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.
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.
E15 - Channelsea Depot, Stratford
June - December 1994
A former British Rail employee reported seeing a tall man wearing a cape and top hat standing by a hangar. He had a terrible grin and a mouth full of white teeth, and immediately vanished, leaving the witness very cold and apprehensive. A few months later, in the same area, the witness felt a strong tug at her bag that almost pulled her over; she spun around expecting to see a colleague, but no one was in sight.
E17 - Blackhorse Road Underground Station
The station is said to be haunted by the ghost of a workman who died during the construction. A figure has been observed on the platform late at night, and his footsteps heard in other parts of the station.
E2 - Bethnal Green Station
A station master working alone in the station office late at night heard the soft sounds of children crying. As time went by, the cries grew louder and were joined by the screams of women. He ran from the office. One hundred and seventy-three people died in the station in a single accident during the Second World War, the vast majority being women and children.
EC1 - Farringdon Underground Station
The odd screams that have been heard in this area are attributed to Naylor, thirteen year old girl murdered on this site in 1758. She is now referred to as 'the Screaming Spectre'.
The Central Line of Bank Underground Station, London
EC2 - Bank Station, Central Line
Sarah seen late twentieth century, knocking in 1982
Possibly the same figure that haunts the Bank of England; in life this poor girl could not handle news that her brother had died and returned daily to his office to meet him. Dressed in black clothing, she is affectionately called 'the Black Nun'. A worker once chased what he thought was an old lady locked in the station during the early hours of the morning, but she vanished down a corridor with no possible exit. In addition, at least one employee has reported something knocking on an empty lift door from the inside, way after normal closing time.
Liverpool Street Station, London
EC2 - Liverpool Street Station
Rebecca 1780-1812, man circa 2000
Once the site of the first Hospital of the Star of Bethlehem, an asylum for the insane, the area was haunted by the screams of Griffiths who was buried without a coin she compulsively held on to when locked away here. Her ghost also had the habit of exciting other inmates by peering through their cell windows. More recently there have been reports by underground staff of a man in white overalls on the platforms that can only be seen on CCTV.
EC3 - Aldgate Underground Station
This old woman was seen by an engineer as it stroked his friend's hair, seconds before the co-worker touched a live wire which sent 20,000 volts through his body. Remarkably, he survived. Phantom footfalls have also been reported coming from down the tunnel, abruptly finishing.
EC3 - King William Tunnel, Under London Bridge (disused underground tunnel)
An image taken by a photographer shows what appears to be a silhouetted figure along this tunnel, though no one else was there at the time. A medium called to the location claimed that the ghost was that of a man who died while breaking up a fight.
EC4 - Northern Line into St Paul's tube station
Unknown Ghost Type
On four consecutive days, a commuter on an early train sat opposite a girl whose long black hair covered her face, with only the tip of her nose visible. On the fourth day, as the commuter left the carriage, he realised that the ashen-faced girl was looking straight at him. The commuter never saw the girl again but was convinced that she was a ghost.
N2 - East Finchley to Wellington Sidings underground
This stretch of the Northern Line is reputed to be haunted by a spectral steam engine.
N6 - Highgate High Level Station
Started during the Second World War, the station was never finished, though locals sometimes reported the sound of a steam train along where the track was supposed to have been laid. One rational explanation put forward is that the sounds of the trains came from nearby stations which were active until the 1970.
Platform 10 of King's Cross Station, London
NW1 - King's Cross Station, Platform 10
The final resting ground of the warrior queen is reported to be under this busy platform.
NW1 - King's Cross underground station
A witness spotted a woman in her twenties with long brown hair, wearing jeans and t-shirt. The figure was kneeling at the side of the corridor with her arms outstretched, and appeared distressed and crying. Someone walking in the opposite direction then walked through the woman. The witness said that upon reflection, it was like watching a repeating piece of film.
Outer London: Queensway - Queensway Station, Central Line
Witnessed waiting on the platform, Sir Winston Churchill once lived quite close to the station.
Outer London: Uxbridge - Ickenham Station
Winter evenings (reoccurring), 1950s onwards
This ghostly figure stands at the end of the platform, close to where she fell and was electrocuted. She sometimes waves to attract attention before vanishing.
SE1 - Elephant & Castle Station, Northern Line
Footfalls and rapping have been often heard in the station when it is closed - on investigation, no source can be found. Another story says the last train of the night is haunted by a lone girl who walks from the last carriage to the tip of the train, vanishing as she reaches the engine.
SE1 - London Road Depot (Bakerloo Line)
This area is thought to be haunted by a nun who is connected to a nearby Roman Catholic school.
SE11 - Kennington Loop
All passengers disembark at Kennington and the carriages are checked just prior to trains turning in the loop. However, as the train drivers sit waiting in the dark loop tunnel, at least two have reported hearing the connecting carriage doors open and close as if someone is moving from the rear of the train towards the driving compartment.
SE11 - Side street by Kennington underground station
1984, around 03:00h
Two employees at the station, while smoking outside and sitting on a wall, heard a woman sobbing no further than three or four yards (2.7 - 3.6 metres) away, although no one was visible. As the crying moved away, one of the workers followed the sound, which travelled down the road and into a side street behind the station, where it ceased.
SE13 - Lewisham Station, & St Johns area
04 December (reoccurring)
A crash in 1957, caused partly by fog, killed ninety people and injured over one hundred. It is their cries which can be heard on the anniversary on the accident. Another version of the story says the phantom screams date to the Second World War.
SE17 - Bakerloo line, Elephant & Castle and other stations along the line
It is reported that occasionally, while travelling northbound, some passengers can see the reflection of someone sitting next to them, even though there is no one in the seat.
SE17 - Elephant and Castle Underground Station, Bakerloo line
Woman seen late twentieth century, photograph taken in 1980s
Seen by both staff and commuters, this young woman enters the train's carriages, but is never seen leaving. Some also allocate the blame on the same entity when invisible footfalls create loud echoing around the station after hours.
SE19 - Area below Crystal Palace Park
A local urban legend states that there is a train bricked up under the park, complete with dead passengers and crew - sometimes the hands of the dead reach up from the ground and try to grab the living. It is said that the story is based on the fact that an experimental railway was constructed here that worked by compressed air but was abandoned after failure.