Halloween is just a few weeks away so we thought it was definitely time to get in the spooky spirit.

So much so that you can go out searching for it.

There's headless corpses, dead prisoners, a "man in grey", a phantom bus and soldiers for you to discover.

The capital is steeped in history and with history comes countless tales of gruesome murders, wicked witches and ghoulish spirits.

For fearless Halloween ghost hunters, here’s just a few examples of hauntings, spooks and ghostly happenings in west London, in case you fancy staying up all night ghostwatching.

1. Ghost Bus, St Mark's Road and Cambridge Gardens, North Kensington

A phantom no.7 double-decker omnibus is said to tear towards drivers, lights-a-blazing, before disappearing into thin air.

In June 1934, its presence was reported during an inquest of a driver who had been killed at that spot.

A ghostly bus conductor has also been reported nearby and St Charles' Hospital is also said to be a hotbed of supernatural activity.

2. Headless Corpse, Holland House , Holland Park, Kensington


Before large parts of the home was destroyed in the Second World War, the executed first Lord of the house Henry Rich was said to walk into the Gilt Room at midnight with his head held beneath his arm.

He was beheaded in 1649.

3. Persecuted Heretics in Fulham Palace, Bishop's Avenue, Fulham

Bishop Bonner, who is said to have tortured Protestant prisoners during Tudor times, is thought to stalk the corridors of the building.

Visitors often talk of a figure walking across the Great Hall before mysteriously disappearing into the wall while other people have heard music playing in the chapel when all the doors were locked.

4. Dead Prisoners, Morpeth Arms in Millbank, Pimlico

Georgia Steward and Jason Nicoli, Morpeth Arms Pub, Pimlico
Georgia Steward and Jason Nicoli, Morpeth Arms Pub, Pimlico

Ghost of prisoners are said to haunt the cellar of this pub.

Staff believe the spirits have stayed since the 18th Century when prisoners from Millbank Penitentiary were kept there before being shipped to Australia.

Spooky ongoings include things going missing then reappearing in the same place and cloaked figures walking around.

5. Cedric the spirit soldier, The Grenadier in Wilton Road, Victoria

The Grenadier pub receives visits from Cedric, a young soldier killed by other officers who found him cheating at a card game.

Cedric is said to come once a month, and moves bottle around. Two other spirits are also reported to be lurking in the pub.

6. Girlfriend from beyond the Grave, Harrow Road, Paddington

In 1936, a book told the tale of a publisher who visited the neglected grave of his former girlfriend, Elsie, at Kensal Green Cemetery.

At home, he found himself calling the cemetery and asking for Elsie's grave number as the extension. Her voice answered, turning his 'blood to water.' He never used a telephone again.

7. Handel House Museum, Brook Street, Soho

Two people claimed to see a ghost in 2001 when Handel's House was being prepared to open to the public as a museum, with the house's owners even calling in an exorcist.


8. Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Catherine Street, Covent Garden

The Theatre Royal Drury Lane is reportedly the most haunted theatre in the world.

The theatre is said to host several ghosts; two clowns and a mysterious "Man in Grey".

9. Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey

Hampton Court Palace is said to be haunted by the ghosts of Catherine Howard, Sybil Penn and a mysterious ghost 'skeletor' that has been caught on CCTV.

10. Ham House, Richmond

Ham House in Richmond is home to 16 ghosts apparently

Dare you visit one of the most haunted houses in Britain and, it is said, even Europe?

Ham House and Garden in Richmond is said to be home to about 16 ghosts including that of a duchess, her dog and a heartbroken servant.

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