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Zeitgeist Poltergeist: London’s Haunted Houses…

In any 2,000 year-old city, there will always be stories of ghosts, spirits, gruesome murders and a whole host of spooky gongs-on that would give the writers of Scooby-Doo ammunition for years. London is no different. If you’re not wearing socks, go and put a pair on because we’re about to scare them right off. Enter here if you dare….

First off, it’s important to note that at Euracom, we keep an open mind on most things. We live in an inclusive and pluralist society where within reason, people can do and say what they like however where ghosts, ghouls and spirits are concerned it must be noted that there is no scientific evidence whatsoever to prove their existence. The evidence is almost entirely anecdotal so when we talk about London’s most haunted places, we cast no aspersions as to whether there is truth behind the story, we just think they are cracking tales!

So where are London’s most haunted places?

50 Berkeley Square in Mayfair has long been honoured with the title of London’s most haunted house. In 1913, Charles Harper wrote a book uninventively titled ‘Haunted Houses’ and he said ‘The haunted house in Berkeley Square was long, one of those things that no country cousin come up from the provinces to London on sightseeing bent, ever willingly missed.’

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50 Berkeley Square

Sadly, original stories get bastardised, twisted and sensationalised but this particular one started with the tenancy of a Mr Myers, a jilted bridegroom, in the 1860s. He moved into a small room at the top of the house and became a recluse. He emerged from his room in the night hours to wander through the rooms and it is said that his ghost haunts the house.

Another tale is that of a man who moved in with his teenage daughters. The fiancé of the elder daughter, a Captain Kentfield, visited his betrothed and when the maid was preparing the room, a series of blood-curdling screams were heard. She was found contorted on the floor muttering ‘don’t let it touch me’. She died the next day.

Unconcerned by the fate of the maid, the Captain decided to spend the night in the room. Thirty minutes after retiring for the night, similar screams were heard, followed by a gunshot. He was found dead on the floor, his face contorted in unimaginable terror.

Just by the way, you can use this list and do your own research to do a tour of your own or you can join a, ahem, ‘frightfully’ good organised tour from London Ghost Walksand Ghost Bus Tours!

Here’s a list of some of London’s most haunted places…

Where: The Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich, London SW10
What: Two ghostly figures were seen ascending the stairs in a photograph taken by a Canadian couple in 1966. The couple confirmed the staircase was empty and despite close scrutiny by photographic experts, no explanation was forthcoming as to the two figures in the picture, other than that they must have been there when the pic was taken…
Scare Factor: 6/10

Where: Sutton House, 2 – 4 Homerton High Street, London E9
What: Dogs can be heard wailing in the middle of the night and when dogs are brought to the house hey often stop rigid at the foot of the painted staircase, their hackles raised, apparently transfixed by something they can see on the stairs but which remains invisible to humans…
Scare Factor: 7/10

Where: The Grenadier Pub, Wilton Row, London SW1
What: A soldier was caught cheating at cards and was punished with such severity by his comrades that he died. A solemn, silent spectre has been seen moving slowly across the low-ceilinged rooms, as well as objects moving or disappearing and an icy chill that lasts for days…
Scare Factor: 7/10

Where: The Viaduct Tavern, Newgate Street, London EC1
What: The City’s last gin palace was undergoing renovations in the 1990s and as workmen took up the floorboards, one felt a tap on his shoulder. His mate was on the other side of the room and minutes later it happened again. As he was about to return to his chores, both men watched as the heavy carpet, that lay rolled up by the window, was lifted into the air and dropped heavily onto the floor…
Scare Factor: 8/10

Where: The Bank of England, Threadneedle Street, London EC4
What: In 1811, a bank employee was found guilty of forgery and hanged. The news was kept from his devoted sister who turned up enquiring on her brother’s whereabouts. A clerk blurted out the grim news by mistake. It freaked her out.  Dressed in a long black veil, she became known as the ‘Bank Nun’ and turned up every day asking for her brother. She was treated with respect but in time, she was offered a sum of money to stay away. She did in life, but in death, a different story. Every so often, a weary woman dressed like a nun approaches bankers on their way home on Threadneedle Street and with sad eyes, politely asks ‘have you seen my brother…’
Scare Factor: 8/10

Where: St. Botolph’s Church, Bishopsgate, London EC3
What: In 1982, photographer Chris Brackley was inside St. Boltoph’s with his wife and he took a picture of the altar. When it was developed, he noticed a shrouded figure standing in the top right corner on the balcony. The image was scrutinised by experts who determined there was no double exposure and his kit was fully functional. The only possible explanation was that there was actually someone up there. Some years later, Chris was contacted by a builder who was doing some restoration work and inadvertently disturbed a pile of coffins. One opened to reveal a well-preserved body of a woman who face bears an uncanny resemblance to the ghostly figure in the picture taken years before…
Scare Factor: 9/10

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Sleep well tonight…

By Rob at 29 Apr 2016

What To Do In London In Summer…

We say the same thing every year around this time – summer time in London is as good, if not better, than anywhere else the world! It’s a time when the city bursts at the seams with activity and it comes alive with people and languages and food and culture from all over the globe. Here’s our guide to what’s happening in London this summer…

OK, so it’s no secret that London (and indeed the rest of our little island) isn’t blessed with perfect or even predictable weather. It’s not like going to Australia or Los Angeles where, barring a disaster, you’re pretty much guaranteed sun. Here? Not so much.

If all you’re after is 30°C (or 85°F if you’re of a certain age), we suggest Googling ‘holidays to Portugal’ but if you want some world-famous events and a city teeming with excitement and happiness, make sure you contact us now to book your London apartment.

The real kick-off to summer in London is Wimbledon. It runs from June 27 – July 10 andtickets for the world-famous Grand Slam event sell out quickly but you’ll always find some on the ticket exchange websites like StubHub or Seatwave. If you do get hold of a ticket, it’s an amazing experience and you may even get to see one of the top stars.wimbledon

Wimbledon © Pete Edgeler

Who’s going to win though? Are Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams going to hold onto their crowns or maybe, just maybe can our Andy do it again? Whatever happens, you’re assured of an incredible day out and don’t forget the most British of British things to do – have strawberries and cream!

Talking of Britishness, the Chelsea Flower Show is a highlight of our summer cultural calendar. Between the 24th and 28th May, the Royal Horticultural Society hold a world-class array of stunning flowers and plants, innovative, eccentric garden designs from around the world.

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Chelsea Flower Show © Herry Lawford

There’s also a host of special events such as twilight jazz concerts, a celebration of HM The Queen’s 90th birthday, interactive exhibits and one of the most talk-about exhibits of recent years – the poppies from the Tower on London. Tickets are available here.

Since we’re on a roll, we may as well cap the British thing off with possibly one of the most uniquely British things there is – Trooping of the Colour. If you didn’t already know, HM The Queen has two birthdays – the day she was actually born (21st April) and her State birthday in June.

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Trooping the Colour © Jon’s Pics

To celebrate, more than 1,400 officers and men alongside almost 400 musicians from the massed bands of the Household Division take to Horse Guards Parade in Whitehall in a magnificent display of pageantry, troop movements timed to absolute perfection and the bands play as one. It really is a sight to see and you can apply for tickets here.

As well as the tennis, the flowers and the soliders, London is jam-packed with things to do. Stay outdoors at any one of dozens of rooftop bars, hundreds and hundreds of beer gardens and amazing green spaces all over the city for picnics, kite flying, boating, throwing a Frisbee or kicking a ball around!

Places like the South Bank, Covent Garden and Piccadilly Circus teem with awesome street performers and there are loads and loads of open-air gigs, drive-in cinemas, performances, art exhibitions and one-day music festivals to choose from.

What about the traditional tourist sights? Well the Tower of London, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and London Zoo aren’t going anywhere, nor are the amazingly eclectic choice of restaurants, cafés and bars.

For more information on what to do in London this summer, have a look at Time Out for their list of great events in London this summer as well as lastminute.com’s 50 Brilliant Things To Do In London In Summer and Visit London’s events calendar.

You’re only problem will be deciding what to do first! Either way, whatever you decide to do, make sure you base your stay at a fantastic Euracom apartment. Call us now for some great deals on London vacation apartments.

By Rob at 1 Apr 2016

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