This is the most haunted city on earth.
There are things going bump in the night all over this town. Just about every night* of the year.
All the London Ghost Walks – one every night of the week (see below for the handful of exceptions that prove the rule). They all go at 7.30 pm.
Monday night at 7.30 pm it's The West End Ghost Walk. Guided by Captain Spooky – Peter G. – it goes fromEmbankment Tube. If you fancy a preview of this walk and Captain Spooky in action, a click here wafts you to the superb little video of the West End Ghost Walk filmaker Jon Klein's done for us.
Tuesday night at 7.30 pm it's Ghosts of the Old City. Guided by Adam, it goes from St. Paul's Tube. For a preview of the Ghosts of the Old City walk Click here to see the video of the Ghosts of the Old City walk (also shot by filmmaker Jon Klein). N.B. the Tuesday night Ghosts of the Old City walk will not take place in January or February.
Thursday night at 7.30 pm it's The West End Ghost Walk. Guided by Andy, Oliver or Simon W, it goes from Embankment Tube. For a preview of The West End Ghost Walk a click here wafts you to filmaker Jon Klein's superb little video.
Saturday night at 7.30 pm it's Ghosts of the Old City. Guided by Shaughan or Adam, it goes from St. Paul's Tube exit 2. If you fancy a preview of this walk – and want to watch the Duke of Darkness in action – a click here takes you to the superb little video filmmaker Jon Klein has made of the Ghosts of the Old City Walk.
And as for Halloween – and Halloween Season – we run every single Ghost Walk on Halloween night itself. Check October 31 on the London Walks Calendar to see the start time for each of them. And in the week leading up to Halloween we always lay on some extra Halloween Season Ghost Walks. Again, check the London Walks Calendar for particulars.
Ghost walks are tricky to guide. Get it wrong and it's embarrassingly bad. Cringe-making, fake, amateurish, badly done "scary" voice, that sort of thing. It all comes down to the guiding – and never more so than with Ghost Walks. Now the immediately striking thing about the London Walks "line up" of Ghost Walks guides is that all of them – Adam's* the exception who proves the rule – are actors. Important? Or a coincidence? What do you think? The reason, of course, is it takes a special set of skills to make a ghost walk work. What are those skills, those "ingredients"? Well, you can guess – the great voice, presence, perfect timing, conviction – let alone the sixth sense about exactly how far the envelope needs to be pushed. Actors have those abilities – most of the rest of us don't. Or at least don't have the whole package. Which is why if you get some amateur fronting a ghost walk it's not just a disappointment – it's worse, it's an embarrassment. It's just common sense, really. All you need to do is think back to your childhood – hearing ghost stories round the campfire. It was only the born story tellers – the ones who had the gift – let alone the great voice – who could bring it off. The upside of course is that when it's done brilliantly – by pros, by people who know what they're doing – well, it's edge-of-the-seat stuff. That's why we have professional performers fronting our ghost walks. And the proof of the pudding – well, see the JR note below. Or listen to Shaughan, the Duke of Darkness, at the start of his Ghosts of the Old City video. Or Captain Spooky (Peter) at the start of his Ghosts of the West End video.
*But Adam's the most gifted story teller of us all – so he certainly gets a by.
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The regularly sheduled, public ghost walks are convenience itself. You just turn up and go. There's no red tape, no booking, no hassle. If it's raining cold ropes you can change your mind, do something else and you're not out a sou.
But we don't just do public ghost walks. We run a ton of private walks. If you want a private Ghost Walk – or any other London Walk for that matter – it's eezy peezy as well. Just give Fiona or Noel a ring on 020 7624 3978 – or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org – and we'll set it up for you and make it happen.
You go private you can have whichever walk you want whenever you want it – you don't have to cleave to the public walks schedule. We'll suit your conenience, tailor it to your requirements. You want it with pubs stops, no problem. You want it longer – or shorter – no problem. You want it with special effects – no problem. You want it with a guide in costume – no problem. Well, you get the idea. And what's perhaps most of all to the point, we'll make certain the guide--group "fit" is well nigh perfect.
Goes without saying that a private London Walk – with a world class guide – makes a brilliant – and unusual – Christmas present or birthday gift for a partner, family member, friend or colleague.
*In the London Walks Summer season (which runs from May 1 - October 31) we do a ghost walk every single night. In the London Walks Winter Season (which runs from November 1 - April 30) we pare it back a little bit in the dead of winter, but not very much.
The Winter Programme exceptions to the every single night rule of thumb are as follows: The Tuesday night Ghosts of the Old City walk does not take place in January or February. The Wednesday night Ghosts, Gaslight & Guinness walk does not take place in December or January. The Thursday night West End Ghost Walk does not take place in January.
The only other exceptions are, every year: Dec. 24 & Dec. 25. We never run a Ghost walk on Christmas Eve or Christmas Night.
And the Halloween Season ghostings more than makes up for the Winter season lacunae when the ghosts are hibernating. Bears repeating, there's a whole lot of extra ghost walks come Halloween Season. On October 31st itself every single ghost walk takes place – see the Calendar. And every single London Walks guide is out there ghost busting away. Ghost busting indeed: with London Walks – and only with London Walks – there are guaranteed ghosts on most of our Halloween Ghost Walks!