasons to love autumn in London. Special mention also goes to the supposedly friendly ghosts at Aldgate East station; local lore says a worker was knocked out by a 20,000-volt electric shock and the spectre of an elderly woman was seen comforting him.
🎃 Shoreditch is home to many a ghost tour and is infamous for its links to London's most notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. The walking tour takes you down cobbled alleyways and secret spots which are inaccessible by public transport, taking you back in time to the 1800's where the murders took place.
You can also visit the famous Ten Bells Pub in Spitalfields, which is said to be haunted by the figure of an elderly man in Victorian clothing, and is also supposedly occupied by the ghost of one of Jack the Ripper's victims, Annie Chapman.
Halloween goes to show how incredible life in London can be. There is so much fascinating history around every corner. Foxtons local offices know all the best details about an area, so if you want to learn about London proprety, get in touch with a local office.