Old Jewish Quarter Tour
This wonderful and historical walk traces the history of London’s Jewish community in the East End.
Exit 3, Aldgate East Station Mon & Thurs 1.00pm £10.00 per person
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What’s it about?
Every Monday and Thursday at 1pm we explore the East End of London and in particular, the old Jewish quarter. With one of our expert guides by your side our tour starts in the heart of the East End at Aldgate Station. From here your guide will show you where the Jewish areas first began on the outskirts of the city walls.
What will you see ?
You’ll be guided into a forgotten world of alleys and back streets of the colourful Spitalfields and Whitechapel. You will see the old shops, buildings, synagogues and soup kitchens of a bygone era.
We will embraces the poverty of the pogrom refugees and relive the glittering success of the Rothschilds; the eloquence of the 19th-century Prime Minister Disraeli and the spiel of the Petticoat Lane stallholder.
We will visit London’s oldest synagogue and the last fully functioning Jewish community in what was once the very heart of the Jewish east end. We will even go inside for a closer look and you will be impressed (small fee upon entry)
We venture deep into Spitalfields, a district with a fascinating history with a vibrant, contemporary scene. One minute we will be exploring London’s finest 18th century houses, and the next we will be discovering the bustling streets with boutique shops selling London’s up and coming designers.
Quite simply the East End remains the most multicultural place in Europe.
The Jewish quarter is born
Around two million Jews left Europe between 1881 and 1914, fleeing persecution and economic hardship. Although most were destined for the United States, some 150,000 settled here in the East of the city and near the docks where they had arrived.
Along the way your guide will point out the old shop fronts once used and run by the Jewish community. It really is a forgotten world but utterly compelling to look at and learn about.
A decade into the 20th Century there were 125,000 Jews in less than two square miles around Whitechapel and Spitalfields, often living in conditions of extreme overcrowding and poverty. Many maintained their cultural traditions brought from Eastern Europe. Most were employed in the sweat shops of the East End of London, everyday queuing up outside the old soup kitchens which still exist to this day. You will see these places as they are today.
After your tour
Your tour will end close to Liverpool street station a convenient location for transport, food, drinks or snacks
Booking this tour
Call our booking line on 07803067544 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org