5 Urban Legends About London
When it comes to urban legends in London, it is said that the truth should never get in the way of a good story, and this is undoubtedly true in this situation.
Some of these legends have been around for centuries, and you may hear some of them on private tours London, while others are more recent additions to the collection.
Some of them may even be correct. We’ve compiled a list of the top five urban legends that are unusual, disturbing, and even plain insane to determine whether they are true.
The lions of Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar Square is one of the busiest areas in all of central London. It is also one of the most photographed. In addition to Nelson’s Column, which commemorates the famous British admiral who is said to have been shot during the Battle of Trafalgar (which marked the victory of British troops over Napoleon and the alliance between England and Spain), the town is also home to a barrel of brandy, which was used to keep the crew from becoming discouraged.
A 46-metre-high monolith supports the statue, which is considered one of the city’s most famous structures. Although Nelson’s Column is the main attraction in Trafalgar Square, the four lions that protect it are the actual draw.
Everyone, including locals and visitors, wants their picture taken with them. According to legend, if Big Ben were to ring all thirteen bells at the same time, the lions would come up and circle the statue. It is believed that the figurines were made from the fragments of French guns that were taken during the conflict.
Highgate Cemetery and the vampire
Don’t you think it sounds like something made up by those flashy Victorians known for their wild imaginations? No, this myth initially surfaced in 1969 and immediately drew the attention of the media and the general public.
It all began with the discovery of an unsettling grey figure on the grounds of the cemetery, which could only be described as a vampire because of its appearance. According to witnesses, in an attempt to kill the beast, residents were observed going around armed with crucifixes and wooden stakes.
The commotion was only brought to a halt when police apprehended a man for desecrating a grave. Because there is no evidence that the vampire has been discovered, it is speculated that he may still be alive.
The Killing Pond of Epping Forest
It is considered to be one of London’s most sinister urban legends. The plot revolves around a pond that is rumoured to be capable of murder. The girl’s father, who was not supportive of the relationship, murdered a young couple in love many years ago in the darkness of this woodland. The couple was murdered near the pond. Since then, things have taken a quick downward spiral.
Multiple tales state that the sea turned inky black, the wildlife in the area died, and then bodies washed up on the shore. Locals began to speculate that the pond had somehow lured people into it, only for them to drown in the murky depths of its dark depths. The location of this pond is unknown to anyone, and it does not appear on any maps, which is a curious fact.
The ghost of the British Museum
A coffin containing the embalmed body of a priestess who lived in England for hundreds of years before the birth of Christ was unearthed thousands of years ago and has since been rediscovered. That it was unearthed by a group of affluent British men in a tomb in Luxor with the coffin was not discovered until 1890.
However, they had no idea that beneath the beauty of this discovery lurked a whole succession of misfortunes and misfortunes of their own since several deaths were related to it from that point on. That was true even after it was relocated to the British Museum.
The security guards claimed to have heard voices, lights going on, and objects moving while it was on exhibit in the Egyptian room. According to the story, the death of a guard was also tied to the curse of the coffin. After much deliberation, the Museum chose to auction the sculpture.
The legend of Piccadilly Circus
Piccadilly Circus, one of the most famous and busiest squares in the United Kingdom and Europe, is the setting for the final legend in this collection.
It is stated that there is so much traffic in the square that anyone who spends more than five minutes in the area will run into someone they know. Additionally, according to legend, the statue is claimed to depict the Angel of Christian Charity, also known as Eros.
On the other hand, his real name is Anteros, and he is the son of Ares and Aphrodite in Greek mythology, and he is the personification of requited love.