What To Expect
Hop on our vintage open top bus to begin your journey through the dark and haunted streets of London. Start off the tour with 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.
Next up, head 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 specialty fillings, the butcherous barber who lived next door and who would cut off more than just your hair; gangland warfare, great train robber's and much more.
Stay close to our guide as you walk through a deserted Smithfield market and the surrounding cobbled streets. See the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured and discover the 19th century body snatchers who dug up local cemeteries 'in the interests of science.'
See where of the most famous snatchers, John Bishop and Thomas Williams, were hanged at Newgate prison in front of several thousand boisterous Londoners. 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 seances. It all took place 250 years ago and has troubled the nation ever since.
As the evening gets darker, 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, 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?
The local pub also boasts a wide collection of the investigators memorabilia. Feeling hungry? The pub also has a wide variety of meals including a traditional fish and chip 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.
Open top bus tour
Smithfield market walking tour
Meals and drinks
Tips and gratuities
Optional activity costs
Free cancellation 4 days or more prior to start date of activity while a 100% cancellation fee (no reimbursement) 3 days or less prior to date of activity.
This is not a hop-on, hop-off bus tour. It is a continuous loop.
On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus
This is a combination bus / walking tour and will finish at a traditional pub near Trafalgar Square.
This tour involves a fair amount of walking, comfortable shoes are recommended.
Weather can be very changeable in London, please make sure you bring adequate rain wear if required.
Seating is based on a first come first serve basis. Seating on the upper deck is not guaranteed.
All our card payments are protected by thawte to give you peace of mind.
1 hour and 45 minutes
8 hours and 30 minutes
5 hours and 30 minutes