On Sundays we pluck just one walk from the vast repertoire of London Walks and put it centre stage.
This week, it's…
THE WEST END GHOST WALK
"this part of London is like a haunted house"
7.30 pm on Thursdays from Embankment Tube, river exit
Gas-lit alleyways. Film set-perfect Georgian streets that nobody goes to. Crepuscular, crooked little byways. A gloomy old palace in the gloaming. A plague-pit with lit (to this day) corpse candles above it. Spectral walls and towers and domes across a fen. Faded grandeur. Old buildings frozen in another time... This is London's parallel universe. And yes, there have been some really eerie goings-on here. The haunted house analogy is spot on. The walk starts off as jolly and fun and eccentric but as the shadows lengthen – as we get into the deepest recesses of the haunted house – it really does get quite creepy. And as for the lore – "they" can touch you but you can't touch them – and the trace evidence (the "signs" of a haunting) and the just-in-case exorcism paraphernalia that guides always carry with them and the world's most haunted theatre and the creepiest statue in London... And, yes, sometimes some pretty weird stuff happens on this walk. Last, but certainly not least, the walk's got superb guides named Andy and Katy and Oliver.
The West End Ghost Walk takes place every Thursday evening at 7.30 pm from Embankment Tube
Guided by Andy or Oliver or Katy
A London Walk costs £9 – £7 concession. To join a London Walk, simply meet your guide at the designated tube station at the appointed time. Details of all London Walks can be found at www.walks.com.