Known as the most haunted capital city in the world, London certainly has its fair share of haunted locations. The old inns, and pubs around London have often been at the centre of many of the stories of haunting throughout the years.
So below is a rundown of 5 of the most haunted pubs in London (in no particular order), along with the stories of the spirits that haunt them.
1. The Grenadier Pub, Wilton Row, London
This historic pub is widely regarded as the most haunted in London. Located in Belgravia in a secluded side street, this atmospheric Old Tavern was once the officer’s mess for the Duke of Wellington’s Grenadier Guards. The Duke of Wellington himself has reportedly drunk here.
During its time as an officers mess, the cellar was used as a gambling den for common soldiers, and it was here where the death of a young soldier believed to be haunting The Grenadier occurred. He was caught cheating in a game of cards, and therefore took a heavy beating by his fellow soldiers, consequently dying from his injuries. It’s believed he died in September as this is when the paranormal activity in the pub picks up.
Several customers have reported witnessing the misty outline of a figure walking across the room, vanishing suddenly. Poltergeist activity has also been reported, with objects being moved over night, only to appear in different places the morning after. Staff and customers have also witnessed chairs rattling and moving on their own. Sudden unexplained cold spots are often felt, footsteps are often heard coming from an empty upstairs, and staff have also reported hearing groaning voices coming from the cellar.
Also, a film crew on location pictured what looked like the head of a soldier, looking back at them through the pub window.
2. The Volunteer, Baker Street, London
The building in which the Volunteer resides, was once a 17th Century mansion, a home to the powerful Neville family. The original cellars are still used to this day, and on many occasion staff have been terrified by the manifestation of a well dressed man, believed to be the ghost of Richard Neville.
3. Spaniard's Inn, Hampstead, London
Dating back to 1585, this listed building was once under the landlordship of the father of the famous highwayman, Dick Turpin. It is believed Dick spent a lot of time at the inn, either hiding out, or keeping an eye on the road for potential coaches to rob.
The name of the inn is thought to have come from two of it’s previous owners, Francesco Porero and Juan Porero. According to beliefs, Juan and Francesco fell in love with the same woman, and fought a duel over her. Juan was killed and is buried near the inn. It is his ghost that still haunts the pub to this day.
There are also reportedly two more ghosts that haunt the Spaniard’s Inn. One is a woman in white, who has been seen many times in the garden, and the other is none other than Dick Turpin himself. He is reputedly seen on the road outside the inn, and also heard in the upstairs rooms.
4. Morpeth Arms, Westminster, London
Under this grade II listed pub is a corridor of holding cells, which were used to hold prisoners ready for deportation to the colonies. They were usually held here in solitary confinement for 6 months, living in basic squaller, which led to an outbreak of scurvy and cholera. It is believed the pub is haunted by a prisoner who is thought to of committed suicide rather than be sent to the other side of the world. There are also reports of another spirit who died in the tunnels after escaping Millbank Prison.
Within the main bar area there have been many customers complaining of their drinks being knocked out of their hands by an unseen force. Bottles and glasses have also smashed to the floor when no-one is near them.
5. The Old Queens Head, Islington, London
Dating back to the early 19th century, this well known music venue not only entices world class bands and DJ’s, it also has a reputation of being a venue that ghosts often frequent. Sir Walter Raleigh is thought to be connected to The Old Queen’s Head in some way, most likely down to him either owning the inn at one time, or a regular customer.
The pub is said to be haunted by the ghost of a young a girl and a woman. Many people have heard the sound of running footsteps upstairs, believed to be those of the young girl. Staff have reported hearing the running footsteps ahead of them as they make their way up the stairs. People have also reported hearing the young girl crying, and have also witnessed her slam doors.
The ghost of a woman has also been seen, apparently wearing Tudor clothing, and mostly on the first Sunday of the month.