Last Friday, in honour of the impending Halloween celebrations of the weekend, I headed off to London to take part in a historical and spooky haunted pub tour!
Organised by the lovely Lauren, event planner extraordinaire and the voice behind the blog Blonde Vision and run by the tour group Lantern Ghost Tours, this was a great night learning some spooky facts about the capital and chatting to new friends. Lauren and two fellow bloggers run LDN Meetup, a bloggers event database set up to bring together likeminded bloggers for unique networking events and experiences, and this was one of their many upcoming events that I was looking forward to taking part in.
This two hour walking tour began outside Temple underground station and featured three pubs with haunting tales, a number of other fascinating and historical London sites along the route, plus plenty of opportunity to grab a drink or two and get to know fellow blogging comrades!
Now I don't want to spoil too many of the details should you be enticed to take such a tour yourself. Instead here's a little teaser with a few pictures from the night in question and the haunted path into London's past onto which we ventured. If mysterious tales of days past in our beautiful capital intrigues and inspires you then I definitely recommend booking a spot on one of these Lantern tours.
Now whether you believe in ghosts or not you surely cannot fail to be captivated by the abundance of history that is deeply imbedded within our capital city. This tour was a great insight into some of the finer points of the Fleet Street area of London, and our tour guide was well informed with many a tale as well as historical fact concerning some famous characters from days past in this part of town.
We were delighted with stories of ghostly figures from the English Civil War, the tale of Spencer Perceval, the only Prime Minister ever to be assassinated and the story of Samuel Johnson, the man who compiled the English Dictionary and who's figure is still sighted from time to time wandering around his house.
We picked apart fact from fiction when it comes to the many and varied grisly tales of Sweeney Todd, demon barber of Fleet Street, and we soaked up the atmosphere at the very famous Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese pub where we tried to entice the current parrot incumbent to say hello and have a chat in the way that his famous predecessor Polly had once done in days gone by (although without much luck I'm afraid!).
The pubs that we visited were steeped in history and character. The Old Bank of England pub being one of the grandest and most beautifully restored buildings I've ever had a drink in! With Mrs Lovett's lair hiding out the back in a spacious and welcoming beer garden (surprising given its title) this is a site well worth a visit and would be a great stop at which to take a rest with your friends on a chilly and atmospheric London night.
I really enjoyed getting an insight into a part of town that I rarely ever get to visit. The gruesome past that lies behind some of the beautiful old buildings and courtyards cannot fail to fascinate, and I just love to try and picture, amongst the foggy headiness of a dark London night, what it must have been like to live in such different times and circumstances than we do now.
We were lucky to receive a small discount to our tickets but even at the usual price of £14 per person I would recommend the Haunted Pub Tour as a great way to spend a chilly winters evening exploring the city.
Lantern Ghost Tours also run two other London based tours that I may well check out in the near future. If you're interested in what they have to offer take a look at their website: www.ghost-tours.com
I hope this post inspires a fun and intriguing weekend for you all. Thanks for reading and see you again soon.