Private tour

London Crimes & Punishment Walking Tour

Activity provider: Ye Olde England Tours

London Crimes & Punishment Walking Tour

Activity provider: Ye Olde England Tours

From US$ 181.45 per person

This private guided tour takes you on a journey into some of the terrible history of London. You will visit the locations where terrible crimes were committed, learn why they happened and find out what happened to those who were caught.

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Duration 4 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Meet at your central London hotel (zone 1) and then travel to the tour starting point on the Underground or alternatively meet you at a convenient tube station
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  • Explore the East End where The Kray gang reigned in post war London
  • Follow in the footsteps of the most infamous serial killer in history, Jack The Ripper
  • See the spot where William Wallace (Braveheart) was executed
  • Visit the most terrible old prisons in London, see ancient courts and find out what happened to the bodies of prisoners
  • Discover the world through the eyes of Charles Dickens and the terrible Victorian poverty of Borough & Southwark
Full description
This private walking tour might not take you to many of the big tourists sights and famous buildings (though you'll see a few) but what it will do is take you to is to real London.  Sometimes a scary London, full of history of murders, dark deeds by criminals and often even more horrendous tortures and executions by the State. This tour will cover a number of neighborhoods, all of different characteristics and historical time periods.  You'll will start off in the heart of the East End and visit one of the most notorious pubs where The Krays famously and violently ruled the roost in the heart of the old East End (of London). Not too far away you will go back in time almost a century and you will retread the footsteps of Jack The Ripper and his victims whilst visiting and learning about the feared Workhouses that so many lived in and so many were trapped in. From there you will head towards Smithfields, home of many a famous and bloody execution.  Stopping briefly at the beautiful St. Bartholomews church, you'll then visit the shrine of William Wallace (Braveheart) where he was put to death in one of the most horrible ways imaginable. Onwards you'll go to the site of the old Newgate prison where people awaited their trials and deaths for centuries and you will stand on the spot where many of the executions were enacted. The Old Bailey is famous in the U.K. for being the court that holds many of the most infamous trials both now and then and you'll get to see one of the oldest courts in the world as you make our way towards St. Pauls and across the river where the notorious Clink Prison awaits us. Finally, you will pass through the maze of alleys around Borough Market and the setting for the poverty-stricken world of Charles Dickens before finishing on the site of the old Debtors Prison which influenced that Victorian writer in the most stark ways.
  • Private guided tour
  • Any tube or bus tickets for the day
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Product ID: 79866