Serial Killers Guide: Explore London's Dark Past and World Crime Psychology with Declan
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527 Ratings
Greater London
Discover London's dark past and delve into the twisted minds of serial killers with expert guide Declan. Join the immersive tour and receive a signed copy of the best-selling 'Bloody London' book.
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Church of St. Bartholomew the Great - The sad story of an uncaught serial killer who first murdered a 6 year-old girl, then 7 years later murdered a 7-year-old girl inside Barbican Station! Your Guide, Declan, discusses the similarities between the cases and profiles the Killer.
What's Included
  • Local guide
  • Professional guide
  • Live entertainment
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
What's Not Included
  • Gratuities
Additional Information

Your guide, Declan, is not just knowledgeable about London and British serial killers, but international ones as well. His expertise extends beyond Jack the Ripper to understanding the behaviour and psychology of serial killers on a global scale.

To date, the tour has garnered 472 5-star reviews on Viator/TripAdvisor and holds an ‘Excellent’ rating by Viator. Furthermore, it has been recognised as a ‘Traveller’s Choice’ on TripAdvisor and is renowned for being an engaging and unforgettable experience.

This tour is certified 12+, indicating that it is suitable only for individuals who are 12 years old and above due to the thrilling and unsettling tales that it encompasses. After attending the tour, you will gain a wealth of knowledge - albeit, a newfound caution…

Opting for the ‘Tour plus Book’ package grants you a personally autographed edition of Declan McHugh’s top-selling ‘Bloody London’, a riveting compilation of nearly 200 pages delving into the sinister elements of London’s history.

It is worth noting that the content of the book diverges greatly from that of the tour, with each offering unique insights. So far, the book has a sales record of 8,500 copies and has garnered superb reviews on Amazon.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A maximum of 20 people per booking
  • Operates in all weather condition so dress appropriately
  • MINIMUM age is 12 years. This is strictly enforced.
  • Children are 12-14 years old. Adults are 15+.
  • You MUST add 20 minutes extra travelling time, due to constant Underground train delays
  • I would seriously consider choosing a different Tour if you have mobility/significant health issues. It’s a fairly brisk pace – it has to be to cover 10 serial killers in two hours - and we cover 2 miles (3.2 km). And in Summer it can be hot all through the two hours. Truthfully (and quite apart from the subject matter), this Tour will not be suitable for everyone because of the distance and the reasonably fast pace. This Tour is also not recommended for people in their 70s because, as I said, it’s quite fast-paced and we cover about 2 miles =3.2 kms.
  • Don’t attend if you are feeling unwell and have a temperature with a new persistent cough
Location
Barbican
Aldersgate Street
I meet you directly opposite the ONLY exit at Barbican underground station, just 6 metres (20 feet) away from the only exit. Look for the black and red sign, saying 'The Blood and Tears Walk', on my rucksack on the ground.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

Customer Ratings
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Abbie_s
Apr 6, 2024
5/5 experience - Our tour Guild Declan as amazing. He knew how to keep the crowd engaged and entertained. He was very knowledgeable about the facts on the killers and answered all our questions if we had any. He was very approachable, and make the tour feel like only 2 minutes long. I would highly recommend him for walking tours around London. 5/5 experience .
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Z6053xycharlottew
Apr 5, 2024
Book this tour now! - My partner and I went on the blood and tears walk this evening. Declan was enthusiastic throughout the tour and his knowledge on this subject is second to none. If you like anything to do with the dark side of the city's history, you will love this tour. Could have listened to Declan speak all night and will definitely book again. Thank you so much! K&C x
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Angie_h
Apr 5, 2024
Information killer tour - Very informative tour of some serial killers in London. It was entertains to hear about some other London killers, and not just Jack the Ripper.
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Mirec75a
Apr 4, 2024
Dive into the crimes of London's serial killers - what an amazing tour with a plastic explanations of the crimes and stories of the killers on the crime places on a chilling March night! Declan is very passionate, has much knowledge about the killers and you will be grasped and dragged into the stories. Prepare to investigate and haunt the killers together with Declan. I can only recommend the tour to you!
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Samanthape7206iw
Mar 28, 2024
Great Tour - I thoroughly enjoyed this tour, Declan was so animated, passionate & knowledgable which made it that much more enjoyable. I bought his book which I’m really looking forward to reading
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Sandiegan531
Mar 27, 2024
Absolutely worth it! - Great tour, absolutely worth it if you are interested in the dark side and creepy history of London. We benefited from a small group of only four people, the tour was very interactive, be prepared for some challenges that make you think outside the box. As many others have mentioned, Declan is a great story teller and we were thoroughly entertained and shocked. So if you have two hours to spare in the evening, I would recommend this tour 100%. We also followed his pub recommendation at the end of the tour, no question this was the best pub we visited during our 4-day stay in London.
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Ben
Mar 26, 2024
Fantastic atmospheric tour - This review has been a long time coming. I would highly recommend this tour to anybody interested in the dark history. Declan is a masterful storyteller and really brings the history alive during the tour. Declan supported the Middlesex University Criminology Society in a tour and event which many of the students have fond memories of to this day. Really great experience
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Mattheww168
Mar 23, 2024
Great evening’s entertainment - I’ll be honest I was dragged along to this by my serial killer obsessed wife and daughter. I thought I’d just have to quietly endure 2 hours while I daydreamed about having a drink after. Wow how wrong was I?! I genuinely loved every minute. Declan clearly knows his stuff and is as passionate about the subject as can be (in a good and non creepy way!). I was gripped by his story telling and also loved seeing some bits of London I was not familiar with. I’d highly recommend this as a cool evening in London for those wanting some history, intrigue and drama (oh and some film recommendations!!) Cheers!
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Klaudiakq317hs
Mar 13, 2024
Definitely book! - A tour well worth the money! Declan is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. I loved his theatrical almost paranoid cop persona as he described the gruesome murders and the clues to catching the killers. You'll also pass by old and classic pubs so you could give these a try after. I might catch you again some day Declan to buy a copy of your book in person.
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Navigator33364652944
Mar 14, 2024
Fun and informative - Our teen picked this tour. Declan is a great story teller and he showed us some historical landmarks we wouldn’t have otherwise sought out in old London (1st hospital, criminal court, Fleet Street, pubs). Great way to spend the night.
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