You get a generous dose of death on lots of London walking tours thanks to our rich history of plague, fire, beheadings and general brutality, but for number of deaths per metre you won't beat Murder Mile Walks. Enthusiastic host Michael Buchanan-Dunne leads the grisly-minded on a two-hour shuffle around Soho, revealing the actual facts behind deaths that have grabbed headlines and massacres that have been swept under London's seedier carpets.
Though the jokey approach to Dennis Nielson's crimes felt a little too close to the bone (as it were) given that they happened in living history, it's very apparent that the tone makes light of the gore rather than the tragedy. Buchanan-Dunne has trawled historical documents to uncover the truth about both criminals and victims and has a real talent for digging out the interesting (and often grim) details, making his storytelling memorable even if you've already read a fair few serial killers' Wikipedia entries. This tour's no exercise in, well, exercise, but it's definitely guilty of uncovering central London's most interetsing true crimes. Ashleigh Arnott
Tours take place every Saturday and Sunday. Visit the Murder Mile Walks website to book in advance.
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Excellent. We had a really brilliant time on Murder Mile Walks, packed as it was full of lots of grisly murders, great story-telling, real locations and actual evidence photos, which meant we were gripped from start to finish. Two hours flew by. I can see why it's one of the top "curious things to do in London". Highly recommended. FIVE STARS. Thank you.
Conspicuously more entertaining than two hours immersed in the grisly tales of real life murders has any right to be. Your host, Michael, is a gifted storyteller and a fun and knowledgeable companion, who brings the stories to life with vivid, meticulously researched detail. Enthusiastically recommended.
Fantastic afternoon! Some gruesome stories all neatly tied together for a chilling couple of hours of walking around Soho. Would definitely recommend to all!
This was totally awesome from start to finish, packing it lots of murders into just one mile, but Mike (our guide) really finds the emotion and heart in each story so these isn't simply a bunch of stories about death, but you actually learn about the victims (and killers) lives, which makes each story more compelling, more emotional, more gripping. Well written, well performed, well researched. I'd strongly recommend.