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Jack the Ripper

Follow the footsteps of London's infamous (and unidentified) serial killer, who terrorised the city's East End in Victorian times.

TravelCurious Tip

Take the tour in the evening when the cobbled streets are less crowded and it is easier to imagine walking through the Victorian gloom - the shadows of evening add to the eerie atmosphere.

Dark streets

For many of us today, the tale of Jack the Ripper is no more than a ghost story about something that happened in a different time and a different world. But this killer really existed - and visitors to London may still follow his footsteps through the shadows of the East End. ‘Jack,' as the papers named him, was a vicious murderer on the streets of Whitechapel during the late Victorian era. He killed and brutally mutilated five women, all prostitutes, before disappearing without trace. He was never caught and the terror he brought to the streets of London lives on today.

There are many companies that offer walking tours of Whitechapel, taking tourists around the places where sightings of Jack were reported and where his evil deeds were carried out. These tours are given by expert guides who recount the chilling tales associated with each spot, the witnesses who may or may not have seen ‘Jack’ himself, and the doomed race to catch an enigmatic serial killer.

True crime

Whitechapel is a very different place today from what it was in 1888: Victorian Whitechapel was a severely impoverished area rife with criminal activity, while today it has become a chic bohemian district with a thriving Bangladeshi community. But all of the spots which were haunted by Jack the Ripper can still be identified and some are even relatively unchanged.

The Jack the Ripper walking tours are among the scariest of London’s attractions (other popular tours in the genre include the London Dungeons and the Tower of London), and continue to entice countless visitors to the city every year. Highly rated tours include the ‘Original Jack the Ripper Tour’ and ‘Jack the Ripper Tour with Ripper-Vision™,’ which features grisly hand-held projections.

If you have a penchant for horror stories and murder mysteries, the unique and thoroughly atmospheric experience of a Jack the Ripper walking tour is definitely for you.

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Tower of London
One of England's first Norman castles, as well as its most feared prison and the home of the Crown Jewels.
Museum of London
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Shoreditch Street Art
Grafitti and alternative art by Banksy, Eine, Sweet Toof, Stik and many more.
Theatre for Film, Theatre and Dance
Sampling Studio, Old Truman Brewey
Fashion studio set up by Eddie Gavriilidis in the heart of Brick Lane, the Old Truman Brewery. Commissioned on pieces for Lady Gaga among other, they have gained a reputation for high-end fashion.
East End
The history behind the East End of London - the home of cockneys - begins just outside of the traditional Roman boundaries of the City of London.

Related Tours

The East End Tour: Brick Lane, Shoreditch and Spitalfields
London’s East End is a district of many faces. Traditionally associated with the industrial working class, the home to dockers and factory workers, the East End has long been the place where London meets with the consequences of modernity. 

  • Amble towards ethnically vibrant Brick Lane, welcome to London's Banglatown.
  • Trace centuries of Jewish and Asian migration through clues and distinct architecture.
  • Comb the uber-trendy Old Spitalfields Market, a mecca for artisan products.
  • Follow in the footsteps of Jack The Ripper and visit the scene of his murders. 
  • Next, tour the most electrifying pieces of street art across the neighbourhood.
  • Finish by bisecting colourful Shoreditch, London's urban playground and artistic hub.
From the rapid urbanisation and slums of the Victorian era, to the great waves of working-class immigration in the 20th century, to the turmoil of radical political struggle, through to the more recent transformations of deindustrialisation, financialisation, and digital transformation, the East End has been marked like no other part of London. 

Where once factories belched out smoke, and impoverished manual labourers struggled for their daily diet, the East End now thrives as the undisputed epicentre of London’s art, fashion, and entrepreneurship. From the startup hubs leading the digital economy to the art galleries, pubs and restaurants of a vibrant social world, this truly is a remarkable part of the world’s most international city. In this melting pot of diversity - famed for waves of Huguenot, Irish, and Jewish immigration - we now see the huge influence of Bangladeshi migrants, whose cuisine defines and enlivens the world-renowned Brick Lane. 
The Ripper Enigma Group Walking Tour
Nothing has had a greater impact on criminal history than the series of murders attributed to Jack the Ripper. With the finding of the body of Mary Ann Nichols in the early hours of the morning of 31 August 1888, the story begins with a spate of serial killings which were to become the most enigmatic murders ever to come under the scrutiny of criminologists worldwide. Mystery continues to surround the Ripper enigma.

Fuelled by the press, suspicion took hold of the population of the time. Was the killer the mysterious ‘Leather Apron’? Was it one of the Jewish immigrants who spoke their own unfamiliar language? Or was it a doctor, looking for body parts?

The grotesque mutilation of the bodies, and the sensationalism of the press, kept the people of London in awe of the mysterious killer.

The Ripper killings ended with the gruesome murder of Mary Jane Kelly on 9 November – or did they? Maybe the killings carried on into the 1890's and beyond?

Or maybe they ended with the notorious ‘Double Event’ of 30 September 1888?

This tour does not offer a solution to the Ripper murders, nor does it seek to glorify the grim activities of the murderer. Rather, we seek to understand the murders and their significance. We do so through buildings surviving from the time which tell the story of the murders and illustrate their context.



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