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I live in Trafalgar Square with four lions to guard me. That is the first line of an old music hall song from 1888 which features in my Jack The Ripper walk through Whitechapel. The East End music halls were the comedy venues of their day, escapism from the misery and fear in the streets. My walk ends at either Wilton's Music Hall or The Artful Dodger pub at opening time. Drinks not included.
The police were useless. The first Sherlock Holmes stories were published the year before and were gripping the reading public. Yet though the police noted the times of each murder with Holmes-ian precision, they never even came near arresting anybody. My Sherlock Holmes re-lives the feverish enthusiasm for crime novels which came over the London public in a walk around the West End.
I actually live in Catford South East London. I had a career as a journalist before becoming a guide and was for many years the music critic for the Evening Standard. I am now the Honorary General Secretary of the Critics' Circle.