13 of the world’s most haunted pubs and bars

The Grenadier, Belgrave Square, London

Grenadier pub

This red, white and blue-fronted pub in Wilton Mews, far from the madding crowd in London’s upmarket Belgravia district, is reported to be one of the most haunted pubs in Britain. Decorated with military paraphernalia, the inn was once frequented by the Duke of Wellington’s Grenadier Guards (hence the name), as the upper floors of the building were used as the Officers’ Mess of a nearby army barracks.

It is said to be haunted by the ghost of a soldier who was beaten to death and thrown down a stairwell after he was found to be cheating at a game of cards. The incident happened in September, which is when the pub experiences its highest levels of supernatural activity each year. A solemn spectre has been seen moving slowly across the pub’s low-ceilinged rooms and footsteps have been heard pacing empty rooms, while there have been reports of objects disappearing or mysteriously moving. Chairs and tables have also been known to rattle, wisps of smoke appear where there is no cigarette, and an icy chill can hang in the air for days on end, with someone even reporting to have heard a moaning sound coming from the depths of the cellar where the beating took place.

While the BBC was filming a programme on Britain’s most haunted pubs in 1982, the crew were tasked with taking a series of atmospheric stills shots of the pub. When they had the photos developed, the head of a mustachioed young man was found peering into the pub through one of the window panes, which lie 12 feet from the ground.

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