The most haunted hotel in London is said to be the Langham Hilton Hotel. The paranormal activity and ghostly goings on became apparent whilst owned by the BBC. Reportedly there are at least five ghosts that make regular appearances.
The Langham Hotel on Regent Street is the original grand hotel. The gray granite Victorian masterpiece sitting on Portland Place at the head of Regent St. has a history as rich as its decor. The Hotel was built between 1863 and 1865 at a cost of £300,000. It was then the largest and most modern hotel in London, and the first to have hydraulic lifts in England. The opening ceremony was performed by the Prince of Wales.
It was visited by the likes of Napoleon III, Oscar Wilde, Antonin Dvorak, and Arturo Toscanini. Arthur Conan Doyle set Sherlock Holmes stories such as A Scandal in Bohemia and The Sign of Four partly at the Langham. Later celebrity guests included Noel Coward, Wallis Simpson, Don Bradman and Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia.
During World War II the hotel was used in part by the Army and then damaged by bombs and forced to close. After the war, it was occupied by the BBC as ancillary accommodation to Broadcasting House, and the corporation purchased it outright in 1965.
The building was reopened the as the Langham Hilton in 1991 after a £100 million refurbishment. The new owners extended the hotel and carried out other refurbishments between 1998 and 2000. The Langham Hilton today is a five star Hotel with nearly five hundred rooms and suites with state of the art facilities.
The paranormal activity and ghostly goings on at Langham Hotel became apparent whilst owned by the BBC. Reportedly there are at least five ghosts that make regular appearances at the hotel. The most active is the ghost of a German prince or nobleman who threw himself out the window of an upper floor room. Guests returning to their rooms in the early hours have reported seeing his apparition walk through closed doors, his appearance is often accompanied by a drop in temperature
Room 333 is supposed to be the most haunted room in the hotel. In this room a BBC newscaster woke up to see a florescent ball of light which slowly took a human shape. The apparition hovered two feet above the floor the lower portion of it's legs missing, it was dressed in extravagant Victorian evening wear. The announcer tried to communicate with the ghost asking what it wanted, the spirit slowly started to move towards the newscaster arms outstretched eyes empty.
The announcer fled in distress to the safety of his co-workers and told them of his encounter, a colleague accompanied him back to his room. The ghost was still there when they entered, but appeared less visible and less threatening before slowly fading away. Other BBC staff reported seeing the apparition in the same room, though only in October.
In May 2003, a woman staying in the room suddenly checked out of the hotel without giving any reason for her premature departure. A few days later she sent a letter explaining that her slumbers had been interrupted by the activities of the ghost that kept her awake by repeatedly shaking the bed during the night.
On the ground floor staff and visitors have seen the ghosts of bewigged footmen in the halls and winding corridors. Sightings of these footmen are usually just brief glimpses, one visitor however phoned reception asking why her bags had not arrived at her room, she said that she had left her bags with an oddly dressed porter, after describing the porter and his clothing she was notified that the baggage handlers had not worn the uniform she had described for 80 years. The womans luggage was found wear she had left it near the lobby.
Another of the active spirits is said to be a silver haired Victorian man with blank staring eyes. He is thought to be the ghost of a doctor who reportedly committed suicide after murdering his new wife on their honeymoon.
The upper floors of the building are apparently haunted by a butler, dressed smartly, carrying a tray. It has been speculated that he is not a butler, but an early radio presenter wearing a dinner jacket.
The ghost of a young German soldier has been seen in the hallways it is said that he committed suicide at the hotel just before the start of World War II, and now forever roams the corridors.
The most fabulous ghost at the Langham Hotel is that of Napoleon III whose spirits often seen in the hotels basement. Emperor Louis Napoleon III spent much of his last enforced exile from France at the Langham. Missing equipment and strange noises that emanate from the basement are attributed to his ghost.