The Gangland Soho Walking Tour

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

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/

Soho A Go Go Film Festival 2019 - Regent Street Cinema
05/10/2019
Soho A Go Go Film Festival 2019 - Regent Street Cinema

Soho A Go Go Film Festival 2019 - Regent Street Cinema

Soho A Go Go Film Festival 2019 “The dismal quarter of Soho seen under these changing glimpses, with its muddy ways, and slatternly passengers, and its lamps, which had never been extinguished or had been kindled afresh to combat this mournful reinvasion of darkness, seemed, in the lawyer’s eyes...

Soho… Long Ago » Erotic Review
04/10/2019
Soho… Long Ago » Erotic Review

Soho… Long Ago » Erotic Review

Erotic Review comprises feature articles, fiction, photography portfolios and a review section, taking a literary approach to eroticism and sexuality.

04/10/2019
The Soho A Go Go Film Festival

The Soho A Go Go Film Festival

THIS WEEKEND
THE SOHO A GO GO FILM FESTIVAL
REGENTS STREET CINEMA
Friday October 4th
THE SHAKEDOWN + Q&A 18.30
PEEPING TOM 20.30 + Q&A
Saturday October 5th
PRIMITIVE LONDON 15.00
SECRETS OF A WINDMILL GIRL + Q&A 17.00
THE LOOK OF LOVE + Q&A 20.00
Sunday October 6th
LONDON IN THE RAW+ STRIP 15.00
THE RATTLE OF A SIMPLE MAN + Q&A 17.00
THE BOYS + Q&A 20.00
Go to https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/soho-a-go-go-film-festival-2019/ for details and tickets.

29/09/2019
The Soho A Go Go Film Festival

The Soho A Go Go Film Festival

The Soho A Go Go Film Festival
October 5th, Regent Street Cinema, 20.00
Rising from a mind-reading act, Paul Raymond (Steve Coogan) grew to have a fabulously successful career as an erotica magnate that would make him the richest man in Britain. However, for all his material success, Paul’s appetites mess up his personal life, such as alienating his wife with his philandering. Furthermore, even as he challenged his society’s sexual mores, Paul’s relationship with his daughter proves troublingly problematic as she came of age. While trying to be the best father he could, Paul gradually comes to realize that his proclivities have impoverished him in ways that mere money cannot address.

Followed by a Q&A with Paul Willets author of The Look Of Love: The Life and Times of Paul Raymond, Soho’s King Of Clubs
Get tickets at https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/programme/the-look-of-love/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JtdYdT17Vuk

The Soho A Go Go Film Festival
23/09/2019

The Soho A Go Go Film Festival

1950s pin up Pamela Green plays one of the victims in "Peeping Tom" on October 4th at The Regent Street cinema.
We have a Q&A after the film with Yak El Droubie from Korero press and one of Pamela Green's fellow 50s pin ups Jean Sporle.
More details/tickets at https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/soho-a-go-go-film-festival-2019/

Some Gangland Soho related stuff here next month
16/09/2019

Some Gangland Soho related stuff here next month

The sinful square mile on celluloid
The Soho A Go Go Film Festival, October 4th/5th/6th at The Regent Street Cinema
Watch classic Soho films on the big screen with special guest Q&As
Details/Tickets at The Regent Street Cinema website

Anonymous letter sent to the Met - 1966
14/09/2019

Anonymous letter sent to the Met - 1966

The Soho A Go Go Film Festival
13/09/2019

The Soho A Go Go Film Festival

The sinful square mile on celluloid
The Soho A Go Go Film Festival, October 4th/5th/6th at The Regent Street Cinema
Watch classic Soho films on the big screen with special guest Q&As
Details/Tickets at The Regent Street Cinema website

Corner of Gerrard Street and Macclesfield Street, Soho, 1972. The light coloured car is parked outside what used to be T...
23/07/2019

Corner of Gerrard Street and Macclesfield Street, Soho, 1972. The light coloured car is parked outside what used to be The Krays club The Hideaway, formerly the El Morocco and before that the Bon Soir run by Frankie Fraser and Eddie Richardson.

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Yup that green one.
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