Many rich and influential historical figures frequented the hotel and even died there.
Trout tickling has been practiced for many centuries.
It is mentioned in Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, where it is used as a metaphor for bamboozlement by Olivia's servant Maria, who is about to play a vengeful prank on the pompous steward, Malvolio: Poachers using the method required no nets, rods or lines or any other incriminating equipment if apprehended by the police or gamekeepers.
However some people have passed on whilst staying in hotel rooms, leaving a spiritual imprint of themselves within the building and, more often than not, the room they died in itself.
One thing seems to be common among the ghosts that haunt London hotels; they all seem to prefer to haunt the classier joints! Where: The third floor and more specifically Room 333 at the 5* Langham Hotel, Portland Place, W1B Who: There have been several reported ghost sightings at the Langham which include a German Price who jumped to his death out of a Fourth Floor Window prior to the First World War, the ghost of Emperor Napoleon III and the ghost of a butler who is often seen wandering the corridors of the third floor.
Terry Pratchett's 2003 young adult novel The Wee Free Men opens with young Tiffany Aching amusing herself by tickling trout.
An interview conducted by CSV/BBC NI's Brian Morgan, Story of the Virgin Soldier, for the BBC Peoples War project, reports how one soldier, Robert Mc Ilroy, impressed his senior commanders by 'tickling trout' out of the river in order for fellow soldiers to eat In the book "The White Mountains" by John Christopher, one of the party members (Henry) attempts to tickle trout unsuccessfully in an attempt to forage food for the group. 4, E.15), Olivia, Jim Bob, and Elizabeth set out to visit a friend but become lost on Walton's Mountain, and while lost Jim Bob catches fish using this method which he had learned from Grandpa.London as a city dates back across the centuries and many buildings that are now hotels were residential housing long before they were open for public use.Some spirits linger in hotels as they are built on the site of their former homes.Where: Georgian House Hotel, a 4* hotel on St George’s Drive, SW1V.Usually the hauntings take place on the top floors of the hotel, but ghostly goings on have been reported in many areas of the building.The poacher sees the edge of a fin or the moving tail, or maybe he sees neither; instinct, however, tells him a fish ought to be there, so he takes the water very slowly and carefully and stands up near the spot.