The Blind Beggar pub is a brilliant additional to Whitechapel and the Mile End Road. Not least because there are two beautiful friendly resident moggies!
There are a few versions of the legend of the blind beggar, but the most popular seems to revolve around a knight named de Montford, who was very sadly left blinded in battle and forced into begging in East London to live. His loyal daughter, Beese. She was wooed by four suitors, three of whom were put-off the perceived lack of dowry. The fourth recognised Besse’s nobility so they were married and he received a full dowry.
The pub was notably frequented by the Kray Twins, who ran riot in the area. They were finally arrested and their reign of terror in East London came to an end thanks to a misdemeanour in this very watering hole. They were sentenced to 30 years without parole after shooting a fellow gangster in the pub. The Judge, Melford Stevenson, later said that the pair had spoken the truth only twice during the whole trial: when Reggie called a Barrister a “fat slob” and when Ronnie accused Stevenson of being biased!
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