13 of the most haunted pubs in London

Stop by for a spooky glass of Sauvignon Blanc

Amp up your Halloween activity this year with a visit to one of London's most haunted, spooky pubs. Forget a Halloween party and don your most stylish Halloween costume and take to one of the capital's scarily good boozers, where, if you're lucky, you'll be served your pint with a side of paranormal activity…here's 13 of London's most haunted pubs that are worth a visit this October 31.

The Ten Bells, Spitalfields


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Known to history buffs as the Jack the Ripper pub, this boozer is linked to two of his victims, Annie Chapman and Mary Jane Kelly. It's believed Annie drank at the pub before she was murdered and that the pub is where Mary Kelly used to find clients. Annie's ghost is said to haunt the pub…

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The Spaniard's Inn, Hampstead


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One of London's oldest pubs, it was home to Dick Turpin's father who was the pub's landlord in the 18th century. Dick Turpin is just one of the spirits that is said to roam the rooms; his faithful horse Black Bess apparently haunts the car park while downstairs, Black Dick, a moneylender, has been known to pull on the sleeves of drinkers (he was run over by a cart and horse outside the pub).

The Volunteer, Baker Street


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This pub is built on the site of a 17th century house which burned down in 1654 – taking the entire Neville family with it. The original cellars are rumoured to be haunted by a well-dressed man, who many believe to be Richard Neville.

The Grenadier, Belgrave Square


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It's the spirit of a soldier that's said to spook patrons at this pub, who was beaten to death after he was caught cheating at cards. Drinkers even hang money from the ceiling to pay his debt.

The Viaduct Tavern, Holborn


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Dating back to 1875, this is on the site of a former jail – well, it is opposite the Old Bailey. No-one knows quite who or what is the spooky spirit that roams the pub, but customers are reported to have heard wailing from the walls and staff refuse to go alone to the cellar after the landlord found himself trapped in there one evening.

Morpeth Arms, Millbank


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Bottles smashing and glasses being snatched from punters is apparently par for the course here where the spirits of prisoners and workers of the Millbank Penitentiary are said to lurk.

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The Rising Sun, Smithfield

Body snatchers were said to use the Rising Sun as a meeting place – and regulars would go missing under suspicious circumstances. There's plenty of ghostly tales from the pub, including spooky presences, doors opening and the sounds of footsteps running up and down the stairs.

Bow Bells, Bow


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It's the ladies loos that the Bow Bells' friendly ghost has a penchant for making themselves known by flushing the toilet when someone's using it. The identity of this cheeky spirit is unknown but they've sure got a thing for toilet humour.

John Snow Pub, Broadwick Street


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Haunted by an unknown man who sits in the corner scowling at anyone who seems him, the pub is named after Doctor John Snow who stopped an outbreak of cholera.

The Market Porter, Borough Market


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You might recognise this establishment from the Harry Potter movies, when it was transformed into a book shop. It's said to be a hive of paranormal activity with items being moved and electrical items being unplugged.

Sutton Arms, Barbican


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The Sutton Arms is frequented by a friendly ghost, known as Charlie, who has a favourite table in the corner of the pub where he sits quietly.

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The Flask, Highgate


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The pub itself admits you might bump into the ghost of a Spanish barmaid, who hanged herself in the pub's cellar over an unrequited love for the landlord while you might also catch sight of a man dressed in a Cavalier uniform crossing the main bar and vanishing into a pillar.

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