This East London cemetery has not had any new burials since 1966, as now it is a conservation park and an ideal spot for getting away from it all. If you’re a tad superstitious beware though – estimates place the number of people buried here at around 270,000, many in open graves as the families of the deceased couldn’t afford individual tombs. After bomb damage in World War II the park and cemetery were neglected, but today it is well looked after, and as a result there are 35 different species of bird living here. You’ll also find tall sycamore trees covered in ivy, garlic mustard, daffodils, bluebells and much more. Guided tours of the park are possible and there are regular wildlife-spotting events.
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park
Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park Picture Gallery
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All cemeteries are creepy, but there’s something especially sinister about one with open graves. The Tower Hamlets Cemetery in Bow opened in 1841, at a time when the East End was home to the worst slums in the capital. With many not being able to afford a plot to be buried in, around 80% of all burials were interred in public graves, usually on top of people they bore no relation to. Naturally ghost stories abound, and the graveyard’s dense foliage lends itself perfectly to tales of the unknown.