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Overview

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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Departure Point

Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU, UK

Please arrive at least 10 minutes early at your meeting point as the tour will leave promptly. The meeting point is inside the main bar area of the Blind Beggar pub, 337 Whitechapel Rd – 1 minute walk from Whitechapel tube station where you will find your guide waiting for you.

Departure Time

2:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood.
Q:
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
See all safety measures taken by Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood.
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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
Far exceeded my expectations!
Julie_O
, Nov 2021
Uncle Vas was a legend… it was interesting, enjoyable, entertaining and very well presented. I will never wait for the green man again without thinking of Vas! This tour far exceeded my expectations!
star-5
Quite a performance Uncle Vas
Lesley_P
, Nov 2021
Uncle Vas didn’t just take us on a tour, he gave a performance with stories that brought the locations to life. Even my Krays Expert learned a few things. Thank you.
star-4
The Kray Twins
Peter_B
, Nov 2021
Seeing Vallance Road for the first time & discovering the Kray’s links with such stars as George Raft & Kenny Lynch. I accept that we were forewarned but, in the company of ladies (my wife & daughter amongst them) thought some of the language quite unacceptable. That is the only reason I didn’t award 5 stars for an interesting experience which, aside from the expletives, was tremendously well presented.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great tour
Alison_J
, Nov 2021
Very knowledgeable and very funny guy , great tour and would highly recommend, vas made everyone feel wecome
star-5
Very worthwhile
Donnie_G
, Oct 2021
Vaz was very knowledgeable and had done his research. Funny too. He was passionate about the subject.
star-5
Absolutely brilliant tour...
Simon_F
, Oct 2021
Absolutely brilliant tour , vas Blackwood definitely makes it .!!! Funny and also interesting.. 100% recommend this tour
star-5
TOP DAY OUT
Lilian_O
, Aug 2021
TOP DAY OUT, BEST THING WEVE DONE IN AGES!!! Really interesting and exctingly told, Vas was extremely funny the whole time, would highly recommend to anyone interested in the Krays. Great opportunity to meet a well respected Actor such as Vas.
star-5
Great tour with a great storyteller!
Emily_W
, Aug 2021
Such a fun experience! Vas was really friendly and a great storyteller which really brought all the sites of the Kray’s stomping ground to life. Using the experiences told by locals who were around in that era gave a new insight into the Krays life not portrayed in the famous movies about them. It was also great when Vas also pointed out where some of the famous scenes in Lock Stock were filmed! Thanks again Vas for the great tour! Emily & Dean
star-5
This was a great, enjoyable and interesting tour. Booked for my husband but I thoroughly enjoyed as well!
Margaret_K
, Aug 2021
Very entertaining, interesting. Despite horrendous rainfall, the tour was great! I immediately came home and watched several Krays films. Definitely testament to the tour!
star-5
Super tour of London's East End
Martin_U
, Aug 2021
Vas was a superb host. I would highly recommend his tour. He's both highly knowledgeable & very funny. It was a great trip discovering the East End's gangster history!

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