Due to the construction going on at Ripper murder sites at the moment, this tour has completely changed its routing and start and finish points, now ending at the brand new City of London Police Museum. You start with one of the few buildings left from the murders, where a victim’s autopsy was performed. Then it’s on to a murder site that is thankfully without construction going on, before following in the killers footsteps along cobbled streets full of Victorian warehouses, past Leman Street nick (of Ripper Street fame).
You also see a murder site that has been linked to the Ripper but is unlikely to be related, and are shown a tenement which was (perhaps) the site of the only clue ever found. You’re also shown you the outside of an old church where prostitutes used to advertise their wares, a night shelter, a soup kitchen, a dispensary, old pubs and other Victorian buildings which Jack would have known.
You also walk down the last remaining dark, narrow alley (see photograph above), which one of Jack’s victims probably walked down to her death. The person with the loudest sounding shoes has to lead down the alley for optimum echoing footsteps effect!
You finish in the new City of London police museum, where you’ll see a hologram of Catherine Eddowes, the very woman who walked down the dark alley above to her death. This is part of a section on the Ripper murders. And there’s plenty of other interesting police history to see too, such as the Houndsditch murders which led to the nearby Siege of Sidney Street.
And throughout you’re shown amazing photographs of Whitechapel 1888, which bring the mean streets and its characters to life.
Start Shadwell Overground Station
Finish City of London Police Museum
Shorter Walk option – omit the museum and finish at a cafe, restaurant or pub in Spitalfields or at Liverpool Street station