London is the heart of the United Kingdom and a destination for travellers from all over the world. From this city have come some of history’s most important people, decisions, and works of art. But the English capital has also been the setting for thousands of ghost stories. From headless queens to phantom highway men, London is home to a score of spirits – further enhancing its reputation as a melting pot of all races.
This list will look at the five most haunted places in London; though the city’s history is so inextricably intertwined with the paranormal that it may be easier to list the five least scary places in London.
1. The Clink Prison, Southwark
From its opening in 1144 to its closure six-hundred years later, The Clink in Central London became so synonymous with misery and suffering that its name is now used as a slang term for all prisons.
Those in positions of authority at The Clink are said to have been sadistic, sociopathic, and lacking in any empathy for their fellow man. The cruel and unusual punishments carried out in the jail were permitted by the church and included starvation, solitary confinement, and savage beatings.
It is no surprise that these “rehabilitation” methods have left many lost souls wandering the prison, still paying for their crimes.
Those who have visited The Clink have reported seeing the ghosts of both prisoners and guards, as well as hearing mysterious footsteps and slamming doors. Repeated sightings of specific spirits are rare here, but one apparition which is witnessed frequently is that of a woman, fumbling with the chains used to bind her during her life.