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London: Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with Ripper-Vision

1. London: Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with Ripper-Vision

Journey back to a time when the streets of London were shrouded in fog and dimly lit by gaslight on this walking tour. Step into Victorian London using Ripper-Vision a unique handheld projector that emblazons images of crime-scenes, mortuary photos, and suspects onto the streets of Whitechapel. Follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper using Ripper-Vision. Investigate his gruesome crimes. Benefit from the services of a guide dedicated to one of the most notorious - and mysterious - criminals in history. Try to discover who Jack the Ripper was using modern methods of criminal profiling. Marvel as your guide reveals the man the police should have been looking for during the biggest manhunt in British history.

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: Half-Day Street Art Tour and Workshop

3. London: Half-Day Street Art Tour and Workshop

For those who fancy themselves as the next Banksy or Shepherd Fairy, this inspiring walking and workshop tour of the East End of London is just the ticket. Held in a gritty, bohemian neighborhood of the city, with a long history of street artists, it will introduce you to some of the world's best street art. An expert guide will take you to see street art by Banksy, ROA, Shepherd Fairy, Jimmy C, Invader, Stik and many more. Then, after a refreshment break, head back to the workshop to try some street art for yourself. All are welcome, regardless of your artistic ability. Tutors will teach you all you need to know to create a masterpiece that you can take away with you. You can also take an image from your smart phone or USB stick to turn it into a stencil and make a personalized piece.

London: Jack the Ripper Museum Tickets

4. London: Jack the Ripper Museum Tickets

As you step through the front door of the Jack the Ripper Museum you’ll take a step back in time to the London murders of 1888 and be immersed in the dark world of Jack the Ripper and his victims. Explore Mitre Square, and see a realistic and terrifying waxwork recreation of P. C. Watkins discovering the body of Catherine Eddowes. Once you have seen the murder, meet the murderer by visiting Jack the Ripper's sitting room, complete with medical instruments, books, maps, letters, and a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful Victorian Ripper memorabilia. Pride of place goes to prime suspect Walter Sickert’s original drawing of the body of a woman on a metal bed, appropriately signed in red ink. Whitechapel Police Station was the epicenter of the Ripper investigation. In the museum's recreation of the Police Station, you’ll see all the evidence presented on the crime scene boards. Inspect the From Hell and Dear Boss letters, as well as original newspapers and police artifacts. See the whistle that P. C. Watkins blew to call for help when he found the body in Mitre Square, together with his notebook, handcuffs, and truncheon which are on display to the public for the first time. These are the most significant Ripper-related items outside Scotland Yard’s private Crime Museum. In the attic of the museum, you'll see a recreation of Mary Jane Kelly’s bedroom, the scene of the Ripper’s most horrific murder. Experience how his victims lived and hear the life stories of the women he murdered. This poignant and moving room displays domestic photographs of the women and their families, boots, bonnets, a metal-framed bed with a straw mattress, and the meager possessions of poor Victorian East End women. Finally, if you dare, enter the morgue, where you can study the actual autopsy photos and read the reports of the horrific mutilation and murder of the 9 women that fell victim to the Ripper's knife.

Gangster London Walking Tour with Actor Vas Blackwood

5. Gangster London Walking Tour with Actor Vas Blackwood

The East End of London has long been associated with violence, from its association with Jack the Ripper to The Krays. This 2 hour walking tour explores real life and film locations associated with London’s criminal underworld. On-screen hard man, actor Vas Blackwood, best known for his role as Rory Breaker in gangster film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” guides the tour around the infamous Kray twin’s stamping ground. The tour goes to the Blind Beggar pub, Repton Boys Club and other locations which played a pivotal role in the lives of the Krays and other gangsters, and which turned them from mere gangsters into celebrity icons. Through his role as an onscreen gangster, Vas has rubbed shoulders with some of London’s ex-gangsters and their associates, including Freddie Foreman, Dave Courtney, Barbara Windsor and gangster-turned-actor Lenny McLean. On this tour Vas retells first hand accounts of crimes from some of London’s most notorious criminals, and provides insight into what it’s really like to be a gangster. It is a thrilling ride!

London: London Dungeon and London Eye Combo Ticket

6. London: London Dungeon and London Eye Combo Ticket

Begin at the thrilling London Dungeon and immerse yourself in London’s perilous past. Meet the chillingly hilarious characters who will take you on a journey through the "bad old days" of the capital city. Descend into the dungeon and climb aboard Tyrant Boat Ride, where you will feel the full force of Henry VI’s wrath as you’ve never seen it before. Journey down the Thames and step inside Sweeney Todd's infamous barber shop on Fleet Street to meet your fate. Then, explore the foggy streets of Whitechapel but be careful, as Jack the Ripper might be right around the corner. After discovering the delights of the London Dungeons, climb aboard the iconic London Eye. Step into your capsule and rise up over the water of the Thames. Come face-to-face with the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben, soaring over 442 feet above the city. Enjoy the 360-degree view of London’s top sites, including Buckingham Palace, St Paul’s and the Tower of London, and even Windsor Castle on a clear day.

Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

7. 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.

Secret London Tour by Bike

8. Secret London Tour by Bike

This quirky London guided bike tour packs in a lot in a short time exploring the colorful back streets of the East End and the financial district, and is full of interesting anecdotes. See world famous sights such as the Tower of London, the site of the Great Fire of 1666 and iconic Tower Bridge. Hear bizarre tales of scandal, polar bears in the River Thames and relive the dark days of Jack the Ripper. There are some fabulous hidden gems to discover such as exotic Brick Lane and the cockney 'Bow Bells' along with a visit to an authentic East End pub. The Hidden London bicycle tour will also take in the City of London's most noted landmarks, including the Bank of England, the eye catching 'Gherkin' and the original Stock Exchange building.

London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

9. London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

Step aboard a vintage open-top bus, and journey through the haunted streets of London after dark. Along the way, hear stories about the legends buried at Westminster Abbey, and see the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded. A guide will explain how the public executioner would often raise a severed head to the crowd to show it still twitching for several seconds after the brutal blows. Continue to the Old Bailey, where numerous public hangings once took place. Pass the Royal London Hospital where the “Elephant Man” once lived. Be spooked by tales of Mrs. Lovett’s pie fillings, which she sold from her shop next to a butcherous barber. Then, walk through a deserted Smithfield Market, looking for the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured. Learn about the 19th-century body snatchers that dug up local cemeteries “in the interests of science.” Listen out for the scratching of the Cock Lane ghost, Fanny Lynes, and hear her story of sex, loan sharks, arsenic poisoning, and séances. As the shadows lengthen, drive into London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. Relive the days of Jack the Ripper, when he came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys to stalk and butcher 5 victims. Stroll the path of his death trail to the murder sites, deciphering the evidence of the still-unsolved crimes. End in the warmth of the Sherlock Holmes Pub, where a wide collection of Holmes memorabilia is on display. The pub also serves an extensive menu of food, including a traditional fish and chip supper, which you can order from the bar.

East London: Street Art Tour & Spray Painting Session

10. East London: Street Art Tour & Spray Painting Session

For those who fancy themselves as the next Banksy or Shepherd Fairy, this inspiring walking and workshop tour of the East End of London is just the ticket. Held in a gritty, bohemian neighborhood of the city, with a long history of street artists, it will introduce you to some of the world's best street art. An expert guide will take you to see street art by Banksy, ROA, Shepherd Fairy, Jimmy C, Invader, Stik and many more.  After the tour you have a short break and then a 45 minute spray painting workshop where you'll learn all the skills you need to build up your first piece of street art. Take your work home with you on a piece of card, or buy a canvas bag or t-shirt to paint on to. 

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4.6 / 5

based on 4,501 reviews

I had an excellent time doing this walking tour! I’m very glad I booked this with See your City. Ivan was our tour guide and he was very creative and fun and kept the whole group engage with his stories. Despite the horrific history in Whitechapel, he was very respectful towards all the places we’ve seen and uplifted the dignity of those victims, instead of romanticizing the gruesome murders in a form of creative but sensitive storytelling. Kudos to Ivan for also keeping us safe all throughout the tour!

We were given an amazing tour by our tour guide Jack, who managed to lighten up the gruesome stories with tokens of humour and an importance on the names of the victims. It couldn’t have been done better and included everything! We would highly recommend to anyone who is fascinated by True Crime. Though the tour is 2 hours of walking and standing, so this is worth noting if you are older or have trouble walking :)

Loved this experience - Nic was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject

Enjoyed the tour very informative and the guide pleasant guy 2 hur flown by..

nick was very knowledgeable , definitely recommended