Meet Your Guides

There are many companies that now offer Jack the Ripper Tours in London but we honestly believe that our combination of genuine experts as guides, truly atmospheric route and 30 years experience of introducing Londoners and visitors to the world’s greatest murder mystery makes our Jack the Ripper Walk the market leader.

Even the Bible of Jack The Ripper studies recommends us

The latest edition of the bible of Ripper Studies, The Complete Jack the Ripper A to Z, actually recommends two of our guides, Philip Hutchinson and Richard Jones, in its section on Jack the Ripper Walking Tours, whilst, at the same time, applauding Richard Jones as “…one of London’s leading walking-tour guides”.

You’ve seen us on Television

Richard Jones has appeared on almost every Jack the Ripper television documentary throughout the last 15 years. He was historical adviser and also appeared on the History Channel’s History’s Mysteries – Jack The Ripper and on Sky 1’s Vic Reeve’s Investigates Jack The Ripper. On January 11th and 20th 2011 over one million viewers tuned in to watch the two part Channel Five drama/documentary Jack the Ripper: The Definitive Story, which featured out guides Richard Jones, John Bennett and Philip Hutchinson.

Our guides went coast to coast on cinema screens across America

In the last week of October 2011 John Bennett, Philip Hutchinson and Richard Jones all appeared in the drama-documentary Jack the Ripper The Definitive Story, when it was screened at cinemas coast to coast in almost every US State.

This is another guarantee that, when you book a Jack the Ripper Tour with us, you are booking a walk with the acknowledged experts on the case.

Meet and Watch Your Guides

You can read a brief biography about all of our tour guides below and see them in action in the on screen video

Richard Jones

As well as his output on Jack the Ripper, Richard is the author of the guide books Walking Haunted London; History and Mystery London; and Memorable Walks In London; all of which include tours around London’s East End.

Favourable reviews of his tour have appeared in newspapers as diverse as The Sunday Times, The Orange County Register, The Los Angeles Times, and In Britain.

His television appearances include the programmes History’s Mysteries: Jack the Ripper (History Channel); Jack the Ripper in America (Discovery Channel); Being Jack the Ripper; (Discovery Channel); and Vic Reeves Investigates Jack the Ripper (Sky One). He can even be seen on the DVD that accompanies the Johnny Depp film From Hell providing his expert opinion on various aspects of the Whitechapel Murders. He was also a major contributor to the Channel Five documentary Jack the Ripper The definitive Story.

In 2004 he scripted, presented and co-produced the critically acclaimed drama/documentary Unmasking Jack the Ripper which many Ripper aficionados have hailed as “one of the best – if not the best – Jack the Ripper documentaries of recent years.”

Phillip Hutchinson

Philip Hutchinson is widely regarded as one of the best Jack the Ripper Tour guides in London. In fact no lesser a publication than, what has been referred to as “the Bible of Ripperology,” The Complete Jack the Ripper A to Z, singles him out as one of only three guides worth taking a Jack the Ripper tour with. High praise indeed!

Philip also featured in the Channel Five drama documentary Jack the Ripper The Definitive Story for which programme he treated viewers to a tour of the main Jack the Ripper sites in the East End.

Philip’s credentials when it comes to ripper studies are truly impressive. He has been responsible for some of the major ripper-related finds in recent years. Indeed, one of his finds – a never before seen photograph of Dutfield’s Yard, where Elizabeth Stride, Jack the Ripper’s fourth victim, was murdered – has been hailed as “the most important photographic discovery in the Jack the Ripper case for a quarter of a century.”

Philip is the author of several highly acclaimed books on the subject including The London of Jack The Ripper Then and Now, and The Jack the Ripper Location Photographs.

An actor by profession Philips’ presentation skills are second to none and many who have taken his tour have emailed to say what a great showman he is and have commented on his ability to put the subject across in a way that is both dramatic and engaging. It is this rare combination of presentational professionalism and expert knowledge that has made Philip one of the best known Jack the Ripper Tour guides in London.

Philip has appeared on numerous television programmes discussing the Jack the Ripper case including The Discovery Channel’s Being Jack the Ripper and French TV’s A la poursuite de Jack l’ Eventreur.

In addition to his achievements in the field of Jack the Ripper studies Philip is a much respected figure in the field of Paranormal research, and is a Council Member of the Ghost Club, the world’s oldest, and most respected, Paranormal organisation.

John Bennett

John Bennett co-wrote and also appeared as one of the experts on the recent Channel Five programme Jack the Ripper the Definitive Story. This highly acclaimed production was screened on Channel Five in January 2011 and received numerous positive plaudits from Jack the Ripper experts.

John’s abilities as a tour guide have attracted numerous positive reviews by our clients. Indeed, several of those who have taken a similar tour with different companies have gone so far as to applaud John’s guided walk as being “much better than any of the others.”

John began his career as a teacher but then made the transition to full time, freelance Jack the Ripper Tour guide and now also writes books on the Jack the Ripper crimes and on the history of the East End of London where he was born and where he grew up.

He is, perhaps, best known in Ripper circles for his photography and his dedicated research into East End history.

But he is also the author of numerous articles for Ripperologist, Ripper Notes and the Whitechapel Society Journal on a range of topics concerning the Whitechapel Murders.

In addition to this aforementioned body of work John has also given talks on both Jack the Ripper and the East End of London at venues as the Idea Store in Whitechapel, HMS Victory and at the Whitechapel Society.

His book E1 – A Journey Through Whitechapel and Spitalfields was published in April 2009 and has won worldwide acclaim for the insight it provides into the streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields that were Jack the Ripper’s hunting ground.

Alan Drake

Alan Drake

There’s so much to say about Alan. He is a fully qualified Blue Badge Guide, a talented and versatile actor, a top class musician, able to play both the guitar and the piano, and – as if all that wasn’t enough to fit into one lifetime – he is, to quote many of those who have been on his tours, an “awesome” tour guide.

2012 is very much Alan’s year. At the start of the year he was in New York completing a month like off-Broadway appearance in the play Kissing Sid James, which won widespread critical acclaim.

He co-stars with Simon Pegg in his new film A Fantastic Fear of Everything, which is due for release in June 2012. Very Aptly, and without giving too much away, the film is about a writer who is obsessed with Victorian serial killers.

When you join Alan’s Jack the Ripper Walk you don’t just see Jack the Ripper’s London, you experience it.

Alan’s training as an actor (he attended the London Academy of Dramatic Art) means that he is able to bring his own unique dimension and approach to the Jack the Ripper tour. Whereas some guides might just tell you what it was that the person he is talking about said or did, Alan is able to act it out for you, giving you the distinct impression that you are back in 1888 actually listening to the principle characters in the Jack the Ripper saga tell you their own story.

To attain his Blue Badge Guiding qualification, Alan actually carried out in depth study of the history of the very streets and buildings where the jack the Ripper murders occurred.

As a consequence he, like our other guides, is able to do something that is vitally important when introducing people to the Jack the Ripper mystery, he is able to place the murders in the context of the era and area in which they occurred.

LINDSAY SIVITER

Watch Lindsay Siviter –  Jack the Ripper Tour Guide

Lindsay has extensive experience as a freelance researcher and has built up an enviable reputation for uncovering little known facts about the murders. For many years she worked as part of a team bringing the Sherlock Holmes mysteries to life on popular murder/mystery weekends.

But her main field of expertise has always been conducting original research into the Jack the Ripper crimes. She is, for example, the leading expert on  Sir William Gull, whom several of the Hollywood films and TV dramas on the case have named as Jack the Ripper, in which capacity she even travelled to South Africa to interview Sir William’s descendants.

Indeed, so esteemed is she in Ripperology circles that, over the last 10 years, she has been much in demand as a freelance speaker at Jack the Ripper conferences throughout the world.

She has appeared on numerous television documentaries on the case and was featured extensively on the recent Channel Five drama/documentary Jack the Ripper The Definitive Story.