Take a trip down murder lane with a Jack the Ripper walk on a dark winter’s evening and retace the steps of the infamous Victorian monster.
2013 marked 125 years since the first infamous Whitechapel Murder - Jack the Ripper’s first recorded murder. There were 11 Whitechapel murders in total, with Jack the Ripper thought to be responsible for five, and you’ll be shown the exact spots where these five gruesome killings took place as you lurk the streets of E1.
Sunday is the best day to go, with the leading expert on all things Ripper Donald Rumbelow leading the tour. There’s no Ripper-related question this crime historian can’t answer. As your tour begins and you huddle around your guide - with The Tower of London as a fitting backdrop - he sets the scene perfectly and before you know it you’re back in Victorian London, nervously wandering through murky back streets where poverty is rife, gin is king and there’s a demonic murderer on the loose.
The tour finishes up at the Ten Bells on Commercial St. A Jack the Ripper hangout turned trendy pub where gin is still the chosen poison for the east London crowd that sprawls out on to the pavements most nights.And after all that blood-curdling talk of throat slitting and gutting maybe you’d like to order yourself a G&T too to steady your nerves.
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