Haunted pubs in London
If there is one thing that London isn’t short of, it is pubs. But, what you may not realise is that there are a number of those pubs which are actually thought to be haunted. Want to be able to get a drink in London and maybe see a ghostly occurrence or two? Here are some of the best haunted pubs in London.
The Spaniards Inn in Hampstead
If you are a ghost hunter then one pub that is going to be top of your list is the Spaniards Inn in Hampstead. Home to a variety of ghosts, it is said to be the haunting residence of a certain Dick Turpin. His father ran the pub and Turpin used it as a hideout during his life. It is not only Dick Turpin that now calls the pub his home, his horse Black Bess is said to live there along with a man called Juan and a lady who only wears white.
The Volunteer on Baker Street
The Volunteer was owned and run by the rather fearsome and not entirely pleasant Richard Neville. He died during the 17th century and since then it is said that he still haunts the pub and his evil nature has not left him. This particular pub is so haunted that it actually was a setting for the Most Haunted series.
The Viaduct Tavern
Located opposite the Old Bailey, The Viaduct Tavern is the last example of a Victorian Gin Palace in London. It is also a pub that has seen a wealth of poltergeist activity across the years, all confined to the cellars. People have reported being locked in with no means of escape, as well as objects being thrown around the room too.
Another Mayfair pub, the Marlborough Head was the site for thousands of executions of criminals between the 12th and the 18th century. Rather unsurprisingly, given this fact, the pub is said to be home to a number of spirits who were executed during this time.
Coach and Horses
The hauntings within the Coach and Horses, which is found in Mayfair are not a new thing. In fact, they actually date all the way back to the 1770s. It is thought that visitors would see a ghostly figure driving a coach, however, on closer inspection the driver himself was headless and his passengers had nothing more than skulls for faces!
The Hoop and Toy
Found in Kensington, The Hoop and Toy pub is not only the oldest pub in the area, but if that wasn’t enough to encourage scary going’s on, it is also built on a former grave site too. The burial site is said to be the resting place of dead priests and after underground works disturbed their graves, their spirits roamed freely around the pub, looking for their chosen place of worship.
These are just some of the haunted pubs in the capital. With so many ghostly going’s on; it probably isn’t surprising that London is the ideal place to go if you are looking to find a haunting or two!