Not your typical tour, this particular trip invites you on board a vintage open top double-decker bus with a rather sinister theme. Travel back in time to the era of Jack the Ripper and hunt for ghosts in some of London’s spookiest areas.
The first leg of the tour will take you through the haunted streets of London, as your guide regales tales of the horrors that took place at some of London’s famous landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, the Banqueting House, Tower Hill, the Old Bailey and Fleet Street.
From there, it’s on to Smithfield market, where you might want to stay pretty close to your guide. Braveheart was tortured here, and body snatchers have been known to frequent the area. The Cock Lane ghost might also make an appearance, 250 years after her death. Her story still haunts the nation.
Nearing the East End of London, we’re now in Jack the Ripper territory. It was the autumn of 1888, five victims were brutally butchered to death. And the true identity of the culprit still remains a mystery. Here you will decipher the evidence of each cast and discuss the suspect possibilities.
After all this violence and mystery, you’ll be in need of some warmth and a nightcap. And there’s nowhere better than the Sherlock Holmes Pub, full of the famous investigators memorabilia.
So come aboard this alternative tour - if you think you’ve got the stomach for it!
· Open top bus ride through the dark side of London with expert guide
· Hear stories of the dead people buried at Westminster Abbey and pass the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded
· See the Royal London Hospital, where the Elephant Man lived and where Braveheart was tortured.
· Short walking tour of haunted Smithfield Market
· Walk in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper and inspect the murder sites.
· Tour ends at the Sherlock Holmes pub near Trafalgar Square in central London.
Part 1 : Open top drive through sinister and haunted London
Step aboard our vintage open top bus to begin our journey through the ark and haunted streets of London. Hear tales of the legends buried at Westminster Abbey and see the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded, a relatively common punishment for crime at the time. Your expert guide will explain how the executioners, who worked regularly in front of large crowds at Tower Hill which we will also see, would often raise the severed head showing it off to the crowd and that would often continue to twitch for several seconds after brutal blows. We then travel to the Old Bailey – the site of numerous public hangings, the Royal London Hospital where the Elephant Man lived, and hear tales of Mrs Lovett’s pie shop with her speciality filings, the butcherous barber who lived next door and who would cut off more than just your hair; gangland warfare, great train robber’s and more.
Part 2 : Ghost walk through Smithfield Market
Stay close to our guide as we walk through a deserted Smithfield Market and the surrounding cobbled streets. You’ll see the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured, and hear about the 19th century body snatchers who dug up local cemeteries ‘in the interests of science’. Then listen out for the scratching sounds of Fanny Lynes, the Cock Lane Ghost, and hear her true story of death, sex, loan sharking, arsenic poisoning and séances. It all took place 250 years ago and has troubled the nation ever since.
Part 3: Jack The Ripper
As the shadows lengthen, we approach London’s East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk and butcher his five victims. At this point we leave the safety of the bus and walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing his suspects. To this day the case remains unsolved. Come and investigate the case for yourself – who was Jack the Ripper?
Part 4: Fancy a nightcap? Then join us in the warmth of the Sherlock Holmes pub.
The pub also boasts a wide collection of the investigators memorabilia. Feeling hungry? The pub also has a wide variety of meals including traditional fish and chips supper on offer which can be purchased from the bar. The tour ends at the Sherlock Holmes pub which is situated close to Trafalgar Square.
Tour starts at 7 pm at Victoria Coach Station gate 0 and will finish approx. 9.30 pm at Trafalgar Square (Sherlock Holmes Pub)
Please check in at least 20 minutes prior to departure and hand your voucher to the Premium Tours representative on board the bus.
Vouchers are only valid for the date and time booked.
Seating is based on a first come first serve basis and seating on the upper-deck cannot be guaranteed.
Not suitable for children under 12 years of age.
On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus.
Not suitable for children under 12 years old
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