Haunted Pubs

Most Haunted Pubs in London

With a heritage stretching back as far as 1730, Taylor Walker pubs are amongst the best in Britain, serving a great selection of authentic ales and traditional British dishes.

Such a vast history means our pubs have witnessed some of London’s landmark historic events ensuring Taylor Walker pubs have long been at the heart of some of the capital city’s most mysterious and spooky tales! There are legends of supernatural phenomena such as Cedric the ghostly Grenadier, as well as establishments favoured by the notorious “Hanging” Judge Jeffreys, all of which would keep even the most fearless of person awake in the night!

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The Coach and Horses

5 Burton Street, Mayfair, London W1J 6PT

Coach and Horses dates back to the 1770s and is believed to be one of the first properties to be built on Burton Street

Behind this pub lies a mysterious, spooky story, which will chill the bones of even the most fearsome of people

In the eighteenth century, the story goes that a coach pulled along by a four horses was being driven by a ghostly figure. Those who saw this ghostly ghoul told the tale that as the coach came closer to the building, they realised the driver was headless, and the passengers of this supernatural coach were staring through the windows with their dreary, skull-like faces.

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The Coach and Horses

The Globe

43 - 47 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London NW1 5JY

The Globe Tavern was built in 1735, and is a traditional pub with an interesting, mysterious past.

In 1836 the Publican, William Thornton, was taken ill and stricken to his bed. On the last night of his life, he sent his barmaid to the cellar for liquor. When she returned, she was horrified to find him dead with his throat cut. Although suicide was the accepted cause of death by the coroner, as William's ghost is still said to walk here from time to time, you may be inclined to disagree...

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The Globe

The Grenadier

18 Wilton Row, Belgrave Square, London SW1X 7NR

The story behind one of the top 10 spookiest pubs in London begins in the eighteenth century with a young Grenadier who was caught cheating at a game of cards. After being caught, his comrades savagely beat him to death as a punishment.

The exact date of this incident is unknown, however it is believed that this fateful night occurred in the month of September due to the supernatural, spooky activity that happens each year at this time.

The Grenadier
The Grenadier

A solemn, silent phantom – dubbed Cedric the ghost – has been witnessed crawling slowly across the ceilings of the pub, as well as creepy occurrences taking place such as objects disappearing or moving without explanation. Footsteps have been heard pacing anxiously around empty rooms, and every so often a low sighing moan has been heard coming from the depths of the cellar.

On one occasion a Chief Superintendent from New Scotland Yard was having a drink in the pub, when wisps of smoke began to waft around him. As he reached towards the smoke, it is said that an invisible cigarette burnt his hand!

For the past 100 years, visitors have attempted to pay off Cedric’s debt by attaching money to the ceiling, however his presence still remains.

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Marlborough Head

24 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6WD

The Malborough Head stands on a site steeped in horror and blood – between the twelfth and eighteenth century thousands of criminals were hung and beheaded there.

The land used for the executions was big enough to hold the large crowds of spectators who would come from miles around to watch the gory mass executions. Hangings would be carried out on the abundance of sturdy trees which stood in the area, and the executions were so popular in these times that they were made public holidays and were huge events.

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Marlborough Head

Hoop and Toy

34 Thurloe Place, Kensington, London SW7 2HQ

Established in 1760, The Hoop and Toy is the oldest established pub in the Kensington area.

Built on a former grave site, the foundations of the Hoop and Toy entomb the bodies of dead priests, leading to stories that claim the basement is haunted.

It is said that when the tube stations were being built, the railway workers disturbed their graves, and obstructed the priest’s route to the monasteries and churches in London. As a result of this, the souls of the priests now wander the pub, creeping up and down the stairs as they attempt to find an alternative route to their places of worship.

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Hoop and Toy

Plumbers Arms

14 Lower Belgrave Street, Belgravia, London SW1W 0LN

The Plumbers Arms was built during the 1820s, a beautiful pub that suits its elegant surroundings. However, this idyllic setting witnessed a deadly story unfold.

Lord Lucan, a British peer and suspected murderer, disappeared without trace early on 8th November 1974.

On the evening of 7th November 1974, the Lucan’s children’s nanny, Sandra Rivett, was bludgeoned to death in the basement of the Lucan family home. Lady Lucan was also attacked; she later identified Lucan as her assailant. After discovering the nanny dead, Lady Lucan fled to safety at the Plumbers Arms, making the pub part of one the most infamous murder mystery stories of recent times.

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Plumbers Arms

The Prospect of Whitby

57 Wapping Wall, Wapping, London E1W 3SH

The Prospect of Whitby is London’s oldest riverside pub dating back to the 1520s. It was formerly known as the Devil’s Tavern, on account of its dubious reputation.

In the seventeenth century, it became the pub of choice of the brutal “Hanging” Judge Jeffreys. According to legend, criminals would be tied up to the posts at low tide and left there to drown when the tide came. It is here that he sat and watched criminals he had sentenced die. Judge Jeffrey’s ghost is believed to still haunt the area.

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The Prospect of Whitby

The Silver Cross

Cross 3 Whitehall, Whitehall, London SW1A 2BX

The Silver Cross is long said to have a resident ghost. Over the years there have been some strange occurrences in a certain area of the pub, with guests hearing strange noises here and even reporting pictures falling off the wall.

One night, when a former Deputy Manager was closing up, she locked the pub doors and went down to the office to cash up the tills. When she returned she thought she saw a lady walk around the corner. Even though she knew she had checked everywhere before she locked up, the Deputy Manager convinced herself that the lady she saw must have been in the toilets when she locked the doors and was trying to get out.

The Silver Cross

However, when she called out to the lady and went to check the area where she had seen her, the Deputy Manager realised there was nobody there and she was in fact alone in the pub.

It wasn’t until later the Deputy Manager discovered that the area the ghost is said to haunt was apparently once a brothel back in 1800’s and the ghost is said to be a young female prostitute who was murdered here.

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The Silver Cross

Ye Olde Cock Tavern

22 Fleet Street, Holborn, London EC4Y 1AA

Ye Olde Cock Tavern dates back to 1549 and lays claim to the narrowest frontage of any pub in London. As well as this, it also lays claim to a terrifying ghost that is said to haunt the pub.

In 1984, the ‘Goldsmith’s ghost’ appeared in the pub in front of punters and caused a small panic, but worse than that a woman working at the pub also encountered a smiling disembodied head at the rear of the building. Upon seeing this, her scream was so loud it is said to have been heard throughout the pub. The woman later identified the head from a painting as belonging to the writer Oliver Goldsmith, who is buried outside the pub.

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Ye Olde Cock Tavern