Jewish East End

A journey of discovery through the narrow streets of Whitechapel and Spitalfields, an area where refugees, fleeing the pogroms in Eastern Europe, settled. You will hear about the history of London’s Jewish community and the stories of the people, some of them tragic and others uplifting. See the site of England’s first Yiddish theatre and Petticoat Lane market where the ‘spiel’ of the Jewish stallholders was once a great tourist attraction.

Highlights of the tour will include a remarkable 18th century building that has been a chapel, a synagogue and now a mosque, a former soup kitchen of the Jewish poor and a memorial to the Kindertransport, the organised rescue of Jewish children just before the Second World War. Be transported back in time as you walk streets that have barely changed since the 19th century and see how this area, home to many other immigrant groups, has now become one of London’s most exciting and popular areas with its vibrant street art culture and multiculturalism and the lively Spitalfields Market, with its magnificent array of independent stall holders. (Possibility of visiting Bevis Marks synagogue, the oldest synagogue in continued use in Europe, if open; admission £5 extra).

LondonLeo Brunvoll