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East End Tours

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East End
The home of London’s working class during Victorian times, the birthplace of Cockney Rhyming Slang, and the stomping ground of Jack the Ripper—the East End has long represented the grittier side of the capital. Today, it’s shed its rough image to become one of the city’s coolest, most diverse, and ever-evolving areas.
 
The Basics
For many visitors, the East End offers not only a glimpse into the city’s past, but also a chance to experience the “real” London. Walking tours offer insight into East London history, from Victorian slums to 20th-century gangsters; a chance to sample delicious street food; or a look at the area’s famous street art.
Alternatively, brave an after-hours ghost tour to follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper; discover hip bars and live music in Shoreditch; enjoy Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine along London’s “Curry Mile,”; or bargain-hunt at renowned Spitalfields Market.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • London’s East End is much bigger than it seems; don’t plan to see it all in one day, and consider taking a tour to help you get your bearings.
  • The East End is generally no more dangerous than other areas of London; if you visit at night, stick to busy areas and take a taxi.
  • Wheelchair-accessible stations include Shoreditch High Street Overground and Stratford Overground and Underground.
 
How to Get to There
The sprawling neighborhoods of the East End stretch north and east of the City of London, but there are no official boundaries to the district. Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, and Whitechapel lie just east of central London, with Dalston and Hackney to the north and Stratford farther east. All the main East End neighborhoods are linked by underground trains and buses to the West End. The closest airport is London City Airport.
 
When to Get There
There’s something to do in the East End every day of the week. Head there during the day to sightsee, visit after sundown to sample the nightlife, or join locals on market day (Sunday) to explore Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market, or Columbia Road Flower Market.
 
Exploring Stratford in London’s East End
Another popular spot is Stratford, which underwent a makeover after the Olympic Games took over the city in 2012. The vast Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the main draw, with walking trails, boat cruises, public art displays, and the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower. Right next door is Westfield Stratford City shopping mall, one of the largest in the UK with more than 250 shops, a huge food court, movie theaters, a bowling alley, and a casino.
Address: London, United Kingdom, England
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10 Tours and Activities to Experience East End

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Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood

Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood

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Journey through the sinister world of organized crime with a 2-hour walking tour through London’s East End! Guided by actor Vas Blackwood—hear real histories and fictitious recreations of London’s gangster underworld.  Visit filming locations and learn about the notorious Kray Twins, London’s premier mobsters in the mid-20th century, and former bad boy Lenny McLean.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.44
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$28.44
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Working Women of the East End Walking Tour

Working Women of the East End Walking Tour

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Discover a new side of London’s vibrant and cultural East End on this women’s history-themed walking tour. Pick between morning and afternoon tour times, meet your guide at Tower Hill, and set off on foot. As you explore the neighborhoods of the East End, you’ll learn about the area’s rich mix of cultures and long history. Discover historical monuments, learn about the groundbreaking women who lived and worked here, and listen as your guide gives voice to Jack the Ripper’s victims, suffragettes, and more.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$28.99
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$28.99
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London East End & Street Art Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

London East End & Street Art Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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East London boasts an ever-changing tableau of street art, representative of the area’s cultural melting-pot. On this private walking tour, explore one of the city’s coolest corners alongside a local guide. Discover the origin of Cockney rhyming slang, browse the vintage boutiques of Shoreditch and inhale the fragrant aromas of Brick Lane’s curry houses, all the while passing vibrant examples of street art. This private tour allows you to customize your itinerary and receive undivided attention from your guide.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.45
Price varies by group size
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$87.45
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Jack the Ripper Walking Tour in London

Jack the Ripper Walking Tour in London

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Follow in the footsteps of London’s most notorious serial killer on this spine-chilling Jack the Ripper walking tour – if you dare! Follow your guide on a 2-hour stroll around the dimly lit alleyways and eerie backstreets of East London, where the gruesome murders took place. Along the way uncover the truths and myths about Jack the Ripper’s reign of terror and hear the many theories about the as-yet-unidentified murderer.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$20.50
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$20.50
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London East End & Street Art Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

London East End & Street Art Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

London’s East End is the epicenter of the city’s vibrant street art scene, and the stomping ground of legendary street artists such as Shepard Fairey, Eine, and Banksy. This 2.5-hour small-group walking tour will take you through East London’s coolest neighborhoods, where you’ll discover colorful street art, learn about the notorious Jack the Ripper, stroll down Brick Lane, and visit the famous Spitalfields Market.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$87.45
Price varies by group size
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$87.45
Price varies by group size
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Historic London Pubs Private Walking Tour

Historic London Pubs Private Walking Tour

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Capture England’s quintessential pub culture on a half-day historic pub tour, ideal for lovers of history and beer. In a small group limited to 15, you’ll visit six historic pubs—all of which date back to the Great Fire of London in 1666—in areas such as Farringdon, Clerkenwell, and the East End. In each venue, you’ll learn about the location’s history and enjoy a small beer or soft drink.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$217.43
Price varies by group size
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$217.43
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Tailored Fun and Private Photo Shoot in London

Tailored Fun and Private Photo Shoot in London

Return from your London vacation with personalized souvenirs following a private photography tour that uses the city’s most iconic monuments as backdrops. Rather than facing the awkward task of asking strangers to take photographs of you, your photographer guide lines up the perfect shots and edits your photographs after the tour. Ideal for first-time visitors, this experience provides an easy way to orient yourself in England’s bustling capital.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$456.99
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$456.99
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Private Tour: Jack the Ripper Day Time Walking Tour in London

Private Tour: Jack the Ripper Day Time Walking Tour in London

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Jack the Ripper is one of the world’s most notorious serial killers and the identity of the gruesome murderer has police baffled to this day. Take a walk through Victorian London and unravel the mysteries of Jack the Ripper on this private 2-hour walking tour, as you explore the markets, historic pubs, and alleyways of East London.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$181.97
Price varies by group size
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$181.97
Price varies by group size
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Private Family Photo Shoot in London

Private Family Photo Shoot in London

Explore London’s most scenic corners with your own personal photographer in tow on this private outing. Pick a tour time and a location that work best for you, from Westminster to East London and everything in between. Your photographer will capture posed and candid snaps of you and your group as you explore at your own pace; following the tour, you’ll receive 30 high-quality, edited snaps within a week.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$457.32
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East End Revival: A Photo Walking Tour with Photojournalist Stuart Freedman

East End Revival: A Photo Walking Tour with Photojournalist Stuart Freedman

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Walk around East End with a professional photographer guide to get the best possible chance for frame-worthy photos. Learn about the history of the once-gritty neighborhood, now home to hipsters and upscale establishments. Get tips on how to capture photos, from composition to light measurements, and enjoy chatting with your guide about their career in photojournalism.
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  • 3 hours
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$407.67
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