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Fires, plague and conquest – London has seen it all over the past 2,000 years. These events shaped the city we know today, but they have also left a paranormal legacy lingering in the capital’s alleyways, underground lines and pubs.


Whether you’re believer or not, it’s hard to overlook the chilling character of some London watering holes, where ghosts, apparitions and spectres are often said to appear.


With Halloween coming up, now is an ideal time to head out and see them for yourself. Add some spookiness to your pint by visiting some of these supernatural hot spots.




5 Burton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 6PT

Nearest Tube Oxford Circus – 7 min walk

Living up to its name, the pub serves as a stopping point for a ghoulish 18th century coach pulled along by four white horses. Witnesses say the driver is headless and his passengers stare through the windows with dreary, skull-like faces.




43-47 Marylebone Road, Marylebone

Nearest Tube Baker Street – 2 min walk

A pub with almost 300 years of history is bound to have some skeletons in its closet. In 1836, publican William Thornton was found dead in bed at the Globe with his throat cut. Despite the gruesome circumstances, the case was ruled a suicide and his ghost is said to haunt the rafters to this day…




34 Thurloe Place, Kensington

Nearest Tube South Kensington – 2 min walk

Built on a former gravesite, the foundations of the Hoop & Toy hold the bodies of dead priests. Later tunnel boring for London’s tube network allegedly woke these souls and they are now seen wandering up and down the pub’s stairs, looking for their places of worship.



Prospect of Whitby

57 Wapping Wall, Wapping

Nearest transport link Wapping Overground – 5 min walk

Once known as the Devil’s Tavern, the Prospect of Whitby is London’s oldest riverside pub with records dating back to the 1520s. Legend tells that criminals would be tied up at low tide and left to drown on the banks. Local ghost ‘Hanging’ Judge Jeffreys can often be seen drinking at this former local.



The Silver Cross

3 Whitehall, Whitehall

Nearest Tube Charing Cross – 4 min walk

Strange things happen at The Silver Cross. Unusual, jarring sounds and pictureframes falling off the walls are not uncommon – perhaps explained by the ghost of a young woman who was murdered on the pub’s grounds when it was used as a brothel in the 1800s.



Ye Olde Cock Tavern

22 Fleet Street, Holborn

Nearest Tube Temple – 7 min walk

Almost 500 years old, this pub is home to the ‘Goldsmith’s Ghost’. He boasts a smiling, dismembered head and is believed be the apparition of Oliver Goldsmith, a local man buried just outside the pub’s narrow frontage.



Plumbers Arms

14 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia

Nearest Tube Victoria – 6 min walk

Built in the 1820s, the Plumber’s Arms was where Lady Lucan fled to safety after being attacked by her husband, Lord Lucan. A British peer, Lord Lucan is the suspected murderer of Sandra Rivett, the Lucan family’s nanny. He disappeared without a trace on the 8th November 1974.



Marlborough Head

24 North Audley Street, Mayfair

Nearest Tube Oxford Circus – 12mins

Steeped in horror and bloodshed, the Marlborough Head stands on a site once used to execute thousands of criminals between the 12th and 18th centuries. While its gory past is now long gone, the pub still plays host to the lost souls of the damned.




40 Stonegate, York

If you’re outside London and still looking for a haunted drinking experience, head to Ye Olde Starre Inne in York. Dating back to 1644, this much-loved pub has a long history of supernatural incidents, not to mention a tragic connection to the First World War.