About The Tour
A Journey into London’s Dark Past
Let us introduce ourselves
Explore the darker side of London on a vintage Routemaster tour bus, with Russell Edwards, author of ‘Naming Jack the Ripper’.
During the tour you’ll hear the real story of the city’s bloody past and discover the hidden secrets of its modern streets. You’ll see the sites of The Gunpowder Plot, the infamous Newgate Prison and The Great Fire, as well as major landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and the Tower of London. Along the way tales will be told of history’s greatest villains, from Guy Fawkes to Sweeney Todd, as well as the horrendous crimes, terrible punishments and shocking witch trials endured by ordinary Londoners.
The Bus Tour finishes with a true crime walk through Victorian Whitechapel, on the streets where the killer known as Jack the Ripper murdered his unfortunate victims. Here you’ll learn how the world’s biggest murder mystery went unsolved for so long, and learn the real truth about the man, and the women, behind the myth.
After the tour you have the opportunity to join Russell for a traditional London meal at the Hoop and Grapes, one of the city’s oldest pubs, of the few that survived the Great Fire in 1666.