The sky over the City of London.
All over London - Skies over the city
19 August 1763
London was briefly covered by a darkness during the day, blacker than an eclipse.
The sky over the city of London.
All over London - Skies over the city
The start of the great Cholera Epidemic in 1832 was accompanied by a vision witnessed by thousands, of a burning fiercely sword hanging over the city.
All under London - No fixed location
This legend, which seemingly 'does the rounds' every few years, states that a group of Londoners began to live underground in the late nineteenth century, and now they have mutated. These subterraneans live off the junk food we discard in the underground tube stations and the odd commuter if they are discovered alone on the train.
E1 - 88 Newark Street, Whitechapel
The family who lived here for six years reported a suppressive atmosphere and terrible luck. Their children reported a phantom cat, while the mother was too scared to enter certain rooms.
E1 - Durward Street, Whitechapel (was Bucks Row)
The general area is supposedly haunted by the sounds of the victims of Jack the Ripper, thought only in Durward Street has an apparition been observed; the glowing woman lays in the gutter, the location where Mary Ann Nichols was discovered (the Ripper's first victim).
E1 - Former Bass Sales Office, Cephas Street
Workers in this building, constructed on the site of an old Doctor's office, reported cold spots and the smell of embalming fluid.
E1 - Former wicker cane warehouse (no longer standing), Durward Street
Unknown Ghost Type
A man at the warehouse, which was once a board school, encountered a ghostly young boy hanging from a cord attached to a hook on the ceiling.
E1 - Hanbury Street
1930s, reputed to be more common in the autumn
Annie Chapman was murdered by Jack the Ripper at 29 Hanbury Street, and it was said that she haunted the area where she was killed, her phantom accompanied by a man. On one occasion during the 1930s, a witness could hear her murder, but could see nothing at the site. A phantom, headless body in the area is also said to be Annie. 29 Hanbury Street has since been demolished.
E1 - London Jewish Hospital (closed 1979)
Thought to be a former patient, this ghost took up residence in a day room used by nurses and would brush past them.
E1 - Magistrates Court, Aylward Street
A former employee at the court, Mrs Brown still walks where she worked.
E1 - Mitre Square
Unknown, but said to occur late September
Killed by Jack the Ripper, Catherine's torn body is still occasionally seen laying in the gutter.
E1 - Private flat in Shadwell
One resident reported hearing strange taps and bangs which occurred in their property over a nine year period. In 2011, other residents reportedly spotted a black shadow wearing a Cavalier-like hat pass by their doors, while a guard had heard disembodied footsteps on the stairwell.
E1 - Residence along Great Russell Street
Every morning between 02:00h - 03:00h
A phantom magpie is said to tap on the window of a house along this street before manifesting inside. The bird then perches on a floating stick, both bird and baton vanishing the moment a sound is made.
E1 - Royal London Hospital
A spectral grey lady has been reported walking around this London Hospital. There is also a tradition ensuring that the shutters are closed at the hospital - if they are left open overnight, it is widely believed someone unexpected dies.
E1 - Stepney Magistrate's Court (now demolished)
A former Matron at the court, Browne was blamed for throwing items around and knocking trays of food from people's hands.
E1 - Ten Bells public house (was Jack the Ripper), Commercial Street
The landlord of this pub claimed that Annie Chapman's ghost had taken up residence within the walls. Strange winds were reported, as was mild poltergeist behaviour.
E1 - Thames close to Carron Wharf (closed 1974)
After the discovery of a body in this section of river, for three consecutive nights two witnesses heard crying and could see a large man in the water, waving his arms before disappearing.
E1 - The 'Wood Street Compter' - a basement
The basement is all that remains of a former debtors' prison. Even though access to the basement is now prevented, people walking past report hearing whispers and the feeling that something is watching them.
E1 - Town of Ramsgate public house, Wapping High Street
Geoffreys, the infamous Hanging Judge, was arrested on the steps outside this pub that lead down to the Thames; he was dressed as a sailor, trying to flee the country. His spirit remains trapped on the stairs, reportedly seen by river police in recent years.
E10 - Private residence along Essex Road
One witness reported a ghostly old man with a white beard and dressing gown who would stand at the foot of their bed. The entity would open the cellar door, even though it would be bolted closed each night.
E11 - Aldersbrook Road
This Asian woman was only visible to two out of four occupants in a car. She ran out in front of the vehicle, causing the two witnesses to scream as they thought she would be hit - though no impact occurred. The entity was said to have a face full of fear and regret.
E11 - Beacontree Road
Late twentieth century
The shade of an old lady haunted one property along this road, frequenting the room where her family would keep her locked up. Another presence, this time male, was more dominating; it would materialise during the night and stand over the beds of any females present in the house.
E11 - Beacontree Station
A station employee working alone heard the door to his office rattle several times. Unnerved, the man began to climb upstairs to find a colleague but felt he was being watched. Turning around, he saw a woman standing there with long blond hair but no face - her features were completely smooth. Talking to his colleague a short time later, the employee discovered that he was not the only person to have seen her.
E11 - City of London Cemetery, Aldersbrook Road, Wanstead
In the western section of the cemetery, a many local people reportedly a gravestone which glowed at night with a bright orange light. People who investigated the stone could not find an external light source to explain the illumination.
E11 - Former Wanstead police station (no longer operational)
This police station was said to be haunted by a woman who screamed as she descended the staircase.