Enter the mean streets of London’s East End on a 2-hour tour that investigate its crimes, gangs, and harsh times. Follow in the footsteps of seasoned criminals, and Charles Dickens, and learn about some of the gangs that terrorized the streets.
What to Expect
Travel back to the days when London’s East End was full of seasoned criminals on a 2-hour walking tour that looks at the area’s harsher times. Today, it may be full of artisan coffee shops, in vogue restaurants, and legendary street art, but not so long ago it was the neighborhood of choice for some of the city’s most notorious gangs.
Hear how the rookeries surrounding Spitalfields Market were filled to the brim with impoverished workers who often turned to crime just to get by. Learn about the silk weavers’ riot and the foul living conditions of the Victorian era. Shiver to stories of gangs of pick pockets. From the commonly known gangs of the early 20th century, to the recent gentrification that has made it a favorite haunt for Londoners, the East End’s history is ever colorful.
Duck into some of the famous drinking holes frequented by gangs, and hear more about how they operated and the crimes they committed. Stroll the infamous streets surrounding Spitalfields, starting at the trendy Andaz Hotel near Liverpool Street Station.
Your senses will be assaulted by the sounds and sights just outside the City of London's boundaries. Discover tiny alleys and hidden streets full of the smells from the vast number of eateries now present. Escape the cold air as you go into pubs that became the backdrop to the Whitechapel Murders, and more. Taste local brews as your guide regales you with stories of the East End that may make your blood freeze over!
Know Before You Go
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