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Learn about London’s darkest tales with a 2.5-hour haunted London bus and walking tour. Experience the grisly histories of execution, rebellion, madness, and murder that shadow this ancient city. Discover the stories and sites of Jack the Ripper, Sweeney Todd, and the Cock Lane Ghost. Visit the medieval Smithfield Market and the monument of Sir Willam Wallace, then finish in Trafalgar Square where you can purchase a tasty pub dinner and drink.
Your evening tour begins at Victoria Coach Station, where you’ll board a vintage double-decker bus and take off through the city’s darkened streets.
Pass Westminster Abbey and the Banqueting House at Whitehall, the execution site of King Charles I in 1649. Immerse yourself in the tales of execution etiquette in the 17th century, when beheading was the favored act. Learn of skilled executioners and the spectacle that would unravel during bloody public executions at Tower Hill. Then zip past Old Bailey – site of public hangings in the 19th century – and Fleet Street to see where the barber Sweeney Todd gruesomely butchered clients and packed them into meat pies to be guzzled by local patrons.
Your next stop will be London’s Smithfield Market. A historic site that began as a meat market in the 10th century, Smithfield witnessed many brutal executions over the centuries. Wander the building and surrounding lanes as you hear about historical figures that met their end here such as Wat Tyler, leader of the Peasants' Revolt, and Scottish patriot William Wallace. Visit Wallace’s memorial and learn about how grave robbing became a popular money-making scheme in the 19th century.
As night falls, arrive at London’s East End, where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims more than 125 years ago. Pass locations where the Ripper’s five victims were found by horrified Londoners. Disembark to follow the murder trail, and discuss theories and suspects that have come and gone, leaving the Jack the Ripper story a great unsolved mystery.
The 2.5-hour tour concludes with a visit to the Sherlock Holmes Pub near Trafalgar Square. Explore Holmes memorabilia and warm yourself with a drink and some crispy English fish and chips (own expense).
Excellent. Our guide, Alan, was informative and funny. Highly recommend this experience.
A fun night tour....great guide!
FANTASTIC!!! So many questions answered.
The guide we had was so knowledgeable he made it so so exciting and interesting and he was funny he was called Stephen. He even should us were part of the new Sherlock was filmed and the tunnel that was used for M in one of the Bond films.
Really enjoyed the tour
Lots of fun! Our guide, Alan Doyle was not only knowledgeable, but funny as hell. The British Ninja! Highly recommend this tour
This tour was amazing!
Daniel B United States of ...
You can't beat the value. We had a one day layover in London arriving in the afternoon and departing the next morning. This was one of the few tours that started in the evening that fit our schedule. So glad we did it. Not only was it informative, but very entertaining. Our tour guide was obviously a Jack the Ripper expert and the way he told the story had us all hanging on every word. We visited some very hip neighborhoods, the tour guide pointed out all the major sights big plus Big Ben, the Abbey, Traflagar Sq, London Bridge, Parliament, etc. and ended the tour at the Sherlock Holmes pub. Sit at the top of the bus for the best views. Do try a pint of the Sherlock draft.
really enjoyable trip the tour guide was fantastic - would definitely recommend this.
Our guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell he thoroughly enjoyed what he was doing. We rode some and walked some. We would walk to a certain spot and he would give us details about where we were and why we stopped there. Answered lots of questions. Would definitely recommend to friends.
This was a great way to start our visit to London. Our guide was super fun and very informative! Loved it!
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