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London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

1. London: Jack The Ripper and Sherlock Holmes Bus Tour

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.

London: Classic Gold 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

2. London: Classic Gold 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Enjoy a 3.5-hour bike ride around the classic sights of London to see many of the city’s most historic sites. Meet your guide, then head off on your ride, hosted by London's original guided bicycle sightseeing tour. Starting at Big Ben, admire the Houses of Parliament across the river, and continue past Lambeth Palace to cross Lambeth Bridge. Cycle past small red brick houses lining the streets, which offer an enchanting contrast to the imposing historical monuments. Appreciate the belfry of Westminster Abbey. Then cycle over to St. James’s Park. Catch the pomp and pageantry of the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. Then head back to central London to walk safely through Trafalgar Square, with Lord Nelson looking down from his column. Cycle over to Covent Garden, and take a break to watch some street theater in the market’s central piazza. Then, climb back on your bike for the ride through London’s legal district, and over to the colorful Leather Lane Market and Smithfield’s Market, London’s lively meat market. Pass Wren’s amazing St Paul’s Cathedral, and cross back to the south side of the Thames on the famous Westminster Bridge for the end of the tour.

London: Hidden City Electric Scooter Tour

3. London: Hidden City Electric Scooter Tour

Join a guided tour of London by electric scooter and unravel the peculiar side of this city. Hear bizarre stories, learn quirky facts, and visit unknown locations as you weave your way through London’s streets. Before you set out on your adventure, receive an in-depth safety briefing and lesson on how to ride an e-scooter. Rest assured that all tour routes have been e-scooter optimized, making use of scooter-friendly roads and plenty of bicycle lanes. Then, scoot your way through the city of London and see sights like Smithfield Market, St Bartholomew the Great church, and Cheapside. Follow your guide off the beaten track and unearth the city’s secrets along the way. Whether it’s 800-year-old pubs or secret societies, your guide will leave no stone unturned as they lift the lid on the eccentric and peculiar side of London.

Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: London's Bloody Past

4. Burnings, Butchery & Black Death: London's Bloody Past

Travel through a thousand years of history, meeting kings, body snatchers, Charles Dickens, an eighteenth century ghost, and William Wallace - aka Braveheart (and learn how he was in no fit state to shout "Freeeedoooommmm!" whilst being executed!) On our walking tour we'll visit the areas around Smithfield, for centuries London's site of both animal and human slaughter. We'll learn about how the city disposed of the tens of thousands of Black Death corpses in the fourteenth century, the execution methods used in the Middle Ages, and how the area became a notorious slum which Dickens used as the setting for Oliver Twist. The walking tour begins outside Barbican Station, ends near to Farringdon Station, and will take around two hours. Total distance is about two miles. Ticket sales will be limited to circa ten attendees, to ensure maximum enjoyment for everybody on the tour.

London: The Great Fire Historic Private Walking Tour

5. London: The Great Fire Historic Private Walking Tour

The journey begins at The Monument to the Great Fire where a costumed guide meets the walkers and guests: the beginning is the start of the fire on the fateful night in September 1666. Next, delight in the story of fast food in London. Continuing into the city, the fire and the story covers the banks and what they did to survive.....then the journey continues to the main shopping district of the time.... Whilst walking take in the modern city whilst learning the story of London's perilous journey while the fire grew into an unstoppable conflagration: St. Paul's is a stop off for taking in the part of Christopher Wren both in the building of the cathedral and in the rebuild From St. Paul's to Gilspur St, the journey covers the and the blame and who, or what the Great Fire is attributed to.

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What people are saying about Smithfield Market

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,081 reviews

Recently experienced this ride with George. The ride was good, and you are provided with bikes that are very easy to ride, but recommend you’ve ridden a bike before. The guide takes the group on routes that are safe and majority of the ride is on paths or low traffic side streets. When the group needs to cross heavy traffic (once or twice over the tour) the guide manages the group through very nicely. This was a very scenic ride making plenty of stops at many of London famous sightseeing destinations. The guide provided plenty of information and humor along the way, and was very entertaining. This was the best thing I did over my week stay in London. Highly recommend.

The tour was fantastic. The guide didn’t give us any bs, and added in extra bits of information about other things in the areas we were in. He was funny too, and made sure none of the party got lost! The weather affected the microphone a bit, so it wasn’t always clear when he was speaking on the bus, but otherwise it was brilliant. Definitely recommend.

Such a cool way to see history! The tour isn’t that scary at all, maybe a bit gruesome at times, but it’s mostly a sight seeing tour at night but you truly feel transported back in time at parts!

Ed is the perfect friendly host. The reinactment of Trafalgar on bikes is entertaining .

Very fun and entertaining your. Guide was great and energetic!