Jack the Ripper walks around Spitalfields/Whitechapel/the City are frankly no longer worth doing unless you enjoy walking round building sites. The area in which all but one of the murders took place is now a sea of construction, with nothing left to see from Victorian times. We prefer to guide walks around the still atmospheric, interesting, creepy old parts of Whitechapel and St Georges in the East, a world away from modern day gentrification, skyscrapers and Crossrail.
And rather than concentrate solely on Jack the Ripper, we also cover other Victorian murders, a famous riot, an infamous siege and the pub where a Kray murder took place (see the photo below – the mess on the floor ain’t beer!).
We start by showing you the only building remaining from the Ripper murders, aptly located in a graveyard which coincidentally also has a link to Britain’s most famous pre Ripper murders, the Ratcliffe Highway killings which took place just yards away. We then head through an area of old warehouses, old railway arches and cobbled streets to see where poor Long Liz Stride was murdered by the Ripper. En route we also see a huge, amazing wall mural telling the story of the Battle of Cable Street. We then see where two other, famous at the time, horrible murders took place in Victorian times en-route to seeing where the Sidney Street Siege took place. And a stone’s throw away is where Ronnie Kray committed an infamous killing. As well as showing you all the sights and telling you all the details, we also show lots of great photographs that bring the streets of old Whitechapel back to life.
Start Battle of Cable Street mural, St Georges in the East park, close to Shadwell Overground Station
Finish Blind Beggar pub, cafe or Whitechapel station