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The Blood and Tears Walk

London EC1A 4JA, England
+44 7905 746733
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Declan is a man who clearly loves his work - he researches serial killers in particular and this... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Adelaide, Australia
Fascinating and informative

My friends and I took this tour earlier tonight after looking for something just like this and I'm... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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'The Blood and Tears Walk' has a cult reputation with massive 'word of mouth'. Going for eighteen years, it is one of the best known London walks and has earned the right to be called a horror classic. Guide Declan McHugh who wrote the best-selling 'Bloody London' has been on television and radio and many thousands come from all over the world each year to learn about Jack the Ripper, other London serial killers, witchcraft, executions, conspiracy theories etc. This tour meets outside the only exit at Barbican station and ends two hours later at Holborn underground station. Chilling, entertaining and informative!
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  • Very good12%
  • Average2%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
London EC1A 4JA, England
+44 7905 746733

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Reviewed 5 days ago

Declan is a man who clearly loves his work - he researches serial killers in particular and this tour takes you past some of the sites with horrible histories in the city. He also took us past the copy shop where David Bowie worked before...More

Thank tory2good
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My friends and I took this tour earlier tonight after looking for something just like this and I'm glad we did. Declan, the tour guide was extremely informative and clearly very passionate about the subject. It was well researched, as you would expect after 18...More

Thank Sinead C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Declan leads an extremely fun yet creepy walk that manages to teach you about the dark side of London history while also providing a few chills. Declan knows his "dark history" and provides excellent storytelling skills as well as audience involvement. My favorite aspect is...More

Thank Brian P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This walking tour was fantastic!! I enjoyed every minute of the tour, and Declan tested the group mentally, bringing us back in history to create an authentic and extensive experience. This tour is heavily based on theory and research and I learnt so many new...More

Thank Shannon B
Reviewed 15 June 2017

Full marks for this tour which we did on 11/05/2017. Declan, our guide, was passionate about the subject and certainly knew his stuff. He involved the group into discussions (if you wanted to take part) which was great and held everyone’s attention. I won’t delve...More

Thank ROODLES999
Reviewed 12 June 2017

It's a great way to get a different perspective of the city. So entertaining it was hard to believe 2 hours had past. Declan has a theatrical and suspenseful way of presenting some pretty dark history. Highly recommended!

Thank Michael B
Reviewed 29 May 2017

It was an amazing tour in London, you see this city from another view. He was verry sympathetic and funny. Also he gave us some other infos that had nothing to do with blood and tears, i really enjoyed it. In my opinion this tour...More

Thank ChristinaDE93
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

I attended this tour as well as Declan's Shakespeare walking tour during my senior study abroad trip. For this walking tour, I went with just a few friends from my group. This is not a formal academic tour one would expect in a museum or...More

Thank Tayler B
Reviewed 19 May 2017 via mobile

Excellent, great story telling and mental puzzles. Super interactive and entertaining! We would recommend for a great time.

Thank Brent V
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Elan is a great speaker and actor which involves you in a suspense and mistery atmosphere throught taking you to dark and narrow streets of the areas surounding barbican. Really interesting tour about london creepy and criminal history. 100% recommendable. Intersting, funny and mysterious.!!!

Thank Germán Z
Declan M, Owner at The Blood and Tears Walk, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

My name is actually Declan not Elan, but I may change it to Elan after this great review! The Dictionary says 'Elan' =flair, stylishness, smartness, elegance, grace, gracefulness, poise, polish, suaveness, sophistication, urbanity, chic, finesse, panache, flourish, taste That will do for me. Thanks German!

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21 February 2017|
Response from Declan M | Property representative |
Yes. come along. it's at 7pm ONLY because The 9.45pm performance on Wednesdays now takes place only from March 1st to November 1st. So I will see you outside Barbican station's only exit before 7pm. You will see my... More
Ciara W
4 January 2017|
Response from Declan M | Property representative |
Unfortunately not, because February 27th is a Monday and the public walks only take place on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights. The only possibility is to do it as a private walk BUT I only do private walks for a... More
16 September 2016|
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Response from Declan M | Property representative |
Hi Helen, glad you found the booking calendar. A piece of news that might be relevant is that I am not doing any tours in December this year, just to alert you and others to that..... Declan