Do you like a good scare? I certainly do and I can't get enough of scary films, books and TV shows. Recently life imitated fiction when we hopped aboard the famous London Ghost Bus Tour for an evening of scares and tall tales. Let me start by assuring you that we had a frightfully good time and I'm just glad that the menacing Mr Hinge managed to restrain himself from strangling me although he certainly seemed likely to at one point.
But I'm getting ahead of myself, am I not?
The London Ghost Bus Tour departs every evening at 19:30 & 21:00 from Northumberland Ave, just off Trafalgar Square. Booking ahead is essential and on the evening we were there, they had to turn people away and tell them to come on the later tour.
Our host for the evening was the dapper Ben Hale and he regaled us with stories ranging from the terrifying yet fascinating to the gruesome and downright fantastic. For instance, did you know that they exhumed the body of Oliver Cromwell two years after his death, hanged him, beheaded him and displayed his head on a spike above Westminster Hall? London's history is nothing if not grisly and I love it.
We were also treated to several ghost stories, of course, and these are my favourites. The thing about ghost stories is we love to not believe them but when your attention is being held by a fantastic narrator weaving his tale about unexplained phenomena and shared experiences, it is hard not to believe just a tiny bit.
Most chilling for me was the story of Sarah Whitehead, the Black Nun. Sarah haunts the Bank of England but as a child we did not know that and she was the ghost that my friends used to keep each other in check. I was terrified of the roar of flushing toilets for years after being told a particularly nasty story about Sarah Whitehead coming up through the pan.
The London Ghost Bus Tour is a lot of fun and is made all the more enjoyable by audience participation. We were joined on our tour by the seriously unhinged Mr Hinge and he was absolutely fantastic, despite the rather murderous glare he shot me when I tried, repeatedly, to get a decent photo of him.
Would I recommend the Ghost Bus Tour? Of course I would, so much so that I'd definitely like to go again one day. In the meantime, I have excellent news for you, dear readers - I have a pair of tickets to give away for the Ghost Bus Tour! The giveaway will run for the next three weeks and you have loads of easy ways to enter.
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The Ghost Bus Tour – London
Departs daily at 19:30 and 21:00
Northumberland Avenue, just off Trafalgar Square
Fares : Adults £21 | Child, Concession & Students £15 Child | Family £57 (2 adults 2 child)