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Not for the faint-hearted: London’s 5 most haunted hotels.

by Elizabeth Hands on January 22, 2015

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London is said to be the most haunted city in the world, which is no wonder when you consider the events in the capital’s history. They range from the plague outbreak to the Great Fire of London, the Jack the Ripper murders to the gruesome executions in the Tower of London.

And when you consider the colourful history of London’s hotels, it’s no surprise some of them boast their very own ghosts. Here we take you on a virtual ghost walk around London’s most haunted hotels…

Room 333 at The Langham

Widely renowned as the most haunted room of any hotel in London, many guests who stay in room 333 at The Langham have left with a story to tell.

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Ghosts include a Victorian doctor who murdered his wife and killed himself while on honeymoon, a German prince, the Emperor Napoleon III, a butler with holes in his socks, a footman in pale blue livery and a ghost with a penchant for trying to tip guests out of bed while they’re sleeping.

England’s cricket players said they were so convinced of paranormal activity at The Langham, they struggled to get a good night’s sleep.

The top floor at the Georgian House Hotel

Staff and guests at the Georgian House Hotel on St George’s Drive have reported seeing the ghosts of an old man and two young children.

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One staff member is said to have woken up to find a man sitting at the foot of the bed in the middle of the night even though her room was locked and she had the only key. Guests have also called down to reception to complain about children being too noisy on the floors above, even though there were no children staying at the time. It’s thought the spirits are former residents of the apartments which were housed in the building before the hotel.

The restaurant at The Cadogan

Stage actress Lillie Langtry is said to have seduced the future King Edward VII in a room at The Cadogan on Sloane Street.

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And, while she died in Monaco in 1929, she seems to pay a return visit to The Cadogan from time to time. She is said to have been seen around Christmas time in the hotel’s restaurant.

The lounge at Grange Blooms Hotel

Standing in the grounds of the British Museum, the Grange Blooms Hotel has a long and distinguished list of former occupants, including Dr John Cumming, an eccentric minister who is still said to haunt the hotel.

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Minister of the National Scottish Church, he spent time researching Old and New Testament prophecies on the end of the world, which he was sure was nigh. He is thought to appear in the hotel’s lounge. A ghost reading a book has also been seen at Grange Blooms, perhaps Dr Cumming reading his Bible.

The grounds of Syon Park

The working London home of the Duke of Northumberland, Syon House and its grounds certainly had plenty of gruesome happenings in their past, so it’s no wonder paranormal experts and staff have claimed they are haunted.

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King Henry VIII’s body was brought to Syon on the way to Windsor while the abbey’s confessor Richard Reynolds was hung, drawn and quartered on Henry VIII’s orders and his head displayed beside the gates.

Lady Jane Grey, known as the “nine days queen”, was persuaded here to accept the British crown before she was deposed by Mary I, imprisoned and executed. The Syon Park hotel sits on the edge of the estate, giving you the chance to explore the grounds and decide for yourself whether any of the colourful characters from history have decided to stick around.

These are all fascinating stories that highlight the incredible history surrounding some of London’s finest hotels.

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Photo credits: Jon Feinstein, The Langham, Georgian House Hotel, The Cadogan, Grange Blooms Hotel, Hilton Syon Park.

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