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Tales from the Two Puddings
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    30 January 2013
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    7:30 PM
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Tales from the Two Puddings
Friday night in the Two Puddings, Stratford (1964). Photo courtesy of Alf Shead
In the four decades that the Johnson family ran the Two Puddings in Stratford, it became one of London's busiest and most fashionable pubs. A magnet for a colourful cast of disparate characters, including renowned actors, writers, singers, musicians, champion boxers, infamous gangsters, television personalities, and World Cup-winning footballers. Join landlord and author of Tales from the Two Puddings Eddie Johnson, in conversation with broadcaster Robert Elms to look back upon a lost world of East End eccentrics, local villainy and punch-ups and discuss his recent book.

Eddie Johnson was born in Limehouse, East London and grew up in Bow. He took over the Two Puddings pub in 1962 and by the time the ‘Puddings’ closed its doors for the last time, nearly four decades later, he was the longest serving licensee in London.

Robert Elms is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. His popular daily radio show on BBC London celebrates every aspect of London.

An exhibition of photographs from the book 'Tales from the Two Puddings' and Eddie Johnson’s audio recollections will be in Bishopsgate Library from 14 January - 28 March 2013. There will be a private viewing for ticket holders and a book signing after the 'Tales from the Two Puddings' event on 30 January. 

In association with Fifty First State Press.

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