Vintage walk: Soho Vice - Tasty Tales From London's Red Light District
Back In The Day Walks’ Soho Vice Walk will introduce you to the notoriously sleazy side of Soho’s remarkable past.
You’ll hear all about the infamous pre-war crime families, the Sabinis and the Messinas and from a more recent time, the notorious Kray twins and their contemporaries, Jack Comer – better known as Jack “Spot” – and the villainous crime king Billy Hill.
Find out about the madness of the “Roaring Twenties” and the wild abandon of Soho during the war when anything went as the populace didn’t know if they would still be alive the next day.
You’ll find out about the drug scene, prostitution, strip clubs and clip joints, gang fights and beatings, pimps and protection rackets – and sex, lots and lots about sex.
The walk which will be illustrated by historic photos, will take around two and a half hours.
£10 payable on the day.
The walk starts at The Pagoda in Newport Place (not far from Leicester Square station) and ends in Old Compton Street.
Next walk: 23 July