A great way to see the sites. Blue Badge Tourist Guides can help organise your itinerary to make the most of your visit and can share valuable knowledge and information on major sites.
Jack the Ripper
Prepare to enter the abyss on a Jack The Ripper Tour. Explore the cobbled streets and dark, sinister thoroughfares of London’s East End. Walk the streets in which Jack carried out his murderous reign of terror and left a trail of bloodshed and mayhem in his menacing wake. Begin your exploration of his killing ground right in the heart of the area where the infamous murders occurred.
The horror that London felt over Jack the Ripper’s gruesome murders still reverberate in the alleyways of Whitechapel. Tour with a Blue Badge Guide — the acknowledged experts on the mystery. And hear how this neighbourhood, including Shoreditch and Hoxton has changed and developed into the thriving hot-spot it is today.
Secrets of Westminster Abbey
Royal Weddings, of course, but also the place where kings and queens were crowned and often buried. The Abbey is a building of splendour, intricacy and virtuosity. The Abbey is astonishing for what you can see inside: the greatest work of mediaeval art in Britain; the finest Renaissance tomb north of the Alps; priceless 13th-century wall paintings; waxworks far superior to Madame Tussaud’s; monumental sculptures and memorial tablets.
Since 1066, the coronations of all crowned English monarchs have taken here. And among the more than three thousand buried are 17 English sovereigns, including the Abbey’s founder Edward the Confessor, Henry V and all the Tudors except for Henry VIII. Your Blue Badge Guide will take you on a memorable tour of the Abbey.
Legal London (and sometime illegal)
Around the lanes and alleyways of the Middle and Inner Temples, Lincoln’s Inn and Grays Inn is a hidden oasis of calm in the heart of London. Encounter the spirits of Samuel Johnson, Charles Dickens and even Rumpole of the Bailey.
The Inns of Court – habitat of the wigged and gowned English barrister – could pass for a collection of Oxford and Cambridge colleges right in the heart of London. So: ancient rites and customs, high drama, colourful characters, and matters of life and death amid delightful surroundings. It’s a rich confection, making this the prettiest and historical central London walks.
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