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Explore London’s horrific past with a 2.5-hour walking tour of the city’s most eerie sites! Wind through London’s dark corridors and hear ghastly tales of murder, execution and depravity from your local guide. Pass by infamous locations with grisly histories such as the Tower of London, St Katharine’s Docks – where the Black Death crept into London – and the East End to visit the former stomping ground of Jack the Ripper and the Kray twins.
Your chilling adventure begins in the evening at Tower Hill in central London. Meet your local guide and set off on a journey through the dark recesses of London’s horrible history. Steel yourself for legendary tales of disease, wickedness and death!
Your 2.5-hour tour winds along the north bank of the River Thames, passing the ominous – and reputedly haunted – Tower of London. Learn the tower’s history as a prison and gruesome execution place, and hear tale of prisoners like Anne Boleyn – Henry VIII's unfortunate second wife – who met her end there in 1536. Walk on to St Katharine’s Docks, once a bustling commercial port that earned a foul reputation as the entry point of the bubonic plague and the Black Death.
Afterwards, leave the riverside to wander into the East End. As you explore the warren of dimly lit alleys and backroads, hear about the area’s most famous tyrants like the Kray twins, brutal mobsters who terrorized London in the mid-20th century, and the London Burkers who made a business of body snatching. Walk through Whitechapel where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims more than 125 years ago. Follow the murder trail, hearing facts about the crime scenes and the women who were brutally assaulted with chilling clinical precision. Discuss theories and suspects that have come and gone, leaving the Jack the Ripper story a great unsolved mystery.
Conclude with a stop at Old Spitalfields Market – the site of a massive plague pit – and hear about the sinister mistreatment of patients at Bedlam, London’s first psychiatric hospital. Your tour ends at Liverpool Street with plenty of time for some (more light-hearted) evening activities.
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