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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).

Locations visited
Smithfield Market
Sherlock Holmes Museum
Westminster Abbey
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Overview

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.

Highlights
  • 2.5-hour vintage double-decker bus and walking tour of the darkest recesses of historical London
  • Visit the locations of London’s most infamous executions, hauntings, and murders
  • Walk the alleyways where Jack the Ripper stalked his victims
  • See the execution sites of King Charles I and William Wallace, as immortalized in the film Braveheart
  • Head inside the Sherlock Holmes pub to enjoy a drink and dinner (own expense)
  • Travel on a Jack the Ripper-themed double-decker bus with a guide
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Very Informative and great sighst to see!

We booked this for the night before we left London - we shopped all day then headed back to the hotel then took the tube to the Victoria Station - about a ten minute walk after that to Victoria Cross station - we had a...More

Thank Gary D
Reviewed 6 July 2018
Do not waste your money or time

We were scheduled to go on this tour tonight. If I could give this a zero rating I would. The bus and driver were a no show for over an hour. We finally packed it in and left after wasting the night. The tour guide...More

2  Thank Amy W
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile
Definition of dissatisfaction

I had been so excited for this tour as I love history and the stories surrounding Jack the Ripper. This however, did not ignite any form of fixation or interest at all. The bus was fine and bus driver (Don -I think) was brilliant and...More

2  Thank Nina R
Reviewed 17 June 2018
Great tour of the Jack the Ripper Locations

Well worth the money, and a trip back in history on a vintage double-decker bus. Magnus, our tour guide, was great. He separated the fact from the fiction and conducted an excellent tour of the Whitechapel district. The Tour also stopped at the location of...More

4  Thank joanalternate
Reviewed 11 June 2018
This sucked

When I booked this it did not say the first hour of the tour was spent on a bus. Once we got to the first stop our guide went on and on about things that had nothing to do with haunted London. He spent over...More

2  Thank charlenecline2002
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Nia W
27 May 2018|
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We just did the tour yesterday 6/9/18 and it was just dusk when the walking part started.
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krustie22
17 May 2018|
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No. I too have RA and osteoporosis after a long bus ride my knees were killing me
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