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Journey through the sinister world of organized crime with a 2-hour walking tour through London’s East End! Guided by actor Vas Blackwood—hear real histories and fictitious recreations of London’s gangster underworld.  Visit filming locations and learn about the notorious Kray Twins, London’s premier mobsters in the mid-20th century, and former bad boy Lenny McLean.
  • 2-hour gangster walking tour of London’s East End led by Vas Blackwood
  • Hear insider gossip about London’s low-life underworld: real-life criminals and fictional fiends
  • Visit sites linked to the infamous Kray twins like Repton Boys’ Club and the Blind Beggar pub
  • See the pub used as Samoan Jo’s in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
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E1 1BU , Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU, UK

The meeting point is inside the main bar area of the Blind Beggar pub, 337 Whitechapel Rd – 1 min walk from Whitechapel tube station. Vas will be signing images at the ‘Blind Beggar’ from 12:30-1:30pm before the tour departs. (Costs: Pics £20. Wall-mount Pics £40)

2:00 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
East End
Meet your guide – Vas Blackwood (famous for playing Rory Breaker in Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels as well as Only Fools and Horses in which he played the robber Lennox 'Shadow' Gilbey) - in Whitechapel, the gritty heart of London’s East End. Then set off on your 2-hour walking tour of the area, visiting film and TV program locations as well as real-life places associated with London’s criminal underworld. Famously the stomping ground of the Kray twins (Ronnie and Reggie) who terrorized the East End during the 1950s and 60s, the area is rich with sites linked to them. Pay a visit to Repton Boys’ Club, where the twins learned to box, and see the Blind Beggar pub, where Ronnie killed an arch rival – one of the ruthless acts that propelled him from mere gangster into an East End celebrity icon (albeit a feared one).
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Blind Beggar Public House Whitechapel
Having rubbed shoulders with many of London’s ex-gangsters to prepare for his role in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Vas Blackwood has countless tales to tell, and you’ll hear the best as you walk from site to site. Learn about ‘The Guv’nor,’ Lenny McLean, a gangster-turned-good guy who started his criminal resume as a bareknuckle fighter before going on to act in popular UK TV programs, like Eastenders and The Bill. You'll also hear tales of Barbara Windsor – a much-loved London actress who married one of the Krays' feared associates Ronnie Knight -- as well as discovering the dastardly doings of Brown Bread Fred, a chap nicknamed after the cockney rhyming slang in which ‘brown bread’ means 'dead' in reference to the murders he committed. See the pub used as Samoan Jo’s in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, as well as Hatchet Harry’s office, where ‘Porn King’ Harry Lonsdale worked in the film.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Brit Movie Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
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What is the social distancing policy during Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Highly recommend this afternoon tour in and around the real East End." See review

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star-5
vas was very descriptive...
Stuart_E
, Jul 2022
vas was very descriptive and i learned a lot of things i never knew which gave me a better appreciation and understanding of the times in which this all happened that were otherwise unknown to myself
star-5
Very Informative
Rob_A
, Jul 2022
What a tour! Vas is a funny and intelligent man who made time for everyone, and included everyone in the tour. Totally unrushed, and very very informative. Would certainly recommend!
star-5
Brilliant tour!
Claire_A
, Jul 2022
Brilliant tour. Vas was so entertaining and knowledgeable, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon and would highly recommend 😀
star-5
Excellent, funny tour
Kathleen_S
, Jun 2022
Great tour and Vas was so knowledgeable, engaging and funny. We had such an excellent afternoon and would recommend the tour to anyone.
star-5
Fantastic
Paula_O
, Jun 2022
Vas is a genuine funny guy and excellent tour guide had a really enjoyable time would definitely recommend to everyone thanks Vas the evertonians 💙💙
star-3
Give it a miss
Kathryn_S
, Jun 2022
Learnt a few things about the Krays but expected there to be more about other crime firms in London disappointed not worth the money
star-5
Brilliant
oaks
, May 2022
Absolutely brilliant. Vas made the tour, such a funny bloke, had us in tears. Lots of interesting facts
star-5
Excellent!
Anne_T
, May 2022
Uncle Vas was brilliant! Well researched, excellent communicator and a very funny tour guide. He brought the whole experience to life.
star-5
Great fun,
Rachel_S
, May 2022
Brilliant day. Uncle vas was very knowledgeable and a very funny guy. Would definitely recommend. Worth every penny. Be prepared to walk though. 4 and a half miles in total.
star-4
Entertaining tour.
Heather_H
, May 2022
Enjoyed the tour, Uncle Vas had plenty to say along the way, if you don’t like/approve of adult bantering then this is definitely not for you! Stickler for crossing roads “Only go when the man is green’” so all in our group were kept safe! Discovered a very nice area where the Jewish street market takes place, a place we’d never have visited but would do now. Thoroughly interesting and entertaining tour from start to finish.
star-5
Amazing
Zeinah_E
, May 2022
What an awesome day. Vas was brilliant, knowledgeable and hilarious. Me and my partner had such a great day and he really made the tour. Thanks Vas - as promised, we will be back to see you after the wedding 😁
star-5
Brilliant Tour
Nicola_E
, May 2022
We absolutely loved the tour with “Uncle Vas”.. what a guy and his knowledge and humour are second to none! Highly recommend doing this to anyone who can walk the distance. Would definitely do it again just for the crack! Cheers Vas!!
star-5
Amazing
emma_t
, May 2022
Absolutely Amazing your. Uncle Vas is so funny & such a good story teller. We went to places we would never have found in London. Would def recommend
star-5
Excellent
Amanda_D
, Apr 2022
I would recommend this tour and guide to any lover of gangsters. 10/10 and would love to go again!!!
star-5
A stunning value for money tour
Darren_W
, Apr 2022
Vas is a fantastic compare for this tour. His research is exceptional & you’ll learn a lot lot more than what you may currently understand
star-5
Vas was very entertaining...
Amelia_S
, Apr 2022
Vas was very entertaining and made it very interesting to listen to he had obviously done his research
star-5
From the Welsh, Kent and Sheffield contingency.
Mitchell_S
, Apr 2022
I would definitely recommend doing this tour. Very informative, well researched and accommodating. Vas, you were brilliant. What a blast we had 👌
star-5
Great fun and informative
Jasob_P
, Apr 2022
Vas was amazing, so funny and informative. I learnt a lot about The Krays. Well worth the money and time.
star-5
Fackin laved it brav!
Mohammad_B
, Mar 2022
The whole experience from start to finish had me fully engrossed, the time went by way too fast but time flys when you're having fun! Vas is a legend!
star-5
Fantastic
Jade_W
, Feb 2022
Vas was absolutely fantastic, I can’t think of a better person to host the tour. He has a huge personality, very funny and friendly, you instantly feel at ease with him and he’s very knowledgable about his subject: I’ve been interested in the Krays for about ten years and even I learned things on this tour. Thank you so much Vas, hope to see you again for another tour!

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