Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Ghost Bus Tours of London

When a city is as old and as heavily populated as London, you might expect the odd ghost or two to be lurking in the shadows. In fact, it is reckoned that the capital has more ghosts per square mile than any other city in the world. What better way to see to visit their haunts than on an old London Routemaster bus that was originally tasked with carrying the dead?

The Ghost Bus Tour is a comedy theatrical sightseeing tour that will have you laughing and shaking in equal measures as it winds through the streets of London at night. It passes some of the most haunted spots in the city: The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey where John Broadshaw, who passed judgement on Charles I, wanders around. Also Father Benedictus, a monk who appears so solid that people have spoken with him and not known they have been conversing with a ghost! On to St Paul’s Cathedral and the most haunted of them all – The Tower of London. In the Bloody Tower you can hardly move there are that many famous ghosts: Anne Boleyn and Lady Jane Grey, both married to and the victim of that most caring of husbands, Henry VIII. The two princes, allegedly murdered by their uncle who became Richard III. Maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of other spectral figures from the past, like Sir Walter Raleigh or Guy Fawkes.

The Necropolis Bus Service began life in the 19th century as a carriage to carry coffins, pallbearers and up to 50 mourners to the graveyard. The conductor served a dual role as the chief mourner and the bus had a special siren called the mourning whistle which announced its approach to pedestrians who would be expected to take off their hat and bow their heads as a sign of respect.

This continued until 1967 when a fire destroyed the original depot. The only vehicle to ‘survive’ was this fine old bus. Restored to its original midnight black and fitted out in a railway style for your comfort, the professional actors on this terrifying tour will tell you stories to make your hair stand on end.

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