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London, United Kingdom

The Basics

For many visitors, the East End offers not only a glimpse into the city’s past, but also a chance to experience the “real” London. Walking tours offer insight into East London history, from Victorian slums to 20th-century gangsters; a chance to sample delicious street food; or a look at the area’s famous street art.

Alternatively, brave an after-hours ghost tour to follow in the footsteps of Jack the Ripper; discover hip bars and live music in Shoreditch; enjoy Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine along London’s “Curry Mile,”; or bargain-hunt at renowned Spitalfields Market.

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Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
$36.80 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Far exceeded my expectations!
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!
Julie_O, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Go on, give this tour a try, it’s so different to any of the others out there,you will quite enthralled
Ann_L, Nov 2021
Working Women of the East End Walking Tour
This was an amazing tour, Becky our guide was so passionate and knowledgeable about women of the East End through various periods in history, we felt completely immersed. We ended the tour in Spitalfields, we were in awe of the regeneration of this area. After the tour we walked through the market and had dinner in fab restaurant, the perfect day!
star-5
A fab walking tour of the history behind East end working women.
Mel_R, Oct 2021
Working Women of the East End Walking Tour
I treated my sister to this walk of the eastend. We grew up in the eastend. It was a really interesting walk, and we learned a lot about the working women of East London. Becky our tour guide was both really knowledgeable and passionate about relaying the history behind the East end. She was also really friendly too. We would highly recommend booking this walking tour.
star-5
Quite a performance Uncle Vas
Lesley_P, Nov 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
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
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
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.
star-5
Great tour
Alison_J, Nov 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Very knowledgeable and very funny guy , great tour and would highly recommend, vas made everyone feel wecome
star-5
Super tour of London's East End
Martin_U, Aug 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
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!
star-5
Very worthwhile
Donnie_G, Oct 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Vaz was very knowledgeable and had done his research. Funny too. He was passionate about the subject.
star-5
A wonderful morning to be remembered.
Tessa_H, May 2021
Working Women of the East End Walking Tour
Working Women of the East End of London walking tour was fascinating. Not only was the area great to explore but it was so interesting learning about these amazing women who changed history and did such wonderful work. Becky was a great guide - she was incredibly knowledgable and made it fun.
star-5
Absolutely brilliant tour...
Simon_F, Oct 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Absolutely brilliant tour , vas Blackwood definitely makes it .!!! Funny and also interesting.. 100% recommend this tour
star-5
Great tour with a great storyteller!
Emily_W, Aug 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
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
TOP DAY OUT
Lilian_O, Aug 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
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
This was a great, enjoyable and interesting tour. Booked for my husband but I thoroughly enjoyed as well!
Margaret_K, Aug 2021
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Very entertaining, interesting. Despite horrendous rainfall, the tour was great! I immediately came home and watched several Krays films. Definitely testament to the tour!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • London’s East End is much bigger than it seems; don’t plan to see it all in one day, and consider taking a tour to help you get your bearings.

  • The East End is generally no more dangerous than other areas of London; if you visit at night, stick to busy areas and take a taxi.

  • Wheelchair-accessible stations include Shoreditch High Street Overground and Stratford Overground and Underground.

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How to Get to There

The sprawling neighborhoods of the East End stretch north and east of the City of London, but there are no official boundaries to the district. Shoreditch, Bethnal Green, and Whitechapel lie just east of central London, with Dalston and Hackney to the north and Stratford farther east. All the main East End neighborhoods are linked by underground trains and buses to the West End. The closest airport is London City Airport.

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When to Get There

There’s something to do in the East End every day of the week. Head there during the day to sightsee, visit after sundown to sample the nightlife, or join locals on market day (Sunday) to explore Spitalfields Market, Brick Lane Market, or Columbia Road Flower Market.

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Exploring Stratford in London’s East End

Another popular spot is Stratford, which underwent a makeover after the Olympic Games took over the city in 2012. The vast Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the main draw, with walking trails, boat cruises, public art displays, and the ArcelorMittal Orbit tower. Right next door is Westfield Stratford City shopping mall, one of the largest in the UK with more than 250 shops, a huge food court, movie theaters, a bowling alley, and a casino.

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