Ghosts of the Old City

(53 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


“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.


53 reviews for Ghosts of the Old City

  1. John

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Linda

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

  10. Silvia

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

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