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Would Ray Winstone and Michael Caine from ‘King of Thieves’ visit BallieBallerson?

By Ju Shardlow

We took two proper Londoners, Ray Winstone and Michael Caine (plus Hull local Tom Courtenay), and quizzed them on exactly how cockney they are. Jellied eels or toad in the hole? Favourite local caff? Which London gaff would they break into IRL? 

They star in ‘King of Thieves’, a drama about the notorious 2015 Hatton Garden heist. The gang, along with Jim Broadbent, nick gold, jewellery and cash worth an alleged £200 million from safety deposit boxes. And it’s all done by proper local lads, who attempt to stash the loot in Billingsgate Fish Market, before getting into a whole load of Barney Rubble with the law. 

Of course, any east London millennial knows that a visit to Ballie Ballerson is a rite of passage (or, ahem, rite of pittage). And Ray Winstone’s so east London, he’s been too. He also loves classic Bethnal Green caff E Pellicci, so keep an eye out for him next time you’re having your sausage and eggs. 

‘King of Thieves’ is out now in cinemas. We went behind the scenes on set at the Princess Victoria pub in Shepherd’s Bush.

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