Follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper... if you dare! (Don't worry... he's been dead for a long time now, so you should be safe.)
The story of the Whitechapel murders is one of London's most notorious unsolved crime cases. It is also one of the most bloodthirsty tales in London lore.
Imagine the scene... it's the early hours of the morning in 1888, and a man walks down a dark, foggy lane in the East End where he sees a shapeless bundle of rags lying on the ground, and goes over to investigate. What he finds lying there is a bloodied and mutilated corpse, and his gruesome discovery begins one of the most famous man-hunts in criminal history.
The tour will take you around many of the original locations associated with the case, including some of the murder scenes, and will tell you the stories behind the victims' lives.
But what about the suspects? Nobody knows for sure who did it, so the guide will go through all the most likely suspects and let you ponder on it. Can you work out the true identity Jack the Ripper?
Craig has been on this tour himself and lived to tell the tale (although he did have to go into therapy for six months afterwards). He thoroughly enjoyed it, and recommends giving it a try. Even if you're not into the history of it then you'll still get to see some interesting parts of the East End. But be warned: the guide's explanations are extremely graphic -- he even shows you a couple of photos of the actual corpses. He also goes into detail about the victim's 'jobs' (which you probably don't want your kid to hear). Have a read of Craig's review of the Jack the Ripper tour before you go, so you know what you're letting yourself in for. And feel free to ask him some questions.
If you like scary events, then you might like to read our page of Halloween events in London. The best event that Craig has been on is the Hampton Court Ghost Tour, but the most popular one with tourists is probably the Ghost Bus Tour.
> Craig’s review of this event – “I'm actually a bit scared sitting here, waiting for the Jack the Ripper Tour to start. I could die tonight. Apparently this guy knows all there is to know about the case, so I'm wondering if he was in on it. Think about it... they never caught Jack the Ripper did they. And here is some bloke who supposedly knows all about the murder places and the grisly ways they met… continued”
Ghost Bus Tour, around London’s dark past – Every day – The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through London's gruesome past, and into the dark heart of the capital.
Somerset House Historical Highlights – Every Thu and Sat – This tour has tales about Tudor intrigues and the extravagant entertainments laid on during Georgian times
Guided walk around Charles Dickens’ London – Every Fri – This guided walk will take you around some of the most memorable streets and locations that Charles Dickens used in his novels.
11 — London’s cheapest sightseeing bus – Every day – If you don't fancy spending money on an open-top sightseeing bus, then there's a cheaper alternative — the No 11 bus.
City Highlights: The Top 10 sights – Every Mon, Wed and Sun – A two-hour guided walk around the Square Mile, showing you some of the most famous historical sites and buildings in the City of London.
Mansion House: The Lord Mayor’s Residence – Every Tue – Look inside the Lord Mayor of London's official residence at Mansion House and see the interior courtyard and famous Egyptian Hall.
Guided tour of Wren’s best churches – Every Tue and Thu – This guided walk will look at the outside of St Pauls Cathedral and at a selection of Christopher Wren's finest City churches
Look for more guided tours in May
If you enjoy Jack The Ripper Tour then you might like to visit Clink Prison Museum (walk it in 14 mins or catch the tube from Tower Hill to London Bridge), Ghost Bus Tours (catch the train from Tower Hill to Embankment), London Dungeon (catch the train from Tower Hill to Waterloo) and Whitechapel (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Tower Hill to Aldgate East)
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