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London walks – The Next 7 Days

Friday, September 25th, 2009

From today Friday 25th September 2009 we have some great London walks that you can book on to.

Every night we have the chilling and wonderfully atmospheric Jack the Ripper Tour. This meets outside Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station at 7pm.

Booking is essential for this very popular tour as we like to limit the number of participants to a sensible number of no more than 36 people per guide.

The tour visits the main sites where the jack the Ripper murders occurred. But the great thing about our Jack the Ripper walking tour is that ours is the only one of all the London walks to start right in the heart of the area where the murders occurred.

Those London walks that start at Tower Hill have to walk for close on 40 to 45 minutes before they even reach a murder site.

On ours, by contrast, you go straight into an alleyway where what, at the time, was thought to be the first Jack the Ripper murder occurred. From there we make our way to the street where Mary Nichols who nowadays is believed to have been the first victim was living at the time of her death.

Follow this link for details of our Jack the Ripper Tour of London.

In addition to our Jack the Ripper Walking Tour of London we will have our regular weekly ghost walks on Friday and Saturday this week.

When you join our Haunted London walks, which is always led by Richard Jones, you are joining the author of over fifteen books on Haunted Britain and Ireland, two of which are specifically about Haunted London.

No other London Ghost Tour can offer you the level of expertise and the skillful storytelling that we offer on our wander around wicked sinister and ghostly London.

Friday night’s tour is the Ghosts, Ghouls and Graveyards Hidden Horrors of Haunted London Tour. Saturday’s tour is the Alleyways and Shadows Old City of London Ghost Walk.

To book your places on a Haunted London walk please click here.

Jack the Ripper’s First Murder

Monday, August 31st, 2009

London walks around Jack the Ripper’s London.

It was in the early hours of August 31st 1888 that Jack the Ripper committed what is now accepted as his forst murder in London.

Walks around his murder sites are increasingly popular and our London walks that take in Jack the Ripper’s London depart night after night to show visitors and Londoners alike the places where the Jack the Ripper murders occurred.

Although tonight’s tour on 31st August is now fully booked we operated the Jack the Ripper Tour seven chilling nights a week so you can always book up for another anniversary night such as the 8th of September, the anniversary of the murder of Jack the Ripper’s second victim Annie Chapman.

A Jack the Ripper’s London Anniversary Walk.

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

In the early hours of the 31st August 1888 a lady by the name of Mary Nichols was found murdered in a dismal East End thoroughfare called Bucks Row.

Our Jack the Ripper London walks take you through the London that he terrorised in the autumn of 1888 and tell the story of the murders in chronological order.

We don’t actually visit Buck’s Row for several reasons. First and foremost amongst those reasons is that it doesn’t exist anymore! Indeed the residents who lived there were a little ashamed of the sudden notoriety the murder of Mary Nichols in their street had given them that they petitioned the council and got the name changed to Durward Street, which is what Buck’s Row is called today.

The actual murder site no longer exists and so it really isn’t worth out London walks making the long trek down to it.

But what we do do on our Jack the Ripper London walking tour, is take you to Thrawl Street, which is where Mary Nichols was ldging at the time of her murder.

On the corner of Thrawl Street is a building that has actually survived from 1888. It is a building that Mary Nichols visited shortly before she was murdered on August 31st 1888.

So why not book up for our special anniversary walk on August 31st 2009 and see for yourself the streets and places associated with the greatest murder mystery of all time.

Jack the Ripper Tour

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Jack the Ripper London walks are a great night out and with the expert guides of Discovery Tours you are guaranteed a night out that is chilling, informative and, at the same time, entertaining.

Ours is the only Jack the Ripper walk that begins right in the heart of the area where the 1888 murders occurred so straight away you are getting a more chronologically accurate tour than the London walks that start at Tower Hill.

We meet outside Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station almost right alongside the former site of St Mary’s Church (the church itself  was destroyed in the second World War).

In the Middle Ages this church was lime-washed and was thus the so-called “Whitechapel” which gave its name to the area.

The first Whitechapel Murder Victim, Emma Smith, walked past this church shortly before she was attacked in April 1888.

We then cross over Whitechapel High Street and pass under the arch of Gunthorpe Street, passing as we do the White Hart Pub, which has survived from 1888 and in the basement of which a leading suspect for the mantle of Jack the Ripper once worked.

Those who join our Jack the Ripper Tour are instantly struck by just how little Gunthorpe Street has changed since 1888, there is even an atmospheric old building a little way along on the left that has the year 1886, the year of its construction emblazoned upon it.

Our London walk then continues along Gunthorpe Street to the spot where Martha Tabram, whom many consider to have been the first victim of Jack the Ripper was murdered. Standing there in this cobble-stoned back alley it’s easy to believe that you have been pitched back in time to the autumn of 1888, and to imagine that Jack the Ripper is still loose in this sordid east End hinterland.

From here we make our way to the corner on which the first Whitechapel Murder Victim, Emma Smith, was attacked.

From there we head off to the corner of Thrawl Street where Mary Nichols the first definate victim of Jack the Ripper was lodging at the time of her murder. We show you a building in which she spent some her last hours and point out an item that has been there since the days when she would have known this building.

By this time, about 40 minutes into our Jack the Ripper Tour, we have seen five sites that our actually connected to the mystery of the east End murders and have walked through streets that have changed little since the autumn of 1888.

And we still have some of the finest 18th century streets in the East End of London to walk through. That is why those who join our tour always comment on what an atmospheric route we take.

But the best thing about our tour is that we are the only one of the London walks companies that ask you to book in advance. We do this because ours is the only Jack the Ripper Tour on which the number of participants is limited to a sensible and manageable number of around 34 people.

Finally, every one of our tours is led by an expert on the Jack the Ripper murders. Three of our guides are published authors on the subject, five of our guides have appeared on the BBC, Sky One, as well as on the Discovery and History Channels talking about the murders and offerring their expert opinion on suspects.

So why not enjoy a night out with a difference? Why not enjoy an evening exploring one of London’s lesser visited quarters, sifting the evidence and unpicking the story of the world’s greatest murder mystery?

Jack the Ripper London walk

Monday, May 4th, 2009

Our Jack the Ripper Tour is on the move.

From tomorrow, May 5th 2009, Our Jack the Ripper Walk meeting point will move to a new exit outside Aldgate East Underground Station.

Our new meeting point will be outside Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station. This is reached if you are arriving into Aldgate East from central or west London by turning right off the tube, going up the stairs, through the ticket barrier and Exit Four is the exit on the right.

If you our joining our Jack the Ripper London walks and travelling from the East of London, simply turn left off the train and follow the above directions.

Our Jack the Ripper Tour takes place seven chilling nights a week, and has been operating since 1982. We our the only one of all the London walks offerring Jack the Ripper tours that ask you to book. We do this because we like to limit our numbers to a sensible and manageable number of around 34 participants.

London walks that tell you there is “no need to book” cannot do this and the result is that participants on those tours can end up crammed on to an untidy scrum with 80, 90, 100 or sometimes over 200 people all struggling to see and hear one guide.

Those who join our walks often express relief when these massive cattle drive London walks pass us in the streets, and several of our clients have written to say how pleased they were to join a company that ensures they can hear and see everything. As we like to put it ours is the Jack the Riper walk that’s heard not herd.

Exit Four of Aldgate east Station is a great place to begin your Jack the Ripper London walk and we’re very excited about the move. For a start its almost directly alongside the site of St Mary’s Church, which was the White Chapel that gave its name to the area.

Furthermore Whitechapel High Street, on which our tour begins, featured in the story of Emma Smith, who was attacked nearby on April 3rd 1888, and who is the first name on the Whitechapel Murders file.

From here we go in to Gunthorpe Street, which in 188 was called George yard, and which was the place where the body of Martha Tabram was found in August 1888. This little, cobbled alley is exactly as it was in 1888 and still has a really sinister atmosphere about it.

From Gunthorpe Street we go to Thrawl Street where Mary Nichols, who many believe was the first actual victim of Jack the Ripper, was lodging at the time of her murder.

So, within moments of starting our Jack the Ripper’s London walk, you have passed two murder sites, and visited a street connected with another. You have gone in to a narrow, cobbled alley and seen buildings that survive from 1888 and which featured in the sotry of Jack the Ripper.

The large cattle drive tours that start from Tower Hill will, on the other hand, spend the first 50 or so minutes stopping in modern well lit streets which have virtually no connections with the Jack the Ripper murders. Furthermore, their numbers are so large they simply cannot squeeze in to the narrow, unchanged alleyways that typify what the area was like when Jack the Ripper stalked them.

So join us on London’s premier Jack the Rippe London walks and enjoy a welcome difference. Just remember that from Tuesday May 5th 2009 we will be meeting outside Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station, at the epicentre of the Jack the Ripper Murders. An remember when you join our London walks you are joining the tours that are heard not herd.