In The Legend Of The Blind Beggar Henry de Montfort was wounded and lost his sight in the Battle of Evesham in 1265, and was nursed to health by a baroness, and together they had a child named Besse. He became the "Blind Beggar of Bednal Green" and used to beg at the crossroads. The story of how he went from landed gentry to poor beggar became popular in the Tudor era, and was revived by Percy’s Reliques of Ancient English Poetry, published in 1765. The legend came to be adopted in the arms of the Metropolitan Borough of Bethnal Green in 1900.
The Blind Beggar Has Been Awarded 'Best Outdoor/ Smoking Area In London'! The decked pergola area boasts a lively Koi Pond with comfortable seating overlooking these hypnotic fish. Ideal for relaxing and enjoying a few drinks, it’s easy to forget you’re still in Whitechapel High Street.
The main area has traditional table seating and is an affable place to enjoy your meal with a bottle or two and soak up the sun, while the covered area is equipped with heat-burners and additional seating, making The Garden enjoyable all year round, whatever the weather. In the warmer months The Garden at The Blind Beggar plays host to live music and guest DJ’s, playing chilled and ambient sets most weekends.
The Beer Garden is available for corporate and private functions, including licensed weddings.