It may be Friday the 13th today, but fortunately you’re too smart to fall for that. You know it’s all just a silly superstition. Just like you know that there’s no such thing as ghosts. Yes, The Conjuring 2 is a terrifying film. Yes, it’s all based on documented events. But you’re sure there’s a natural explanation for everything. And yet for all your scepticism and logic, would you actually want to spend a night in any of these haunted places in the capital?
Sutton House, built in 1535 by a courtier to Henry the VIII, is a great place for dog lovers – especially if you love the sound of them wailing in the middle of the night. Yes, it is said that the ghosts of a wool merchant, John Machell, have haunted this house for nearly 500 years. There are also rumours of an enigmatic “White Lady” seen hovering around the building…
The setting of The Conjuring 2, this is where Ed and Lorraine Warren helped investigate the famous Enfield Poltergeist. In their unassuming council flat, a family of five faced knocking sounds on the walls, furniture sliding along the floorboards, and Ed Warren himself witnessed one of the children “sound asleep, levitating in midair”.
50 Berkeley Square
Despite this building’s reputation as “the most haunted house in London” it hasn’t stopped an antiquarian booksellers from making it their headquarters (because if anything a proper ghost is a boon to any antiques dealer). The attic is said to be haunted by the spirit of a young woman who threw herself from the top floor window. She takes the form of a brown mist and frightens people to death – with two reported deaths supposedly occurring when people tried to stay overnight in the room.
The Langham Hotel
Napoleon III, Mark Twain and Oscar Wilde have all stayed at this famous Marylebone hotel, although we doubt any of them stayed in the dreaded room 333. But radio announcer James Alexander-Gordon did in 1973. He woke up to find a fluorescent ball floating in front of him, which eventually took the form of a man in Victorian eveningwear. He didn’t stay the whole night.
The Georgian House Hotel
While we’re talking about creepy hotels, how about this one built in 1756? Soldiers and noblemen have laid their heads to rest here, but the ghost is relatively recent. A man in a pin-striped suit is said to wander the halls, and has been blamed for a fair amount of poltergeist activity. Supposedly the ghost of a hotel guest, we don’t know if he ever checked out of the hotel, but he never left…
The Viaduct Tavern
If you’ve been touring these creepy London locations, you’ll probably need a stiff drink. And what place than the Viaduct Tavern? Built in 1875, opposite the Old Bailey, it is the last of the great Victorian gin palaces in London. But while its website claims to serve the best G&T, it doesn't mention that "G&T" might stand for "Ghosts and Terrors". Mysterious door slamming, lights turning off for no reason and strange presences abound. Two carpet fitters even claimed to see a heavy rug lift up into the air by itself!
Could it be because the gin palace is built on the site of a former jail? There’s no way to know for sure…
Which of these places would you least like to spend the night in? Let us know in the comments section below.