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East End

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
$34.44 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great fun,
Brilliant day. Uncle vas was very knowledgeable and a very funny guy. Would definitely recommend. Worth every penny. Be prepared to walk though. 4 and a half miles in total.
Rachel_S, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-4
Entertaining tour.
Heather_H, May 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Enjoyed the tour, Uncle Vas had plenty to say along the way, if you don’t like/approve of adult bantering then this is definitely not for you! Stickler for crossing roads “Only go when the man is green’” so all in our group were kept safe! Discovered a very nice area where the Jewish street market takes place, a place we’d never have visited but would do now. Thoroughly interesting and entertaining tour from start to finish.
star-5
Amazing
Zeinah_E, May 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
What an awesome day. Vas was brilliant, knowledgeable and hilarious. Me and my partner had such a great day and he really made the tour. Thanks Vas - as promised, we will be back to see you after the wedding 😁
star-5
Brilliant Tour
Nicola_E, May 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
We absolutely loved the tour with “Uncle Vas”.. what a guy and his knowledge and humour are second to none! Highly recommend doing this to anyone who can walk the distance. Would definitely do it again just for the crack! Cheers Vas!!
star-5
Seeing the wash house of...
Mary_J, Feb 2022
Working Women of the East End Walking Tour
Seeing the wash house of 1846 and plan of the layout. There was only myself on the tour but I was made to feel very comfortable.
star-5
Gangster Vas
david_w, Jan 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Vas made us laugh he is a great story teller and he really made the old east end gangsters come to life with his tales he is certainly a character
star-5
Interesting tour of the East End.
Tracey_P, Feb 2022
Working Women of the East End Walking Tour
We found the tour interesting and all came away feeling that we knew more about the social history of the area.. Becky is very knowledgable and engaging as a guide. This tour is good value for money and we definitely recommend.
star-5
Amazing
emma_t, May 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Absolutely Amazing your. Uncle Vas is so funny & such a good story teller. We went to places we would never have found in London. Would def recommend
star-5
Excellent
Amanda_D, Apr 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
I would recommend this tour and guide to any lover of gangsters. 10/10 and would love to go again!!!
star-5
A stunning value for money tour
Darren_W, Apr 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Vas is a fantastic compare for this tour. His research is exceptional & you’ll learn a lot lot more than what you may currently understand
star-5
Vas was very entertaining...
Amelia_S, Apr 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
Vas was very entertaining and made it very interesting to listen to he had obviously done his research
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
From the Welsh, Kent and Sheffield contingency.
Mitchell_S, Apr 2022
Gangster Tour of London’s East End Led by Actor Vas Blackwood
I would definitely recommend doing this tour. Very informative, well researched and accommodating. Vas, you were brilliant. What a blast we had 👌

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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Trip ideas


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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Frequently Asked Questions
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