The dark side of London

The bustling city of London is a destination for travellers and ghost hunters worldwide, steeped in history and home to countless buildings full of grisly tales and legends from days gone by. London is known for being the most haunted city in the world, and with a history so rich- and at times rather gruesome- it’s easy to see why.

In the name of Halloween, we’re taking a look into some of the eerier areas in our historical city. Read on, if you dare…

Tower of London

A list of the spookiest locations in London would not be complete without mentioning the infamous Bloody Tower. Used as a prison from 1100 to 1952, The Tower of London housed prisoners who had found themselves on the wrong side of the Royal Family, and consequently met a gruesome end by beheading. Many historical figures are said to haunt the site, and apparitions of Henry VI, Guy Fawkes and perhaps most famously Anne Boleyn, have all been witnessed by both visitors and employees.

St. Paul’s Cathedral

Visible from The Brewery, St. Paul’s Cathedral is a spectacular sight, and a constant reminder of the resurrection of London after it was destroyed by the Great Fire in 1966. Despite its beauty, St. Paul’s has been the site of many ghost sightings over the centuries. The most famous ghost in St. Paul’s is that of an elderly clergyman, who is said to haunt St Paul’s with a high-pitched whistle.

Theatre Royal

Just about every town has a haunted theatre, but The Theatre Royal in Drury Lane has a reputation as the most haunted theatre in the world. Numerous actors performing at The Theatre Royal have spoken of voices, apparitions and unnerving sounds throughout the theatre, amongst these being some distinct reoccurring characters. The most legendary ghost is that of an 18th century actor who appears in the dress circle, suited in a wig, tricorn hat and sword. Chillingly, this particular ghost has been associated with a skeleton with a dagger in its ribs that was uncovered by workmen in 1848.

Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace is one of only two surviving palaces owned by King Henry VIII, and is now open to the public as a major tourist attraction. For hundreds of years, both staff and visitors have reported unexplained sightings and sounds in the grounds of Hampton Court Palace. The Haunted Gallery is home to the site’s most notorious ghost, Henry VIII’s fifth wife Catherine Howard, who is said to haunt the corridor with a blood-curdling scream.

And The Brewery….

Unlike these chilling venues around London, The Brewery isn’t a ghost hotspot- but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own dark secrets. The Brewery has set the scene for some rather strange deaths in its time. In 1815, the founder’s son, Samuel Whitbread II cut his own throat ‘from ear to ear’ fuelled by anxieties about the decline of the business.

Another chilling tale rooted in The Brewery’s history is that of John Martineau, who had effectively saved Whitbread by combining the brewery with his own in 1812. Martineau was found dead in a yeast trough at Chiswell Street in 1834. The verdict? He apparently ‘Died by the visitation of God.’

The rich and interesting history of The Brewery is what makes the venue so fascinating and unique. Entertaining Londoners since 1750, the rooms in the historic, Grade II listed building are full of character, ranging from elaborate great halls to vaulted rooms. To discover more about The Brewery, take a virtual tour or contact us today.