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The East End: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

    1. London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

    Take a spine chilling walking tour of London's historic Whitechapel district, and follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper's terrifying killing spree of the autumn of 1888. The tour explores how a series of terrible murders gripped the East End of London. Explore the historical background of the Whitechapel murders. Examine how public perception of these gruesome but gripping crimes has been shaped, and compare it to the reality of 1888 as you go to the sites menaced by Jack the Ripper. Play detective as you’re given a profile of some of the most likely suspects. Get out your magnifying glass and try to figure out whodunnit!

  • London: Jack the Ripper Museum Tickets

    2. London: Jack the Ripper Museum Tickets

    As you step through the front door of the Jack the Ripper Museum you’ll take a step back in time to the London murders of 1888. For 2 hours you’ll be immersed in the dark world of Jack the Ripper and his victims. Explore Mitre Square, and see a realistic and terrifying waxwork recreation of P. C. Watkins discovering the body of Catherine Eddowes. Once you have seen the murder, meet the murderer by visiting Jack the Ripper's sitting room, complete with medical instruments, books, maps, letters, and a fascinating collection of weird and wonderful Victorian Ripper memorabilia. Pride of place goes to prime suspect Walter Sickert’s original drawing of the body of a woman on a metal bed, appropriately signed in red ink. Whitechapel Police Station was the epicenter of the Ripper investigation. In the museum's recreation of the Police Station, you’ll see all the evidence presented on the crime...

    It was fantastic loved it there informative interesting and lady was very helpful

  • Secret London Tour by Bike

    3. Secret London Tour by Bike

    This quirky London guided bike tour packs in a lot in a short time exploring the colorful back streets of the East End and the financial district, and is full of interesting anecdotes. See world famous sights such as the Tower of London, the site of the Great Fire of 1666 and iconic Tower Bridge. Hear bizarre tales of scandal, polar bears in the River Thames and relive the dark days of Jack the Ripper. There are some fabulous hidden gems to discover such as exotic Brick Lane and the cockney 'Bow Bells' along with a visit to an authentic East End pub. The Hidden London bicycle tour will also take in the City of London's most noted landmarks, including the Bank of England, the eye catching 'Gherkin' and the original Stock Exchange building.

    We had a fab time with 12 and 14 yr old love to wander around London on a bike and off main roads too definitely recommend it

  • Gangster London Walking Tour with Actor Vas Blackwood

    4. Gangster London Walking Tour with Actor Vas Blackwood

    The East End of London has long been associated with violence, from its association with Jack the Ripper to The Krays. This 2 hour walking tour explores real life and film locations associated with London’s criminal underworld. On-screen hard man, actor Vas Blackwood, best known for his role as Rory Breaker in gangster film “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels,” guides the tour around the infamous Kray twin’s stamping ground. The tour goes to the Blind Beggar pub, Repton Boys Club and other locations which played a pivotal role in the lives of the Krays and other gangsters, and which turned them from mere gangsters into celebrity icons. Through his role as an onscreen gangster, Vas has rubbed shoulders with some of London’s ex-gangsters and their associates, including Freddie Foreman, Dave Courtney, Barbara Windsor and gangster-turned-actor Lenny McLean. On this tour Vas retells firs...

    Good tour, his knowledge of the Krays was extensive,. Vas proved to be a very passionate, animated guide. One word of caution which Vas did point out at the start of the tour was his colourful language definitely not for children! I would recommend the tour, comfortable footwear needed as we walked nearly 5 miles.

  • London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

    5. London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

    Step aboard a vintage open top bus, and journey through the haunted streets of London after dark. Along the way, hear stories about the legends buried at Westminster Abbey, and see the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded. A guide will explain how the public executioner would often raise a severed head to the crowd to show it still twitching for several seconds after the brutal blows! Continue to the Old Bailey, where numerous public hangings once took place. Pass the Royal London Hospital where the “Elephant Man” once lived. Be spooked by tales of Mrs Lovett’s pie fillings, which she sold from her shop next to a butcherous barber! Then, walk through a deserted Smithfield Market, looking for the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured. Learn about the 19th-century body snatchers that dug up local cemeteries “in the interests of science.” Listen out for the scratch...

    Was a great tour but was hoping for more gruesome details and dark stories. The guide was very well spoken though and did explain what happened very well.

  • English Heritage: Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors

    6. English Heritage: Attractions Pass for Overseas Visitors

    Get a range of benefits with a 9-day or 16-day single or family English Heritage Overseas Visitor Pass, offering free entry to more than 100 stately homes, castles, prehistoric remains and gardens the length and breadth of England. Only available to non-UK residents, the great value pass will save you money even if you only visit 2 or 3 attractions, making a 9-day pass suitable for a weekend break. You can visit as many English Heritage attractions as you like, and come back as many times as you want to. But the more places you visit, the more money you save! Plan your vacation with the help of our overseas visitor Guidebook. The English Heritage website will also help you plan your visit before you travel. Once you have decided which attractions to explore, there is no need to get your money out at every attraction, and no need to keep track of your spending. The monuments bring the ...

    We were able to visit quite a few places that we might otherwise have not seen- a great opportunity; as well as the ones we had planned on going to.

  • Haunted London and Jack The Ripper Tour with Fish and Chips

    7. Haunted London and Jack The Ripper Tour with Fish and Chips

    Discover the dark side of London on this combined 3-hour coach and walking tour and learn about some of the capital’s most notorious murder cases. Starting from the Theatre Drury Lane, you will learn why it is considered London’s most haunted theater. Drive past site of numerous public hangings at the Old Bailey, and continue past the former home of Sweeny Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. Hear how his accomplice, Mrs Lovatt, was said to have baked pies from the flesh of his victims, before selling them to unsuspecting customers. As the shadows get long, head to London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th-Century. Learn how, during the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys, to stalk and butcher his 5 victims. Walk along his death trail, inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence, and discussing the sus...

  • East End: Street Art Walking Tour

    8. East End: Street Art Walking Tour

    Take a walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide just outside the City of London (London’s historic financial district). Learn the history of the East End as you walk down streets covered in street art. Gain unique insights into the urban art and graffiti scene of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Wander through areas such as Spitalfields, Brick Lane, and trendy Shoreditch, and discover works from dozens of artists, depending on the option chosen. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis and that you’ll get a unique experience.

  • Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

    9. Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

    Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide by Old Spitalfields Market, just outside the City of London (London’s historic financial district). Learn the history of the East End as you walk down streets covered in street art. Your guide is one of the most knowledgeable about London’s street artists, and will give you a unique insight into the urban art and graffiti culture of the area. Wander over from Spitalfields to Brick Lane and the trendy Shoreditch area. Discover street art from around 40 artists, including ROA, Stik, Borondo, Cranio, and many more. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis. This guarantees that a tour will always feel fresh.

    An excellent tour around the East End with Gary. Learnt a lot about the area with some lovely art work thrown in. Thankyou.

  • Jack The Ripper Tour in London's East End

    10. Jack The Ripper Tour in London's East End

    Take a spine chilling walking tour of London's historic Whitechapel district, and follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper's terrifying killing spree of the autumn of 1888. The 2-hour tour explores how a series of terrible murders gripped the East End of London. It’s a story that can send shivers down your spine to this very day. The discovery of a body set in motion one of the most famous man-hunts in London’s criminal history. For over 120 years Ripperologists and amateur sleuths have been trying and failing to discover the identity of the man known as Jack the Ripper. Throughout the tour you will explore the historical background of the Whitechapel murders and their passing into a genre almost in their own right. Examine how public perception of these gruesome but gripping crimes has been shaped, and compare it to the reality of 1888 as you go to the actual sites of the murders.

    Absolutely brilliant...what more can I say! Angie our tour guide was informative, extremely knowledgeable and very funny! She even stayed behind to answer my questions...would recommend 100%

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What people are saying about The East End

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Grea fun, relaxted and very interesting. Fantastic knowlegde. Vaz wasthe consumate professional. I would recomend the tour, in a group or as a solo particioant. A good way to meet others if you are a visitor to London.

Uncle Vaz is a top man, great tour with loads of humour and banter, he made time for everyone and made the the day a day to remember, Best £20 I've spent in a long while.

It was fantastic loved it there informative interesting and lady was very helpful

Josh our guide was knowledgeable, fun and obviously lived street art

Vas was amazing funny and kept you interested through out the Tour