author image

Tower of London Instagram Halloween Getty

(Picture: Getty)

Explore the darker side of London this Halloween.

It has survived plagues, a great fire, outrageous monarchs and two World Wars, and stands today as one of the worlds greatest cities.

But hidden beneath parks and the modern streets of the capital lies a dark and unknown history.

From plague pits to a murderers pub, we found the spookiest spots in London and the history behind them.

Cross Bones graveyard

Just a short walk from the Shard is a 16th century graveyard with more than 15,000 people buried there.


An informal group, the Friends of Cross Bones, have decorated the gates with ribbons and flowers and hold a memorial ceremony on the 23rd of each month to remember those buried at the site.

Highgate cemetery

There is no better place to get lost in Victorian Gothic architecture and macabre surroundings.

If youre visiting, look out for the resident cat.

St Dunstan in the East

The church was designed by famed 17th century architecture and then pretty much blown to pieces during the Blitz.


But now its overgrown garden is stunning to visit.

Temple Church

With more than 800 years of history this church has seen a lot of change in the capital.

Dont just visit because you read the Da Vinci Code.

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

Whether youre looking for literary inspiration or an Instagram-able pub, Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is the best place for a pint.


King Alfred the Great

Why was he great? Well he took on loads of Vikings and kept them out of his kingdom so of course he deserves a statue.

Aldwych Station

The London Underground wasnt just used as bomb shelters for people during the Second World War.

Charterhouse Square

Our apologies to anyone who uses this spot for a peaceful lunchbreak.


William Wallace Memorial

Freedom! A chance to never forget the brutal way in which many rebels were dispatched by the Crown in the 15th century.

Texas Embassy

To be independent or not to be.

It may have only been open for nine years but there is still a bit of Texan and American history in central London.

Tower of London

It is a lot spookier than you think.

If visiting make sure you jump on a tour with one of the Yeoman Warders for full gory details.

Watch out for the ravens.

Downing Street

One of the worlds most famous front doors but theres history beneath Number 10.

Postmans Park

Just a reminder that some times there is good in the world and the people who put their own lives at risk to save others.

It is just opposite the Barbican.

The Spaniards Inn

London Wall

You can follow us at, where we regularly post the best pictures from London using #MetroLDN.

Want to show off the best of your home county, we also like the occasional weekend away using #MetroRoadTrip so dont forget to tag us.

MORE: Photo series proves people dont always regret their tattoos when they get older