Ghosts of the Old City on Halloween

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

Guided by Adam or Karen or Shaughan

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
29 October 2023 Special 4 pm 6 pm Summer Reserve Online
29 October 2023 Special 7 pm 9 pm Summer Reserve Online
31 October 2023 Special 7.30 pm 9.30 pm Summer Reserve Online


And boy are we there. October 31st is all hands on deck as far as ghostbusters and attendant ghoulies are concerned.
Which is by way of saying, we’ll be running  special ghost walks on Halloween night; and pretty much every London Walks ghost walk guide is out strutting his or her (and their, i.e., the ghosts’!) stuff. That’s because London Walks’ Halloween ghost walks have become part of the “fabric” of London. Understandably so because they’re fun (a lot of the walkers will be in costume, as indeed will many of the guides!) and it is Halloween after all. All of which is by way of saying, the Halloween Ghost Walks are very popular – which is why we put several guides on in order to split the hordes up into smaller groups! In marked contrast, I hasten to add, to the 300 or more people who will get the annual cattle herd treatment from a couple of the knock-offs.

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.

Want to preview the walk and the guiding? Watch the video.

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.*

It all comes down to the guiding (exponentially so on Ghost Walks) – but don’t just take our word for it.

Or for that matter, their word. See for yourself.

N.B. the Halloween Ghosts of the Old City walk ends back at St. Paul’sTube Stop. Or near enough to. 

*Karen’s Travel & Leisure coronation was of course presaged by her winning the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award. 


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