London’s Underground network is famous around the world, becoming one of the most talked about experiences for tourists visiting the capital. The first tube line, the Metropolitan Railway, first opened in 1863 and is now part of the Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines.
However, during its 150 years of use, the Tube has become notorious for its ghostly happenings and supernatural occurrences. Take one of our London walking tours to experience the East End on foot and learn all about the spectral stories that the area has to offer.
If you can’t wait until the tour, here are five of the most famous East End tube hauntings to send shivers down your spine.
After the horrifying events of the Bethnal Green tube station disaster in 1943, it’s no real surprise that the effects of the tragedy still linger today. The station was used as an air-raid shelter during World War Two, and on that fateful day, more than 2,000 people were making their way into the shelter via the station’s single staircase. As bombs began to fall, people panicked and tried to push their way down, creating a domino effect where people were crushed in the chaos. 173 people were killed that night, securing its status as Britain’s worst civilian disaster during the war. Ever since, members of station staff have reported hearing screaming, women and children crying, and the general sounds of rushing and panicking.
Covent Garden station is reportedly haunted by the ghost of one William Terriss, a Victorian actor who was stabbed to death outside the Adelphi Theatre in 1897. As he lay dying, he allegedly whispered, “I’ll be back”. Station employees described seeing his ghost at the station for several decades, although Terriss’ spook hasn’t been seen since 1972.
The District Line’s Becontree station is said to be haunted by the ghost of a lady with no face, wearing a distinctive white dress. Her origin is unknown, though she is thought to be the ghost of a woman who died in a collision in the station in 1958.
Elephant and Castle
Over the years, Elephant and Castle station has built up a reputation for paranormal activity, earning itself the title of one of the tube network’s most haunted stations. Many staff members have reported seeing strange or unexplained events, such as disembodied footsteps, doors being forced open by unseen forces, and mysterious tapping. Plus, the ghost of a young woman is said to wander the platform and enter trains, all without ever leaving the confines of the station.
Last but not least, don’t forget to squeeze in a visit to Whitechapel tube station. The station was built in 1876, just before Jack the Ripper started his murderous killing spree. You never know – you might just find yourself walking in the footsteps of the Ripper himself.
If these ghostly stories have whetted your appetite, satisfy your curiosity by booking yourself onto one of our exciting London walking tours. The London Ghost Walk is an ever-popular favourite, so make sure that you guarantee your place today to ensure you don’t miss out!