Are you looking for a scare? Perhaps you’re a horror nerd who loves to visit movie locations? Or maybe you’re planning ahead for Halloween and want to spook your friends? Finding scary spots in London can be a great way to experience the city for free, and there are a number of cool tours you can embark on too. Here are
The Ripper Walk
Fancy finding out more about the notorious 19th century serial killer, Jack the Ripper? The free self-guided Ripper Walk will allow you to explore the hidden parts of London’s East End, as well as Whitechapel and Spitalfields, all whilst learning more about the killings (and the unsolved mystery of the killer).
The walk, which can be downloaded as an e-book for just £2.00, will take you to a number of sites where real murders were committed, and will start and end at Liverpool Street with easy access to the underground.
Make Your Own Movie Tour
Are you a horror movie buff? Are you a whizz at horror movie quizzes and games? If you’re a self-confessed Halloween nerd, then a film location is right up your street. And best of all, it’s completely free of charge! There are a number of spooky locations you can visit in London, including All Saints Church in Fulham where The Omen was filmed…
Other locations you won’t want to miss on your tour around the capital are the Newman Arms Pub (Peeping Tom, 1960), Weston Park Grocery shop (Shaun of the Dead, 2004), St. Anne’s Church (28 Days Later, 2002), and 187 Dollis Hill Lane (Hellraiser, 1987).
Free Ghost Tour
Take the free ghost tour with Strawberry Tours and discover more about London’s most glamorous ghost hidden in the theaters of the West End, the beheaded king who still haunts the city, and the poltergeists that were prominent in the 1970s. This tour will take you through some of the capital’s most beautiful park locations (which turn scary at night) and some of the most haunted locations, including St. James’s Palace, Green Park, 50 Berkley Square, Albermale Street, Royal Haymarket Theatre, and the Coach and Horses Pub.
Go to a Haunted Pub
If you’re looking for a haunted pub to rub shoulders with ghouls, there are a number of spooky watering holes you can check out in London. Bring a drinking fund to help calm your nerves and don’t stick around too long after last orders on your own…..you never who you might bump into! Some of the best haunted pubs to frequent are The Ten Bells in Spitalfields (where the Ripper is said to haunt), The Grenadier in Belgravia (apparently still occupied by an angry soldier murdered over a gambling debt), The Bow Bells in the East End (with a phantom flusher lingering in the toilets), and Spaniards Inn in Hampstead Heath (haunted by a Spaniard who died in a gruesome love dual).
Written by Sam Butterworth, who is a writer and blog editor for Happy2Move.