On Thursday 10th September, Rosie and I headed into London for a tour of the city, however this wasn’t your typical walking tour of London… This was a tour with a twist! Arriving at Northumberland Avenue, the dark skies began to creep in on the daylight creating a foreboding atmosphere, the perfect setting for a ghost bus tour. That’s right, we were about to take part on an eerie tour of London, visiting some of the cities most haunted areas, and unveiling some of its deepest and darkest secrets!
The unusual black ghost bus was easy to spot, standing out like a sore thumb compared to the typical red double decker buses of London. As we waited to board the bus we quickly realised this wasn’t going to be a standard capital city tour, noting the name of the bus Trafalgar Scare, Notting Hell, and the skulls lining the windows.
Being the massive scaredy-cat that I am, it’s fair to say I was pretty apprehensive about what lay in store. As we stepped on board we were greeted by our creepy conductor and ushered upstairs to take our seats. The décor of the bus had an aged feel to it, and after finding out that it was once used as a carcass coach back in the 19th century to transport the deceased to their final resting place, I was left feeling slightly on edge.
The tour began by taking us around central London, passing some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including Trafalgar Square and 10 Downing Street. We learnt all about those that fought in the historic battle of Trafalgar in 1805, as well as the ghosts that now haunt Downing Street!
As the skies darkened we delved deeper into some of London’s darker history, visiting the Tower of London where the headless ghost of Anne Boleyn is said to have been spotted roaming the halls. We also stopped at some of London’s burial grounds, as well as sites of murder, torture, treason and supernatural activity. (Pretty scary stuff, right?)
As we discovered more and more about the chilling history of London, you could notice the uneasiness growing amongst the passengers, at which point some unusual activity started to occur on the bus. This is when the twist was revealed, and we found out that we were actually on a slightly more interactive tour than we had first anticipated. It turns out the tour guides are also actors, telling you the stories of London while creating a story of their own – which you are part of!
Whilst the actors provide hilarity, they also create fear amongst the passengers, to the point where you are left biting your nails as you are plunged into darkness, or making you jump by using loud sound effects.
I could let you in on all the secrets, but what fun would that be if there was no element of surprise? So… I’m not going to!
If you want to experience the same adrenaline rush and fear that I did, whilst also having a good laugh then I would highly recommend you book yourself a space on one of their tours and discovers the surprises for yourself.