Short read: “This part of London is like a haunted house…”
Long read: Gas-lit alleyways. Film set-perfect Georgian streets that nobody goes to. A gloomy old palace in the gloaming. A plague-pit with lit (to this day) corpse candles above it. Spectral walls and towers and domes across a fen. Faded grandeur. Old buildings froze in another time… London’s parallel universe. And yes, there have been some really eerie goings-on here. Haunted house analogy is spot on. The walk starts off as jolly and fun and eccentric but as the shadows lengthen – as we get into the deepest recesses of the haunted house – it really does get quite creepy. As does the lore. “They” can touch you but you can’t touch them. And the trace evidence (the “signs” of a haunting). And the just-in-case exorcism paraphernalia the guides always carry with them. And the world’s most haunted theatre. And the creepiest statue in London. The walk ends in an eyeball to eyeball confrontation with the most haunted statue in London, just round the corner from St. James’s Park Tube. Guided by Captain Spooky aka Peter
APPARITIONS, ALLEYWAYS & ALE – THE PRACTICALS
Apparitions, Alleyways & Ale takes place at 7.30 pm every* Monday evening.
The meeting point is just outside the river exit of EmbankmentTube Stop. N.B. the walk ends right by “the most haunted statue in London,” a 30-second walk from St. James’s ParkTube Stop. *Except in December and January
LONDON WALKS REVIEWS
“London Walks has many copycats, but it’s the best. Frommer’s London by Night
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Apparitions, Alleyways & Ale tour do think about booking one as a private tour. If you go private you can have Apparitions, Alleyways & Ale – 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 Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS
A private London Walk makes a special, thoughtful, unusual gift. Be it a birthday or anniversary or graduation or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.