Ghosts of the Old City

(45 customer reviews)

St. Paul's underground station, London (exit 2)

Guided by Adam or Karen or Shaughan

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Saturday Weekly 7.30 pm 9.30 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online
26 December 2023 Special 7.30 pm 9.30 pm Winter Reserve Online


“Top Ghost Walk in the UK” – Essential Travel 

“Fear came upon me. And trembling.” The Book of Job, 4:14

Fear came upon them. And trembling. And screaming. As this video attests to. The “incident” took place on this walk a couple years back.

“The civilised human spirit cannot get rid of a feeling of the uncanny.” Doctor Faustus, Thomas Mann

Stygian gloom – Waking the dead – Walking amongst them

Ghostbusters on a recent tour with Adam


At night the ancient City is deserted. And eerie. Exploring its shadowy back streets and dimly lit alleys we might be in a medieval citadel, in overpowering stone. The very street names – Aldersgate, Cloth Fair, Charterhouse, Threadneedle – take us far back. We’re alone… Or are we? For this is the hour when the She-Wolf of France glides through the churchyard, the hour when the dark figure on Newgate wall rattles his chains, the hour when the Black Nun keeps her lonely vigil, and something inexpressibly evil lurks behind a tiny window. We’re on their trail… Or are they shadowing us? “How easy it is to awaken the unwanted attention of things that should sleep quietly in their tombs or hiding places…”  Guided by the Duke of Darkness or the Shadow Walker or the Woman in Black.


Ghosts of the Old City takes place at 7.30 pm every Saturday.

Meet the Duke of Darkness or the Shadow Walker or the Woman in Black just outside exit 2 of St. Paul’s Tube. N.B. the walk ends back at  St. Paul’s Tube. The Duke of Darkness is Shaughan. The Shadow Walker is Adam. The Woman in Black is Karen – she’s merely “the world’s greatest guide”, according to the Travel & Leisure rankings. (Karen’s Travel & Leisure coronation was of course presaged by her winning the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award.) 


Ghost walks are tricky to guide. Get it wrong and it’s embarrassingly bad. Cringe-making fake “scary” voice, that sort of thing. It all comes down to the guiding. Now the immediately striking thing about the London Walks’ Ghost Walks guides “line up” is that all the guides – Adam’s the exception who proves the rule – are actors. Important? Or a coincidence? Yeah, you guessed it – it’s the former. The reason, quite simply, 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 storytellers – the ones who had the gift – let alone the great voice – who could bring it off. The upside is that when that sort of thing is done brilliantly – by pros, by people who know what they’re doing – well, it’s as good as it gets. That’s why we’ve got 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.

Want to preview the walk and the guiding? And watch this sidekick video. It’s the Shadow Walker (Adam), setting the stage for the Ghosts of the Old City Walk. A born story-teller “can make you believe.”  And an update, Adam’s bagged himself a professional guiding qualification. He’s now – as of 2019 – an award-winning, professionally qualified, “badged” guide. 


These are “extras”, “incidentals” – our main fare is ghostly goings-on. But in addition, in passing, you’ll also get…

1. Three of the most splendid of Wren’s spires in attendance upon St. Paul’s dome

2. The sparking point of the City

3. The focus, the concentration of City life

4. A nine-foot-long dragon

5. A bare-breasted native American

6. A perfect example of a 1672 house (lived in by one of our greatest poets)

7. The City’s most delightful hidden network of streets, shops and restaurants

8. A tent-like structure that seems to grow out of the ground (the rainwater collected by its roof is used to flush toilets and irrigate the nearby planting)

9. 350-year-old cottages built for canons

10. A street that shows perfectly – it’s often used as a film location – the pre-Victorian scale of the City

11. The ebullient late Victorian building that replaced the grimmest structure in London (the one that featured carved manacles and chains and grim, windowless rustication)

And that’s just for starters…


Don’t just take it from us…

Meet your guide. I, David, describe Adam as the only human being I know who talks like a very well written magazine article. The information is brilliant. As is the way it’s put across. As this wonderful little sidebar podcast Adam’s put together attests to.


“London Walks has many copycats, but it’s the best.”  Frommer’s London by Night

“It’s hard to remember how many times I’ve taken this walk [London Horror Story]. Every time I am taking a relative or friend around London with me, this is the walk I take. The scenery is straight out of a movie, and what can I say about Shaughan. He’s definitely better than any write-up either I or this brochure could come up with. The stories, the tidbits, the drama – this walk has it all. I guess I’ve done this walk about 6 or 7 times. It’ll be up to 8 the next time I’m in town . . .”   JR New Jersey, USA

“Top Ghost Walks in the UK  London, England: London Walks…their four ghost walks” Essential Travel

“prowling shadows, sense of dread, the dark negative of the sunny snapshots of tourist London” 


Click here to meet your guide – here’s the Adam interview we did for the London Walks podcast


(Here’s a quick sneak preview – some pictorials, a word from the guide and a classic payoff at the end.)

(And here’s a quickie intro video – a four-guider – about private walks,  how they work, etc. Should you fancy one.)


You don’t have to be in London on a Saturday evening to go on the Ghosts of the Old City walk in London, don’t have to be in London to go on Adam’s spooktacular. You can be in San Diego. Or Vienna. Or Toronto. Or Melbourne. Or Singapore. Or wherever. How cool is that.

And how’s that magic work? Easy. Adam runs it occasionally as a Virtual Tour. Keep an eye for it, when one hoves into view, sign up for it and you’re away, you’re in ghostly London.


If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Ghosts of the Old City it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Ghosts of the Old City walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.


A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.


Don’t just take it from us.


45 reviews for Ghosts of the Old City

  1. Oliver Bond

    Ghosts Of The Old City with Adam – I cannot recommend enough. Adam was entertaining without over-doing it and feeling like you’re at a panto. He was informative and knowledgable without feeling like you’re at a lecture. Great balance, fantastic company, brilliantly done. I’ll be back!

  2. Ilse Claeys

    We had a great time on the Ghosts of the old city walk. Adam is an excellent storyteller. It was spooky, humorous and entertaining.
    We loved it and would highly recommended a walk with London Walks! Not to be missed when visiting London.
    Greetings from Belgium!

  3. Millie

    I wanted to send a note to say my sincerest thanks to Adam for the tour yesterday. It was beyond brilliant – so educational, gory, theatrical and fun. We had a really amazing evening and perfect alternative birthday celebration! Please pass on mine, and all of my friends thanks to Adam.

  4. Izzie L

    Our team thoroughly enjoyed the ghost walk with Shaughan last night. He was so knowledgeable and made it so much fun too. A lovely evening spent wondering the streets of London learning all about the history and ghosts. I would highly recommend. Thanks so much Shaughan!

  5. Amanda H

    Fabulous! Took the Walk with Simon on 10/21, and he was animated, humorous, and very knowledgeable on the area/subject. Thank you Simon!

  6. Bruce Hislop

    Simons tour was excellent with the right balance of horror and humour mixed with real history

  7. Theresa Foy

    We did the walking tour on 7th Oct with Simon as our guide, a brilliant tour, Simon’s knowledge of the city and its history was amazing. Definitely recommend this tour

  8. Garry

    Great tour full of real facts.

  9. Nikunj Khandelwal

    It was an excellent experience and Adam is a brilliant guide and storyteller. Thoroughly entertaining ! Definitely recommend it!

  10. Anthony Podowski

    Both my wife and son and I were lucky to book a tour, with the ghosts of the old city, with the Adam Scott Golding, to say he is a master storyteller is an understatement!We thoroughly enjoyed our tour exploring parts of the old city of London, that we’ve never visited before, the creepy locations,the wonderful stories, captivated us thank you, Adam for such a wonderful tour experience
    We hope to take advantage of some more of your wonderful tours

  11. Mohan D Khandelwal

    GHOSTS OF THE OLD CITY with Adam was thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable! There was a lot of learning too. I would recommend it highly.

  12. Sara

    Highly entertaining! Simon is a brilliant guide, funny and knowledgeable. We can really recommend it!

  13. John

    Thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s walk with Simon. Entertaining and informative with just the right amount of ghostly tales

  14. Asim Ulah

    I really love the tour especially the stories about the spikes and the execution. Simon was interesting and interactive. He gave us an amazing tour. I enjoy it a lot.

  15. Paul Baker

    I am a support worker for an organisation that houses and supports people with learning difficulties. Two of whom are ghost buffs! They thoroughly enjoyed the walk which was lead by Simon and one of them wanted to go again! I thought Simon interacted with our group very well and even shared family stories to do with ghosts. The tour was funny, informative and very entertaining.

  16. Mandy Ng

    Simon is the best tour guide, interactive and friendly to every one. The old tales and history of the churches, hospital and lanes were really perfectly presented.
    I definitely would join other tours again.

  17. James Robins

    It was fun. I would do it again! Simon is so cool to talk to, very nice man to talk with. Extremely enjoyable walk with him.

  18. Marcus, Ginny and Betsy

    We’re not precisely sure the name of our guide as he jokingly used the name of one of the ghosts – possibly Adam, deduced from reading prior reviews (not Simon), Nevertheless, he was an excellent guide and storyteller. He integrated interesting historical tidbits, was witty, irreverent but sincere. He was also extraordinarily kind and engaged my 13 yr old daughter who absolutely adored the tour.

  19. Christian Wagner


    Guide: Simon 27.5.

    This stunning walk was a revival for us parents after 18 years and the first for our children 13&15yrs.

    It was entertaining, informative and we polished our ‚listening capabilities‘ – especially for the kids.

    This was an excellent start to our week in London and we booked 2 more…

    Whenever we struggled Simon was so kind to help out with his excellent German.

    Vielen Dank Simon und wir hoffen, Dich auf einem anderen Walk wieder zu sehen.

  20. Jol Silversmith

    Although Simon is not listed in the write-up, I understand he periodically is the guide, and provided an excellent experience for our walk.

  21. Linda

    Thank you Simon, very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.

  22. Silvia

    We had a great time with Simon, a very interesting walk.
    Grazie Simon, ciao!

  23. Anna D

    On behalf of our group, can I say a huge thank you to Adam for our fantastic walking tour last night. We all thoroughly enjoyed the gruesome and ghostly tales whilst walking around the city. Adam was very engaging and funny, so the two hours whizzed by!

    We’re all from the London area, and have strolled past so many of these places without knowing the history – too easy to take it all for granted!

    There were so many highlights, it’s hard to pick out anything in particular, but we loved the stories of the prison, the witches’ coven and King James, the poor murdered monk, Greyfriars Church and Smithfield!

    We would definitely use London Walks again. Doing the private tour was an extra treat, so thank you for organising it for us at short notice, and being accommodating with the weather!

    Very best wishes,

    Anna, Guy, Dommie & James

  24. Michael

    It was freezing cold but the laughter and intrigue kept us warm. Fully recommend. Guide is absolute pro, genuinely loving what he does!

  25. Josh

    Adam was an excellent and super fun tour guide. Looking forward to going on another walk next time I’m in town. HIGHLY recommend!

  26. Laura Sanders

    Everything my 13 year old paranormal fan and I had hoped for. A perfect mix of creepy tales and fascinating history. Adam is an outstanding guide, his delivery engaging, friendly, funny and the right amount of gruesome. We will definitely be back again for more on our next visit.

  27. Julie

    Last night we took the Ghost walk with Simon. It was captivating, informative any funny from the start. Highly recommend this, even if you are already very familiar with the City.

  28. Helen King

    Fun and interesting walk with Simon, ended up just being 2 of us on the tour despite Simon’s best efforts to drum up passing trade. Great Stories, superb architecture and an informative guide. Top Marks.

  29. Alice

    We did the tour with Simon today and loved it! He is an amazing guide and very knowledgeable – we had a lot of fun 🙂 definitely recommend the tour!

  30. Craig

    Really enjoyed tonight’s tour with Simon – informative about city of London with spooky stories

  31. Jenna Herdman

    We thoroughly enjoyed our tour last week, “Ghosts Of the Old City with Adam.” Adam was an amazing guide and expert storyteller who uses humour and drama to bring historical events and figures to life (or death). He also did a good job offering potential plausible explanations for many of the supernatural phenomena, which I thought was a unique touch. The tour really enriched our understanding of the City and we had a blast. I think London Walks is one of the best touring groups in the world and I recommend them to everyone!

  32. Kristina Nordsten

    An awesome evening as Simon walked us through the alleyways of Blackfriars. Even on one of the most spectacular summer evenings the gruesome stories was brought to life masterly by our guide. As a Londoner and someone who has done these walks for 25 years, I think London Walks are one of the best ways to do London. Yesterday we did this walk as a family – the tweenaged children loved it and our international guest got immersed into London’s past.

  33. Joe Hurley

    Ghost of the Old City:
    Very enjoyable and interesting evening… our guide was Simon Law did an outstanding job. Perfect pace of the walk, lots of intriguing tidbits, kept the interest of the entire group. I would recommend this walking tour any summer evening for a great time.

  34. Alim

    Just finished a tour with Simon. It was great! We really enjoyed it. Simon was truly amazing, so engaging and he is a wonderful story teller. Greetings from Turkey, Switzerland and New Zeland 🙂 Highly recommend!

  35. James B

    23 April – St George’s Day and Shakespeare’s Birthday (and day of death!). It was a pleasure to while away the twilight hours with tales of old (including tales of the Bard himself!) in the company of our guide Simon. I’d highly recommend this walk which takes you to parts many Londoners (I am one) would never otherwise have appreciated. Simon was both knowledgeable and entertaining and patient in answering my (many) questions. I’d highly recommend this walk to nothing tourists and Londoners alike – whether you believe in spooks or not!

  36. Lynette

    Simon provided a great walk with fascinating stories of the ghosts of London. I am never disappointed after a London walks tour. If you’re on the fence about going, I highly recommend!

  37. Dan

    Great walk with Simon last night!

  38. Julie

    Had a really intesting ghost walk with Simon tonight. He was very knowledgeable and entertaining. We learnt loads, not just about ghosts, but about London and its past inhabitants. Would highly recommend this walk

  39. jennifer

    Simon was quite funny and entertaining. Interesting snippets of history, culture (low and high) and some pretty hair-raising tales about ghosts and medieval torture. I didn’t know it was Shakespeare’s B’day until he said so.

  40. Emma

    Really enjoyed our Ghostly Walk with Karen. Our party consisted of one adult and three children 9,11 and 12. Karen was absolutely brilliant. Captivating, knowledgeable and highly entertaining. History and Ghoulish London came alive. We will never look at a raised church garden in the the same way again ! Highly recommend. I am a Londoner and enjoyed every minute.

  41. Craig D

    Took part in the Ghosts of the City Tour over the weekend. We had a fantastic time. The guide, Simon, was humorous and incredibly knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

  42. Matt F

    Just finished the ghost tour with Simon. It was great. Really informative and learnt loads about the City / London and it’s history, tied together with ghost stories. Simon was great; engaging, knowledgable and funny. Definitely recommend. We were a group of 13, ages 13 to 50+.

  43. Julie and Theodora

    My 9 year old daughter Theodora and I joined the Duke of Darkness Shaughan to hear an eerie and bloody history of the haunts and spirits on our walk in spring 2009. Theo was especially rapt with Shaughan’s stories and happily skipped alongside him. It was an equally scary thrill and fantastic storytelling experience! Indeed, my enthusiasm and high regard for the Ghost Walk and for London Walks generally is captured in your Ghost Walk video filmed on that evening where my daughter and I are interviewed by Shaughan at the end of the film. We both look forward to returning for a Ghost Walk soon!

  44. Caroline

    As a couple we have always enjoyed London Walks on our visits to London. Exceptional VFM and always excellent guides. We went on this walk on Halloween. Fiona ( I believe ) was our guide. Thoroughly enjoyed the 2 hour walk around areas we did not know. The guide was informative, witty and an excellent teller of tales in this area whilst keeping the narrative child friendly too. Would thoroughly recommend

  45. Julian Gladwell


    I went on the GHOSTS OF THE OLD CITY on the actual Halloween evening no less.

    The guide was the excellent Karen, her of the friendly manner and the nice clear voice!

    This was a very enjoyable if rather spooky walk, I learnt many new ghost stories that were new to me, and I am a life-long Londoner.

    London walks never fails to exceed espectations!

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