It's that time of the year when all things spooky appear, so we've done a bit of research and found out that quite a few hotels in the capital are in fact haunted. Here is a must-visit list for those who love all things paranormal, or alternatively, a must-avoid list for those who frighten easily!
Grange Blooms Hotel is filled with luxurious textures, antique fabrics and period furniture, giving it a very warm and welcoming atmosphere. Elegant gardens can be seen from the hotel restaurant, whilst whisky connoisseurs will love sampling in The Malt Library Bar. However, this eighteenth century townhouse, which stands in the grounds of the British Museum, is said to be haunted by the ghost of Dr. John Cumming. The eccentric clergyman apparently spent most of his residency at the hotel researching apocalyptic prophecies in the Old and New Testaments. A ghost reading a book has been spotted in the hotel's lounger, perhaps Cumming studying his bible? Still, for just £162 per night for a double room this close to the Oxford Street shopping haven, it's probably worth the risk of a little fright.
This five-star guesthouse sits in a prime London location, but has a few dark secrets hidden in its 500 rooms and suits. Opened in 1865, The Langham Hotel has been visited by a great selection of famous living individuals, as well as some from beyond the grave. Room 333 is purportedly the most haunted room, with reports of a bizarre Victorian figure appearing to a BBC newscaster, whilst an English cricket player demanded to move rooms after his spine-chilling ordeal. Famous deceased guests include a suicidal German prince and Napoleon III. The Emperor of France had previously visited Langham when he was alive, so he must have been impressed by the hotel's service.
3. The Savoy
The Savoy is probably the most renowned luxury sleeping space in London. Located in the City of Westminster, it comprises 268 rooms, as well as beautiful panoramic views of the River Thames, Savoy Place and the Thames Embankment. Despite being a favourite of the rich and famous, putting up the likes of H.G. Wells, Judy Garland, Bob Dylan, Marilyn Monroe and Stephen Fry to name a few, there have also been several guests who left feeling spooked. A lift in the hotel is allegedly operated by the ghost of a little girl, claimed to be killed in the building. She's also been seen roaming the hallway and in Room 502.
4. The Cadogan
The Cadogan Hotel is full of Chelsea character and perfect for a spot of relaxation after a day's shopping. However, if you happen to pop in around Christmastime, you could meet the shy stage actress Lillie Langtry, who died in 1929. Langtry lived in a building that annexed the hotel, and is said to have seduced the future King Edward VII in one of the Sloane Street rooms. Although she died in Monaco, she returns around the festive season to see her much-loved home.
A noisy hotel or just a sprinkle of the paranormal? The Georgian House Hotel is ideal for those looking for a typically British spot to sleep. Ideally located near Victoria Station, the boutique B&B has much to offer, along with a few strange spiritual visitors. The top floor of this building is purportedly the most haunted, with reports of a creepy but harmless old man dwelling in rooms, and sounds of small children running down the corridors. A guest once reported the mischievous children, who were giggling and banging doors on the floor above, only to be told by hotel staff that there were no children staying in the building. The current hotel manager has allegedly met the children, reassuring them that they are welcome to play as long as they stick to the upper floors.