HOW TO REACH THE JACK THE RIPPER WALK
WHEN THE UNDERGROUND LINES ARE CLOSED
OUR JACK THE RIPPER WALK AND WEEKEND ENGINEERING
The current upgrade that is taking place on London Underground can mean that, on some weekends, the District or the Hammersmith and City Lines - or sometimes both of them - can be closed for weekend engineering works.
As a result those participating in our Jack the Ripper Tour will need to find alternative ways of getting to the starting point of the walk.
WE'RE WITH YOU EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
In keeping with our ethos fo ensuring our clients enjoy an informative and trouble free tour we've decided to add a section to the website that details the alternative ways to reach our tour when the underground lines are down.
FIRST PLEASE CHECK CHECK OUR JOURNEY PLANNER
The first thing to do is to check if there will be any line closures on the day you have booked the Jack the Ripper Tour for. You can do this on the day of your walk by vesting our current underground delays guide or better still, by vesting our London Underground Journey Planner resource.
Should you find that there are closures on the day you have booked for then below you will find the best and most convenient ways of getting to the starting point of the Jack the Ripper Tour, either via alternative underground stations which are just a short walk away, or by bus.
The best bus route to take is the 25 which begins at Tottenham Court Road at the East End of Oxford Street and then heads past Holborn, through the City of London, through Aldgate and then along Whitechapel High Street. You can get off the bus on Whitechapel High Street outside the Aldgate Exchange pub. When you get off the bus turn right and keep ahead past Exit One of Aldgate East Station (this is currently encased in scaffolding).
Cross Commercial Street via the traffic lights(be very careful here because the traffic comes at you from all directions!) towards the Sportec shop on the opposite corner. Once over the crossing keep ahead past the solitary silver phone box and keep ahead along Whitechapel High Street until you reach Burger King.
Look across Whitechapel High Street and you will see the green and white sign of the HABIB Bank and to its left the purple and white sign of the London Metropolitan Museum. Cross over to them via the traffic light crossing outside Burger King. This is Exit Four of Aldgate Underground Station where our Jack the Ripper Tour meets. You can check out the route of the 25 bus here. Simply type 25 into the search box when you arrive at the bus route page.
If, as sometimes happens, both the District and the Hammersmith and City Lines are closed for weekend engineering work then Aldgate East Station itself will be closed. However there are two alternative stations you can travel to and then a short walk of no more than 17 minutes will bring you to starting point for our Jack the Ripper Tour.
These are Liverpool Street, which is on the Central Line and also the mainline Rail (convenient if you are travelling in from Essex or East London) or Bank Station, which is on the Central and Northern Line, convenient if you need to get to the tour from the King's Cross, Camden, Islington or Angel districts of London..
Once you arrive at these alternative stations please follow our step by step directions below.
ALLOW 12 TO 15 MINUTES WALKING AT A LEISURELY PACE
You will need to exit Liverpool Street Station via the Bishopsgate Exit. This is situated to the right of Platforms 12 and 13.
Once out of the Bishops Gate Exit you will need to allow yourself 12 to 15 minutes, walking at a fairly leisurely pace, to reach the Jack the Ripper Tour.
Having come out of the Bishopsgate Exit, turn left along Bishopsgate itself. Ignore the first traffic light crossing, which is almost directly outside the exit, but walk down to the next crossing and cross it towards the Pitcher and Piano Bar and Dirty Dick's Pub.
Keep ahead, to the left of Dirty Dick's into Middlesex Street (Woodin's Shades Pub should be across the road to your left) and walk along Middlesex Street, following it as it bends right and keep ahead passing Therapy on your right.
Just after East India House on the right follow Middlesex Street as it swings right.
At this point cross over to the left side of Middlesex Street and keep ahead over Strype Street, Cobb Street and Wentworth Street.
Keep ahead over the unsigned New Goulston Street, and ahead past The Bell pub on its opposite corner.
Keep ahead, you will pass the orange and blue round columns of the car park on your left, and then go left in front of the pedestrian subway, to follow its railing as they go right and then keep ahead past the advertising bill boards behind the black iron fence to your left.
Having passed these billboards, turn left along Whitechapel High Street, keep ahead over Goulston Street, walk past the Aldgate Exchange pub, keep ahead past the bus stop, cross over Old Castle Street and ahead past Exit One of Aldgate East Station, which is currently encased in scaffolding.
Cross over Commercial Street via the traffic lights heading towards the Sportec shop on the opposite corner. Keep to the right of the Sportec shop along the continuation of Whitechapel High Street, passing to the left of the solitary silver phone box.
Keep ahead until, a little way along, you reach Burger King. Pause outside it and look to the opposite side of Whitechapel High Street Habib Bank AG Zurich and to its left is the purple and white sign of the London Metropolitan University. These are both outside Exit Four of Aldgate east Underground Station and this is where our Jack the Ripper Walk meets.
So cross Whitechapel High Street via the traffic light crossing and check in with your guide to join the Jack the Ripper Tour.
ALLOW 15 TO 17 MINUTES WALKING AT A LEISURELY PACE
If you take the Northern Line to Bank Station, you can either transfer to the Central Line and take it one stop to Liverpool Street Station from where you can follow the above directions, or you can walk from Bank Station to Aldgate East Station with the following directions.
You will need to exit Bank Underground Station via Exit 6, situated directly ahead as you come through the ticket barrier from the Northern Line.
Go up the stairs and Exit Bank Station onto Lombard Street.
From this point it will take you around 15 to 17 minutes to walk to Aldgate East Station at a fairly Leisurely pace.
Keep ahead along Lombard Street, passing to the left of the red Post (Mail) boxes.
Almost immediately, turn left into the narrow covered passageway, Pope's Head Alley and, at its end, turn right along Cornhill.
Keep ahead passed the bus stop with the white E on it, keep going over Birchin Lane and keep going until you reach the traffic lights.
Keep ahead over the traffic lights and, on their other side, keep ahead into Leadenhall Street (situated to the left of the RSA building.
Keep going along Leadenhall Street over Whittington Avenue and ahead over Lime Street and Billiter Street, then cross to the left side of Leadenhall Street.
Keep ahead over Creechurch Lane. Keep on past the bus stop with the white X on it and, when you reach the traffic lights, keep ahead over Mitre Street towards St Botolph's church, which you can clearly see ahead.
Cross the two pedestrian crossing towards the church, and veer right of the second crossing and keep ahead, with St Botolph's Church to Your left, and keep ahead on to Aldgate High Street.
Keep going, passing Aldgate Station on your left, and ahead past 33 Aldgate House.
Go over the next pedestrian crossing, heading for the advertising billboards you can see on the other side.
Veer right off the second section of the crossing and keep ahead onto Whitechapel High Street towards the green and white road sign pointing towards Chelmsford, Stratford and the A11.
Keep ahead over Goulston Street, walk past the Aldgate Exchange pub, ahead over Old Castle Street and ahead past Exit One of Aldgate East Station, which is currently encased in scaffolding.
Cross over Commercial Street via the traffic lights, heading towards the Sportec shop on the opposite corner.
Keep to the right of the Sportec shop along the continuation of Whitechapel High Street, passing to the left of the solitary silver phone box.
Keep ahead until, a little way along, you reach Burger King.
Pause outside it and look to the opposite side of Whitechapel High Street Habib Bank AG Zurich and to its left is the purple and white sign of the London Metropolitan University. These are both outside Exit Four of Aldgate east Underground Station and this is where our Jack the Ripper Walk meets.
So cross Whitechapel High Street via the traffic light crossing and be sure check in with your guide to join the Jack the Ripper Walk of London.