Guided tour

London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

Activity provider: Premium Tours

London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

Activity provider: Premium Tours

From US$ 49.49 per person

Climb aboard an open top bus for a 3-hour tour of haunted London, and travel back in time to the days of Jack the Ripper. Walk through an empty Smithfield Market, former site of public executions. Then head to the safety of the Sherlock Holmes pub!

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
English

Experience

Highlights
  • Climb aboard a vintage open top bus for a tour of haunted London
  • Follow in the murderous footsteps of Jack the Ripper
  • See a collection of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia in the Sherlock Holmes Pub
  • Discover where the Elephant Man lived
  • Hear about the great men and women buried at Westminster Abbey
  • Walk through a deserted Smithfield Market to see where Braveheart was tortured
  • Listen out for the restless Cock Lane ghost
Full description

Step aboard a vintage open-top bus, and journey through the haunted streets of London after dark. Along the way, hear stories about the legends buried at Westminster Abbey, and see the banqueting house where Charles I was beheaded.

A guide will explain how the public executioner would often raise a severed head to the crowd to show it still twitching for several seconds after the brutal blows. Continue to the Old Bailey, where numerous public hangings once took place. Pass the Royal London Hospital where the “Elephant Man” once lived. Be spooked by tales of Mrs. Lovett’s pie fillings, which she sold from her shop next to a butcherous barber. Then, walk through a deserted Smithfield Market, looking for the William Wallace plaque where Braveheart was tortured. Learn about the 19th-century body snatchers that dug up local cemeteries “in the interests of science.”

Listen out for the scratching of the Cock Lane ghost, Fanny Lynes, and hear her story of sex, loan sharks, arsenic poisoning, and séances. As the shadows lengthen, drive into London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. Relive the days of Jack the Ripper, when he came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys to stalk and butcher 5 victims.

Stroll the path of his death trail to the murder sites, deciphering the evidence of the still-unsolved crimes. End in the warmth of the Sherlock Holmes Pub, where a wide collection of Holmes memorabilia is on display. The pub also serves an extensive menu of food, including a traditional fish and chip supper, which you can order from the bar.

Includes
  • Transportation by open top bus
  • Guide
  • Walking tour of Smithfield Market
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Buses depart from Gate 0 at Victoria Coach Station, 164 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 9TP

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Please note that seating is allocated on a first come first serve basis and seating on the upper deck cannot be guaranteed
  • Please note that this is an open top bus tour - please be prepared for the possibility of rain.
  • On rare occasions the open top bus may be changed to a closed top bus
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.9 /5

based on 152 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    4.4/5
  • Value for money
    3.8/5
  • Safety
    4.6/5

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This tour was good and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. Unfortunately, the walking portion of the tour was not very interesting and you really needed to use your imagination to picture what the guide was describing. The guide did a good job walking you through the murders and speculation as to Jack the Ripper's identity. It was also difficult to hear the tour guide on occasion. That said, this was an inexpensive tour so probably worth trying if you have some spare time and a real interest into the details of Jack the Ripper.

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October 18, 2022

This was a very interesting and entertaining tour. Maghus was informative and by going on the bus we also got to see many famous sights of London. There were a couple of things not working such as his microphone and not being able to do all of tour due to road closure. Could have covered more regards Sherlock Holmes

July 26, 2022

The tour is interesting. It starts with a bus ride through town to see some of the top tourist spots (Big Ben, Westminster) which was an added bonus. Then you get off & Magnus takes you through the streets where Jack the Ripper’s victims were found & their back stories. However, there was not much Sherlock Holmes covered in the tour which was a bit of a disappointment.

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May 28, 2022

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