I know, I know. I must need some kind of mental assessment. I hear you saying why Kerry? Just WHY? I cannot answer that. I just have a thing for hotels that are meant to still have past residents hanging around in. My favourite ride at the fair from a young age was the Ghost Train, so maybe I am just a fan of scary things! I love history at the best of times. But, throw in a ghost to help with that historical tale, I am all over it! So, I thought I would share with you my list of London haunted hotels, that I would just love to stay in! In my best Kevin McCallister from the film Home Alone voice…Don’t get scared now…….
Most haunted hotels in UK
Before we start, I thought you might enjoy a little taster or two. A little info on where a couple of the supposedly, most haunted hotels in the UK are. I have previously told you about haunted hotels in England so pop over to that post too! Many hotels claim to be THE most haunted. I have gone with the two that I found came up the most in my research. If you are like me, you will be pricing my suggestions up as we speak….If you are slightly more sane, avoiding at all cost!
Let’s start in the beautiful coastal area of the UK. Apparently, one of the most haunted hotel in Britain is the Jamaica Inn, Cornwall. I have had this one in my sights for a while! It’s location on the wild and ever changing Bodmin Moor, suits it! It has countless accounts on record of encounters that are hard to explain. In fact, TV’s Most Haunted programme declared it the scariest place they have ever filmed at. Get me a room at the Inn!
Another of the top 10 most haunted hotels in Uk is one of my most favourite. The Mermaid Inn, in the East Sussex town of Rye. I love this place. Nik and I have stayed there and had an interesting stay… You can read all about it our stay at The Mermaid Inn if you would like to hear more. This ancient Inn has over 850 years of history! It was a favourite haunt of smugglers and shady characters. Some of which reportedly met their fate in The Mermaid….
London Haunted Hotels
Ok, let’s move on to my haunted hotels in London wishlist. London of course has a wealth of history. It still has many of it’s old buildings, and many older hotels. I have spoken before about London pubs with torrid histories. There is a lot of shady tales in London!
I was actually due to stay at one of these apparently haunted hotels in London earlier this year. Covid 19 had other ideas. But, it is my wish that I will get there, one day!
Langham Hotel room 333
So The Langham Hotel in London appears on many a “most haunted hotel” list. It is famously haunted. The Langham has 150 years of heritage behind it, and a pedigree of famous guests. Perfectly appointed guests such as Oscar Wilde and Marc Twain (although, they are not reported as being the ones to still roam the corridors of The Langham). This beautiful, honey hued fronted building is located in Regent Street, in the heart of London’s West End.
It has the accolade as the most haunted hotel in London. There are many accounts of guests and staff having ghostly encounters. Room 333 at The Langham is the most famously haunted. A Victorian gentleman, dressed in full evening wear, is said to reside in the room. It is thought that this ghost is of a well to do Doctor, that killed his wife. He then, perhaps full of remorse, killed himself. All this while while on honeymoon at the hotel! perhaps he seeks forgiveness?
Weirdly, he is most commonly reported as being seen in October. Maybe a fan of halloween??
Another common apparition seen in the corridors of The Langham, is a soldier. He has been reported as standing by a window on the fourth floor. The figure is in full military uniform. This ghost is thought to be a German Prince, who jumped out of the window to his death in the late 1800’s. Maybe he regrets his decision and is looking to turn back time.
I would absolutely love to stay at this gorgeous London hotel! If you fancy it too, you can see room prices here.
Georgian House Hotel
For some reason, ghost stories with children in them do freak me out a little. I do not know why they are more scary, but they are. Maybe it is all the thriller films I watched as a teen. The twinkling music box tunes. The far away, childlike giggle. The dolls clutched by angelic but demonic looking children. The wind up toys that went by themselves. Ok let’s stop, too scary. Makes me shudder! Well it seems that the manager of this beautiful 1850’s town house was also not a fan of some children.
Apparently, the Georgian House Hotel in Pimlico’s resident ghost are children. The folklore of the hotel says that in the 1980’s, a manager was frustrated by a guest that was allowing their children to run wild. Their running footsteps, laughter and slamming of doors was annoying the guests. Searching the hotel for these little terror’s ended in failure. He could not locate them. They seemed to always be just around the next corner. Just a few steps ahead of him all the time. With further investigating, it turns out that there were actually no children checked into the hotel at that time. Nor had there been all week! These children are still heard on the upper floors of the hotel to this day! Guests have reported seeing the fleeting figures of two children running around the corridors.
Perhaps they too want to experience the Hogwarts Wizard Experience that the hotel is now famous for… Full details – The Georgian House Hotel.
The Grange Blooms Hotel
This elegant Bloomsbury hotel has a long history behind its doors. A converted 18th century town house, the Grange Blooms Hotel has many original period features. Perhaps too, many of it’s original residents! Dr John Cumming was one such resident that seems to have never left. The figure of Dr Cumming has been reported several times. Thankfully, it seems that this particular patron only wants to sit quietly with a book. He has been seen seated in a chair in the lounge area of the hotel.
The Grange Blooms Hotel has a reputation for its warm welcome, and home from home feel. Perhaps that is why its guests are reluctant to leave? The distinguished building stands in the grounds of the British Museum, which used to be the grand, Montage House. Dr Cummings himself was a bit of a hell raiser. He was known as eccentric and had an obsession with apocalyptic prophesies. Perhaps that is what he is reading up on when he shows himself at the hotel. Check here for prices if you fancy jining his hook club…
The Belmond Cadogan Hotel
My final offering of my haunted hotels in London, is this beauty. The Belmond Cadogan Hotel is in the leafy, and oh so well healed area of Chelsea. It has a gorgeous, understated opulence that is fitting of it’s equally well healed former guests. The hotels biggest fan, Oscar Wilde, was in fact, arrested in room 118 of The Cadogan.
This hotel is the ultimate in luxurious and stunning accommodation. The 1887 hotel was once 5 interconnected Townhouses, and home to the socialite and actress, Lillie Langtry. A great friend and supporter of the arrested Oscar. She sold her house to the hotel, with the proviso that she would be allowed to stay in her bedroom. She loved it then, and perhaps still loves it now as it is her ghost that is said to wander around the hotel. Maybe she is looking to find those responsible for her dearest friend Oscar’s betrayal.
Incidentally, Lillie’s bedroom is actually available for guests to stay in. I think this would be my chosen room if I ever get the chance to stay. I would happily greet Lillie and hear her stories of those wild years. If only the walls could speak! If you fancy being Lillie’s neighbour, (and have deep pockets..) check out prices here.
Would you stay in one of these haunted hotels in London?
Well what do you think? Are you tempted to stay in one of my picks? Of course, we don’t really know if there is such a thing as London haunted hotels. Or any haunted hotels anywhere to be fair. Who knows. But when hotels have so much history, maybe there is a little bit of energy left over from past guests. It’s an adventure to try them out and see, don’t you think?
Tell me if you would stay in one of these. I would love to know!