Like all great and ancient cities London has a storied and fascinating history of crime. Criminals and the men who strive to stop them are writ large across the cultural identity of London. Even today the odd helmets of our police are a tourist attraction and our most famous, albeit fictitious, detective is still making splashes across cinema and television screens. Thankfully crime itself is well down and London is quite safe for anyone wanting to tour the streets and learn about the criminals of the past.
Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime
Housed at the Wellcome Collection just across the road from Euston Station is a truly exceptional exhibit on the main reason we don’t live in fear of criminals like Jack the Ripper anymore. Forensics is the science of solving crime and, if you couldn’t tell from the dozens of procedural crime TV shows on the market, we have gotten pretty good at it. The exhibit explores the history, science and art of forensics; from the crime scene to the courtroom. Original evidence, archival material and photographic documentation is on display in an exhibit that educates and challenges the familiar views about the origins of forensics. If you are at all interested in Crime and its history then this exhibit is a must. Catch it before it ends in June.
Jack the Ripper Walk
No tour of crime through London would be complete without a walking tour of the most famous criminal in the world’s old hunting grounds. What better way to learn about the Ripper then by walking through the misty east end streets in the dark with the world’s foremost expert on Jack the Ripper: Donald Rumbelow?Evoking that terrible autumn of gaslight, fog and murder; the walk gets you to grips with the main suspects.Experience the dreadand then take refuge in the Ten Bells just as the victims of the Ripper did so many years ago. See if you can do what no one has done in the past hundred years; solve the crime and identify the killer.
I would be very surprised if the first name that springs to mind when you think of London and Crime isn’t Sherlock Holmes. Despite being a purely fictional creation of the great English author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes remains to this day one of the most famous detectives in the world. Existing across a great many stories, films, television shows, artwork, and even video games; Sherlock Holmes’ presence in London is so major that he may as well have actually existed. Until mid-aprilfans of the detective can find an exceptional exhibit called ‘Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die” at the Barbican Museum of London. The original Holmes manuscripts, as well as paintings and props from the TV shows, are on display; a must see for fans of the great detective. Of course, a visit to 221B Baker Street, preserved as it looked in Victorian times, is always an essential part of any trip to London. The house is afive minutes’ walk up the road from the Montcalm Marble Arch