CSI. Crime Scene(s) Investigation. That is where the Jack the Ripper Tour goes and what it does. It is a recreation of – and an investigation into – the Autumn of Terror in the East End of London. We explore the alleyways and dark streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields. We go where something very bad happened. The Jack the Ripper Tour is dedicated to the Ripper’s victims – Mary Ann “Polly” Nichols, Annie Chapman, Elizabeth Stride, Catherine Eddowes and Mary Jane Kelly.
Jack the Ripper – When and Where to meet
Meeting time: The Jack the Ripper Walking Tour takes place at 7.30 pm seven days a week.* On Saturdays, the Jack the Ripper walking tour takes place twice – at 3 pm and then again at 7.30 pm.
*Except December 24 and December 25. The Jack the Ripper walking tour does not take place on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Meeting point: just outside the exit of Tower HillUnderground Station. Your guide – Adam, Andy, Fiona, Molly, Oliver, Simon, Peter or Steve – waits for you by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand, directly outside Tower Hill Underground Station. The bona fide London Walks guides for the Jack the Ripper Tour are easy to identify – they hold up copies of the famous white London Walks leaflet. Warning: don’t part with your money until you’re sure it’s the London Walks guide you’re handing it to.
Price: £15 per person (full adult); £10 for full-time students, over 65s and Loyalty Card holders; £5 for kids.
Where the Jack The Ripper tour starts – and why
The Jack the Ripper Tour begins at Tower Hill, right on the boundary between Scotland Yard territory and City of London Police territory. Only by beginning there can you understand the conflict between the two London police forces and their leading personalities. The conflict which blurred the investigation and made it easier for the Ripper to slip through the police nets.
“Only by starting at Tower Hill can you unlock the truth about the Jack the Ripper murders” Donald Rumbelow, author ofThe Complete Jack the Ripper
The chronological fit is perfect. The Tower of London was the focal point for the earliest stirrings* of the Autumn of Terror. Yes, the Tower of London has an important Jack the Ripper connection! But over and above that, the Tower is a stunning backdrop for the start of the Jack the Ripper Tour. There’s more history concentrated in that 900-year-old fortress and castle than anywhere else in London. Which is why the Tower of London heads up every visitor’s “Must See” London Checklist. And if the Tower of London is a priceless gemstone, its settings – the Thames, Tower Bridge, Tower Hill and those two magnificent sections of the old London Wall – could have been made to order.
*the line-ups of soldiers that were held there in early August (1888)
The image is by the wonderfully gifted Benjamin Goutte
Setting out to explore Victorian East London
And so the Jack the Ripper Tour gets underway. A walking tour bound for London by gaslight, the East End, Whitechapel, the 19th-century and Victorian London, for crime scenes and those alleyways and the trail of the infamous serial killer. Two minutes into it you’re thinking, “oh yes, we made the right choice, this is how it should be.” You’re thinking that because already we’ve gone off-piste, stepped into a vaulted hideaway where the grim old London Wall rears up directly before us. A hideaway so dark and still you can hear people breathing, a place where the clock seems permanently turned back to 1888, back to the Autumn of Terror. It’s another epiphany moment. A reaches the parts other tours can’t moment. A reminder of what a high-quality walking tour can do – of the huge difference an elite, professionally qualified tour guide can make.
Setting the scene in Jack the Rippers London
The perfect place to set the scene. The social background. The tale of two cities – two Londons. The fabulously wealthy West End and its dark shadow, the East End of London. The London we’re exploring tonight. Victorian Whitechapel and Spitalfields. The cauldron of the “people of the abyss.” The worst slum in Europe. A behavioural sink of grinding poverty, crime and disease. A place where death was ever-present. A place where women were subjected to regular Saturday-night beatings, driven into prostitution, were cheap labour in sweatshops (or, if they were exceptionally lucky, overworked as domestic servants in middle-class households). Which brings us again to Jack the Ripper’s unfortunate victims. “They were never ‘just prostitutes’; they were daughters, wives, mothers, sisters and lovers. They were women. They were human beings.”
Setting forth through alleyways
And then it’s “let’s go this way – follow me.” Follow me through a centuries-old hole in the London Wall! (“Dear Mom & Dad, how cool is this – I walked right through the London Wall tonight.”) Through the wall – it’s like finding a way out of a hutch – we zig and zag along a single file alleyway. Emerge into a back street. A back street “under the arches.” Whoa! Another atmospheric – dingy if truth be told – staging post. And that, by the way, is the secret recipe. Jack the Ripper’s London is still there. In places – yes, original locations. But when we don’t have original locations we find atmospheric backdrops to unfold the story. That, Ladies and Gentlemen, is why you go with a topflight guide.
Like Police Constable Watkins on his beat
Setting foot in a Victorian murder site
We make our way up deserted streets to “the prostitute’s church.” Taking readings as we go. Orienting. Explaining the layout, the distances, the timing. Mapping the neighbourhood. Getting the pieces on the board and starting to fit them together. Getting the urban geography right. And the psychogeography – contexting the murder sites. “It was along there that Polly Nichols, the first victim, was last seen alive…there’s a connection here with a principal suspect…the Ripper will have come along this way from the Socialists’ Club in Berner Street, where Liz Stride was murdered….Like Police Constable Watkins 881 City at 1.45 am on September 30 we’re now in Mitre Square. The PC flashes his light into a corner and… (as he said) “I never saw such a sight.” Welcome to the ghastly culmination of “the double event.”
Into the abyss of a lawless murder mystery
Mitre Square is in the City. City of London Police territory. The other four Ripper murders took place in Whitechapel, in the East End of London. In Scotland Yard territory. Even today you know you’ve crossed a border when you walk across Middlesex Street (Petticoat Lane). You leave the fabulously wealthy City of London and enter edgier, down-trodden, dingier Whitechapel. The East End of London. Here we circle, close with, engage and move on. Move on to another encounter. And another. And so on. Goulston Street, where he scrawled the message and left a blood-stained piece of Catherine Eddowes’ apron. Two deeply creepy alleyways. Tired, hard-scrabble Victorian architecture. Christ Church, Itchy Park, Spitalfields Market, the Night Shelter, the “Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor”, the old Sandys Row synagogue, etc.
The whirlpool sucks us in…
We end where it ended. In 1888 it was known as “the worst street in London.” Where the fifth, the last, the most terrible murder took place. The only one that took place indoors. Jack the Ripper had time. He had privacy. He turned that little room into an abattoir. After that orgy of bloodlust, he walked out into the night… and into history.
Après the Jack the Ripper walk
We began at the best possible place to begin. We end at the best possible place to end. And not just because we’re at Miller’s Court, where the last, most hideous murder took place. Ending there you’re perfectly placed for getting home by public transport (or getting a taxi). Aldgate, Aldgate East, Bishopsgate* and Liverpool Street stations are all very close by. If you’re hungry, the best curry houses in London are just a stone’s throw away, in Brick Lane. If you’re thirsty, The Ten Bells pub – the period, atmospheric “Jack the Ripper Pub” – is right there, opposite Spitalfields Market. Mary Kelly, the fifth victim, had her “pitch” right outside The Ten Bells. Indeed, she drank there the night she was murdered.
*Your guide will be happy to walk you back to Bishopsgate station (going that way the walk “continues” because you’ll see the old police station and the world-famous Dirty Dick’s pub).
Meet your guides
“If this were a golf tournament every name on the Leader Board would be a London Walks guide.”
This video features the supremely gifted Royal Shakespeare Company actor Steve.
And here’s Simon Law, whose walk has garnered over 100 five-star reviews.
Only at London Walks do you get guides of this calibre.
*He who sailed a 25-foot-boat across the Pacific Ocean.
The tour’s creator
This is the London Walks Jack the Ripper Walk – The Jack the Ripper Walk. The Ripper walk created, directed, curated, mentored and for many years guided by the world’s leading authority on Jack the Ripper.Yes, Donald Rumbelow, Britain’s most distinguished crime historian – is on the London Walks team. Britain’s most distinguished crime historian, Don is the author of the definitive book on Jack the Ripper. The former Curator of the Police Crime Museum, Don’s been the chief consultant for every major film and television programme on Jack the Ripper for the past 30 years. “I patrolled Mitre Square when it was still gaslit”Donald Rumbelow.
*Jack the Ripper – Scotland Yard Investigates is co-authored by Donald Rumbelow and Stewart Evans (“Drawing on their unparallel knowledge of the Jack the Ripper murders and their professional experience as police officers, the two doyens of serious Ripper writing join forces for the first time to write the definitive book on the case from the perspective of the police investigation. As the title declares, this is the complete investigation and is full of new insights and information on the murders and who might have committed them.”)
“I’ve done the Jack the Ripper walk with London Walks twice now and really recommend this above all others. The guides are experts, they are interesting, great value, and each guide has different theories and interest areas, making it well worth visiting more than once! As a tourist, I was overwhelmed by the number of Jack the Ripper tours on offer, and was checking out the brochures when this one was recommended to me. I was told “don’t go to any other: this is the best” and I must say I agree!”
– Sarah A. (Google Reviews, Aug 2020)
“I went on the Jack the Ripper walking tour recently and enjoyed it very much. One of the best parts of the tour was how the guide discussed the historical significance of the murders and facts as they are known today. You really got a sense of who the victims were and the poor circumstances that surrounded Whitechapel. We walked to a couple of the locations where the murders occurred and while each location looked nothing like what was it was back then our guide gave us very detailed portrayals of what had transpired at each incident. I thought it was very engaging and enjoyed the walk around parts of the City of London and Whitechapel.”
– George L (Tripadvisor, Sep 2019)
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What you get
We are London Walks. That means you get a professional, high quality, premium guided tour. It means you get the must-see alleyway. It means you get accurate information.
What you do not get
You do not get a comically unprepared guide. You do not get a bait-and-switch – the moth of free turning into the larva of payment. You do not get taken for a mug – we do not use the word ‘free’ as a lure to hook you into an extractive operation. You do not get a route that manages to miss the one supremely evocative and atmospheric alleyway in the neighbourhood. You do not get told any number of howlers. For example, ‘locating’ a Ripper crime scene 1.5 miles from the street where the murder actually took place.
LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS
If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, Jack the Ripper Walking Tour it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the Jack the Ripper Walking Tour walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.
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Simon took us on our Saturday 7.30pm tour, and it is the best walking tour I have ever taken, period! His enthusiasm and passion for storytelling showed in the way he described every detail and history, along with appropriate sound effects! I was so engrossed throughout the walk. Also getting to see this other side of London was amazing! I can’t recommend him enough to people!
The Jack the Ripper walk was exceptional, and that was largely due to our fantastic tour guide Simon. He was passionate, knowledgable and theatric! Everything you could want from a tour guide, and transported us all back to that gruesome time. Will definitely be looking to go on more tours by London Walks, and will definitely be excited if I see Simon as the guide again… you know it’ll be good!
Our walks with Simon was just fantastic! Simon is professional, passionate, fun, and considerate! He is definitely a first rate tour guide. Highly highly recommend.
Benjamin Westman –
Jack the Ripper tour with Simon. Don’t miss it. Entertaining, insightful, will enrich your London experience.
Susan Millis –
Molly guided us on a splendid Ripper adventure last night. She has an absolutely charming command of the English language…which made the telling all the better!
Great tour! It was very cold but we had a lot of fun! Our guide Simon was AWESOME! (an American term according to him – lol)
Would highly recommend!
Harel Rotman –
Had a great time with Simon, really good tour 20/10
Adi Rotman –
Really enjoyed the Walk with Simon today
We had a fantastic walking tour by Simon. He was energetic and engaging. Really painted a picture of what London would have been like when Jack the Ripper was at large, and shared lots of other knowledge about the history of the city.
Went on this tour tonight and Simon was the guide. He was great, funny, engaging, theatrical with his story telling and very knowledgeable. I’d recommend this tour to anyone that would like to learn more about the mysterious Jack the Ripper. This tour isn’t recommended for anyone with younger kids or anyone with difficulties walking. There’s a lot of walking but I enjoyed the tour.
Colm Moore –
We did the Jack the Ripper walk with Simon on the 18th of February. We had a fantastic time! Simon really brought the whole story and case to life and we saw and learned about parts of London that we never would have stumbled across ourselves. The tour was great fun and it made me want to jump in and read more about the Jack the Ripper mystery. I would recommend this tour to anyone. Simon was excellent, thanks a million!
Deirdre Patterson –
Simon was the best guide ever. So into the history of the area as well as Jack & his victims. Would do this tour again.
What a great Tour through parts of Central London and the East End. Not only are we all clued in to the criminal doings of Jack the Ripper but we also got an insight into the cozy East End. Our guide Simon rocked the whole show – he’s enthusiastic, knowledgeable and theatrical. It’s been a true pleasure.
Mye Kallander –
We had a wonderful time on this Jack the Ripper Walking Tour with Simon as our guide. He was very engaging, funny and informative throughout the tour and didn’t let anything deter him. If you are keen to learn about the various theories surrounding the murders and see some of the areas of London they occurred in – look no further.
Stephen was a great guide even with only 3 of us on a cold evening. He gave plenty of detail about the attacks (not a tour for children) and brought it all to life, or perhaps death is more apt. Highly recommended.
Christopher Hughes –
Simon did an incredible job leading us on this walking tour. Fascinating and thoroughly entertaining as well. I learned so much more about the events surrounding Jack the Ripper and have a better understanding of that period of time as well. I would highly recommend this if you visit London.
Michael Finley –
Outstanding Walk with Simon- fun and engaging. Great evening!
Had a very interesting and entertaining tour with Simon today! He did a great job pulling us into the dark history of Jack the Ripper and made sure, everybody was able to follow along. Thanks Simon, liebe Grüße aus Deutschland!
Bennet Piel –
Me and my girlfriend had a great tour with Simon this evening. He has a good knowledge and is very entertaining. This tour is definetely worth it!
Simon did a great job! We enjoyed the tour a lot. It was great entertainment
Was over visiting from Belfast and went on the Jack the Ripper walk on Saturday 26th November with Simon.
Despite the weather being terrible my wife and I had a brilliant evening. Simon was great at painting a picture of London during the 1800’s and weaving together the story of the Ripper and the possible suspects.
He was constantly checking in with people to make sure that they were able to see and hear and was even using other languages to accommodate the needs of people on the tour.
At the end of the tour he gave options for various places to eat and drink in Spitalfields (I can now recommend Flat Iron) and he gave information about the local Tube stations including offering people the opportunity to walk back to Liverpool St station with him as that was where he was going, which I thought was superb.
All first class. Well worth the money.
Simon was amazing! Sorry we were late, but Simon took us right in and caught us up without skipping a beat! “Hattie” says hi and promises to get these friends to watch From Hell
Naomi Maynard –
Took the tour with my company. It was brilliant! Simon was an excellent tour guide, knowledgable, informative, interactive with his audience and a little theatrical which was great!! I would definitely recommend this walk if you are interested in London & Jack the Ripper.
L A –
We were on a walk on Saturday with Andy. We found it to be very interesting and informative regarding the subject, our guide Andy (who started his tour on the viewing platform) was knowledgeable, friendly and a really good story teller, who was non judgemental about the victims. I can’t recommend this tour highly enough
Samantha brunton –
Brilliant tour last night from Tony Green.
Will definitely be doing this again. Very knowledgeable on Jack the ripper.
Thank you Tony for a fab evening
Wendy Marshall –
Simon did a terrific job of “placing” us in 19c England, despite most of the buildings having been bombed or otherwise razed. It was spooky and fascinating. Thank you Simon.
Tania Eccleshall –
Just got home after the Jack The Ripper walking tour with Simon – an excellent guide who really manages to bring the whole era and atmosphere to life! We thoroughly recommend this walk and guide!!
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Dale Lucas –
We just finished a tour with Simon and it truly exceeded our expectations. He was not only informative and clearly knowledgeable – but his delivery was impeccable. You truly feel immersed in the story, the investigation, and the timeline of Jack the Ripper. We were left theorizing about which of the many “suspects” could possibly have been responsible for the killings. The walk was swift, but very manageable. We highly recommend this tour, and if possible, please ensure Simon is your guide. 5 stars…2 thumbs up!
Estefany Jimenez –
Our favorite tour in London! Simon excelled in his role and gave the tour a spooky and entertaining atmosphere! I would definitely recommend it!
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Sally and Steve –
We enjoyed the Jack the Ripper walk with Simon – excellent guide, very knowledgeable. Been meaning to do this walk for a long time – well worth the wait.
Devon Sipala –
Simon was an excellent guide and for sure the highlight of our trip to London! Will be back for more walks!
Had a great tour with Andy! My wife is a big fan of true crime podcasts, and we both had a blast! It was our third time visiting London and my wife said this was the highlight of her trip! Thanks for a great time!
Maya Crabtree –
Had an amazing, informative and dynamic tour with Simon. This is the second time I take a Jack the Ripper tour, came along with my partner who had never been on one before, so I was afraid I’d be bored, but I was pleasantly surprised. Simon was not only informative about the crimes, he was also very active and brought Victorian London to life – not an easy task now that almost every part of the city has been rebuilt with shiny high risers. He was also very helpful in pointing out and eventually showing us the way to the public transport stations and recommended directions for near pubs and restaurants.
I will definitely recommend it to friends visiting London
Emilee Ashby –
Our tour with Simon was so great! He was so enthusiastic, full of knowledge and a great storyteller! We highly enjoyed the Jack the Ripper tour, the walk wasn’t too strenuous and we were saw some fascinating historical locations!
We had the tour guide Simon. He was very enthusiastic, informative, funny and energetic. He even knew exactly what place we were from just from talking to us. If you’re going to do one, do it with this guy
Pamela Fuselli –
Fourth time on this walk and it never fails to fascinate! Even the driving rain didn’t keep us away.
We had a great tour with Simon, who was very entertaining and knowledgeable! It was really interesting to learn about the other side of London after touring the Royal parts all day. I’ll be reading up on the Ripper murders now to learn more. Thanks for a great evening out!
Simon was a great guide, we had a very good time.
The Jack the Ripper Walk is absolutely a must do for everyone who’s interested in a mix of London history, scenery and atmosphere. Our guide Simon was brilliant, vibrant and entertaining. He almost brought the Ripper back to life. We really enjoyed it. Thank you for this great experience!
Cindy Barrows –
If you love Wikipedia, you will enjoy the walks that other companies offer. But if you’re looking for an experience that is informative, interesting and entertaining, the only tour company you need to use is London Walks. I went on the Jack the Ripper walk on September 19 and it was terrific. I’ve tried the other companies and from now on, it will only be this company.
Echoing other reviews- Simon was a very good guide and engaged the full crew. Even if you aren’t interested in true crime, the history of the event and the city at the time is well worth it.
Fantastic tour by Simon. He really brought the story alive with his descriptions and anecdotes and he was very funny and entertaining as well! Thoroughly enjoyed it.
One minor comment, is that the whole walk was too “Americanized”, i.e. the tour guide seemed strangely obsessed about America, and kept commenting on it.
Just got finished the tour with Simon and I cannot recommend it enough! He was a very good story teller and incredible knowledge about the history of the city. He was also very continuous to all guests, ensuring that everyone could see, nobody got left behind, etc. This is a fantastic activity for anyone interested in the history of both Jack the Ripper, as well as London as a city.
Andy Wybenga –
Simon did a great job of giving a walk that was both entertaining and informative. We learned a lot about the history of London and Jack the Ripper, and really appreciated Simon’s enthusiasm.
John R –
Really excellent. Simon our guide was superb. Would love to do this again
Gary Jaus –
Simon was outstanding. As a visitor from America I found his colorful, detailed and frequently humorous commentary informative and entertaining. His knowledge and comprehensive presentation far exceeded my expectations. Well done!!
Fantastic tour. Simon, our guide really knew what he was talking about. He didn’t just repeat a script, you could tell he enjoyed the history and hat made it even more interesting as it came ALIVE!!!!!
Amit Erez –
Took the jack the ripper tour with Simon. This was hands down the best tour I’ve ever been to. Simon the guide was informative, funny and most importantly captivating with his great showmanship. Would definitely recommend to anyone who’s visiting London.
Susan Lavedan –
Simon entertained us immensely with his enthusiasm and knowledge of his subject Jack the Ripper. We will recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore this infamous killer.
Took this walk with Andy F. on 2022-09-08 and he was amazing. Told the stories well and respectfully and had answers to all the crowd’s questions during and after the walk! Very charismatic and made for a very interesting evening.
Simon was one of the best tour guides I have ever had. He went above and beyond and was very knowledgeable on both Jack the Ripper and the history of London. Passing tours seemed less enthusiastic- I would definitely recommend London Walks!
Amazing walk with Simon! He did all the voices
This is the Ripper tour to do. Richard has not just memorized a script, but had invested timec studying all of the different theories. His knowledge of the subject and entertaining delivery is informative and entertaining. Highly recommend Richard’s Ripper walk. You won’t regret it.
I enjoyed the tour thoroughly. Richard is an entertaining and knowledgeable guide. He even helped us get back to the tube station. I recommend anyone who’s in London do this tour.
James C –
I did the tour with Simon last Friday, he was filling in for Andy. I enjoyed the tour very much, Simon is very knowledgable about many areas of history, and this helped to give a wide context and interesting background to many of the things he taught us. Simon was also very humorous and made the whole group laugh many times.
James C –
I did the tour with Simon last Friday, he was filling in for Andy. I enjoyed the tour very much, Simon is very knowledgable about many areas of history, and this helped to give a wide context and interesting background to many of the things he taught us. Simon was also very humorous and made the whole group laugh many times. I look forward to going on other tours with Simon/this company!
Nicola Elmer –
We did the Jack The Ripper walking tour tonight. Simon was our guide and he was fantastic! His knowledge was extensive to say the least. The information he gave about Londons history as well was amazing. He kept our group engaged. Highly recommend going on this tour and the others that London Walks offer.
Nicky & Paul (Suffolk)
D Lapadula –
I was wondering back home enjoying London when I saw this tour group, and curiously joined them to realise it was about Jack. I liked it and asked the tour guide, Simon, how to book it properly with my family days later.
Troy Mc Partling –
I had read the reviews and was hoping we would get Simon and, as luck would have it, we did.
Knowledgeable, witty and animated he brings late 1800’s London back to life with accents, facial expressions and dramatics as you walk by Roman Walls, through dimly lit Lanes, by Sites of Synagogue’s and Churches of disappearing Old London.
Grizzly Ritualistic Serial Murder is the order of the Day and Simon navigates you brilliantly from murder site to murder site building an amazing picture of this infamous period of London’s History.
One of the Best Walking Tours I have been on.
Simon was a great storyteller. He had his audience captivated with Jack the Ripper. 2 hours went by quickly.
Excellent tour with Simon, highly recommend.
Jan Einar Gundersen –
We (I and my girlfriend) always use London walks when we are on our yearly anniversary trip to London. We thinks it is the BEST guide company, and they always have a interesting tour.
No exception this time. Simon was a superb mix of high knowlege, humor and charisma. we had a fantastic tour through old London and Jack the ripper.
Thank you for a fantastic night
Had a great tour with Simon
Ryan Masterson –
This tour was very entertaining.
Pat L –
8 of us recently had a small group Ripper tour with Richard and we were enthralled by it. Richard has a vast knowledge of and passion for the subject and is an outstanding raconteur as well as being a lovely fella. An outstanding experience that had us debating for days afterward. Highly recommended.
Unser guide Simon war fantastisch. Volle Punktzahl.
Randy Hernandez –
We did the Jack the Ripper tour led by Simon and it was well worth the time and more than worth the fee. Simon was witty, fun and very knowledgeable about the times and changes before and since the Ripper. Don’t waste your time with other tours. This is the one you want!
Michelle B –
We took this walk last week with Simon as our guide. He was fantastic! The walk took us places we never would have gone or seen, and the stories were delivered perfectly.
Very knowledgeable and interest guide who held our attention. He brought the walk to life with his commentary. I would highly recommend this walk
Our tour was led by Oliver who was absolutely amazing! He was super witty and knowledgeable, and not only talked about Jack the Ripper but also set the scene of what London would be like at the time. He was the best tour guide we had during our whole trip to London, would definitely recommend Oliver for your next tour!
James Haslam –
Simon was an exceptional guide.
Chris and andy hart –
We went on jack the ripper tour – didn’t catch the ladies name but she was dressed up and in character.wot an amazing guide she was. The knowledge that she has is incredible. Very friendly lady. Told the story very well would definitely do that tour again. Go on this tour and you’ll learn loads about JACK THE RIPPER
Kelly Morrice –
Really enjoyable tour. Simon was really engaging and captured attention for the full tour. A highlight of our trip to London
Aj & Katherine Gardner –
Oliver was a fantastic guide that captured our imagination and bloodthirst all at once. He kept us engaged and wanting more. We were on our honeymoon and this was a very good idea for a night time activity. We recommend Oliver and this tour. DO IT! DO IT!
Anne Taylor Renshaw –
Molly was an excellent tour guide! Our family all enjoyed the tour. We appreciated that the story was told from the perspective of the victims. It was interesting to hear the story of the women. She was knowledgeable and informative on the tour and we learned a lot!
Really animated guide and a fun way to hear the story as you walk around the streets of London!
A very interesting tour! Goes into as much detail as possible in the amount of time that is given and manages to paint an atmospheric picture of time long gone. Our guide SIMON knew how to bring the story to life, was approachable throughout and even hung a round a couple of minutes after the tour concluded to chat and discuss a few points that didn’t fit into the tour. Also full discolosure: not all the places you see are the original murder scenes, simply because they don’t longer exist or are too far away. BUT the tour brings close enough towards them, discribes the geopgraphy and then offers glimpses of alleys that still do look like the original places in order to give you a feeling of how it’s been.
I’m not sure how the facts about the victims hold up compared to the newer, more detailled biographies about them, but as a starting point into Ripper-lore this tour comes highly recommended.
The most excited tour through the Victorian dark shadow of London, excellently guided through the streets where Jack the Ripper murdered his victims. Great experience, fully raccomended
Martin Henson –
Really informative, enjoyable, and entertaining walk with tour guide Simon. Learned a lot that I hadn’t previously known about Londons history, despite living in or near London for over 60 years! Thoroughly recommended.
Will be booking another London Walks Tour soon!
Tracy Newirth –
My husband and I took the JTR Tour 20 years ago, loved and never forgot it. Tonight we went again with our teenage daughter and it was just as great as we remembered. Simon was a fantastic guide, narrator and storyteller!
Ben and Danielle –
Oliver was a very charismatic and informative tour guide who kept the tour entertaining and clearly knew his stuff incredibly well! He recognised that London has changed a lot since the murders but compromised by deliberately showing us parts of Whitechapel that had hardly changed, which helped to set the mood. Would recommend to anyone!!
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Bob M. –
My son and I had a great Ripper tour with Molly last night. Just thought I’d drop a line to say how much we enjoyed it. Bob M.
Julia Gardocki –
From the moment we walked up to Simon, my friends and I were already laughing. He is a sensational tour guide. He took us to extremely meaningful places regarding the past events of Jack the Ripper. When he spoke, he used incredible inflection and emphasized certain words to dramatize the story. My friends and I came to London from the States, knowing the story, but the specifics that Simon gave us we’re unmatched. Collectively, we’ve all agreed that this was our favorite part of the trip, even though we’re all history buffs and we’ve gone to so many places. Our one friend didn’t get to go on the trip, but he actually booked it once he heard our excitement when talking about it. In addition to the vocal aspect of his storytelling, the gestures made left us with a clear picture of what could have happened in 1888. Lastly, the amount of theories he gave us inspired us to make our own. We love you Simon. America loves you. Highly, highly recommend.
Had a great walk with Simon even in the rain.
We had such a fantastic Jack the Ripper walk with Simon! (I even bought Donald Rumbelow’s book (The complete Jack the Ripper) when I got back home!)
Nous recommandons sincèrement ce walk tour 🙂
Had such a great walk guided by Simon! Made the evening enjoyable engaging with everyone as we went along
Thoroughly entertaining evening. The guide Simon was top class, very knowledgeable and made the experience very engaging!
Jack the Ripper www the first London Walks tour we did (of 4 so far) and it set a high bar but the others haven’t disappointed!
Olav Peter Hypher –
Great tour with Simon yesterday! Very insightful – and funny!
Simon led a brilliant walk for us. Masses of great facts and very funny and engaging. Thank you!
A fabulous way of enjoying London! I had a tour with Simon, and he was very professional, full of enthusiasm for what he is doing. Strongly recommend it to all these people who are new to the town. I also liked the “side dishes” of the stories, which was the “history” of the city, starting from the Roman area, it was informative and fun at the same time.
It was my first time to try the London Walks, but it will definitely not be my last.
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Donna Howe –
Thursday 24th Feb 2022
Met with Simon and had a brilliant Jack the Ripper tour, Simon is very knowledgeable and interesting.
Went with my 14 year old son who also thoroughly enjoyed it… he says if his teachers were as interesting as Simon he would pay attention and learn much more at school 🤣🤷♀️
Would definitely recommend
Nathan Drew –
Simon really brought the whole thing to life! Thoroughly enjoyed it, as did the kids. So glad they have survived lockdown. Great for local and international tourists alike. Highly recommend
Had such a great time with our guide Simon. He was super knowledgeable, witty and kept everyone’s attention the entire time. This is a must tour while you are in London!
Simon was the best Molly I’ve ever seen. Brilliant tour. Great knowledge, learnt as much about Londons history as the ripper himself. Highly recommend, plus you pay at the start of the tour.
Mairead ireland –
We had a super time on the walking tour ,Jack the Ripper, with Simon. He kept us well entertained on a very cold night, with history, gore and banter.
Corinne Abrahams –
Excellent Jack the Ripper walk Led by Molly. Created the right atmosphere and very clear and enthusiastic
This was my first time ever but I already know I am a great fan and will be a regular follower.
Andy, the guide, is amazing – not only very knowledgeable but extremely fascinating to listen to as well.
I had a really entertaining evening.
Becky and Alfred –
Thursday evening Jack the ripper walking tour with Simon. He made it informative, gruesome and dramatic!! Really different and enjoyable evening. Thank you
Nick Inkster –
Our second walk with Simon, this one on 6th February 2022. Really enjoyed it, and hope our paths cross again.
Nick Inkster –
Our second walk with Simon, Sunday 6th February 2022. Really enjoyed it and hope our paths cross again.
Did Jack the Ripper walk on Thursday 3rd February. Simon, our guide was fantastic. He was so enthusiastic and brought it all to life. He was so knowledgeable. Would highly recommend the walk.
We went on the Jack the Ripper walk on the 3rd February our tour guide Simon was brilliant very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. The tour was fantastic, well worth going on. Would highly recommend
and if you get Simon as your tour guide you won’t be disappointed.
Julie and Ian butler –
Fantastic walk, Simon our guide was brilliant and really brought the stories to life with his enthusiasm and knowledge. Great way to discover this part of London so rich in history. Would highly recommend for an entertaining evening. Thank you. From Sheffield and Nottingham
Mirko Castagna –
Jack the Ripper walking tour has been awesome! Our guide Molly has been fantastic and extremely engaging, telling us everything you should know about Jack and his victims. Definitely, I will book more tours❤️ with London Walks
Mary Ann Rennie –
Really enjoyed our walk. Our guide Oliver was very knowledgeable and helpful.
We really felt that we were being taken back in history.
Helen Williams –
A massive thank you to Andrew/Andy for being such a fantastic tour guide. What a fascinating evening – I know so much more about JTR and his victims and the theories and the context of London at the time. Thank you. Highly recommend.
Amazing walk with Simon. Very entertaining, and also so much great history and knowledge about London on top of the ripper details as well.
Kajal Joshi –
We had an amazing tour led by Simon. He was very knowledgable and informative. Would highly recommend 🙂
Really fun walk with Simon! He was very fun and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
Steve Reeves –
Really engaging and entertaining tour with Simon. Highly recommended!
A fascinating tour with so much interesting information and statistics, brilliantly presented and performed by our tour guide, Simon. The scenery and narration really does make you feel like you’re back in 1888. Fantastic.
We are visiting from Belgium and the Jack The Ripper Walk with Simon has been a real pleasure!
We are visiting from Belgium and enjoyed every minute of the Jack The Ripper Walking Tour with the great entertaining guide Simon.
Vivian sajet –
Great combination of an entertaining evening and the ability to learn much about East London. Simon is a great and fun tour guide that knew a surprising amount of Dutch!
Simon is an absolute legend! What a cool way to see a path less travelled in London. He has tons of knowledge and you’ll have plenty of laughs. I wish it was longer!
Cheers from Canada
We’re visiting from Canada and just finished the Jack the Ripper tour! It was so much fun – our tour guide, Simon, was so personable and knowledgeable. He gave us a great breakdown of some English history on top of all the stories of Jack the Ripper. The tour was super convenient to book and very easy to locate our guide so it was totally stress-free. One of our favorite tours and a great way to explore the east end of London!
Simon our Boxing Day Jack the Ripper Guide was brilliant, passionate, knowledgable. We had 3 adults and 4 children who all enjoyed the walk. The drama Simon created added the magic!
My friends organised this whilst I was down visiting them in London. What a fantastic tour! All brought alive by our guide Simon, who was outstanding. He made the tour a really entertaining and fascinating experience, with plenty of opportunities to ask him questions and learn more in a friendly atmosphere. He is very knowledgeable and we topped it all off with a social drink in the famous/infamous Ten Bells pub. A great way to experience that part of London and learn about this part of its history – thank you!
We took this walk with Jillian on 20 October. It was dark, there was a full moon! The setting was perfect and the walk brought us to very spooky places, full of stories and drama. We had a deluge of rain, all were soaked but not our spirits. We felt it was the perfect setting for stories about Jack and his victim. Don’t miss this walk, it will not disappoint.
A truly entertaining evening with Simon as our very knowledgeable and theatrical guide. I certainly recommend this very informative and enlightening tour. I would give it 6 stars, however there’s only 5 available.
Kevin O –
Took the tour on 7-12-2021 with Simon as our guide. Had a great time and learned a bit of London history along with the story of Jack the Ripper and his victims. Simon was very knowledgeable, entertaining, and made the tour very interactive.
Andy was a very knowledgeable and humorous guide that made us all feel welcome and involved.
Excellent way to see the city from over 100 years ago. Would do the tour again and the others we will do.
Ended up at the Ten Bells pub which had a very welcoming atmosphere with some friendly customers and staff to chat with.
Finished the evening with a curry in Brick Lane – fantastic evening!!
A memorable night out being guided around the streets of the City of London by the wonderful Simon. A natural storyteller full of knowledge and theories about Jack the Ripper. The walk was well paced, entertaining and kept your attention throughout. Fantastic value at £15 too!
We had an amazing time with our guide Simon. Great storyteller and the tour was well paced. Our guide had a way of including everyone so you didn’t feel like you were stuck at the back of a big group, missing all of the details. Well worth the money. As an aside, Sunday night appears to be garbage night in the area, so we were surprised by many rats darting through the streets. Add in the fog and the empty streets (as people mainly just work in this area, so not many people are around on the weekends), and it kind of felt like stepping back to the London of the late 1800’s!
Fantastic Jack The Ripper walk with Simon W the last week of October. The facts were enthralling, so many people wanted to go on the walk, we were TWO groups of nearly 25. Just loved the members of the public who jumped out to make some of our group jump – very funny. Still no wiser as to who did it but it was not the butler! More suspects than you could imagine. you must go at night when it is dark, much more atmospheric for sure.
Aimee L. –
Just finished a great tour with Simon. Got a fun and informative look at the “Autumn of Terror” and learned some new things along the way. Really appreciated how our guide included the group and dropped in some tips to help us understand how London has changed since the 1880s and how it also stayed the same. Highly recommend this for a good evening adventure”
I didn’t want it to end! The tour flew by with a mix of history, wonderful storytelling and even some laughs. Simon was engaging and well-versed and really made you feel like you were walking in the steps of Jack the Ripper in 1888. Would do it again!
Joanne E Cuomo –
Simon was an informative, entertaining guide on this Jack the Ripper tour. The time flew by . He really brought 1888 London to life by showing us the places that still exist and setting the stage with theatrical flare and gory details. A great way to spend a night in London!
Simon was a great guide with a good sense of humour and vast knowledge of East London and the Jack the ripper murders. Would recommend!
My partner and myself went on the Jack the Ripper tour on a Thursday evening, (my partner has previously been before with his parents and thoroughly enjoyed it). My experience on the tour was fantastic as our group was guided by a friendly chap called Simon who was engaging, personable and friendly throughout the entire experience. I would highly recommend this experience to all.
Gavin and Sophie –
My daughter and I really enjoyed our atmospheric and very informative Jack the Ripper tour on Monday night, with the excellent Molly. Thank you.
Awesome tour! Simon has a way to give live to this story which is of course helped by his amazing acting skills. Cheaper and way better than the London Dungeon 😉
Dario Katic –
Jack the Ripper Walk was fantastic!
We went on the walk ij November and it was already dark which just gave a little bit od extra pazzaz to the walk!
Simon is an extraordinary guide, his storytelling is really something else. A mix of interesting facts, mistery and fun.
It was definitely worth doing it and I would love to go on more guided Tours, next time I’m in London.
Mathew Murray –
An exceptional experience. Andrew our guide was welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable. He transported us back to 1888 and really set the scene in every location we visited. We hung on his every word as he depicted the story and the various conspiracy theories. Value for money and entertaining experience that I would thoroughly recommend to anyone visiting the capital.
Simon is an absolutely great tour guide. Highly recommended tour. You’ll love it
We went on the tour last night (30/10) and thoroughly enjoyed it! Simon was an excellent tour guide who took his time telling us about the history and background of East London as well as about Jack the Ripper. He’s a terrific storyteller and includes translations for foreigners (we’re Germans and appreciated them very much!).
Thank you for a wonderful night!
Peter Phillips –
Simon was our tour guide on 27th October. Very knowledgeable and excellent tour guide- he did a fantastic job of explaining the Jack the Ripper story but also the history of London at that time. Very engaging and interactive!
Madeline Seibert –
Thoroughly entertaning. Our guide, Simon, was very captivating and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend.
The guide reminded me of Melvyn Bragg.
Pamela lamarsh –
We did this walk 21/10 with Simon..very knowledgable and very enjoyable. Have always wanted to do this walk and was not disappointed
A fun evening seeing the city from a completely different perspective. Simon was a fantastic guide, full of enthusiasm and gruesome stories! Would definitely recommend for anyone looking for a different way to spend an evening! Thank you!
spectacular way to spend an evening – easy walk, fantastic stories, marvelous city … it has it all. Simon had a unique and personable way about taking us on the journey!
Simon was a great tour guide. He was very enthusiastic and added some dramatics to the tour to really bring it to life. Thank you Simon!!
There were 7 of us on Saturday evening for the Ripper Walk and Simon did a fabulous job telling the story in a way that engaged all of us. It was a large group and he ensured that all of us could see and hear the story. He is animated, funny and tells a good story. He recreated the atmosphere of 1888 and although we all heard of Jack the Ripper, now we know more of the chilling tale. Well done Simon!!
We had a fantastic Jack the Ripper walk with Simon. With all the architectural changes, I wondered if we would be able to get the vibe of the East End in the 19th Century, but Simon took us to some of the great places that still survive. With his theatrical style and scene setting, we were transported back to 1888. Great knowledge too. We had a fabulous time and we couldn’t stop talking about it after. Excellent experience! Can’t wait to go on some other walks!
My daughter and I really enjoyed our atmospheric and very informative Jack the Ripper tour on Monday night with the excellent Molly. Thank you.
We thoroughly enjoyed the Jack the Ripper walk. Steve was an excellent guide, combining knowledge, interaction, humour, while conveying a real sense of the East end in 1888.
If you wanna do a Jack the ripper walking tour, do this one. Fantastic guide (Simon); he was personable, knowledgeable and made everything entertaining and engaging. Top option for an evening in London, had a great time!