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Overview
Since the arrest of a "Lewd Woman" in Soho Fields for a "Breach of the peace" in 1641 Soho has been synonymous with vice and its constant companion crime. Soho's gangland heyday was the 1920s to the 1970s and is explored in detail on this two hour tour. Think drug taking in nightclubs is a recent phenomenon? Think again! It was all going on in the 1920s.The "SuperStar" criminals are all here, The Krays, The Richardsons, "Mad" Frankie Fraser and some you might not know, The Sabinis, The Whites, Jack "Spot" Comer, Billy Hill, Alfred "Italian Jock" Dimes and Ronnie Knight. The people that made the real money were the pornographers and pimps, The Messinas, Bernie Silver, Jimmy Humphries and Paul Raymond all helped along by corrupt Metropolitan Police officers and an eager paying public. Meet at Goodge Street Station, the tour goes ahead whatever the weather.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Goodge Street tube station
    Bloomsbury, London W1T, UK
    Outside the station
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    Soho
    Stop: 2 hours
    A trip through the seedy history of one of London's most vibrant areas
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  • You'll end at
    Tottenham Court Road Station
    Tottenham Court Road Station, Oxford St, Soho, London W1D 2DH, UK
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Important Information
Departure Point
Goodge Street tube station, Bloomsbury, London W1T, UK
Duration
2h
Return Details
Tottenham Court Road Station, Oxford St, Soho, London W1D 2DH, UK
Inclusions
  • A tour of Key Soho Gangland locations
Exclusions
  • Private transportation
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Siobhan B wrote a review Aug. 2020
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I enjoyed learning about Billy Hill's Eastcastle St job. I have been so many times down that street without knowing its history, and now will never look at it the same again. Aiden's humour and knowledge is great company. He is very knowledgeable.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Dave C wrote a review Aug. 2020
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I really enjoyed this fabulously informative tour. Aiden was very knowledgable and told some fascinating stories about the places he took us to. I found the tour very inspiring and enjoyable. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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brianjeremymartin wrote a review Jul. 2020
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Aidan is great. Highly recommend. If you are looking for something to do in London and have a few spare hours you should do one of Aidan's tours.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Peter wrote a review Mar. 2020
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Highly recommended. Aidan is very knowledgeable and his tours are always interesting and entertaining. You won't be disappointed!
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Gerry wrote a review Mar. 2020
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Aiden is knowledgeable, enthusiastic and funny. I've done three of his tours and will definitely get round to doing all of them. Can't recommend highly enough.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Knows his stuff. Top fella.
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nice way to spend a Saturday afternoon
Great information, funny anecdotes, extensive knowledge backed with lovely, historic photos. Thank you!
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The best walking tour from a guy who was there!
By far this was my best experience in London. I was here for 4 weeks (excluding quarantine) visiting my daughter. T
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