The Black Death; The Great Fire of 1666; The failed attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament; The murderous reign of Jack the Ripper; The flying V bombs of WWII; President Trump’s visit…It should come as little surprise to hear that London is haunted. With two millennia-worth of spooky goings on, there’s probably a ghost behind you right now. BOO!
If you have a penchant for horror, or enjoy a fright, it could not be easier to indulge. All you have to do is hop on London’s very own ghost train, the Tube. As the oldest underground system in the world, the Tube has been transporting passengers around the Capital since 1863. Anything Victorian is automatically eerie. Ever since its inception there have been constant reports of ghoulish happenings, ghostly apparitions, and unearthly noises. Little wonder, London is scary enough above ground let alone 50m below.
Here we list some of the most haunted underground stations. As if your morning commute wasn’t horrific enough. Enter at your peril…
It is not a rare occurrence for Tube workers at Covent Garden to request a transfer, and that’s not just because it is one of the busiest stations on the network. Before the station was built a bakery stood in its place, frequented by local actor William Terris. Murdered in 1897 out of jealousy by another actor – so it is claimed – numerous workers at the station have reported seeing a tall man in Victorian garb, top hat and all, walking through the station and even into the staff room, apparently seeking out his murderer to avenge his own death.
Chill Factor: 3/5
There have been many reports of chilling events at Liverpool Street Station over the years; banging doors, blasts of cold air, weird noises, and otherworldly figures appearing on CCTV…Rumours abound that the station sat on a mass burial site, which was eerily proved true in 2015 when during renovation works over 3,000 skeletons were unearthed, the remains of plague victims buried during the Black Death.
Chill Factor: 3/5
Reportedly built upon the mass grave of victims who befell the Black Death plague in the C17th – some even attributing the rotting smell to this rather than that of the zillion commuters passing through each day – Bank Station has a regular ghoul haunting its tunnels in the form of the Black Nun. This ghostly figure was first reported just after the line opened in the late C19th and has been a common sight ever since. It is said that she is the mourning sister of shamed local banker, Philip Whitehead, who was executed following his conviction of fraud. She is said to roam the tunnels of Bank Station looking for her brother, wailing for her loss and then disappearing through the walls.
Chill Factor: 3.5/5
On the 18th November 1987, the fire at King’s Cross Station was the first mass loss of life on the London Tube in the whole of its history. Caused by a lit match being thrown down the wooden escalator, a flashover erupted into the underground ticket hall, killing 31 and injuring 100. Just one year later a commuter saw a woman on the platform, arms outstretched, running at him in panic. When he moved towards her to see what was wrong, she passed right through him. Sightings of the distressed screaming woman have been reported sporadically ever since, each time disappearing when people stop to help her.
Chill Factor: 4/5
Perhaps one of the most reported supernatural happenings on the Tube, the Screaming Spectre of Farringdon is also one of the most chilling. The piercing screams of a young child have been terrifying passengers at Farringdon ever since the station opened, sounding so real that during the numerous searches of the station nothing can be found. It is believed that the screams come from the phantom of 12 year old Anne Naylor, an orphan who was murdered in 1758 by her employer at a local workhouse, whose body was found where the station now stands.
Chill Factor: 4.5/5
Next time you’re travelling on the Central Line towards Holborn keep an eye out the window and for a split second you’ll see the abandoned British Museum stop, last operative during the 1930s. In 1935 two young women disappeared from the station leaving absolutely no trace or clues for detectives to work out where they went, nor were their bodies ever found. It is said that there is a secret tunnel the runs along the stretch of Holborn Station, through the British Museum stop, all the way into the museum’s Egyptian Room. Even more eerie, the women’s disappearance is blamed upon the Egyptian god Amun-Ra who stalks this secret passage way seeking human sacrifices as penance for the artefacts being kept in the museum. Someone call Indiana Jones.
Chill Factor: 5/5
*Throws away Oyster Card*