Morbid London

In the summer, I wrote a list of the best free things to do in London, and with Halloween coming up, I thought I'd write a similar guide, this time on the creepiest, spookiest, most morbid things to do in London. My specialist subject and not a cheesy tourist hotspot in sight! 

Creepy, spooky, morbid, death-related things to do in London

CEMETERIES AND GRAVEYARDS
Highgate Cemetery Lebanon Circle
London has such an incredibly rich history so it's unsurprising that even the dead have fascinating stories of their own. In fact, there are several books all about London's cemeteries sitting patiently in my Amazon wishlist! Without a doubt, my favourite is Highgate Cemetery- a stunningly beautiful Victorian cemetery with a captivating history and great guided tours. Other than Highgate, I am eager to visit Bunhill Fields, Kensal Green, which are highly recommended, and Wandsworth as I have ancestors buried there.

More information // Highgate Cemetery, Bunhill Fields Cemetery, Kensal Green Cemetery,
From the blog // Highgate Cemetery

PATHOLOGY & ANATOMY MUSEUMS
Syphilis skulls at Hunterian Museum
Everyone knows about your standard Natural History and V&A museums, but did you know about the Hunterian Museum, which displays syphilic skulls, picked babies and a 7ft 7 skeleton? Photography isn't permitted so I didn't write a post, although I couldn't resist sneaking the above photo! The Horniman Museum is one I've yet to visit but is top of my list as I'm eager to see the overstuffed walrus, as well as the jar of moles at the Grant Museum of Zoology. Another favourite of mine is Bart's Pathology Museum, which isn't open to the public apart from certain events which brings me to the next point.

More information // Hunterian Museum, Horniman Museum, Grant Museum of Zoology, Bart's Pathology Museum

TALKS & WORKSHOPS
Amanda's Autopsies Taxidermy Classes
Photo c/o Amanda's Autopsies- There's me in the spotted skirt!

I've visited Bart's Pathology Museum a lot on the strength of its talks and workshops. Every couple of months they hold taxidermy classes as well as frequent seminars on subjects such as death and disease. I attended a fascinating talk by Channel 5's favourite criminologist David Wilson all about British serial killing. If this is your sort of thing, I strongly recommend signing up to the mailing list to get regular updates on scheduled events and classes.

More information // Bart's Pathology Museum
From the blog // My Taxidermy
EXHIBITIONS
Victoria & Albert Museum Entrance
Ok, so this one might be a little more touristy but it still falls under the morbid category. With a bit of digging around, you can discover some amazingly gruesome exhibitions in London's larger galleries and museums. I'm looking forward to visiting the Crime Museum Uncovered exhibition at the Museum of London, which displays objects from historical crimes such as the Acid Bath Murders and the reign of the Kray Twins. 

More information // The Crime Museum Uncovered

Obviously there are far, far more things to do but these are (mostly) based on my own experiences so I know they're fantastic. I'm always looking for more creepy, quirky things to do and see in London so add your suggestions in the comments!

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5 comments:

  1. If you like Highgate cemetery, then I'd highly recommend Nunhead Cemetery in Southwark. It's a gorgeous little cemetery, with loads of really interesting graves (Victorian/Edwardian) with loads of great symbolism - think inverted flaming torches, broken classical columns and more symbolic flowers than you can shake a stick at! Plus, there's a beautiful ruined chapel in the middle too!

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  2. OMG!! I love LONDON, well i wish to go there :3 the ideas looks incredible spooky and cool

    xo

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  3. Interesting! It's always nice to find out about some not-so-touristy attractions in London! The Hunterian Museum and Crime Museum Uncovered sound fascinating, I'll have to check them out :) Beth xxx

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  4. Love this! I'm really into creepy things and something a little different, I find it fascinating. For the current uni project I've been working on I've been researching witch trials, Salem and old mental hospitals, though a little morbid I find it so interesting. Anything to do with serial killers is also a massive interest. Thanks for writing this, I'll definitely be checking a few of these out whenever I take a visit to London. x

    Megan | http://www.meganjean.co.uk

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  5. I love this post so much, I will definitely add these to my list of places to visit in London. I just need to find someone as morbid as me who I can bring along!

    Christie x
    http://christieslifestyle.blogspot.co.uk/

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