Blind Beggar

Blind Beggar

This pub was voted as one of the best on the future Crossrail route.

The BB, as no one calls it, is perhaps the most famous pub in the East End. It was here, of course, that gangster Ronnie Kray shot dead George Cornell in 1966. There's no escaping the history. The pub displays numerous mementos, and has scans of contemporary newspaper accounts on its website. Its history goes back much further, however. The building dates to 1894 and gets its name from the local legend of the blind beggar, a 13th century mendicant who was actually a noble fallen on hard times. Another murder took place within, in 1904, when a gang member stabbed a rival in the eye.

The dark interior still retains a slightly sinister air, and the site is popular with ghost hunters. Don't be put off, though. It's also very cosy with a roaring fire in winter and a welcome pool table.

Aside from its gangster and supernatural attractions, people flock to the Beggar for its large beer garden. The space is used for live music in summer. Don't miss the incredible koi carp pond at the back, with fish the size of small dogs. The space is big enough that, even on a Saturday night, you can usually find a table.

Drink options include two mainstream ales and the pub's own 'Beggars Belief' ale, which we assume is a rebadge of something better known. Alas, two of the pumps were empty on three recent visits out of three. Food is of the sausage-burger-chip variety, by Banger Brothers.

On Twitter as @BlindBeggarE1. Updated September 2015.The wider attractions of this place make it a must-visit if you're after a pub in Whitechapel.

The pub retains its dark corners.
The pub retains its dark corners.
Cosy in winter.
Cosy in winter.
A plaque to the shooting.
A plaque to the shooting.
Kray memorabilia is not exactly hidden.
Kray memorabilia is not exactly hidden.
Always a welcome sight.
Always a welcome sight.
Koi not coy.
Koi not coy.
One of the biggest beer gardens in inner London.
One of the biggest beer gardens in inner London.
Some people throw fish food, others drop in a pint of Kronenbourg.
Some people throw fish food, others drop in a pint of Kronenbourg.
It's at least half true.
It's at least half true.
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Blue garden god
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Outdoor chandelier.

Address: 337 Whitechapel Road London E1 1BU

Phone: 0207 2476195

Email:
BlindBeggarE1@gmail.com

Website:
http://theblindbeggar.com

Monday: 11am-11.30pm

Tuesday: 11am-11.30pm

Wednesday: 11am-11.30pm

Thursday: 11am-11.30pm

Friday: 11am-2am

Saturday: 11am-midnight

Sunday: 11am-11.30pm

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THE BLIND BEGGAR E1

Thanks for including us, and for visiting on your walks, but we're having a bit of a social media refresh so please could you update our Twitter name to @BlindBeggarE1 and e-mail to BlindBeggarE1@gmail.com, website updated too. Now also serving Banger Brothers Sausages, Burgers and Chips.