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The Two Puddings
A great pub that once reigned over the Olympic Games destination
Through four decades, from 1962 until 2000, Eddie Johnson was landlord of the celebrated 'Two Puddings' in Stratford, becoming London's longest serving licensee in the process and witnessing a transformation in the East End.
And it stood on this very spot.
When Eddie took it on, the Two Puddings was the most notorious pub in the area, known locally as the Butcher's Shop on account of the amount of blood spilt. Yet he established the Puddings as a prime destination, opening Britain's first disco and presenting a distinguished roll call of musicians including The Who - though the pub never quite shook off its violent notoriety.
'I've had a lot of blows,' Eddie says. Of the old East End, yet confident to carry himself in any company, Eddie admits to he was the first from his side of town to make it into Peter Langan's Brasserie in Stratton St, mixing with a very different clientele from that in Stratford Broadway. It was indicative of the possibility of class mobility at the time, and there were plenty from the West End who were persuaded to take the trip east and experience the vibrant culture on offer at the Puddings.
Eddies son Matt, grew up here, and is the lead singer of Eighties band The The.