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London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

1. 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: Street Art and Graffiti Guided Walking Tour

2. London: Street Art and Graffiti Guided Walking Tour

Enjoy a 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, Shepard Fairey, Invader, 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.

London: Jack the Ripper Small Group Tour

3. London: Jack the Ripper Small Group Tour

Our knowledgeable guides are seasoned experts on the gruesome history of Jack the Ripper. They’ll lead you through the very streets where the infamous murders occurred, offering insights and intriguing theories that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Why choose our tour: Unparalleled Historical Accuracy: We’ve meticulously researched the facts, myths, and legends surrounding Jack the Ripper to provide you with the most accurate and spine-chilling experience. Small Group Tours: Enjoy an intimate tour experience with our small group sizes, ensuring you have the opportunity to engage with our expert guides and ask questions. Interactive Experience: Our tours are immersive and interactive, with captivating stories, evidence, and re-enactments that transport you back to the eerie streets of Victorian London. Notable neighbours and landmarks: Whitechapel: Begin your journey in the heart of Whitechapel, the epicentre of the Ripper’s reign of terror. Stroll along Whitechapel Road, where many of the victims met their gruesome fate. Spitalfields: Immerse yourself in the rich history of Spitalfields, a district steeped in Victorian charm. Explore the bustling Spitalfields Market and discover its hidden secrets. Ten Bells Pub: Visit the legendary Ten Bells Pub, where several of the Ripper’s victims were said to have frequented. It’s an eerie experience you won’t soon forget. Brick Lane: Wander down Brick Lane, known for its vibrant street art and diverse culinary scene. Learn how this area has transformed over the years while staying true to its gritty past. Aldgate East: Uncover the secrets of Aldgate East, another location with ties to the Ripper. Learn about the investigations and the mysteries that still linger to this day.

London: Jack The Ripper Tour with Free Fish and Chips

4. London: Jack The Ripper Tour with Free Fish and Chips

Uncover the dark side of London and learn about some of the city’s most notorious murder cases on this Jack the Ripper tour. Try a traditional English dish — fish and chips — at one of London's oldest chip shops. Choose between a walking tour or a walking and bus tour. During the tour, hear about how the Whitechapel area of London was enveloped in fear for three months during the late 19th century. Find out about a spate of murders known as the "Whitechapel Murders," where five women were murdered and brutally mutilated by a killer that was never caught. Visit the real-life murder locations with your guide, who will paint a picture of life in Victorian London at the time. Along the way, discover all the evidence and clues as well as all the gruesome details behind the murders, such as how the killer mutilated his victims in trademark fashion. Begin the walking tour outside the Whitechapel Gallery, in the heart of what was Jack the Ripper country, and see areas of London dating back to Victorian times. Your guide will issue you with special VOX personal headsets so you don't miss a word of this intimate and chilling experience. To this day, the identity of the killer remains a mystery, and well over a hundred theories exist that attempt to lift the veil on the identity of one of history's most elusive murderers. Join the investigation as you assess the facts and try to make up your own mind — who was Jack the Ripper? During the tour, you'll be treated to a taster of typical fish and chips at one of London's most traditional and authentic "chippies." You'll also visit Spitalfields Market and see the Ten Bells pub, the rumored hunting ground of Jack The Ripper.

Free Street Art & Graffiti Tour of Shoreditch

5. Free Street Art & Graffiti Tour of Shoreditch

On this 'pay what you think its worth tour', our expert guide will lead you through Shoreditch, one of the most exciting boroughs of London, where every wall seems to tell a story. Street Art has been described as the most important artistic movement of the 21st Century, but it actually dates back to thousands of years ago. If you're a lover of art and culture then, yes, go to the National Gallery, go to the Tate Modern, and see the masterpieces created by the most famous artists over the last 400 years, but then join us on a Street Art tour and see what is happening at the grassroots level today. The work is beautiful, ever-changing and thought provoking. But Street Art is not just pretty pictures, it is challenging and political and tells the story of the struggles of the working classes in Britain over the last hundred years. You'll step back in time, and see how immigration into Brick Lane and the surrounding area has transformed Shoreditch from the poorest part of London, home to Jack the Ripper’s victims, to becoming one of the must see boroughs of the capital, home to pop up bars and shops, and more vintage clothes stores than you’ll believe. Tour Highlights include: A mix of spray paint, sculptures, stickers and stencils Banksy Mr Cenz Zabo Dreph Fanakapan Otto Schade Roa Shepherd Fairey Dale Grimshaw History of Brick Lane Spitalfields Market Old Truman Brewery Battle of Cable Street Gentrification of Shoreditch

London: 2.5-Hour Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

6. London: 2.5-Hour Off the Beaten Track Private City Tour

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: Private Beer Bike Tour with Unlimited Drinks

7. London: Private Beer Bike Tour with Unlimited Drinks

See the sights of London from a different perspective as you pedal around the city on a private beer bike tour. Take your seat, sip on unlimited premium beer, and listen to music through the onboard audio system as you travel through Shoreditch, past the Old Spitalfields Market, and more. Make your way along a set route with the help of your sober driver, drinking as much beer as you like and having fun with your friends. Bring your music to play through the bike's audio system and make several stops along the way to use the bathroom and take photos. Ride most comfortably and paddle easily with the specially designed lightweight beer bike. And if it rains, free raincoats and the bike's roof will help keep you dry.

Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Murder Tour

8. Jack the Ripper: The Whitechapel Murder Tour

Walk the cobbled streets of the east end and learn about the unsolved case of the mysterious murderer, Jack the Ripper. In 1888, London was shocked by a series of gruesome murders, the likes of which had never been seen. Detectives and experts have debated ever since on the identity of Jack the Ripper, with none being any closer to solving the murders. On this tour, you will learn all about the case files of the canonical five murders. Visit the locations where the victims were last scene and see where their bodies were discovered after the brutal act was committed. On this guided tour you'll be lead down the narrow streets of Whitechapel, where some of London's Victorian history remains. The French Huguenot architecture built back in the late 18th century. The medieval churches from the 11th century. The world famous Brick Lane, home to some of the best Indian cuisine and some of the finest old pubs in London. This experience is not for the faint hearted, as your own Ripperologist will not only discuss the gruesome details, but show you pictures from the crime scenes. Please be aware that the tour is provided in English language only. All ages are welcome but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please remember that the details of the Jack the Ripper killings may not be suitable for all before booking. Strictly one person per ticket. No exceptions. Step-free route for wheelchairs available.

London Street Art and The East End Guided Walking Tour

9. 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

London: Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with an APP

10. London: Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with an APP

Join our Jack the Ripper audio tour and walk through old London streets. We tell stories about a mystery from long ago. Here's what you'll see: We start on Gunthorpe Street, a quiet road. Then, we go to Flower and Dean Walk and Osborn Street, where old houses used to be. Next is Brick Lane, a busy street even back then. Stop by the Frying Pan Pub, an important place in this mystery. Walking through these streets, you'll feel like you're in old times. See Old Mortuary Street and Durward Street, where spooky stories happened. Look at the Old Board School, Working Lads Institute, and Wood’s Building entrance. Each place has its own scary story. 29 Hanbury Street is another spot where something happened. Wilkes Street and Fournier Street lead you to Ten Bells Spitalfields Pub, a very old pub, and Spitalfields Market, a place where people used to shop. Take a little break at the Queens Head Pub and Princess Alice Pub. Then, see Henriques Street, where we'll tell you about Catherine Eddowes. Walk down Saint James’s Passage and go to Mitre Square for more stories. Next is The Workhouse, an old poorhouse. Then, see 13 Millers Court, where something sad happened to Mary Jane Kelly. End the tour at the White Hart Pub, a place full of secrets. Our guide will take you on this tour and tell you all about Jack the Ripper in simple, easy-to-understand words.

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based on 2,467 reviews

Ava was a great guide, really enthusiastic and knowledgeable about the street art. She told us all about the inspiration and stories behind the amazing street art and artists. Would thoroughly recommend, it was like being in an outdoor moving museum, we learnt so much and walked around absorbing the culture of the area too. Ava took us to some back streets where you would never discover these hidden talents without a guide. Thank you

Walking with our tour guide Jack was brilliant and a part of London I’d never been to before. He delivered the tour at a good pace and was very informative. What I loved is how he put across the message that the victims should never be forgotten.

It was great experience. Hannah our guide was very good and highly knowledgeable, from telling the story of Jack the Ripper to answering all our questions. Great tour guide

Absolutely awesome :D Natalie was an amazing guide and knew all the interesting works and spots. It was a real artistic overload (in a good way) highley recommend :D

Yassine is a very friendly and nice tour guide. He tells the stories about the Ripper murders with passion and answers all the questions we had.