The Identity of Jack the Ripper Still Remains a Mystery!
This year marks the 125th anniversary of the notorious Jack the Ripper murders in the East London area of Whitechapel. The first of the Ripper's victims, Mary Ann Nichols, was found in the streets near London Hospitality in April of 1888. The identity of person who murdered her and four – or possibly five – other women still remains a mystery, but the case continues to horrify and fascinate as much as it did back over a century ago.
For those seeking a gruesome edge to an upcoming visit to London, here are a few options to help you experience Jack the Ripper's city to its fullest.
Jack the Ripper Walking Tour
There are several of these walking tours focused on Jack the Ripper, man and myth. However, the official “Jack the Ripper Tour” organized by Discovery Tours & Events is one of the longest running and is widely considered to be the most reputable. Tours cost £9 (about $14), last two hours and start every evening at 7 p.m. in front of Exit 4 of Aldgate East Station.
Find out more at jack-the-ripper-tour.com.
The Ten Bells
Known as the “Jack the Ripper pub” the Ten Bells is generally accepted as the place where the infamous East London serial killer murdered five of his victims. Today, the only sorts of victims to be concerned about are fashion victims as the pub can often feel like hipster central. Along with its gruesome history and current happening status, the pub's original Victorian tiles and impeccable range of ales make it worth a visit. There's posh pub grub on offer upstairs in the Ten Bell's restaurant. Located at 84 Commercial Street, E1 6LY the Ten Bells is just a short walk away from Liverpool Street Station, Aldate East Station and Shoreditch High Street Overground Station.
Visit tenbells.com to find out more.
The London Dungeon
The London Dungeon is one of the most popular attractions in town. With a newly opened state-of-the-art venue on London's Southbank near the London Eye and Waterloo Station, the Dungeon continues to lure in visitors with its “90 minute journey through 1000 years of London's murky past.” To be sure, your time at there will feature Jack the Ripper's story along with shows based on other dark London legends such as Sweeney Todd, the infamous barber of Fleet Street.
Lots more info at thedungeons.com.
These days Whitechapel is a vibrant area known more as a great place to enjoy a killer curry or view some scandalous art than to encounter any violent criminals. From the popular Sunday markets at Spitalfields and Brick Lane to the world renowned Whitechapel Gallery, there's a lot more to this East London neighborhood than its chilling past might suggest.
Looking for an adrenaline rush? Grab cheap flights to London today and experience a Jack the Ripper tour!
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photo: Chris Osburn