For a genuine fright, visit London's scariest places
Be afraid, be very afraid. As Halloween sidles up on the capital, we seek out the genuinely frightening places in this ancient and occasionally creepy city. From poltergeists in pubs to haunted hospitals, Time Out picks out London spookiest spots.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children
With its grimy windows and decades of evident neglect, there are few buildings in the capital as instantly bone-chilling as the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children on Hackney Road. It was opened in 1866 after a cholera outbreak and was originally known as the North-Eastern Hospital and Dispensary. Its services were relocated to the Royal London in Whitechapel in 1998 and the building has since fallen into disrepair, serving only to spook the children - and adults - visiting Hackney City Farm across the road.
Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children. Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 8PS