Spooky, haunted, scary and macabre places to visit in London

Monday 31 October 2011

In addition to being the home of kings and queens, London has seen its share of frightening and scary characters as well. If you seek the spooky and scary, then London has several attractions for you.

Jack the Ripper Tour - One of the most infamous serial killers in history was Jack the Ripper. Between 1888 and 1891 anywhere from 5 to 11 women were murdered by Jack the Ripper. Jack the Ripper was never caught and to this day it his identity is unknown. Today you can take a Jack the Ripper walking tour and visit many of the locations where is victims were found.

Sweeney Todd - While Sweeney Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street, there are possible legends, arguably making the story of Sweeney Todd an early example of an urban legend. Sweeney Toddy supposedly had his barber shop at 185 Fleet Street, where he lured his victims to their demise. Today you can still visit Fleet Street and if you dare, stop in to a barber shop for a shave.

The Tower of London - The gates of the Tower of London was the last sight which many people ever saw. It was here that many criminals and enemies of the crown met their demise. 112 people were executed within the walls of the tower or on Tower Hill. Famous executions included Anne Boleyn, Lady Jane Grey and Thomas Moore. The last execution was of German spy Josef Jakobs who was executed in 1941. Many ghost sightings have been reported in the tower, including that of Anne Boleyn who has been seen walking with her head held in her arm.

Haunted Sites - There are many houses, pubs and cemeteries around London which have reputations of being haunted. Even parts of the Underground have been built on or under cemeteries. If you visit these places on the right night, who knows what you'll see!

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