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

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    What to Expect
    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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    Departure Point
    Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU, UK
    Departure Time
    1:00 PM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Professional guide
    • Entry/Admission - East End
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Food and drinks
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
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    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We had an excellent time vas blackwood was hilarious and made the tour with great knowledge and humour
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    This tour seriously is, as previous reviewer said, not one to miss. Vas is endlessly entertaining, well informed on his subject matter and managed our group of 40 well, ensuring we could all hear what he was saying and could keep up with the group. Yes, there is bad language
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    Tour started in a pub, banter was good and Vaz got everyone in the mood. We learnt about London’s not so well known gangster history and I learnt things about areas I have been to many times. If you have an interest in history, enjoy a walk and want a bit of banter definitely
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    I had been recommended this tour by a friend, so glad I booked it! Vas is incredible. He keeps you entertained throughout and has some great facts about The Krays. Started and ended in a pub, what more could you ask for?
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    Well were to start?? Fantastic tour and Vas is brilliant. What a nice guy, genuinely knows his stuff about the Krays and the history surrounding them. Took in some great points of interest and sites of the Krays and also some from one of his movies. Well worth more than the £20
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