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London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

1. London: Jack the Ripper Guided Walking Tour

Hit the streets of East End London on a Jack the Ripper mystery walking tour. Head back to 1888 with your expert Ripperologist guide as you try to solve the still-unsolved murders on this immersive experience. Assess photographic evidence and hear true stories about the investigation to suss out the suspects. 'Investigate’ the alleged perpetrators and hear about the theories as to who committed some of the most shocking crimes in Britain's history. Learn more about the victims and everyday life in Whitechapel which was an impoverished neighborhood at the time. Your guide will even share gems about Victorian London, including the cultural context for enduring figures such as Sherlock Holmes.  Was Jack the Ripper ever close to being caught? Why did he choose Whitechapel? Where was any evidence discovered? Find all this out and more with your Ripperologist guide. Stops include:  • Brick Lane  • Christ Church  • Spitalfields Market • Mitre Square • Petticoat Lane • Ten Bells Pub

Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

2. Alternative London 2-Hour Street Art Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide by Old Spitalfields Market, just outside the City of London (London’s historic financial district). Learn the history of the East End as you walk down streets covered in street art. Your guide is one of the most knowledgeable about London’s street artists, and will give you a unique insight into the urban art and graffiti culture of the area. Wander over from Spitalfields to Brick Lane and the trendy Shoreditch area. Discover street art from around 40 artists, including ROA, Stik, Borondo, Cranio, and many more. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis. This guarantees that a tour will always feel fresh.

Secret London Tour by Bike

3. Secret London Tour by Bike

This quirky London guided bike tour packs in a lot in a short time exploring the colorful back streets of the East End and the financial district, and is full of interesting anecdotes. See world famous sights such as the Tower of London, the site of the Great Fire of 1666 and iconic Tower Bridge. Hear bizarre tales of scandal, polar bears in the River Thames and relive the dark days of Jack the Ripper. There are some fabulous hidden gems to discover such as exotic Brick Lane and the cockney 'Bow Bells' along with a visit to an authentic East End pub. The Hidden London bicycle tour will also take in the City of London's most noted landmarks, including the Bank of England, the eye catching 'Gherkin' and the original Stock Exchange building.

London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

4. London: 2-Hour Private City Tour Off the Beaten Track

Dive into Shoreditch, London's alternative side. Step away from the tourist trails and follow your local guide on a private tour full of surprises. Check out Brick Lane, Old Spitalfields market, local street art, spot architectural gems, and more. See and learn about the unexpected side of London. Let your guide show you hangout spots and historical spots representative of the area.

London Street Art and The East End Guided Walking Tour

5. London Street Art and The East End Guided Walking Tour

Notorious as the hunting ground of 19th century serial killer Jack the Ripper, it’s now home to London’s best street art including Shepard Fairey and Banksy. The East End is alive with contradictions and colorful characters, and you’ll be introduced to some favorite spots along the way, including the shops and flavors of Spitalfields Market. Explore the streets and neighborhoods that will leave you wanting to stick around and mingle at the coffee shops with the hipsters all afternoon. Highlights Generally Include: Spitalfields Market, Whitechapel, Brick Lane, Shoreditch,Banksy, Shepard Fairey

London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

6. London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

Experience London like never before and hire a professional photographer for an exclusive photo session against some of the city’s most striking backdrops. Choose between a 1- or 2-hour session, with a choice of focus for the session as well. Your friendly personal photographer will create stunning photos of you against London backdrops as you discover the city’s charms. The photo-documentary style of photography is unobtrusive and natural, and perfect for capturing special occasions or simply candid moments during your trip. In the vibrant street life of London, there’s plenty of photo-worthy scenes to be found at every street corner. You could be cycling around the city, taking a stroll along trendy shopping streets, relaxing in one of the many parks, reveling in London’s cultural offerings, or just kicking back and enjoying a beer and a meal at a traditional pub. Photo sessions are held in some of the most picturesque neighborhoods. The most popular itineraries include: • Jack The Ripper’s London: Take a walk through the East End of London and retrace the footsteps of Jack the Ripper. From Whitechapel to Brick Lane, you’ll have lots of photo opportunities in the dark heart of London's East End. Travel back in time to the late 1800s. Take a walk through the sprawling markets of Petticoat Lane and Commercial Road, and on to the darkened corners of Mitre Square and Bucks Row! • Royal London: Explore the area around Buckingham Palace and see the Changing of the Guard. See Westminster Bridge, Big Ben, the London Eye, and South Bank. • Beatles London: Re-enact the Beatles’ Abbey Road crossing and explore Carnaby Street, the London hub of the swinging 60s. Alternatively, the photographers encourage you to choose your own locations that suit your personality and style.

London: East End British Food & Drinks Private Walking Tour

7. London: East End British Food & Drinks Private Walking Tour

Eat and drink like a Londoner on this private dining tour of London's East End. Originally a neighborhood of immigrants, with a dark past associated with crime and poverty, today it is one of the best areas to dine in London. Visit five of the best pubs and taverns frequented by Londoners. Start your tour through the charming streets of East London and stop at one of the most interesting places in London: a café in the middle of a medieval church. Taste the most authentic British pastries accompanied by a classic tea or coffee. Next, it's time to try the classic London dish: fish and chips. Enjoy this dish with a cold beer while your local guide tells you the darkest stories of Jack the Ripper, a famous character from the 19th century who murdered his victims in the same area where your tour takes place. Visit one of the best pubs in London while you taste the typical "Scotch egg", a popular pub dish in Great Britain consisting of a hard-boiled egg inside sausage meat that has been shredded and baked or fried. Finally, sample the classic English pie, a traditional British dish consisting of a puff pastry filled with a rich sauce and slowly cooked meat or vegetables. Savor these pies served with a craft beer or wine in a beautiful English tavern with a buzzing atmosphere.

London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

8. London: Exotic East End Food Tour at Sunday Markets

Join the ultimate cultural journey in London’s East End as you take a guided tour of the famous Sunday Markets. Try food samples from international cuisine vendors and get a chance to learn Cockney Rhyming slang. Experience not simply a ‘food tour’ but a journey around the world and understanding and celebration of how the most multicultural area of the most cosmopolitan city came to be. Taste Indian samosas, local oysters with a glass of Bubbly, Ghanian chocolate, and Jewish “Beigels or Bagels” (depends on which side of the world you are in).  No visit to the East End would be complete without some Cockney banter, so you’ll learn a bit o’ rhyming slang when it’s time to rest your ‘plates of meat’.

London: Jack The Ripper City Exploration Game

9. London: Jack The Ripper City Exploration Game

Be led on an exciting self-guided tour around the streets of London while playing a mobile-based quest with your friends and family. With every step you take, get closer to solving a mystery that has baffled the world for more than a century: who was Jack the Ripper? Download the app, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Follow clues to visit the sites of Jack the Rippers’ most sinister murders, including the Christ Church Spitalfields, the White Hartand, and many more. Unlock secrets about the places you visit as you solve puzzles and guess the answers. Go into the pub where unfortunate victims had their last drinks and wander into the cobbled alleys where the serial killer used them. Use the clues to lead you from one site to another. Each clue provides you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. Complete the tour in about 1.5 hours, however, there’s no time limit, allowing you to go at your own pace. Play as a group or split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the others. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group, and meet the group at the end of the tour. Take part in a special Halloween event on October 30 featuring live actors. Wear your best to enter the costume contest and win prizes such as a $1000 GetYourGuide gift card and more.

London: Small Group East End Market Walking Tour

10. London: Small Group East End Market Walking Tour

Discover London’s iconic market scene and how to get the very best out of it. Learn about the history of the area and the markets as your guide points you in the right direction towards the items and vendors that interest you most. Take some free time at each market to shop and relax at an optional pub stop for those wanting a break. From the classic Brick Lane market with ethnic foods at every turn and deals on amazing art to the Spitalfields Market, known for its selection of gourmet gifts and unique trinkets, this tour offers something for everyone. Many of the markets visited on this tour are located in the historic Jewish quarter of London, so it provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about this neighborhood.

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What people are saying about Brick Lane

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based on 2,670 reviews

I had an excellent time doing this walking tour! I’m very glad I booked this with See your City. Ivan was our tour guide and he was very creative and fun and kept the whole group engage with his stories. Despite the horrific history in Whitechapel, he was very respectful towards all the places we’ve seen and uplifted the dignity of those victims, instead of romanticizing the gruesome murders in a form of creative but sensitive storytelling. Kudos to Ivan for also keeping us safe all throughout the tour!

We were given an amazing tour by our tour guide Jack, who managed to lighten up the gruesome stories with tokens of humour and an importance on the names of the victims. It couldn’t have been done better and included everything! We would highly recommend to anyone who is fascinated by True Crime. Though the tour is 2 hours of walking and standing, so this is worth noting if you are older or have trouble walking :)

Loved this experience - Nic was a fantastic guide - very knowledgeable and passionate about the subject

Enjoyed the tour very informative and the guide pleasant guy 2 hur flown by..

nick was very knowledgeable , definitely recommended