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Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood

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    Your tour through the London’s gritty criminal underworld begins in Whitechapel, an area brimming with illicit histories from the Jack the Ripper rampage to the dark negotiations of London’s most infamous gangsters. Meet your guide Vas Blackwood there for your 2-hour afternoon walking tour—and bring your questions!

    As you head into Whitechapel’s warren of alleys and backroads, hear about the famous Kray twins, brutal mobsters who ruled the East End in the mid-20th century. Before being imprisoned for life, Reggie and Ronnie Kray made their mark in the area, from training to box at Repton Boys’ Club to opening glamorous nightclubs—hotspots for famous performers and members of parliament. Learn about Ronnie’s rise to celebrity after publicly murdering his arch rival at Blind Beggar pub, and about beloved London actress Barbara Windsor, who had a fling with Reggie Kray before marrying his feared associate, Ronnie Knight. 

    Along the way, indulge in Vas’s colorful storytelling. Learn more about cockney criminals like Brown Bread Fred, a cockney play on words where ‘bread’ translates to ‘dead’ – the unfortunate fate of many that met him – and ‘The Guv’nor,’ Lenny McLean, a former bareknuckle fighter and gangster who left the dark side to perform in the British classic, Eastenders.

    Finish with a behind-the-scenes tour of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels film locations. Soak up little-known tales of production as you visit sites like Samoan Jo’s pub and Hatchet Harry’s office, workplace of Harry Lonsdale.

    Your fascinating insider tour ends at Columbia Road in Shoreditch.
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    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    We went on this tour with Vas has the guide.What a brilliant day we had. Very interesting and informative. Lots of laughs. Well worth the money. Definitely recommend. 5*

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Debby F
    Reviewed 15 July 2019 via mobile

    Had an absolutely brilliant afternoon on the Gangster Tour. Vas was a great host. Full of knowledge and stories of not just the Gangland History but also of his time as an Actor. Absolute Value for money and a real good way to kill a...More

    Thank disneyjon
    Reviewed 13 July 2019

    Vas is excellent and very knowledgeable about the krays and their era. He was very funny and kept us all interested in hearing their story. Atmospheric area helped in making this tour enjoyable

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Dianne C
    Reviewed 6 July 2019 via mobile

    What a brilliant tour. Amazing guide, Vas is quite possibly the funniest man I've ever met. Such an informative tour I found out so much about the area and the local gangsters back in the day. Vas had such a great way with the other...More

    Thank catherineshe23
    Reviewed 23 June 2019

    had a great afternoon walking around some of my old haunts - both myself and my husband were born and bred in the East End of London, but this was a Christmas gift from my niece. It was time for a bit of nostalgia and...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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