London - Paranormal Database Records

 
 


Baroness Bunett-Coutts

Location: WC2 - General area of The Strand
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1940s
Further Comments: This ghostly old lady has been seen walking along the roads in The Strand, dressed in Edwardian clothing.


 
 


Whistling

Location: WC2 - Halfway 2 Heaven public house (was the Golden Cross), Duncannon Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2013
Further Comments: Whistling and other noises have been reported in this 300 year old pub after it has closed.


 
 


Short Pipe Smoker

Location: WC2 - Howard Hotel, Temple Place
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: November 6 2004, 05:30h
Further Comments: A witness awoke to find a man standing at the end of the bed, looking towards the window. The entity was fairly old with a short stature, with long curly hair and what looked like a long stem pipe in his mouth. After a few seconds the ghost disappeared, like dust motes.


 
 


Mohun

Location: WC2 - James Street
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: 1647
Further Comments: Attacked and murdered on the way to fight a duel in the countryside, Mr Mohun was seen at the time of his death by a close female friend; his solid looking form walked into her room and then left via the same door, which was locked.


 
 


Jenny's Murder

Location: WC2 - Jenny's Hole, Adelphi
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Jenny was a prostitute, murdered in 1875 in this area. Her murder can now be heard; screams echo around the area, the sounds of struggle before the air falls deadly silent. Occasionally, a rag covered body is also said to materialise.


 
 


Bag Mover

Location: WC2 - Lamb and Flag public house
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Late twentieth century
Further Comments: This pub polt is blamed for moving client's belongings around the establishment.


 
 


Non Smoker

Location: WC2 - Lemon Tree public house, Bedfordbury
Type: Poltergeist
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Broken ashtrays and glasses are often said to be caused by this pub poltergeist.


 
 


Severed Head in Lap

Location: WC2 - Lyceum Theatre
Type: Unknown Ghost Type
Date / Time: 1880s
Further Comments: A married couple in a box looked down into the stalls and could see, much to their horror, a woman with a severed head resting in her lap. They later recognised the head in a painting of a family which once lived on the site of the theatre. The ghosts of Ellen Terry and William Terriss are also said to haunt the theatre.


 
 


Usherette

Location: WC2 - Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 1972
Further Comments: This figure, seen walking along the aisles of the theatre, was killed by a bomb dropped by a zeppelin in World War 1.


 
 


Manager in Brown Suit

Location: WC2 - Metropolitan Music Hall, Edgware Road (no longer standing)
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Killed in the trenches during the First World War, the manager came back to his beloved theatre, and watched the first performances of new shows to ensure they were up to scratch.


 
 


Figure Walking

Location: WC2 - National Gallery, gallery 16
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 25 September 1999
Further Comments: Picked up by CCTV cameras, a dark figure has been observed walking around the gallery at night. Gallery 42 is also said to be haunted; it is believed that a plague pit exists underneath.


 
 


Anna Pavlova

Location: WC2 - Palace Theatre, Cambridge Circus
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: The debate to whether the ghostly ballerina to be found here is really Pavlova is still in motion. The building's other entity, Ivor Novello, died in 1951 but still watches performances from the back of the dress circle.


 
 


Fading Lady

Location: WC2 - Peacock Theatre (was Royalty Theatre), Dean Street
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Lady circa 1934, Dolphin from 1980s onwards?
Further Comments: A woman clothed in an outfit dating from the Queen Anne period is reported to descend the staircase here, slowly fading before she reaches the bottom. A short scream is said to signify her complete disappearance. The female ghost has not been seen as of late, and appears to have been replaced by the sound of a phantom dolphin which, during life, was kept in a small tank under the stage in the 1930s).


 
 


Horatio Nelson

Location: WC2 - Somerset House, Strand
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Nelson in Spring (reoccurring), woman in 1972
Further Comments: Seen striding towards his former office, Nelson always vanishes before he can be approached. Another ghost, that of a wispy female, has been seen a couple of times, drifting down a corridor in the building.


 
 


Parson Ford

Location: WC2 - The Hummums, Covent Garden (was next door to the New Hummums which is now Tuttons Restaurant)
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Nineteenth century?
Further Comments: A manservant at these former Turkish baths reported seeing a man he knew on the cellar stairs - it later transpired that the figure had died several days previously.


 
 


Unknown Woman

Location: WC2 - Vaudeville Theatre
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Box office staff regularly smell a heavy herb-like perfume around them and backstage staff report noises and presences. A workman reported briefly seeing the feet of a woman and the bottom of a cloak pass him by (the rest of the person was obscured) after the building was closed for the night.


 
 


Headless Man

Location: WC2 - Waterloo Bridge, Embankment
Type: Post-Mortem Manifestation
Date / Time: Twentieth century
Further Comments: The discovery of human remains near the bridge in the mid twentieth century resulted in a ghostly apparition appearing for a few weeks after the incident.


 
 


Oliver Cromwell

Location: WC2 - Wig and Pen Club, The Strand
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: Unknown
Further Comments: Cromwell is said to return to the bar in search of his head, which was once displayed on a spike nearby. Another ghost, that of a lawyer who committed suicide in the 1800's, has also been spotted in the building.


 
 


Climbing Footsteps

Location: WC2A - Bell Yard
Type: Haunting Manifestation
Date / Time: 2000s
Further Comments: Mentioned in Dickens's Bleak House, this building is reputedly haunted by phantom footsteps that move around on the staircase heading towards the legal chambers.


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