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. 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.

A Post Office van like this was robbed on 21st May 1952 in Eastcastle Street by Billy Hill and his gang who stole £287,0...
27/05/2019

A Post Office van like this was robbed on 21st May 1952 in Eastcastle Street by Billy Hill and his gang who stole £287,000, £7million today. They were never caught and none of the loot was ever recovered. This van was still in service in 1972

Windmill Theatre, Great Windmill Street, 1979
14/05/2019

Windmill Theatre, Great Windmill Street, 1979

Rupert Street, Soho, 1941
24/04/2019

Rupert Street, Soho, 1941

Flipside London Radio
21/03/2019
Flipside London Radio

Flipside London Radio

Cathi Unsworth, The Queen of Noir, joins us once again to dissect the "Jack The Stripper/Hammersmith Nude" murders. They were committed from 1959 to 1965 and the perpetrator was never caught. This series of murders has been overshadowed by the Victorian Ripper and has been largely forgotten. Cathi's best selling book, "Bad Penny Blues" takes place around these murders. Several of the victims were picked up around Notting Hill or had connections to the area, all were dumped in West London. There have been a couple of fairly risible BBC documentaries on/connected to the case lately "Dark Son: The Hunt for a Serial Killer" and "Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills?" which we will discuss.
https://www.mixcloud.com/aidan-mcmanus/flipsidelondon-radio-episode-52-the-jack-the-stripperfreddie-mills-special-with-cathi-unsworth/

Bent copper Commander Kenneth Drury at Bow Street Magistrates Court, 1976
18/03/2019

Bent copper Commander Kenneth Drury at Bow Street Magistrates Court, 1976

‪Frith Street, Soho, 1966‬
16/03/2019

‪Frith Street, Soho, 1966‬

Carnaby Street, 1944
16/03/2019

Carnaby Street, 1944

Flipside London Radio
12/03/2019

Flipside London Radio

‪Freddie Mills Nite Spot was in the basement of 143 Charing Cross Road, Soho. It was expected to be a glamorous place with his name above the door but in reality was a grubby celebrity endorsed upmarket clip joint‬

Flipside London Radio
12/03/2019

Flipside London Radio

The car in which Freddie Mills was found dead, a fairground rifle at his side, at the back of Freddie Mills Nitespot, Goslett Yard, Soho, July 1965. The inquest said suicide, some said murder, some said he was Jack The Stripper.

09/03/2019
Vintage et Industrial

Soho, late 50s. Greek Street, Frith Street and Soho Square. Thanks to Mark Baxter and Malcolm Brooks

Take a ride round London in the late 50s. How things change!
#Vintage #ClassicCars #London #TheFifties #Transport

What the Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel Road looked like in 1966, around the time Ronnie Kray shot and killed George Co...
01/03/2019

What the Blind Beggar pub in Whitechapel Road looked like in 1966, around the time Ronnie Kray shot and killed George Cornell in there

The Corner Of Macclesfield Street And Gerrard Street in Chinatown - 1972
28/02/2019

The Corner Of Macclesfield Street And Gerrard Street in Chinatown - 1972

‪Billy Hill, "Boss of Britain's Underworld", signs a copy of his book of the same name for its ghost writer, the Sunday ...
31/01/2019

‪Billy Hill, "Boss of Britain's Underworld", signs a copy of his book of the same name for its ghost writer, the Sunday People journalist Duncan Webb, at the books launch at Gennaros Restaurant, The Groucho Club nowadays . Webb was the originator of the tabloid journalists favourite phrase "I made my excuses and left" and Hill's pet newspaperman‬.

29/01/2019
BBC Archive

Soho golf

#OnThisDay 1979: Nationwide spent the day in Soho, looking at pornography with a Conservative MP.

Tomorrow's Soho tours. Saturday, November 3rd, 11am, Soho A Go Go and at 2.30pm Gangland  Soho. Read our reviews at trip...
02/11/2018

Tomorrow's Soho tours. Saturday, November 3rd, 11am, Soho A Go Go and at 2.30pm Gangland Soho. Read our reviews at tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Rev… … and find details/Book at flipsidelondontours.com

Some Police/ Press Soho Law and Order nonsense from back in the day
02/10/2018

Some Police/ Press Soho Law and Order nonsense from back in the day

Gerrard Street also the site of the Krays drinking club, The Hideaway, which in a previous incarnation was the Bon Soir ...
02/10/2018

Gerrard Street also the site of the Krays drinking club, The Hideaway, which in a previous incarnation was the Bon Soir run by Frank Fraser and Eddie Richardson

Gerrard Street, 1975. In the distance is Newport Dwellings that survived bombing in WW2 that were behind Soho Market and Rock On. Behind the hoardings on the left is the bomb site of the Shaftesbury theatre on the corner of Nassau Street now Gerrard Place-the white car on the left is parked outside Harrison Marks old porn studio. Photo courtesy of Soho George

Frith Street, April 1955, as it would have looked when "The Fight That Never Was" took place between Albert Dimes and Ja...
28/09/2018

Frith Street, April 1955, as it would have looked when "The Fight That Never Was" took place between Albert Dimes and Jack Spot a few months later

Flipside London Radio
23/08/2018

Flipside London Radio

Tonight at 18.30. I'm joined by author Paul Willets, author of "North Soho 999", "Members Only", filmed as "The Look of Love" with Steve Coogan, "Fear and Loathing in Fitrovia", "Rendezvous at the Russian Tea Room" and his latest "King Con". We chat about his work and he shares his Flipside Five with us. Listen live at http://portobelloradio.com

Rupert Street 1976 looking towards Walkers Crt
17/08/2018

Rupert Street 1976 looking towards Walkers Crt

Walkers Court, 1970s
16/08/2018

Walkers Court, 1970s

‪Freddie Mills, subject of a recent documentary, the Kray twins and some of the chaps at Freddie Mills Nitespot in Chari...
15/08/2018

‪Freddie Mills, subject of a recent documentary, the Kray twins and some of the chaps at Freddie Mills Nitespot in Charing Cross Road. Freddie ended up "committing suicide" in Goslett Yard, behind it, on the 25th July 1965. ‬

Piccadilly Circus
15/08/2018

Piccadilly Circus

One of Gangland Soho's great unsolved crimes. A real-life murder mystery about the life and untimely death of a national...
01/08/2018
Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? - BBC Four

One of Gangland Soho's great unsolved crimes.
A real-life murder mystery about the life and untimely death of a national boxing hero in 1960s Soho. Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? Tonight, 9pm, @BBCFOUR. bbc.in/2LJWqGO

A look at the life and untimely death of a British boxing hero, set in 1960s Soho.

‪Brewer Street, corner of Walkers Court, 1970s. Still a sex shop of sorts today. The Doc Johnson's chain was owned by An...
24/07/2018

‪Brewer Street, corner of Walkers Court, 1970s. Still a sex shop of sorts today. The Doc Johnson's chain was owned by Angelo Bruno of the Philadelphia mafia and run over here by the Holloway family‬

18/07/2018
BBC - Murder In Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? - Media Centre

If you've been on the tour or thinking about doing it this might be of interest as we speculate on the culprit and visit where Freddie left this mortal coil. Suicide? Murder? Jack The Stripper?
Thanks to Mark Baxter and Mike Vick for the tip off
https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/proginfo/2018/31/murder-in-soho

Murder in Soho: Who Killed Freddie Mills? is a real-life murder mystery about the life and untimely death of a national boxing hero, who is often described as Britain’s first sporting celebrity.

The Gangland Soho Walking Tour
11/07/2018

The Gangland Soho Walking Tour

Fouberts Place 1941

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