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

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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
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks

Departure Point

Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1BU, UK

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
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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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
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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
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
See all safety measures taken by Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood.
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What is the maximum group size during Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers.

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Traveler Tips


  • "Highly recommend this afternoon tour in and around the real East End." See review

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London gangster tour
Martin_K
, Mar 2020
Was a brilliant tour vas Blackwood was excellent was definitely worth going on thanks for a brilliant day 👍🏻
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Gangster tour whitechapel
OFFICER_dibble
, Mar 2020
The tour was excellent and worth the money nearly 3 hours. Would do again. Vas the guide was excellent in character and made the tour so enjoyable.
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Brilliant afternoon
Gary_J
, Mar 2020
Very interesting and insightful. Vas knew his stuff and was a great host/tour guide. Lots of laughs along the way. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves
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Brilliant - what a laugh!!!
mrsk8p
, Feb 2020
Superb tour. Vas is really friendly and very funny!! Had a great laugh, learned a lot and got a Great walk around places in London I never knew. Would recommend highly but wear comfy shoes it’s about 4.5miles.
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Super Afternoon with the only and only Vas B
DMANLY
, Jan 2020
Highly recommend this afternoon tour in and around the real East End. All you need to know about the Krays and other colourful characters and a cool stroll the streets of this really unique and everchanging part of London. The East End is the new West End with edge. However the star on the show is undoubtedly the legend that is "Vas B" - he has such good knowledge but he is such a laugh with the group and the locals and we were in stitches start to finish … Top Man Vas a diamond geezer and living legend !
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Gangster Tour of London's East End
malc0lm2
, Jun 2019
Absolutely brilliant. Would recommend this tour to anyone. Many thanks to Vas for a most entertaining and informative afternoon. We were a party of four and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
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Gangster walk
Maria R
, Jun 2019
Booked this for a present for my husband birthday. From the very start we could tell it was going to be good vas was welcoming funny very funny. The tour was very informative and learnt a lot about the kray twins. Would definitely recommend it
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Definitely worth it, the stories...
Sarah M
, Jul 2017
Definitely worth it, the stories told of the real and fictional gangsters were described with such detail and passion by Mr Marcus with obvious zeal and interest. Mr Marcus was a great guide to this world, a proper gentleman.
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Really enjoyed despite the cold weather...
Michelle H
, Apr 2016
Really enjoyed despite the cold weather !! Excellent host, will be back with my husband
star-5
Great tour. Stephen is as...
Mrs S J P
, Dec 2015
Great tour. Stephen is as informative as he is entertaining. Some gangster film locations included which was great. Highly recommend this tour.

Product code: 5936GANGSTER

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