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Spitalfields Tours

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Spitalfields
Established at the turn of the 15th century, east London’s Spitalfields attracts visitors with its diverse stores and trendy vibes. Equidistant from Shoreditch and Whitechapel, the area is home to an array of vintage stores and the iconic Spitalfields Market, making it a top spot in which to experience local London life.

The Basics

Spitalfields plays an important role on most east London, which focus on everything from food and culture to contemporary street art. Walking tours offer a more intimate glimpse of the area and usually also cover areas such as hipster-capital Shoreditch, culturally-diverse Brick Lane, and Whitechapel, the former hunting ground of Jack the Ripper. Keen shoppers can take advantage of tours that offer round-trip transfers between Spitalfields and other popular London markets.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Spitalfields is the name of the area, and is also used to refer to the trader’s market.
  • While most vendors accept card, it’s a good idea to carry some cash if you’re exploring London’s markets.
  • First-time visitors sometimes confuse Spitalfields market
  • Don’t forget warm clothes in winter, as even the indoor markets get chilly.

How to Get There
Liverpool Street station lies just east of the area, and is a short walk away from the main attractions. Aldgate East and Shoreditch High Street are also within easy walking distance. The main thoroughfares of Bishopsgate and Commercial Street are both served by several city buses.

When to Get There
There’s always something to see in Spitalfields, though if you’re after any particular wares it’s worth checking which markets are running ahead of time. For instance, Saturday’s style market is a top draw for fashionistas.

Sensationalism versus Social History

Spitalfields is known for its links to Jack the Ripper, but a historical tour can reveal more about the social tragedy behind the sensationalised crimes. Look out for Victorian landmarks such as the Providence Row Night Refuge for insight into the extreme poverty that permeated 19th-century London and led to the horrifying acts of violence against the city’s most vulnerable people.
Address: Spitalfields, London, England
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9 Tours and Activities to Experience Spitalfields

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The Jack The Ripper Tour - A Walk Worth InvestigatingHistorical & Heritage Tours

The Jack The Ripper Tour - A Walk Worth Investigating

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This is the Original Aldgate East Jack the Ripper tour that has been operating nightly since 1982. Our start point means that, within seconds of setting out, you are exploring the cobbled alleys and atmospheric old streets that have changed little since Jack the Ripper prowled their shadows. Our guides, Richard Jones, John Bennett, Philip Hutchinson, Angie Norman, Lindsay Siviter and Mark Ubsdell are experts on the case and have between them written more than ten acclaimed books on the Jack The Ripper mystery. They are able to present you with a detailed account of the crimes that shook the world in 1888. However, they present those facts in a dramatic and entertaining fashion that is both entertaining and inspiring, and which helps bring the history of the crimes to vivid life. From the start, it is as though you are a part of the Victorian police investigation, as you sift the evidence, examine the facts, and debate the crimes and arrive at your own conclusions.
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London private street food and markets tour with a localHalf-day Tours

London private street food and markets tour with a local

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Lovers of good food will enjoy this food-themed tour of London led by a local host. The tour will focus on how international food has influenced the way Londoners eat, from French cuisine to Chinese and more. While eating your way around the city you’ll also discover the vibrant and unique neighborhoods where these foods can be found. Also get the chance to shop at specialty grocery stores, to pick up international ingredients to use at home.
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  • 3 hours
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Jack the Ripper WalkHistorical & Heritage Tours

Jack the Ripper Walk

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Follow a guide dressed in period costume through the streets of London to learn all you ever wanted to know about Jack the Ripper. You'll follow in the killer's footsteps on his reign of terror, learning about the history of the time as well as the culture and media frenzy. Enjoy plenty of time to ask questions and take photos.
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  • 2 to 15 minutes
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Best of London: Experience the top 100 sights your own way, your own paceBus Tours

Best of London: Experience the top 100 sights your own way, your own pace

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Let technology lead the way and take a tour when you want with this self-guided tour of London the provides directions and commentary through your Smart Phone and right into your earbuds. Use the system without eating up any Smart Phone data and explore at your own pace while learning about London’s history, heritage, culture, traditions, and landmarks.
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Private Tour - Brick Lane Food TourHalf-day Tours

Private Tour - Brick Lane Food Tour

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Brick Lane is known as London’s ‘Curry Mile’ for its fantastic Indian cuisine, but the East London hotspot has plenty more to offer foodies. This walking tour will give you a local’s view of the best places to eat around Brick Lane, as you tuck into an array of delicious foods from fragrant curries and classic fish and chips, to fresh bagels and artisan chocolates.
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London history experienceHalf-day Tours

London history experience

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Explore London with a private guide on this tour that introduces you the city's history. You'll visit sites and neighborhoods that have shaped London throughout the centuries, from medieval times to World War II, and discover places that you might miss without a private guide to show them to you and tell you about their significance.
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Jack The Ripper's London and East End Crime Tour - the Mad the Bad the Sad!Half-day Tours

Jack The Ripper's London and East End Crime Tour - the Mad the Bad the Sad!

Join us on the trail of Jack the Ripper – we shall take you back in time to the year 1888 to Victorian England in the East End of London to explore and explain the legend and the myth that are the Whitechapel murders! This Tour will take you the murder sites – you will discover the notorious pubs of the area where the ‘working girls’ plied their trade – walk through the once gas lit and cobbled stone streets and alleyways of the 1800’s. A refreshment break can be taken in an 18th-century tavern while you learn more of this spine-chilling story of the most famous murders in history. London’s notorious East End has always had a squalid and sordid reputation and has always had links with criminals and murderers. We shall trawl the streets around the Whitechapel and Wapping districts to visit crime sites, where you will also hear about the deeds of another despicable 19th-century terminator. We shall also go cruising around the haunts of the legendary Kray Twins of more recent folklore.
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Jack the Ripper - Private WalksLuxury Tours

Jack the Ripper - Private Walks

This is a 5* rated Jack the Ripper tour by an expert 24 yrs exp dressed in Victorian costume. With an option to have a Jack the Ripper costumed escort, a bit of a devil who lighten the mood of an otherwise grim subject
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  • 2 hours 15 minutes
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East London Street Art TourPhotography Tours

East London Street Art Tour

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East London is the place to be. It is known for the high amount of street art, but has a lot more to discover. Embark on this journey through East London to explore the hidden gems.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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