Part of London’s unique appeal is that it harbours a fascinating past. The capital’s history has been made colourful by the many renowned characters that have been as influential in crafting London’s past as the capital was in influencing their lives. Two such characters are Ronnie and Reggie Kray.
Born as identical twins in London 1933, the Kray twins became destined to end their lives in prison after a life of violent crime. Whilst many see the Krays for what they were, violent and sadistic thugs, others view them as later day Robin Hoods, and their generosity with people in the neighbourhoods of Whitechapel and Bethnal Green where they grew up, is legendary.
Love them or loathe them there is certainly a niche for luring tourists to explore the darker and more sadistic components of London’s history and, as a consequence, there are several London companies offering tours visiting various places in the capital, which were significant in the lives of the Kray twins. For example, you can stand in the very pub where George Cornell keeled over and died after being shot from point blank range in the eye by Ronnie Kray.
London pubs certainly played a central part in the mayhem and debauchery the Krays inflicted in London for such a long period. One pub in the capital that has earned a more than fair share of Kray associations is the Blind Beggar Pub. This working-man’s pub is on all of the Kray Twins Tours in London itineraries as it was the place where Ronnie Kray shot George Cornell, who led the Kray’s rival gang, the Richardson’s.
Although as Cornell was an outright villain, admiration towards Ronnie rocketed for shooting his rival in the eye and leaving him dead on the floor of the Blind Beggar’s – And this sort of behaviour actually attracts people to London!
Other less ‘gruesome’ Kray haunts are featured on these Kray Twins Tours in London, such as the secondary school where the boys were educated.
It has to be said, if you are like the thousands of others who are interested in this shocking yet at the same time compelling side of London’s history, then you’ll certainly be in for an ‘eye-opener’ of a time on a Kray Twins Tour of London.
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