The Blind Beggar is a pub on Whitechapel Road in Whitechapel in the East End of London, England. It is notable as the former brewery tap of the Manns Albion brewery, where the first modern Brown Ale was brewed. The pub was built in 1894 on the site of an inn which had been established before 1654, and takes its name from the legend of Henry de Montfort.Arrange to visit The Blind Beggar and other attractions in London using our London trip planner.
The pub is known for Ronnie Kray's murder of George Cornell in front of witnesses, and as the location of William Booth's first sermon, which led to the creation of the Salvation Army.
The pub was built in 1894 on the site of an inn which had been established before 1654, and named after the legend of Henry de Montfort, a son of Simon de Montfort.
In 1865, William Booth preached his first open-air sermon outside the Blind Beggar, which led to the establishment of the East London Christian Mission, later to become the Salvation Army. William Booth is commemorated by a nearby statue.
The Blind Beggar is notorious for its connection to East End gangsters the Kray twins. On 9 March 1966, Ronnie Kray shot and murdered George Cornell, an associate of a rival gang, the Richardsons, as he was sitting at the bar. The murder took place in the then saloon bar.
Tours to The Blind Beggar
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The Blind Beggar Reviews
I had been really excited about visiting a pub with such an interesting history and, after looking at their website, thought this would be the perfect place to stop for a few drinks. The site claims a... more »
Went to this pub on part of the gangster tour,what a down to earth pub this is,pity the fosters didn’t taste of fosters was a bit ropey,but good the way the staff let tours in to hear about the histor... more »
Full of history, mystery and great beer. Feel like you're experiencing a real slice of London legend when you're here. Great mix of contemporary, trendy London life, as well as the old school feeling the East end is renowned for!
Off the bucket list. The famous Krays pub. Good atmosphere. Polite staff. Great prices on drinks
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