The Blind Beggar -Stepney Green - London
Does the Blind Beggar sound familar, well if you know anything of the notorious East End gangsters the Krays then it may very well do. The Blind Beggar was the pub in which one of their most famous, and public execution style murders took place. The pub is still well and truly open for business and only gently plays on it's gory history to attract extra custom.
As a pub it is real proper 'East End'. The staff and owners on my recent visit were rough as you might expect of proper East Enders, but as friendly as you could possibly want! Inded the landlord, a scary looking fellow saw us stood outside lost and approached us to help out even before we could ask! Bless him!
THe pub is typically 'good old fashioned boozer', it has two impressive fires that throw out a good deal of heat. On my visit there were also two resident cats, both of whom were so big that on first glance they could have been dogs! The beggar has a good sized beer garden too which is handy for smokers. Close to Whitechapel tube and not far from the funky market at Spitalfields. There also tends to be street markets right outside selling food stuffs, clothes, and also dozens of immigrant workers selling dodgy DVD's This pub is a real piece of East End gangster history, still sufficiently genuine enough to make it worth a visit! [more ]