We’ve already given you our take on London’s finest crematoriums. As an extra, we’ve compiled another list for you of other sites well worth a visit in London (including two of the cemeteries) when you’ve got some time, or as we like to call them; Deathstinations!!
CEMETERIES – if you haven’t got time to go through all of our top list of London cemeteries, then why not try these two. These two are our favourites, so if you see any, see these!
Highgate Cemetery – Most famous as the final resting place of Karl Marx, George Eliot and other notable mortals, Highgate Cemetery is set in 20 wonderfully wild and atmospheric hectares, with dramatic and over-decorated Victorian family crypts. It is divided into two parts on either side of Swain’s Lane. On the eastern side you can visit the grave of Karl Marx. The real draw, however, is the overgrown western section of this Victorian Valhalla. To see this, you will have to book a tour.
Swain’s Lane, London N6 6PJ. Tours are held Monday – Friday at 13:45. On weekends, tours run every half hour from 11:00-16:00. Adults £12. www.highgatecemetery.org
Brompton Cemetery – Consecrated by the Bishop of London in June 1840, it is one of the Britain’s oldest and most distinguished garden cemeteries. Some 35,000 monuments, from simple headstones to substantial mausolea, mark the resting place of more than 205,000 burials. The site includes large plots for family mausolea, and common graves where coffins are piled deep into the earth, as well as a small columbarium.
Fulham Road, London SW10 9UG. Open daily 08:00. Free. www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/brompton-cemetery
MUSEUMS/HISTORIC SITES – for those who want a little more educating rather than just pure fun. We’ve given you 3 different ones to go to see, ranging from free to fairly expensive. If you have the budget, the Tower of London is well worth a visit and is one of London’s most famous landmarks.
The Hunterian Collection, Royal College of Surgeons — The anatomical collection, founded by the pioneer of scientific surgery John Hunter, has occupied part of the Royal College of Surgeons, London, from the early 19th century. At the centre of the £3.2m refurbishment, the ‘Crystal Gallery’, a 6m high atrium of all- glass cases with 3,000 specimens and objects, is fibreoptic lit throughout, driven by over 100 light projectors. Further display areas trace the history of surgery from the 17th century to today, comprising a total of 50 or so object-rich showcases.
Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00-17:00. Free. http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums/hunterian/information
The Tower of London — Her Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress, more commonly known as the Tower of London, is a historic castle on the north bank of the River Thames in central London. The ghost of Anne Boleyn, beheaded in 1536 for treason against Henry VIII, allegedly haunts the chapel of St Peter ad Vincula, where she is buried, and has been said to walk around the White Tower carrying her head under her arm. Other ghosts include Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, and the Princes in the Tower. In January 1816, a sentry on guard outside the Jewel House claimed to have witnessed an apparition of a bear advancing towards him, and reportedly died of fright a few days later. In October 1817, a tubular, glowing apparition was claimed to have been seen in the Jewel House by the Keeper of the Crown Jewels, Edmund Lenthal Swifte. He said that the apparition hovered over the shoulder of his wife, leading her to exclaim: “Oh, Christ! It has seized me!” Other nameless and formless terrors have been reported, more recently, by night staff at the Tower.
London EC3N 4AB. Open Tuesday – Saturday, 09:00–17:30, and Sunday–Monday, 10:00–17:30. Adults £22. http://www.hrp.org.uk/TowerOfLondon/
The Clink Prison Museum — The museum is built upon the original site of The Clink Prison, which dating back to 1144 was one of England’s oldest and most notorious prisons. Spanning for over 600 years, it witnessed a remarkable amount of social and political change in England, and thus housed a multitude of sinners throughout its existence, including debtors, heretics, drunkards, harlots, and later religious adversaries.
1 Clink Street, London, SE1 9DG. Open Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 18:00, and Weekends, 10:00 – 19:30. Adults £7.50. http://www.clink.co.uk
TOURS – these can be great fun so go alone and join others, or take some friends along with you for some support if you get scared easily!!
Jack-the-Ripper Walking Tour – The gruesome tale of Jack-the-Ripper remains the greatest mystery in the history of crime. This Jack-the-Ripper tour is the only tour to use RIPPER-VISIONTM the latest hand held projectors with the latest graphic pictures some of which have never been seen before. All guides are dedicated “ripperologists” and enthusiasts; and each one is a member of the Cloak and Dagger Club, a theatrical performance team who bring old crime history to life.
Aldgate East Station, Exit 3. Tours commence daily at 19:30. Adults £9. www.thejacktherippertour.com
The Ghost Bus Tour— The London Ghost Bus Tour is a theatrical sightseeing tour, showing you the darker side of London while providing a piece of comedy horror theatre onboard a classic 1960s Routemaster bus. A guided London bus tour combined with a spooky and funny experience you’ll never forget. From the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey over to St. Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London, see the city’s sites of murder, torture and execution, and learn about the ghosts of London and the grisly skeletons in the capital’s cupboards.
Northumberland Avenue, off Trafalgar Square. Tours commence daily, 19:30 & 21:00. Adults £20. www.theghostbustours.com/london.html
The Original London Ghost Walk – An historically factual, yet spine chilling London ghost walk that takes you through one of the City’s most ancient and haunted quarters. The walk features the old churchyard where the fearsome spectre of the “She-Wolfe” of France performs a perpetual penance for her long ago act of infamy. It visits the street where London’s most famous ghost put in an appearance in the mid-18th century. It takes in the tumbledown churchyard where a lone monk keeps a sombre vigil amongst tumbledown tombstones.
Bank Underground Station, Exit: Royal Exchange. Tours commence Friday nights at 19:00. Adults £9. www.london-ghost-walk.co.uk
List compiled and Google map created by Dominic Chase