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Old Oct 16th, 2004, 04:07 PM
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size of london walks groups?

i am interested in taking a jack the ripper londonWalks but i read here many times that almost a 100 ppl showed up for the tour.i would much rather be in a smaller group than be lead by a celebrity guide who i cant hear or see.are some days of the week better than others? who else does these walks in london?thanks
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Old Oct 16th, 2004, 04:39 PM
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We did the Pub walk just last May. There were about 20 people. It was a great time.
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Old Oct 16th, 2004, 05:30 PM
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i did the jack the ripper walk and there were at least 300 people who showed up. this was the "original" one given by the author of the j the r book. he came with a second guide and asked who wanted to go with her as she was leaving first. about 50-75 went with her and rest stayed with him. it's far too many people but it wasn't as bad as it would seem. i live in london so i can go any time but i was stupid to choose a bank holiday weekend. check their website but i think sunday is the night and one other day during the week.
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Old Oct 16th, 2004, 05:31 PM
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i should also say that the J the R tour is not typical of the london walks, most i have taken were about 20-50.
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Old Oct 16th, 2004, 05:49 PM
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There were probably about 50 when we went, but ours was led by an actress with great vocal projection and the tour didn't suffer at all for the numbers. We met at the Tower tube stop at the appointed time without signing up first, it wouldn't be too hard to go just to see how many others showed up & just move on if it looks overcrowded.
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Old Oct 16th, 2004, 06:35 PM
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I've been on the ripper walk twice. The first time was in March and a non-Donald Rumbelow night and about 60 people showed up. The second time was on a Donald night in June and there were at least 300 people there. Donald brought along two other guides and the group was divided into three intimate groups of 100.

No wonder the owner of the Ten Bells Pub doesn't allow the walk to end there any longer!
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 04:18 AM
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I did the Poets, Pimps & Prostitutes Walk once and I was the only person who turned up for it.
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 11:13 AM
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I just did the Legal and Illegal London walk, and we had about 30 people.
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 01:10 PM
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We did the Bloomsbury pub walk and the Olde City walk - only about 10 people for each.
There are other tour operators 9like Big Bus Co) that do a Jack the Ripper walk.... but I doubt they do as fine a job as the Original London Wlaks people.
If you're that concerned about crowds just go on a night when Donald isn't guiding. Also the time of year you're there can make a difference in the numbers.
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Old Oct 17th, 2004, 01:11 PM
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I've done around 4 dozen walks with group sizes ranging from 5 to 200. I have done the Jack the Ripper walk twice both times with Donald. He is good but as others noted he is very popular. My suggestion would be to take the walk with someone other than Donald. You go to each place that Jack left his victims and get the same information.

The pub walks are fun. Some of the other walks I would recommend are Little Venice which goes along the canals, Eccentric London and the Beatles walks (get a picture of yourself crossing Abbey Road). The Explorer Day trips are also worth taking.
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Old Oct 18th, 2004, 04:52 AM
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Jack the Ripper walks can be very crowded. This does not apply to all their walks. We have been on almost all of them and I would say the average group we found....off season...was about 25. Some as small as 10. These walks are one of the best things you can do in London. the guides are terrific and you will see and experience things thatyou would probably not find on your own. (I do not get paid by london Walks for the tribute.) I look forward to Feb when i can do some more!!
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Old Oct 18th, 2004, 08:03 AM
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My experience on a March Donald night was identical to walkinaround's. Similar numbers with smaller group going with a second guide. The smaller group was still too large.

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Old Oct 18th, 2004, 09:17 AM
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I did the Inns of Court walk with about 20-30 people. Donald Rumbelow was the guide, substituting for the regular who was ill.
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Anyone know of a haunted London tour?
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Original London Walks (www.walks.com have several haunted london walks. All their walks are very good.

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Old Oct 18th, 2004, 01:21 PM
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This April I did London Walks' Haunted London tour that leaves from Monument Station.

I enjoyed it and recommend it, BUT it wasn't very eerie. If you are really looking for "haunted" I would try a different walk.

Also, be aware that this walk is slightly more demanding than the other London Walks I have been on. The guide leads at a fast pace and the tour starts with a climb of many steps.

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LAWoman - was that Emily? I've been on a few walks with her - she's a hoot! did she show you the Michael Flatley dance in front of his digs? oh wait, you went on one near the Tower. Forget it - he's in "Little Venice". (she does several different ones for them)
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