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The Dark London Bus Tour launches in time for Halloween

The Dark London Bus Tour

The Dark London Bus Tour, a new bus tour visiting the sites of London’s darkest past, has been launched this week by Russell Edwards, author of the bestselling book Naming Jack the Ripper.

The three-hour tour visits the sites of London’s scariest historic events, from Guy Fawkes’ Gunpowder Plot and The Great Fire of London, to witch trials, public executions and the infamous Newgate Prison.

Along the way, Edwards explores the real history behind some of the world’s most notorious villains, including Jack the Ripper and fictional Victorian killer Sweeney Todd. He also describes the revulsions faced by ordinary Londoners – victims of crime, plague and fire, innocents persecuted and criminals punished.

Travelling from Westminster to Whitechapel on a vintage Routemaster Bus, the tour passes by historic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral and The Tower of London, as well as revealing the hidden secrets of the city’s modern streets.

The Bus Tour finishes with a true crime walk through historic Whitechapel, on the streets where the killer known as Jack the Ripper murdered his unfortunate victims. Here Edwards will describe how the world’s biggest murder mystery went unsolved for so long, and reveal the real truth about the man, and the women, behind the myth.

Russell Edwards said: “London has been home to some of the most infamous events in the world, so a journey into its dark past is one of the most exciting ways to explore the city.

“From the moment we first learn about history as children, it’s always the really horrible tales that stick in our minds. I’m interested in the real story behind these legends and want to share the secret past that’s hidden on every London street. All the clues are there for us to see, we just need to know where to look.”

Russell Edwards fell in love with London when he first moved to the city as a student in the early 1990s. An amateur historian and researcher, in 2007 he began working with Dr Jari Louhelainen on a forensic analysis of the only piece of surviving evidence left by the serial killer known as Jack the Ripper. Following the publication of Naming Jack the Ripper in 2014, he started a company leading true crime walks of the Whitechapel area.

The Dark London Bus Tour is launched with a special introductory offer of £26pp (full price £38) for the weekends of Saturday, October 31 – Sunday, November 1 and Saturday, November 7 – Sunday, November 8, 2015. Family tickets, for a family of four, are available for £80. A traditional English meal in one of London’s oldest surviving pubs is available for an additional discounted fee.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.darklondonbustour.co.uk/.