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, see you there.
Tours go ahead whatever the weather.
This location is approximate. You will be provided with the exact location after you have booked.
Aidan is a very engaging and knowledgeable guide, and his guided tours are truly unique. I greatly enjoyed the "Gangland Soho" walk.
An excellent 2.5 hours exploring soho's murky past recommend it to everyone
Would highly recommend and actively seek out other tours hosted by Aidan / Flipside. I did the Soho Gangland tour. on this occasion Very informative. Provided many interesting insights to the history of Soho in general. Excellent tour for anyone with an interest in social history. At 10GBP is of excellent value too.
Whether you know a little or (think you) know a lot you'll find this tour fascinating. Aidan really knows his stuff and is a top notch communicator. Soho is still one of the most interesting places on the planet, despite the best efforts of the developers. Aidan will point out some of the dark secrets in the buildings and on the streets of Soho where murders, mayhem, stabbings and robbery have taken place for generations. I loved it.
Aidan is a great storyteller. He got to know Soho whilst working there as a builder with his dad from the age of 15.
He weaves his colourful personal experience of Soho with a wealth of historical knowledge which feels captivating and authentic.
Definitely the sort of guy I could sit with in a pub for hours listening to.
You get the sense that he feels old Soho slowly eroding away and is determined to keep it alive through the retelling of its past.
He certainly knows where all the important doors lead to....
A great way to spend a couple of hours in London. Recommend.