London Ghost Tours | Dark Side of the Old City

Take a walk on one of our London ghost tours, through the sinister past of the Dark Side of London, all the more unsettling because it is true!  Join Free Tours By Foot on a walk through London’s most fascinating dark heritage as we explore the most disturbing and haunting tales of the Old City.

Wander through the ancient “Smooth field,” site of countless grisly executions, and connect with Sherlock Holmes at a medieval hospital. Winding through dark lanes, as you approach London Bridge you’ll hear the grim origins of many medieval nursery rhymes, and enter the City to visit a skull-festooned church that holds the remains of the woman who brought the Black Plague to England. A walk down “disgraceful Cheapside’ will lead you to a tale of cannibalism and canine haunting before you continue on to the Old Bailey Courthouse, the site of countless executions and the trial of a Victorian serial killer 100 times more prolific than Jack the Ripper! A visit to Cock Lane will uncover the adulterous scandal behind a series of murders, hauntings and seances in Georgian London, and we will finish our tour at the largest ‘Plague Pit’ in England – only discovered in 2003.

This tour, guided by a professional storyteller and scholar of dark heritage, is a must for anyone who wants to get off the beaten track and learn about the macabre tales that this ancient city has to offer. You’ll never look at London the same way!

Sites and Topics we cover on the Dark Side of London Tour:

  • The Screaming Spectre of Farringdon Station
  • Bart’s Pathology Museum
  • The Old Victorian Operating Theatre
  • St. Bartholomew the Great – The most haunted church in the world
  • Smithfield Meat Market and Bloody Mary
  • William Wallace and Guy Fawkes – Hung, Drawn and Quartered
  • The Old Bailey Courthouse and public executions
  • Sherlock Holmes
  • The Grim History of Surgery – “The Butchering Art”
  • Body Snatchers and Resurrection Men
  • Charterhouse Square and Plague Doctors
  • Amelia Dyer – the Angel Maker
Tour information

Reservations: Click here to reserve.

Where: The tour departs from outside FARRINGDON STATION. Meet your guide outside of Farringdon Underground station. There are two exits to this station, located directly across a pedestrianised street from one another. Your guide will be between them, in front of the Castle Pub, located at 34-35 Cowcross Street.

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

When:  View our Calendar

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it’s done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for anyone’s budget.  For more tips on saving money when visiting London, check out our blog posts for London on a budget.