Jack the Ripper Tour and Thames Terror Cruise
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
DESCRIBED as the ultimate murder mystery, the Jack the Ripper Tour and Thames Terror Cruise departs from the Thistle Victoria Hotel at 5:40pm (4:40pm from November 1 to May 31).
Part 1: Coach Drive Through Dark London
The tour begins with a coach drive to the dark side of London – to the Old Bailey, the site of numerous public hangings; the Royal London Hospital where the Elephant Man lived; and the Wallace Plaque where Braveheart was tortured.
Along the way, hear tales of gangland warfare, butcherous barbers and great train robbers.
Part 2: Jack the Ripper Walk
As the shadows lengthen, the tour approaches London’s East End, a hotbed of crime and vice in the 19th century. During the autumn of 1888, terror struck when Jack the Ripper came out of the fog and dimly lit alleys just long enough to stalk and butcher his five victims.
At this point you leave the coach and walk his death trail inspecting the murder sites, deciphering the evidence and discussing the suspects. To this day the case remains unsolved and the question remains – who was Jack the Ripper?
Part 3: The Terror of the Thames
The River Thames takes on a whole new dimension in the dark. Join the terror cruise and listen to tales of KGB murders and suspicious suicides as the boat creeps back from the Tower of London to Embankment Pier.
Fancy a nightcap? Then enjoy the warmth of the Sherlock Holmes Pub, which boasts a wide collection of the investigators memorabilia. And if you’re feeling hungry, the pub also has a wide variety of meals, including a traditional fish and chip supper which can be purchased from the bar.
NB: From September to March, parts 1-3 operate in reverse.
Not suitable for children under 14 years.