A September 1999 trip
to London by IsabelleTravels
Quote: I've taken several one day trips to London. Here's an account of those trip for people who don't have a lot of time.
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 17, 2006
Rubens at the Palace
BUCKINGHAM PALACE ROAD
Hotel | "Henry VIII"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2006
Henry VIII Hotel
19 Leinster Gardens
+44 20 72620117
In the late 1880s a serial killer in London's adjacent Whitechapel, brutally murdered 5 prostitutes. This unsolved case had many of London’s high-profile and unknown citizens as suspects. Jack the Ripper walking evening tours visit the former seedy area. The guide describes pre-streetlights Whitechapel: the 1800s prostitutes (who aren't the glamorized beauties Hollywood hires.) Instead they were poor, dirty, and hoped to make enough money to afford an evening's drink and bed. By walking to locations where murders occurred. He gives insight into the murders and why Jack the Ripper got away with them: the lack of cooperation between Scotland Yard, the Royal Family and the media. He mentions the destroyed evidence and offers opinions on Jack the Ripper's identity. When given the chance, the guide points out other attractions and their stories: the old London wall, the elephant man's bones, London Tower & Dungeon. I’ve done two walking tours. I didn’t know much about Jack the Ripper before I signed up for either, but it was more than fun. The guides do a great job of bringing you there. Since my first tour, I now do walking tours in other cities I visit. I am addicted.Unfortunately, I don’t remember the names of the tours I took. However, after taking many tours, I know what to look for.1. Book a tour company with groups smaller than 30-40. It’s very difficult to hear the tour when traveling with a large group. Get a recommendation from your concierge about tours. Rule of thumb: tours requiring reservations limit booking size. Book early, they fill up. 2. Book a tour that takes you round trip to where you started. White Chapel is nicer than when Jack roamed, however, after an hour of listening to his tales it gets scary. There isn't much open late in this side of town, so make sure the guides take you back.3. Stand near the tour guide. Hear their story, see the pictures and really get your money's worth. 4. Bring cash. Guides don't typically take anything else. The tour is usually under 10GBP and tip them if they did an exceptional job.
More expensive walking tours include a dinner cruise over the Thames. I, unfortunately, booked too late and was unable to do this. Here are some links to some Jack the Ripper Tour Resources Online:Bus, Walk and Cruise Tour that sounds really cool A tour that keeps the group to a minimum!Self-guided tour. Maybe good as a resource, but find a real tour to go on.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 17, 2006
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
Through the streets of London