Jack the Ripper Tour

April 6, 2009 at 7:23 pm | Posted in General, London, Out and About, Tourism, Travel, UK, Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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On a dark and not at all stormy night I met up with my co-conspirators by Tower Hill tube station for an evening of violent crime and intrigue. About 30 of us set off with our guide from London Walks on a journey back to the 19th century and Jack the Ripper (£7).

Obviously the London of today is significantly different to that of the 1880s, no longer is the cost of a cot per night in a poor house the same as a prostitutes services down an alley (4p) and even more so much of the architecture is new. The blitz and urban renewal playing their respective parts. Nonetheless the guide and walk does it best to navigate the path of the murders while maximising the surviving buildings.

To try and have the most atmospheric walk go on a winters night when it gets dark early and hopefully there’ll be some fog as well!

As for content, I’ve never read about the murders so I can’t attest to the guide’s veracity but assuming there aren’t any embellishments it is certainly a grizzly and violent series of attacks against London’s working women. Our guide was compelling and I could clearly hear. In addition to an overview of London life at the time and of course the murders the guide also discusses the investigation and its many fumbles. Towards the end of the tour he discussed the possible suspects and rather vitriolically commented on the may people who write books claiming to know the killer when as he said such a confirmation is impossible.
Apparently the sheer volume of walkers by the various companies has irritated some east end residents resulting in the occasional things being thrown down on unsuspecting walkers.

There were at least 2 other Ripper tours with posters at Tower Hill but each has a different starting time so you shouldn’t accidentally get onto the wrong one. These other tours may be good, they may be bad. I can’t comment and won’t be testing them out. What I will say is that this tour felt informative and engaging – just make sure you have some good shoes as you will be walking for 1 – 2 hours and the walk will finish at Spitalfield Markets near Liverpool Station.

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  1. Sounds amazing

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