Top 5 creepiest places in London
If you initially thought London a great business powerhouse, an international hub and a tourist hotspot, you’d be wrong. It is, in fact, a city overrun with gruesome history and and strange delights. If you’re planning a visit to London, make sure to include a few of the creepy places on your itinerary.
1. The Old Operating Theatre
Up and running before the invention of anaesthetic in 1846, London’s Old Operating Theatre didn’t see many successes in its more, let’s say, experimental years. Despite the most benevolent of intentions, sometimes hacking through a patient’s chest to meddle with an aortic valve without surgical anaesthetic simply won’t end well.
Make sure to visit when the Theatre holds mock dissections – simply grab your Victorian hat, your pince-nez and your sick bucket, and you’re good to go get haunted.
2. Epping Forest
With certain areas of the Forest named Hangman’s Hill, the Suicide Pool, and That Path Where Dick Turpin Violently Robbed an Innocent Passer-by, you know that Epping Forest is definitely going to make a list of the top 10 haunted spots in London. Yes, it technically is still London.
Epping Forest has seen Roman battles, Norman invaders, Boudicca’s Iceni tribe and highwaymen. Yes, even Dick Turpin, notorious murderer and burglar-turned-New Romantic-pinup, made an appearance.
Even if you don’t see any ghosts, then you’ll probably stumble upon a group of old gravestones. You really will inevitably trip over them: they’re gnarled, unkempt and, when it rains, particularly clogged with mud and residue. You might even find you become the next Epping Forest ghost.
3. West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs
If you like being underground, in a cramped space, surrounded by the decomposed remains of victim’s of London’s cholera outbreak, then you’re going to love the West Norwood Cemetery Catacombs.
Rivalling even Paris’s catacombs, those in the West Norwood Cemetery are (probably) haunted. Make sure you plan ahead: they’re rarely open to the public.
4. Hunterian Museum
Bottled human foetuses, preserved monkey heads and the tooth of a megatherium (an extinct giant sloth), the Hunterian museum is not exactly haunted, but feels like you’ve entered a nightmarish imagination.
All specimens used to belong to eccentric surgeon Sir John Hunter, inside the Royal College of Surgeons. If deformity and strange specimens aren’t your thing, then you should head here – you’ll be spooked.
5. Liverpool St Station
If you’ve ever had the unfortunate opportunity to find yourself in Liverpool Street Station, you’ll know intimately the feeling of wanting to literally be anywhere else. You might say you’d rather have the plague.
Around 30 bodies were found underneath the Station, reported to be a plague pit. You might feel inclined to join them when you’re next getting the train.
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