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London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

1. London: Jack The Ripper Walking Tour

Take a spine chilling walking tour of London's historic Whitechapel district, and follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper's terrifying killing spree of the autumn of 1888. The tour explores how a series of terrible murders gripped the East End of London. Explore the historical background of the Whitechapel murders. Examine how public perception of these gruesome but gripping crimes has been shaped, and compare it to the reality of 1888 as you go to the sites menaced by Jack the Ripper. Play detective as you’re given a profile of some of the most likely suspects. Get out your magnifying glass and try to figure out whodunnit!

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London: Jack The Ripper Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

2. London: Jack The Ripper Exploration Game & Self-Guided Tour

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.

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East End: Street Art Walking Tour

3. East End: Street Art Walking Tour

Take a walking tour of one of London’s most vibrant areas, and discover the alternative scenes of fashionable East London. Meet your guide 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. Gain unique insights into the urban art and graffiti scene of the area from your knowledgeable guide. Wander through areas such as Spitalfields, Brick Lane, and trendy Shoreditch, and discover works from dozens of artists, depending on the option chosen. Street art by its nature constantly changes, which in turn means that these tours evolve on a regular basis and that you’ll get a unique experience.

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London 1- or 2-Hour Professional Photo Shoot

4. 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.

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Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

5. Private East London Walking Tour with a Local

When you book this tour, the supplier will be in touch within 24 hours after booking to find out more about your personality, tastes and interests so we can assign a like-minded Local who can create a bespoke experience for you. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Your outing will start at Spitalfields Market, one of the area’s oldest markets over 350-years-old. Here, you will wander around the eclectic mix of retail and restaurant stalls to explore over two stories of this gorgeous stone edifice, which is like a hipster version of Covent Garden. Your local will meet you at the market, where you will stop for a coffee at a cafe that many locals swear serves the best coffee in town. Here, your local will have some time to get to know you and what you are eager to experience. They will fit their insider knowledge of the area to your individual needs. The tour is unscripted so even though you will book an initial timeline, the day might evolve in different directions to ensure that you experience Shoreditch your way.  Wander off to Brick Lane, which is the most visited narrow lane in East London. Londoner’s argue it has some of the world’s best Indian food, outside of India, but there are quirky cafes, record shops, vintage shops, market stalls and more. There is much to discover here, on a street that is as rich in history as it is in cuisine. Along the way you’ll make tangents exploring warehouse conversions of vintage shops and outposts of trendy clothing designers. If you are up for lunch, you could stop at a buzzy restaurant serving a range of wonderfully tasty Indian street food dishes.  After this, you can explore the two-level bespoke shipping containers where artists and creative designers exhibit and sell their work. There are also restaurants and bars with several terraces to eat, drink and look out over the urban sights. Finally, head to Old Street via Hoxton, known for its vibrant nightlife. Your local will lead you past some of the trendiest bars and rooftop gardens. Wander down side streets to view some great street art and uncover hidden gems such as a motorcycle cafe within the fabric of the community. After a thorough exploration of Old Street, your local will leave you with tips on where to head next, and places to see during the rest of your trip.

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East End: Street Art Private Walking Tour

6. East End: Street Art Private Walking Tour

Take a guided walk through London's East End, home to street art by the likes of Shepard Fairey and Banksy. Feel how each neighborhood is alive with contradictions and colorful characters. Be introduced to some favorite spots in Whitechapel, Shoreditch, and along Brick Lane. Browse the shops and taste the flavors of Spitalfields Market. Explore the streets and districts that will leave you wanting to stick around. After your tour is over, give in to the urge to mingle at the coffee shops with the hipsters all afternoon.

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London Street Art and The East End Guided Walking Tour

7. 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

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London: Small Group East End Market Walking Tour

8. 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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London Street Markets: 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

9. London Street Markets: 3-Hour Private Guided Tour

Begin your private 3-hour tour with a visit to the famed Camden Market and its vast number of stalls offering fashions, music, games, health and beauty products, and its numerous restaurants, bars, and cafes. Covent Garden is probably the best known market to tourists. This was originally a fruit market that now sells almost everything. The Apple Market is found in the North Hall, where you’ll find British-made crafts, jewelry, leather goods, and more. Open every day of the week, the East Colonnade Market boasts a variety of stalls selling products such as handmade soaps, jewelry, handbags, hand-knitted children’s clothing, sweets, artwork, homewares, and even has a magician’s stall! In the South Piazza, the offerings of the Jubilee Market change almost daily. On Mondays, the market is dedicated to antiques. From Tuesday to Friday, a general market operates with traders selling clothing and household goods. On weekends, the market features arts and crafts. Finally, you'll visit the world-famous Borough Market. This gourmet food market comprises more than 100 stalls and stands. Suppliers from all over the country bring a range of fresh products to the market, including fish, meats, vegetables, ciders, cheeses, breads, coffees, hot foods, cakes, and patisseries. Other stalls specialize in products from abroad. The market is open from Monday to Saturday.

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What people are saying about Brick Lane

Excellent tour!

I had Alice as a guide. Time passed us very quickly since it was very enjoyable and shared a lot of historical data about London. It was lovely to all the places where it took me. I have been to London several times and by far this tour has been one of the best if you want to know the non-tourist of London.

The photography was about half an hour, Ewa photoed me and she is great. She recommended several spots and photoed very professionally. Very enjoyable photoing and wonderful pictures.

It is always surprising what kind of things are overlooked. Which has an incredible story or meaning. Street art is an art of the future.

Was very interesting really enjoyed following the clues wish we hadn't ran out of time started late, would recommend!

Fantastic tour, plenty of walking, we did it a night to add to the excitement, would recommend to anyone