Old buildings, late night licences and troubled souls… we wouldn’t want to be locking up alone in any of these spooky etablishments.
Called a witch by punters, the original landlady at The Black Cap was known to brew up a lethal ale, literally. Several of her lovers met sticky ends and her parents were both hanged for using black magic to kill children. And we thought Camden was scary enough already.
171 Camden High Street, Camden Town, Camden, London, NW1
This place is full to brim of paranormal activity. Annie Chapman, a victim of Jack the Ripper’s is said to haunt the pub following reports of gusts of wind and objects moving of their own accord.
84 Commercial Street, London E1 6QG
Established in 1738, The Running Horse is the oldest public house and kitchen in Mayfair. A collaboration between James Chase of the award-winning Chase distillery and Dominic Jacobs, former bar director at Sketch. One of the original landlord’s daughters died in 1850 and is now said to haunt the cellar. Creepy.
50 Davies Street, Mayfair, London W1K 5JE
Back in the day, before The Groucho Club became the ultimate door to blag for a night of celeb spotting, this rabbit maze of a club was an Italian restaurant called Gennaros. Owner Gennaro would hand each woman a red rose as she arrived at the restaurant in memory of his deceased wife. Night porters report strange goings on in the rooms that correlate to the restaurant and mysterious events in the kitchen.
45 Dean Street, London W1D 4QB
Underneath The Morpeth Arms is a corridor of holding cells which are rumoured to be haunted by the prisoners of Millbank. Prisoners of these cells spent the first 6 months of their sentence here in solitary confinement, living in damp, filthy conditions before being shipped off to Oz. Many didn’t make it and still sweep through the corridors today.
58 Millbank, London, SW1P
Poltergeist-like activity have been reported at this Mayfair boozer after an officer was caught cheating playing cards in the 18th Century. He was flogged to death and his ghost still roams the pub, look out for strange clouds of cigar smoke.
18 Wilton Row, Belgrave Square, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1
This old pub is said to have been haunted for hundreds of years and during recent renovations an old skeleton and Victorian surgical instruments were found behind a wall in the cellar. Shiver.
North End Way, Golders Green, North Hampstead, London, NW3
Not one, not two but three ghosts are said to haunt this place. An outlaw used the place as a hideout and is said to knock around the upstairs rooms while his horse haunts the car park. The main bar is haunted by someone called Black Dick, a loan broker who was run over by a coach outside.
Hampstead Heath, Hampstead, London, NW3
A mother and daughter woman and weeping child combo haunt this place, something nice to think about during your Killing Me Softly rendition on karaoke.
44 Essex Road, London, N1