Jack the Ripper is a mystery that was never solved and there are a lot of people still trying to determine who Jack the Ripper was. When I was in London, I did a walking tour by Ripping Yarns Walking Tours, Ltd. They took us through the Whitechapel area of London, following the murders of Jack the Ripper. Even if you are not interested in hearing about Jack the Ripper, I think you would enjoy the tour because of the history they tell of the area. It is also in a section of London that is not as safe and that you would not want to tour alone. The walking tour puts you in a safe group setting.
The tour meets and ends at the Tower Hill underground station. You do not have to make advance reservations. Just show up and look for the man holding the sign for the tour. I especially liked Ripping Yarns and recommend it because they did not collect money for the tour in advance or when you first met up at Tower Hill. They did not ask for payment until the end of the tour and even said you did not have to pay unless you thought the tour was worth the money. I felt the tour was worth the money, but can not remember how much I paid. I remember it was not much, especially for all I got.
They gave us a map of the area with all the murder sites marked. We first walked to Bucks Row where Mary Nichols was found. The last stop was Dorset Street, where Mary Kelly was found. All of the victims were prostitutes. The area was very poor at the time. Although the area has changed (the murders took place in 1888), the tour guide gave a clear picture of what the area looked like then, versus now. I was impressed that they had news clippings and photographs of the victims. One of the photos, we were warned was gruesome, so you didn't have to look at it if you didn't want to.
At the end of the tour, they told the theories of who Jack the Ripper could be and offered their own theory.
The highlight of the trip for me, was the tour stopped at the 10 Bells Pub, which is where several of the victims were last seen. It is believed that Jack the Ripper patroned this pub and we were able to get a drink while we were there.