Discover criminal history of both fact and fiction on the Gangster Tour of London with actor Vas Blackwood. Visit the iconic locations of some of England’s most famous mob events, both on the screen and in real life.
While London is best known as a bustling city full of grand and royal heritage, its seedy criminal underbelly has also produced some of the world’s most famous mobsters. On this tour, you will learn all about the shadier side of the city’s history. You’ll also hear about the infamous gangsters who roamed its streets, and the crimes they committed in its shadows.
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In brief, we are making sure that all vehicles are cleaned to the highest standards, that all staff are trained (and re-trained when emerging or evolving information determines) and are provided with the right knowledge and equipment to carry out their duties effectively. Our new protocols to keep you healthy during our tours include:
- Flexible booking options
- Full internal sanitation/cleaning of all coach and taxi vehicles used on our tours
- Social distancing rules & guidelines for walking tours
- Complete staff & guide training to implement new protocols
- Guides will ensure they are familiar with the most up-to-date public health guidelines and will adhere to these for the duration of the tour.
- Guides will maintain government-recommended social distancing between themselves and clients at all times. On tours where the group includes different households, guides will encourage and help clients to adopt appropriate social distancing between each other too.
- When guiding groups from different households, guides will follow government guidance to determine the maximum possible group size.
- Guides will avoid shaking hands or any other physical contact with clients.
- Guides will apply rigorous hygiene practices, including thoroughly cleaning and waiting for hands to dry before guiding, and use a personal hand sanitiser when this is not possible.
- If requested, guides will consider wearing a mask or visor.
- Guides will know where public toilets/hand-washing facilities/hand sanitiser points are available.
- Guides will ensure they are fully aware of sites’ visited on tour and any specific Covid-19 requirements and comply with them.
- Guides will be familiar with more crowded areas and will make best efforts to negotiate them, or if appropriate, avoid them.
- Where appropriate, guides will liaise with coach companies and private vehicle companies and drivers to ensure vehicles have been thoroughly sanitised.
The result is a sanitised attraction but certainly not a sanitised experience! You are here to enjoy our fabulous tours, discover new places & experience an authentic destination. We believe that our new introductions to hygiene/cleaning will allow you to enjoy your visit to the full.
We feel it vitally important to have a strict cleaning protocol in place and that this is transparent.
Let Vas Blackwood lead you through the history of London’s organised crime.
Vas Blackwood is no stranger to the more notorious characters of London. As an actor, he has often portrayed a convincing, hard-nosed villain. Most notably he played Rory Breaker in Guy Ritchie’s Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Throughout his career, he has also rubbed shoulders with some of the city’s biggest names in organised crime. Armed with facts and anecdotes he has picked up over the years, Vas will show you London’s historic crime hotspots.
The Gangster Tour of London with actor Vas Blackwood will follow the lives of the Kray twins. Ronnie and Reggie Kray are two of the most infamous names in organised crime, and their influence can still be seen today.
You will visit locations connected with the Kray crimes. One of which is the Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel. In 1966, Ronnie Kray shot dead George Cornell in front of many witnesses in the pub’s saloon bar. You’ll also stop off at the Repton Boxing Club in Bethnal Green. Still running to this day, the Kray twins spent much of their youth training here.
The Repton Boxing Club also featured as a film location in Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, as did many other parts of this area of London. Vas will be sure to point out all the settings from the film’s iconic scenes. He’ll also share a few insider anecdotes from behind the scenes and about working with actors like Vinnie Jones and Jason Statham.
Another Kray-related stop on this tour is St. Matthew’s Church in Bethnal Green. This is where Ronnie and Reggie were both buried in 1995 and 2000 respectively. Their older brother, Charlie, was also buried here in 2000. Each funeral was attended by thousands of mourners.
Finally, the tour ends in a pub used in the filming of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Here you’ll be able to share a drink with Vas for a private Q&A session.