Tales from the Two Puddings

In conjunction with the release of the book, ‘Tales from the Two Puddings’ by author Eddie Johnson, Fifty First State Press and the Bishopsgate Institute present a photography and audio exhibition alongside a cultural event in January 2013.

Eddie Johnson, octogenarian first time author, and one of East London's most famous landlords, finally tells his tales from the Two Puddings, the notorious Stratford pub he was licensee of for nearly four decades. It was back in 1962, exactly fifty years before the Olympics rolled into East London, that the Johnson family took over the Two Puddings.

Known as one of London’s busiest and most fashionable pubs, its hugely popular music nights acted as a magnet for a large and colourful cast of disparate characters who would regularly descend upon the premises, including renowned actors, writers, singers, musicians, champion boxers, infamous gangsters, television personalities and World Cup winning footballers.

‘Tales from the Two Puddings’ is a poignant, at times hilarious, look back upon a lost world of East End eccentrics, local villainy, vindictive policemen, punch ups and practical jokes, all now lying buried beneath the concrete blocks and sterile shopping centers of the ‘new’ Stratford.

An exhibition of more than 50 photographs from Eddie Johnson’s archive, many of which are included in the book, will be accompanied by audio recollections at the Bishopsgate Library.

During the run of the show, author Eddie Johnson will be in conversation with broadcaster Robert Elms to look back upon a lost world of the East End.

Associated Event: Talk
Eddie Johnson and Robert Elms
Thu 31 Jan, 7.30pm
Location: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate London, EC2M 4QH
Tales from the Two Puddings


Event Title: Tales from the Two Puddings
Postcode: Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 4QH
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