1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. The East End

London: Grim Reaper Walking Tour

Product ID: 5045
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Take a ghostly tour of London’s East End and walk through streets that were patrolled by grim reapers, vile villains, and terrible tyrants. Travel back to the 15th-Century, and retrace the steps of notorious murders, including victims of Jack the Ripper.
About this activity
Duration: 2 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Travel back in time to the dark days of the 15th century
  • Walk in the footsteps of murderers, including the most brutal of them all... Jack the Ripper!
  • Hear tales of terrible executions and see former execution sites
  • Visit London’s most haunted building – The Tower of London
Full description
This 2-hour walking tour of London’s shadowy streets takes you back in time, starting with the 1400s, long before an official police force patrolled the dark alleys in the city’s infamous East End. London was a city where tyrants ruled, and the weak were swallowed by death’s gaping maw.

The walk through the city’s gloom takes you through the sites of gruesome executions and crushing poverty, of overcrowding, disease, and depraved criminality. Retrace the bloody trail of the notorious Jack the Ripper's murders, get a taste for a new breed of soul harvester born of the Victorian age, and see the plague pits, the Bloody Tower, and Traitor’s Gate.

You will go to several notoriously haunted areas of the East End and discover how traitors and criminals were punished, why the Ripper was never caught, and what life was really like for people living in the East End. In a city so full of light and beauty, this walk will show you the darkness waiting around every corner.
Includes
  • Local guide
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Your tour starts by the sundial outside Tower Hill Station, located at St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4DJ. Look for the local tour operator's team, with the red t-shirts and red umbrellas.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Children up to 13 years old are welcome on this tour for free
• This tour is wheelchair accessible
• While the tour usually includes the sites and stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 146 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.7 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.7 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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Ladies, if you have a fantasy about meeting a cute british man and him taking you on a tour of the city, this is the event for you with Dave as your tour guide. He was perfect- informed, funny, nice, and very respectful to the stories he is telling. It’s obvious that he loves his job and I would take the tour again just to see him (and hear him talk!) He was, as he says, “jolly good!”

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March 9, 2020

The guide was wonderful, really knowledgable and the rating does not reflect him at all. If it was purely on his skills it would be a 10 out of 5. He was lovely. However the one star loss is based on the tour site itself, which said the tour was wheelchair accessible and in fact it was not. The guide helped us find the most accessible routes but it meant a lot of rerouting and waiting to find drop curbs, with my partner in his chair having to drive on the road in some cases as there was no alternative. The site needs to remove the wheelchair accessible tag as unless they change the route it is not accessible and to do so is to mislead. Even the meeting point was up the steps. Thank you again to our tour guide but please please please remove the tag saying wheelchair accessible until someone has altered the route permanently, including the meeting point.

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November 1, 2019

First time I’ve done a tour and will definitely do another. Dave was our guide, so knowledgeable, funny and engaging, made the experience memorable

January 4, 2020

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