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London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

1. London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Shoreditch, London's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Brick Lane, Old Spitalfields market, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of London. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

2. London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

Hit the streets of East End London on a Jack the Ripper mystery walking tour. Head back to 1888 with your expert Ripperologist guide as you try to solve the still-unsolved murders on this immersive experience. Assess photographic evidence and hear true stories about the investigation to suss out the suspects. 'Investigate’ the alleged perpetrators and hear about the theories as to who committed some of the most shocking crimes in Britain's history. Learn more about the victims and everyday life in Whitechapel which was an impoverished neighborhood at the time. Your guide will even share gems about Victorian London, including the cultural context for enduring figures such as Sherlock Holmes.  Was Jack the Ripper ever close to being caught? Why did he choose Whitechapel? Where was any evidence discovered? Find all this out and more with your Ripperologist guide. Stops include:  • Brick Lane  • Christ Church  • Spitalfields Market • Mitre Square • Petticoat Lane • Ten Bells Pub

London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

3. London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

Join the ultimate cultural journey in London’s East End as you take a guided tour of the famous Sunday Markets. Try food samples from international cuisine vendors and get a chance to learn Cockney Rhyming slang. Experience not simply a ‘food tour’ but a journey around the world and understanding and celebration of how the most multicultural area of the most cosmopolitan city came to be. Taste Indian samosas, local oysters with a glass of Bubbly, Ghanian chocolate, and Jewish “Beigels or Bagels” (depends on which side of the world you are in).  No visit to the East End would be complete without some Cockney banter, so you’ll learn a bit o’ rhyming slang when it’s time to rest your ‘plates of meat’.

Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

4. Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide by Old Spitalfields Market, just outside the City of London (London’s historic financial district). Learn the history of the East End as you walk down streets covered in street art. Your guide is one of the most knowledgeable about London’s street artists, and will give you a unique insight into the urban art and graffiti culture of the area. Wander over from Spitalfields to Brick Lane and the trendy Shoreditch area. Discover street art from around 40 artists, including ROA, Stik, Borondo, Cranio, and many more. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis. This guarantees that a tour will always feel fresh.

Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

5. Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

When you book this tour, the supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Your outing will start at Spitalfields Market, one of the area’s oldest markets over 350-years-old. Here, you will wander around the eclectic mix of retail and restaurant stalls to explore over two stories of this gorgeous stone edifice, which is like a hipster version of Covent Garden. Your local will meet you at the market, where you will stop for a coffee at a cafe that many locals swear serves the best coffee in town. Here, your local will have some time to get to know you and what you are eager to experience. They will fit their insider knowledge of the area to your individual needs. The tour is unscripted so even though you will book an initial timeline, the day might evolve in different directions to ensure that you experience Shoreditch your way.  Wander off to Brick Lane, which is the most visited narrow lane in East London. Londoner’s argue it has some of the world’s best Indian food, outside of India, but there are quirky cafes, record shops, vintage shops, market stalls and more. There is much to discover here, on a street that is as rich in history as it is in cuisine. Along the way you’ll make tangents exploring warehouse conversions of vintage shops and outposts of trendy clothing designers. If you are up for lunch, you could stop at a buzzy restaurant serving a range of wonderfully tasty Indian street food dishes.  After this, you can explore the two-level bespoke shipping containers where artists and creative designers exhibit and sell their work. There are also restaurants and bars with several terraces to eat, drink and look out over the urban sights. Finally, head to Old Street via Hoxton, known for its vibrant nightlife. Your local will lead you past some of the trendiest bars and rooftop gardens. Wander down side streets to view some great street art and uncover hidden gems such as a motorcycle cafe within the fabric of the community. After a thorough exploration of Old Street, your local will leave you with tips on where to head next, and places to see during the rest of your trip.

London: Street Art Tour with Banksy Exhibition and Lunch

6. London: Street Art Tour with Banksy Exhibition and Lunch

Enter the playground known as the “Graffiti Tunnel” in Waterloo before visiting the “Unauthorized Private Collection” of Banksy on this guided tour of London’s most memorable street art spots. Stop at Old Spitalfields Market for a street art-themed lunch. Dive into an immersive tour through different spectrums of the street art industry in London, perfect for art lovers. Experience firsthand the everchanging street art landscape influenced by culture and society. Spot work by artists such as ZABOU, ROA, HNRX, Wozerski, ANTE Ltd, DREPH, Mr Cenz, Jimmy C, Daniel Blackwood, Ed Hicks, Martin Ron, Otto Schade, STIK, and Butterfly Man. Keep an eye out for even more art by Gums and Tongue, Otto Schade, Tom Gerrard, Jim Vision, Ryan Roadkill, David Speed, FAN, Nathan Bowen, Sr. X, Nelius, and many more. Remain immersed in the art theme at lunch with street art food carefully selected from the famous Spitalfields Market. From there, head to Leake Street Tunnel, also known as the “Graffiti Tunnel,” and Covent Garden, to enter the “Unauthorized Private Collection” of Banksy. See Banksy’s sculptures, prints, screen prints, canvasses, and limited-edition pieces loaned from private collections. Witness one of the most explosive, provocative, and influential artists in the world.

London: Historic Spitalfields Walk

7. London: Historic Spitalfields Walk

You will begin your guided walking tour in front of Liverpool Street Station right at the edge of Spitalfields. Your expert Blue Badge Tour Guide will take you on a circular route through this incredible area that bathes in 'old time feel' - with the City of London skyscrapers towering over it. You will hear fascinating stories of immigration and learn why it was that Protestants, Jews, Catholics and Muslims ended up here and how they left their mark. The route takes you past the old Huguenot houses that once housed attic workshops for silk weaving, churches, synagogues and mosques as well as an old Jewish soup kitchen that was in use until the 1990s. Of course, London's East End is also famous for its street art of which there will be plenty to see. Your tour will conveniently end just around the corner from Old Spitalfields Market where you can indulge in a variety of lunch offers.

London Street Art and The East End Guided Walking Tour

8. London Street Art and The East End Guided Walking Tour

Notorious as the hunting ground of 19th century serial killer Jack the Ripper, it’s now home to London’s best street art including Shepard Fairey and Banksy. The East End is alive with contradictions and colorful characters, and you’ll be introduced to some favorite spots along the way, including the shops and flavors of Spitalfields Market. Explore the streets and neighborhoods that will leave you wanting to stick around and mingle at the coffee shops with the hipsters all afternoon. Highlights Generally Include: Spitalfields Market, Whitechapel, Brick Lane, Shoreditch,Banksy, Shepard Fairey

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What people are saying about Old Spitalfields Market

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,337 reviews

Fantastic tour! We went at 7pm on a Saturday evening, which was a great transition from daylight to nightfall as we moved around the sites. Our guide Jack was knowledgeable, engaging, and managed a good combination of walking and story telling. After the tour, we continued the night at The Ten Bells pub, where some of Ripper’s victims used to drink. Highly recommend the experience, and hope you enjoy as much as we did!

Our tour guide was Jack, he was very friendly and informative. I've wanted to do this tour for years. I'm glad I finally got to. Considering its a 2 hour tour the price is very well worth it. I'd recommend.

Our tour guide Jack was brilliant, knowledgeable, funny, enthusiastic and very entertaining. We had the best time learning all the grizzly details about The infamous Jack the Ripper on this walking tour

We had an excellent time with our German leader giving us a detailed tour of Jack The Ripper

Great delivery of the story by the guide. 2 hours passed very quickly!