The Gangland Soho Walking Tour

The Gangland Soho Walking Tour .A journey through Soho's criminal past. 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.
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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. Only £15! You can book on the website or pay on the day
see you there.

Operating as usual

18/11/2020
FlipsideLondon Radio Episode 84 with Colony Room author Darren Coffield
12/11/2020
FlipsideLondon Radio Episode 84 with Colony Room author Darren Coffield

FlipsideLondon Radio Episode 84 with Colony Room author Darren Coffield

Soho's The Colony Room Club was London’s most infamous arts establishment, former member Darren Coffield has written the authorised history of this notorious drinking den. Tales from the Colony is an oral biography, consisting of previously unpublished and long-lost interviews with the characters ...

This Saturday’s Gangland Soho tour is now sold out. The next one is on December 5th at 2.30pm. You can book/get details ...
27/10/2020
FlipsideLondon Tours (London) - 2020 All You Need to Know Before You Go (with Photos) - London, England | Tripadvisor

This Saturday’s Gangland Soho tour is now sold out. The next one is on December 5th at 2.30pm. You can book/get details at https://www.flipsidelondontours.com/ and read our reviews at https://tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186338-d6949350-Reviews-FlipsideLondon_Tours-London_England.html There are still places left on this weekend’s Soho Punk and Strummer tours.

This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in United Kingdom. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu.

This weekend's #punk #Gangland #Strummer tours.Friday, Oct 30th, 14.30, The StrummerWalk.Saturday, Oct 31st, 11am, The O...
26/10/2020
FlipsideLondon Tours (London) - 2020 All You Need to Know Before You Go (with Photos) - London, England | Tripadvisor

This weekend's #punk #Gangland #Strummer tours.
Friday, Oct 30th, 14.30, The StrummerWalk.
Saturday, Oct 31st, 11am, The Original Soho Punk Tour and at 2.30pm The Gangland #Soho Tour.
Booking/Details at http://flipsidelondontours.com
Read reviews https://tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g186338-d6949350-Reviews-FlipsideLondon_Tours-London_England.html

This is the version of our website addressed to speakers of English in United Kingdom. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu.

Was on Soho Radio today with @clarelynchred talking Soho tourshttps://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-soho-hour-07082020/
07/08/2020
The Soho Hour (07/08/2020)

Was on Soho Radio today with @clarelynchred talking Soho tours
https://www.mixcloud.com/sohoradio/the-soho-hour-07082020/

The Soho Hour with Clare Lynch (@clarelynchred) sharing news, sounds and stories from Soho during this period of isolation. Today Clare spoke to tour guide Aidan McManus @mcmanus_aidan from @FlipLondonTours talking about his #Punk #Gangland David Bowie walking tours in #soho and to Nina Davis @NinaC...

Detective Sergeant Harold "Tanky" Challoner was the self styled "Scourge Of Soho" in 1960s London. A decorated member of...
07/08/2020
FlipsideLondon Radio Episode 79 with "BENT" author Joe Thomas

Detective Sergeant Harold "Tanky" Challoner was the self styled "Scourge Of Soho" in 1960s London. A decorated member of the SAS in WW2, his attempt to clean up Soho led to his own disgrace and his entry into popular culture as Inspector Truscott in Joe Orton's "Loot". Challenor is vividly brought to life in Joe Thomas' new book "Bent"
"Had James Ellroy and David Peace collaborated on a novel about a corrupt 1960s Soho copper they'd have written something like this" Paul Willetts
Listen at

Detective Sergeant Harold "Tanky" Challoner was the self styled "Scourge Of Soho" in 1960s London. A decorated member of the SAS in WW2, his attempt to clean up Soho led to his own disgrace and his entry into popular culture as Inspector Truscott in Joe Orton's "Loot". Challenor is vividly brought t...

Ishmahil Blagrove
27/07/2020

Ishmahil Blagrove

This will be the last extract that I will be posting for some time as I will be focusing my full attention on laying out the book and stitching the narratives together. I will be returning to the UK in the next few weeks and hope to get the book ready to go to print in the following months, however we will not launch the book until Spring 2021.

In this extract Lucky Gordon describes the life of the hustler, becoming friends with Reggie Kray and his time in prison in the 1950s. Lucky Gordon was one of the notorious figures involved in the Profumo affair, a scandal that rocked the British political establishment and led to the resignation of John Profumo the British Secretary of State for War, after details of sordid sex parties became public and the identity of Christine Keeler was revealed as the lover of Lucky Gordon and both John Profumo and Yevgeny Ivanov a Russian Spy.

“In the early 1950s Reggie Kray began to hang out around Archer Street in the West End. He came there because he had friends who used to patronise the Rehearsal Club. As youths my friends and I used to hang out in the Harmony Café, which was above the Rehearsal Club. They used to have a pinball machine in there and we would pass the night playing the pinball machine. The people downstairs didn’t want us in their establishment because we weren’t pimps or big gangsters and money earners, we were just petty hustlers waiting for the night to come so that we could go and break shop windows. I’m not ashamed to say that it’s probably more than one thousand shop windows that I’ve broken in my time. Sometimes we’d break up to four shop windows a night stealing parker pens, suit lengths and this and that to sell at no more than £5 at a time. Other guys who were hustling would have women on the streets but our thing was breaking shop windows. We would live like that from day to day.

Reggie would come upstairs to the Harmony Inn and see the pinball machines and want to play them but my friends on the first sight of him chased him away and threatened to beat him up and so he stayed away. He came back one evening when there was hardly anyone there and I told him that if my friends got hold of him they’d beat him to death. He said he didn’t give a f**k and that all he wanted to do was to play the machines. I told him to stick by me. When my friends arrived they started blazing off at him and so I told them to f**k off and leave him alone. From that night on Reggie visited the place about two or three more times and would f**k off and hang out with his friends downstairs without anyone molesting him. I never heard from Reggie Kray again until about 1958.

I found myself in Pentonville Prison doing a year on the charge of two fraudulent cheques. I was contently serving my time and not molesting anyone. I knew the rules, I knew how to get along with people and so I had a good relationship with all the other inmates. One day I saw a black man walk in the place and he was so naïve that I had to talk to him. I told him to keep himself to himself, talk less and not to take anything from anybody because they’re going to expect more back on top. He didn’t listen. There was a gang that comprised of the four corners of London inside the prison and they controlled the whole prison and the things that get in. I was friends with them, they were all gangsters, guys like Johnny Nash from North London who controlled gambling and other things and was friends with the Kray’s, Colin Chipley and Richard Hornbrooks from Notting Hill and Lenny Sexton from the West End who worked directly with the mob. About nine men controlled the whole prison, the governor included. This black man who was so naïve went and took half an ounce of Old Holborn tobacco and had to pay back three quarters of an ounce the following week. He didn’t pay it back. The amount he owed increased to an enormous amount and so they sent a bum to go and bust his head. I simply told him to be careful when he’s in the exercise yard and to keep his eyes open. When the bum went to hit him over the head the black man just side-stepped the guy and took the object from him and beat his ass. When it went before the governor they all told lies against the black man. The governor then called me in and said, “YOU WERE WITH THAT CROWD YESTERDAY AND THEY ALL SAID THAT THIS BLACK MAN TOOK THIS OBJECT AND HIT THE WHITE FELLOW WITH IT!” I originally told him that I didn’t see anything but when I realised that they were stitching up the black guy I told the governor that the white guy was the one who had come with the object to beat the black guy. The governor said, “THANK YOU VERY MUCH!” As I was going through the door I heard someone say, “YOU F**KING GRASS!” A message was sent out that I was now a target and so I went on the offensive and began attacking them before they attacked me. I became a danger to the whole prison. If a man calls me an informer then he’s telling me to come and kill him because that is a stigma that you will carry for the rest of your life and cannot get away from.

When I came out of prison I told Reggie Kray about what happened and he was the one who quashed it in the end. He asked me if I was broke and I told him I was. He said okay, gave me £500 and told me to take care of myself. From that day them f**kers never f**ked with me again. I don’t f**k with people but if anyone f**ks with me and I catch them then they’re asking for trouble because there is only one way out for me and it’s only one life that I’ve got.”

LUCKY GORDON

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The Mansion block in Cabbel Street NW1 where Jack Spot once lived. In 1956 he was attacked outside here by “Mad” Frankie...
20/07/2020

The Mansion block in Cabbel Street NW1 where Jack Spot once lived. In 1956 he was attacked outside here by “Mad” Frankie Fraser and others, he required 72 stitches after they were finished

‪In our latest podcast we talk to the author of “The Peer And The Gangster” Dan Smithabout the dodgy relationship betwee...
13/07/2020
FlipsideLondon Radio Episode 77 with "The Peer And The Gangster" author Dan Smith

‪In our latest podcast we talk to the author of “The Peer And The Gangster” Dan Smithabout the dodgy relationship between Lord Boothby and one half of “The East End sporting brothers” Ronnie Kray. Listen at https://www.mixcloud.com/aidan-mcmanus/flipsidelondon-radio-episode-77-with-the-peer-and-the-gangster-author-dan-smith/

Dan Smith has a new book out "The Peer And The Gangster". Ronnie Kray and Lord Boothby had a very dodgy relationship in the 1960s that was covered up by the establishment in the wake of the Vassal and Profumo scandals and made the Kray Twins impervious to investigation for several years. The paralle...

Flipside London Radio
09/07/2020

Flipside London Radio

Dan Smith has a new book out "The Peer And The Gangster". Ronnie Kray and Lord Boothby had a very dodgy relationship in the 1960s that was covered up by the establishment in the wake of the Vassal and Profumo scandals and made the Kray Twins impervious to investigation for several years. The parallels with the modern day Jeffrey Epstein scandal make it a timely read.
Listen at https://www.mixcloud.com/aidan-mcmanus/flipsidelondon-radio-episode-77-with-the-peer-and-the-gangster-author-dan-smith/

A trip to N16 today and visited some Kray sites.
06/07/2020

A trip to N16 today and visited some Kray sites.

Coming soonA book based on the legendary bent Soho copper Harold "Tanky" Challonerhttps://www.crimetime.co.uk/bent-by-jo...
30/04/2020
Bent by Joe Thomas | Crime Time

Coming soon
A book based on the legendary bent Soho copper Harold "Tanky" Challoner
https://www.crimetime.co.uk/bent-by-joe-thomas/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=crime_time_lockdown_news_reviews_features&utm_term=2020-04-29

Bent by Joe Thomas Contributor: Paul Burke Apr 26, 2020 “I am Soho” Harold ‘Tanky’ Challenor This is the first novel in a loosely bound London trilogy that will eventually span several decades of the city’s story. Set in the early sixties but with a significant portion of the novel in Ital...

Aerial view of Ronnie Kray's funeral procession as it passes crosses the Bow flyover in 1995...it had been like this all...
26/04/2020

Aerial view of Ronnie Kray's funeral procession as it passes crosses the Bow flyover in 1995...it had been like this all the way from Bethnal Green...I was in Stratford at this time and happened to catch a sight of it a few minutes later...a very bizarre moment... Photo By Michael Bush

September 9th, 1954 - Billy Hill and his gang grab £46,000, £1.3 million today, worth of gold bars in a twenty second ro...
20/04/2020

September 9th, 1954 - Billy Hill and his gang grab £46,000, £1.3 million today, worth of gold bars in a twenty second robbery. The gold was being loaded on to a KLM Lorry at Jockey Fields, Holborn for transportation to London Airport. The gang snatched two wired wooden cases each containing four bars of gold threw them into the van and raced off into Holborn. The raiders had already blocked one end of the narrow passage way with a car to foil pursuit

Coffee stall, Storeys Gate, 1952. These used be all over London and open all night. There was one in Soho Square. Photo ...
14/04/2020

Coffee stall, Storeys Gate, 1952. These used be all over London and open all night. There was one in Soho Square. Photo by Charles Hewitt.

I was proceeding in a westerly direction....
12/04/2020

I was proceeding in a westerly direction....

‪The corner of Frith St and Old Compton Street, 1955. "The Fight That Never Was" between gangsters Albert Dimes and Jack...
06/03/2020

‪The corner of Frith St and Old Compton Street, 1955. "The Fight That Never Was" between gangsters Albert Dimes and Jack "Spot" Comer took place in and around the Continental Fruit Stores in August of that year and hogged the newspaper front pages for a while that summer. ‬

04/03/2020
"The Street"

Jack Spot shows up in this marvellous film about Archer Street, well worth a watch, funny as f**k
https://youtu.be/U2Esuz5CnAc

Archer Street, Soho, was THE place in London for musicians to hang out & pick up gigs in the 40s & 50s. This 30' film features some wonderful 8mm archive foo...

November, 1949. Used car dealers on Warren Street, photo by Charles Hewitt
16/02/2020

November, 1949. Used car dealers on Warren Street, photo by Charles Hewitt

The fight that never was, 1955
13/02/2020

The fight that never was, 1955

This is a great read. Modern day gangsters, bent coppers and everything else. These lot were operating in Soho too and s...
31/01/2020
Legacy

This is a great read. Modern day gangsters, bent coppers and everything else. These lot were operating in Soho too and schooled by Bernie Silver
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/43263254-legacy

When billions poured into the neglected east London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics, a turf war broke out between crime families for co...

Greek Street, 1966. The famous one-legged Soho copper is on the beat. Never had a leg to stand on in court.
31/12/2019

Greek Street, 1966. The famous one-legged Soho copper is on the beat. Never had a leg to stand on in court.

Portobello Radio
03/12/2019

Portobello Radio

Writer of the book "The Krays: The Final Word" & ghost writer for 'Mad' Frankie Fraser, James Morton chats with Aidan McManus on Wednesday at 19.00hrsUK
Listen to Flipside London Radio Live on https://www.portobelloradio.com #Gangland #London #Crime #author #60s #Culture

Jack "Spot" Comer and his wife Rita outside their flat in Hyde Park Mansions, Cabbell Street, NW1. This Is where Frankie...
27/11/2019

Jack "Spot" Comer and his wife Rita outside their flat in Hyde Park Mansions, Cabbell Street, NW1. This Is where Frankie Fraser, Bobby Warren and Bert Rossi attacked Spot in 1956 and got seven years for their trouble

Flipside London Radio
27/10/2019
Flipside London Radio

Flipside London Radio

FlipsideLondon Radio Epiosode 64 out now!
Jean Townsend was murdered in South Ruislip in September 1954, Fred Vermorel was an 8yr old local boy at the time and has been obsessed with the unsolved case ever since.
More than just a true crime story, Vermorel’s account deploys Townsend’s death as a wild card methodology for probing the 1950s: a cesspit of vice and violence, from coprophiles to bombsite gangs and flick knives in cinemas. Densely illustrated with archival material, Dead Fashion Girl is a heavily researched, darkly curious exposé of London’s 1950s society that touches on celebrity, royalty, the post-war establishment, and ultimately, tragedy.
Fred Vermorel is a pioneer of the in-depth study of celebrity and fan cultures, best known for his controversial “antibiographies” of pop icons including the Sex Pistols, Kate Bush, Vivienne Westwood, and Kate Moss.

Listen at https://www.mixcloud.com/aidan-mcmanus/flipsidelondon-radio-episode-64-with-fred-vermorel/

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