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Jack The Ripper Tour with Fish and Chips Taster

1. Jack The Ripper Tour with Fish and Chips Taster

Discover the dark side of London on this combined 3-hour coach and walking tour and learn about some of the capital’s most notorious murder cases. Starting from the Theatre Drury Lane, you will learn why it is considered London’s most haunted theater. Drive past site of numerous public hangings at the Old Bailey, and continue past the former home of Sweeny Todd, the demon barber of Fleet Street. Hear how his accomplice, Mrs Lovatt, was said to have baked pies from the flesh of his victims, before selling them to unsuspecting customers. As the shadows get long, head to London's East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th-Century. Learn how, during the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys, to stalk and butcher his 5 victims. Walk along his death trail, inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence, and discussing the suspects in the case that has never been solved. Among the highlights is a visit to the 10 Bells Pub, where many of Jack the Ripper's victims were said to have drunk.

The Law in London: Half-Day Walking Tour

2. The Law in London: Half-Day Walking Tour

Enjoy a 3.5-hour tour of London’s legal hotspots on a tour ideal for fans of “Rumpole of the Bailey,” “Crown Court” or any of the other TV series that focus on the legal system in Britain. Meet your lawyer guide at the front entrance to the Royal Courts of Justice on the Strand. Go inside to tour this splendid example of Victorian architecture. Discover where London's lawyers meet to discuss cases, and sit in on an actual court case as it’s being heard. Afterwards, walk over to the Old Bailey, perhaps the most famous courtroom in the world. This is where famous cases, such as the “Lady Chatterley's Lover” obscenity trial were heard. You'll also visit the British Law Society, pausing for a tea/coffee break in their magnificent building. The tour also includes a visit to the increasingly important Rolls Building, where Russian oligarchs and others come to settle their disputes. Go through the Inns of Court, passing the spot where former Prime Minister Tony Blair had his cloisters (law offices) prior to entering politics. Walk through the lovely Temple Gardens and visit the Temple Church, made famous by Dan Brown’s “Da Vinci Code.” It’s also where the Hollywood movie was shot. The tour is all about atmosphere and ambience - and English law of course!  And those of an extra-sensory persuasion may see the ghost of Rumpole of the Old Bailey walking by! Complete your tour at the charming Old Cheshire Cheese Pub, where you will be served a half pint of the best ale on tap. As an added bonus, you will get a complimentary reproduction copy of the Magna Carta, which marked the beginning of the English legal system as we now know it.

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What people are saying about Old Bailey

Overall rating

4.0 / 5

based on 154 reviews

Very nice tour, definitely recommended for families with teenage children (who speak good English). Technically sound background information and interesting, sometimes amusing stories. The tour gave us a whole new perspective of the court district and the surrounding area (Royal Courts of Justice, Inns of Court, Old Bailey). We would have loved to have stayed longer together in the pub - if there hadn't been a dinner cruise afterwards...

Very good tour of London

We had John as our guide and were completely happy with the tour! During the bus tour through London, he told us a few facts about the history of London. In Whitechapel we then looked at the individual crime scenes. All in all, this tour was really good! John also made sure that we understood everything, we were the only ones who didn't speak English as a mother tongue. Can only be recommended!

Phil was a great guild with a lot of background knowledge. Fish ans chips were delicious. It could have been more fish. Unfortunately, the delinquent London got a little short. But it was still great.

Very nice tour and super guide. Skillfully inspiring eloquent knowledgeable. His name was John and he was Scottish. And more oven.

yes really great and the tour guide was excellent would use the tour firm again