Part 1: Open top drive through sinister and haunted London
Step ahead our vintage open top bus to begin our journey through the dark 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 excutioners, who worked reguarly in front of large crowds at Tower Hill which we will also see, would often raise the severed head showing off to the crowd and would often continue to twitch for several seconds after the 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 fillings. The bucherous barber who lived next door and who would cut off more than just your hair; gangland warfare, great trained robbers and many 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 will see the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured. And also hear about the 19th century body snatckers for the scratching sounds of Fanny Lynes, the cock-lane ghost and hear her true story of death, sex, loan sharking, arsenic poison and seances. It all took place 150 years ago and has troubled the nation ever since.
Part 3: Jack the Ripper
As th shadows lengthen, we approach London's East End, a hotbed of crme 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 thr 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?
End tour the at the Sherlock Holmes pub that features a wide collection of the investigator's memorabilia.
Tour timing starts 1900 hours at Victoria Coach Station and ends at approximately 2130 hours (GMT+1) at Trafalgar Square
Pickup at Victoria Coach Station (Gate 0)
164 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W9TP
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