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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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The Blind Beggar
Journey through the sinister world of organized crime with a 2-hour walking tour through London’s East End! Guided by actor Vas Blackwoodhear 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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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Highly Recommended Gangster Tour

The gangster tour in London was brilliantly led by Vas Blackwood who was fantastic, engaged with all of the group and is very knowledgable. From start to finish we were given lots of history about the gangster underworld, visited many places and had a chance...More

Thank Rachelle1980
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Very dissapointing.... rude and trying too hard

Me and my boyfriend were very dissapointed by the tour guide and tour. He tried too hard to do his best danny dyer impression. The locals obviously disliked him since several people in the street whinged about him during the tour. He was also rude...More

Thank James F
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile
Great end to a London trip

From start to finish Vas engaged the crowd with his fascinating stories of life in the Krays underworld in a witty and authentic East-end manner. We visited some great sites and certainly will remember his green cross code when using a pedestrian crossing!🤣 Cheers for...More

Thank JimmyOofHull
Reviewed 19 June 2018
Have lost all respect for this actor

It would seem that less favourable reviews are not accepted by Brit Movie Tours who provide the Gangster Walking Tour in London purchased through Virgin Experience Days. Are we not entitled to an opinion these days? My husband posted a review about a recent disappointing...More

Thank jhcoxall
Reviewed 12 June 2018
Very entertaining!

This tour was very interesting, Vas certainly knew what he was talking about ! He was very informative, down to earth and approachable. We liked the photos he used to complement his talk, made it more "real" especially seeing the East End as it used...More

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