From the secret WWII underground bunkers to London's spookiest graveyard – HELLO! Online has found the top ten most mysterious places in – and under – the capital, just in time for Halloween. If you're looking for a slightly quirkier way to celebrate the month of October, why not head to one of these creepy destinations, although they're definitely not for the faint-hearted...
WWII underground bunkers
These mysterious air raid shelters were build under several London underground stations during WWII. The shelters were originally only meant to be used by government officials - the Chancery Lane shelter was used as a communications centre and the Goodge Street shelter was used by General Eisenhower. When the bombing intensified in 1944, however, five of the secret chambers opened to the public: Stockwell, Clapham North, Camden Town, Belsize Park and Clapham South.
Winston Churchill's secret cabinet war rooms
Winston Churchill used his secret war room bunkers to meet with his most trusted cabinet members to carefully plan the downfall of Hitler during the dark days of WWII. The underground maze of rooms, which are wallpapered with maps, are where some of the most important English leaders once worked round-the-clock, planning and plotting war strategies. Located in the middle of a new housing development in Dollis Hill, an inconspicuous door with the codename Paddock leads to the secret bolt hole.
Aldwych Underground's haunted station
Once used as an air-raid shelter during the Blitz, Aldwych Underground stop's closed tube tunnel is today one of London's most haunted stations. While one of the platforms stopped operating in 1914 and has been used for filming, the original 1907 lifts remains exactly the same. The misty underground stop was also used to store British Museum treasures such as the Elgin Marbles during the war and after the closure, it was said to be haunted by ghosts.
West Norwood Cemetery crypts
In the 19th century, London graveyards became more than just full – they also became a place for "body-snatching" to supply medical students with corpses for dissection. Causing a slight health hazard, new laws in the 1830s meant that the burial of new bodies in the London City Area became banned. To ensure their relatives were laid to rest, the rich would build crypts to safely lock them away either by buying a shelf space or even a whole room, all adding up to 2,500 coffins – making Norwood Cemetery crypts one of the spookiest places below London.
St Brides Church
One of the most ancient churches in England, St Brides Church is believed to date back to as early as the 7th century. After being destroyed during the Great Fire of London in 1966, Sir Christopher Wren re-build the church on top of six other churches, creating a large area of crypts. When the crypts became overcrowded, they were sealed up and closed – until WWII. The devastation caused by the war opened the site up for excavation and since, more than 200 skeletons have been found in one crypt.
This enormous labyrinth of dark and spooky passageways deep under the grounds of Chislehurst encompass over 20 miles of caves and passageways which were dug over a period of 8000 years. There are claims it was once a place of worship for the spiritual Druids. Since, the large underground space has been used for putting on concerts in the 1900s and subsequently it has been a mushroom warehouse, a series of shelters, a Sixties music venue and now is a popular tourist attraction.
50 Berkeley Square
In the 1900s 50 Berkeley Square became known as the most haunted house in London. Over the years it has served as the home of British Prime Minister George Canning, Viscount Bearsted and later taken over by gas company BP. According to legend, the house is haunted by a girl that committed suicide in the attic of the house and it is said her spirit is capable of frightening people to death. In the Victorian age at least two deaths were confirmed after the victims spent the night in the house. But the very first complaints came in the 18th century from PM Canning who claimed to have heard strange noises and experienced psychic phenomena while living in the terrifying building.
Clink78 hostel - spend a night in a prison cell
The building of Clink78 has a fascinating history dating back to 1792. It first served as an office space where Charles Dickens reportedly wrote Oliver Twist and then went on to become Clerkenwell Magistrates Court. In 2008 the court closed its doors and it became one of the most mysterious and spookiest hostels of London. Now guests can sleep in one of seven authentic prison cells, with features such as heavy doors and barred windows – and can choose between solitary confinement and sharing a tiny space with a partner in crime.
The houses of detention in Clerkenwell
This old prison once saw near 10,000 prisoners a year in the 19th century and is made up of several scary underground passageways. Many of the inmates were awaiting trial and were given the death penalty, others were stuck in the dark and cold cells as their sanity slowly drained away. After the closure of the prison, several ghosts of the doomed have been seen, including an old lady desperately seeking help, a man lurking in the prison's corridors and the hysterical cries of the children trapped within the walls.
These destinations were originally taken from Rob Bell's London Secrets & Mysteries on Travel Channel UK.
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