TUBE DELAYS & CLOSURE DIRECTIONS
What Happens If There Are Tube Delays?
We do suggest you check for travel delays on the day of the tour just in case there are any delays on the underground network. A link to London public transport services live updates can be found at tfl.gov.uk/tube-dlr-overground/status/.
For minor delays we recommend you leave a little bit earlier than planned just to ensure a punctual arrival. If you show up more time to spare than expected you can always spend it enjoying some of the great food and drink the area has to offer!
What If There Are Severe Delays Or Closures?
When there are line closures due to engineering work you will need to find alternative means of reaching the meeting point of the tour.
By alternative underground stations…
Should the District Line and the Hammersmith and City Line be shut for weekend engineering work, then Aldgate East Station itself will be closed. The good news is there are two nearby underground stations that are a short walk (10 to 15 minutes) away from our meeting point.
- Liverpool Street – situated on the Central Line as well as on the mainline Rail (convenient if you are coming from Essex or East London)
- Bank Underground Station, located on the Central and Northern Lines (convenient for tour participants heading to the Jack the Ripper Tour from the King’s Cross, Camden, Islington or the Angel districts of London).
So is all you need to do is check which of these is most convenient for you, and when you arrive at either Bank or Liverpool Street Station, just follow our step by step directions below.
Walking from Liverpool Street…
The walking time from Liverpool Street is 12 to 15 minutes at a gentle pace.
Exit Liverpool Street Station via the Bishopsgate Exit, which is located to the right of Platforms 12 and 13.
Having left Bishopsgate exit go left along Bishopsgate itself, ignoring the first traffic light crossing, which is almost directly outside the exit, and make your way to the next crossing to go over Bishopsgate, heading towards the Pitcher and Piano Bar and Dirty Dick’s Pub.
Walk to the left of Dirty Dick’s into Middlesex Street, the Woodin’s Shades Pub on the opposite corner to your left. Keep ahead along Middlesex Street, following it as it swerves right, then keep straight, passing Therapy on the right.
Having passed East India House on the right follow Middlesex Street as it bends right and cross to the left side of Middlesex Street. Keep going, crossing Strype Street, Cobb Street and Wentworth Street and ahead over the unsigned New Goulston Street, passing The Bell pub on its opposite corner.
Keep ahead to reach the traffic lights. Once you’ve passed them, go left onto Whitechapel High Street, keep straight over Goulston Street, head past the bus stop, keep ahead over Old Castle Street and go past and exit of Aldgate East Underground Station.
Cross Commercial Street via the traffic lights and pass to the right of the Sports Direct shop on the opposite corner, and pass the Green sign by the road. When you arrive outside Burger King cross over Whitechapel High Street via the Pedestrian Crossing, veer left on the other side and you will come, within seconds, to Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station. Our Jack the Ripper Walk meets on the pavement outside this exit.
This is what the Exit looks like.
Walking from Bank Underground Station…
If you are arriving at Bank Station via the Northern Line you can either transfer to the Central Line and take it one stop to Liverpool Street Station then follow the above directions, or you can walk to Aldgate East Station using the following step by step directions. Keep straight along Lombard Street, passing to the left of the red Post (Mail) boxes. go immediately left to pass through the covered Pope’s Head Alley, at the end of which head right along Cornhill.
If you are arriving at Bank Underground Station on the Central Line then you will need to go out of Exit Three of the Station. Turn right out the exit, then left along Cornhill, crossing to its right side.
Keep ahead along Cornhill, passing the bus stop with the white E on it, cross Birchin Lane and keep ahead to reach the traffic lights at the top of Cornhill.
Cross straight over the traffic lights and, on their other side, keep ahead along Leadenhall Street.
Keep ahead over Whittington Avenue, over Lime Street and Billiter Street, then cross to the left side of Leadenhall Street.
Keep going over Creechurch Lane, pass the bus stop with the white X on it and, on arrival at the traffic lights, go over Mitre Street heading for St Botolph’s church, which is clearly visible ahead.
Go over the two pedestrian crossing towards the church, then veer right once you’ve crossed the second crossing and keep straight, with St Botolph’s Church to your left.
Keep going along Aldgate High Street, passing Aldgate Station on your left, and ahead past 33 Aldgate House.
Cross over the next pedestrian crossing, towards the advertising hoardings opposite, and pass to the right of these billboards along Whitechapel High Street. Keep going over Goulston Street, cross over Castle Street and keep ahead past Exit Two of Aldgate East Underground Station.
Keep ahead over Commercial Street, pass to the right of the Sports Direct shop on its opposite corner and keep going to reach Burger King.
Turn your back on Burger King and cross over Whitechapel High Street via the pedestrian crossing. Turn left on the other side and within seconds you will arrive outside Exit Four of Aldgate East Underground Station.
The most convenient bus route is the 25. This route starts at Tottenham Court Road, which is located at the eastern section of Oxford Street. The route goes via Holborn, then through the City of London to Aldgate before driving along Whitechapel High Street.
You should leave the 25 bus at the bus stop on Whitechapel High Street. On arrival you will need to turn right off the bus, walk past the first exit of Aldgate East Underground Station, keep ahead over Commercial Street by way of the pedestrian crossing, walk past the Sports Direct shop on the corner, head straight past the green sign by the road and keep going until you reach Burger King.
Once, there if you turn your back on Burger King, and cross Whitechapel High Street via the pedestrian crossing, you will arrive on the pavement outside Exit Four of the Station where our Jack the Ripper Tour begins.
For a detailed bus map please check out the route of the 25 bus here: tfl.gov.uk/bus/route/25/