FAQ’s/About

Jack the Ripper Walks – Sweeney Todd Walks – what to expect

With 25+ years experience of conducting these tours so when you attend our tours you can be sure of an interesting and informative walk and you will see pictures of the streets where it all happened at that time!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How do I redeem a Groupon voucher?

A.  For any valid voucher that’s starts with GRP you can enter the code directly on this site in the promotions/voucher code bar on the bookings page to make your booking and check availability for your requested date. It will not allow you to book, if there are no free spaces, if so just choose an alternative suitable date.

Q. How long is a Jack the Ripper walk?

A  2.15 hrs approx.

Q When do the Ripper Walks take place?

A. You can join a walk on any date on Booking Calendar, please see booking page and click on Jack the Ripper Section calendar is on right below.

Alternatively you can book a private walk at a time to suit on the booking page 

Q. When does the Gangsters of Soho tour take place and how long does it last?

A. Sundays at 2.30pm. The tour is approx 2/ 2:15 hours

Q. Where does the tour finish

A. The tour finishes in Old Compton St Five minutes walk from a choice 2 Tube stations

Q. How long is a Sweeney Todd walk?

A. Sweeney Todd walk is 2.00 hrs approx

Q. When do Sweeney Todd walks take place?

A.  Every month on a Friday but please check booking calendar for all available dates click on Sweeney Todd on booking page calendar will appear below.

Q. How do I check for available dates?

A. Go to booking page click on the book button for walk you require and the booking calendar will be on the right at the bottom of the page.

Q. How do I book a private walk?

A. For any private unscheduled walk you can email our booking email at infojacktheripper.walks@gmail.com or by calling  07949 588840

Q. How will I find my way back to transport at the end?

A. Jack the Ripper  begins and ends at Aldgate Tube Station.

The Gangsters of Soho walk starts at Oxford Circus Station Argyll St Exit and end near either Tottenham Ct Rd or Leicester Sq Stations

Sweeney Todd walk begins at Temple and ends at St Bride’s Fleet St a short walk from either Blackfriars (Circle & District) or St Pauls (Central) lines. Your guide will always direct you to the nearest tube.

Q Are Jack the Ripper, The Gangsters of Soho & Sweeney Todd Walks suitable for people with disabilities.

The Ripper and Gangsters  walks do not include any steps they are all on the flat but both are quite long walks, it takes 2hrs +  to complete the routes. We do stop 9/10 times during this time for periods from 5 mins- 15 mins. I have successfully taken people in wheelchairs either motorized or being pushed on the walk but Jack the Ripper is not suitable for people with walking difficulties on foot as it is partially over uneven ground  cobbles and it is 2 hours half walking and half standing. The Gangster Walk is in a very busy area with very little parking nearby so only really accessible by underground trains although there are some car parks they are quite expensive

With Sweeney Todd it is a bit more difficult as there is a very steep flight of stairs at the beginning, so the only way it would be possible would be to re-route the walk, this is possible if it a private group but would be difficult on the Friday night public walk.

If disabled groups of more than six would like to do the tour I can arrange more suitable routes for a special private tours

Our Guides

Jenny Phillips ……………….30 years a Ripper Guide

Sinead…………………. A great all round guide and a Jack the Ripper specialist

Andre……………………A Ripper guide for 7+ years

Cliff Jacobs…………..A Ripper guide for the past 10 years

Please see photos on Gallery Page click link https://jacktheripper-walks.com/gallery/

 Benefits at a glance

A great deal of research have gone into  all our walks including our private walks. We aim to give you a real, authentic feel of the area at the time!  In the case of Jack the Ripper walks you will be taken to the very streets where the events took place or as near too as possible.

Also, you will be shown many photos (some of murder victims), maps and drawings to give a real feel of the area at the time. On Sweeney Todd  tour you will be taken to where his barber’s shop would have stood & the site of where Mrs Lovett’s Pie shop was in Bell Yard. On the Gangster tour you have someone who lived/worked in the area in the 60s &70’s, so has real indepth info about those times.

About your guide 

I studied the history of Whitechapel/Spitalfields in an intensive one year course. Professor William J Fishman, a Senior Research Fellow of Queen Mary’s University, was my tutor in this I was fortunate indeed, as Professor Fishman had grown up on Brick Lane, in the East End and provided an inside view of this most interesting area. Starting ‘Jack the Ripper tours in the mid-nineties I have  carried these out ever since then. Reading about most of the most famous theories I now have a definate opinion of the type of man ‘Jack’ must have been!

I do have a possible theory that answers the two most important questions. Firstly how was Jack  able to extract organs so rapidly, in the dark? I can also explain, how was he able to escape bloodstained through streets crowed day and night and why no screams were heard except in the case of Annie Chapman!

TV & Documentary Appearances

I have also appeared in various documentaries –  The Discovery Channel. ‘It happened here’.  Histories Mysteries ‘Jack the Ripper’.  Carlton TV Shift – ‘A short examination of the tale of Jack the Ripper’.  The Electric Theatre Company ‘Unmasking Jack the Ripper’.  Phare Ouest (a French TV company) ‘A la poursuite de Jack l’Eventreur’ this appeared on France Deux and other TV stations around Europe. On my Gallery page there’s a video  by students of the North Eastern University in America in which they asked me and other guides to appear, they did such a great job I decided to show it here.You can see a short sample video of me in action on the Home Page. Other projects are in the pipeline at present for example a book about Mary Kelly, his last and most mysterious victim, which I hope to get time to finish this year.

Guiding Qualifications

I have completed a Level 2 in Tourism and  was  awarded 3 credits from the Open College Network in July 2010. I have also completed a year long course at the University of Westminster to attain my Clerkenwell and Islington Guiding Qualification. I am very familiar with the areas of Smithfield, Spitalfields, Wapping and the whole of the East End having lived her for 35+ years, also Fleet St, where Sweeney Todd claimed his victims, all these areas lying just outside the City of London are rich in history, murder mystery and gruesome stories!

Interested in our services?

We’re always happy to offer personal advice. Simply call us on 07949 588840 or email us at infojacktheripper.walks@gmail.com .

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