Jewish East End

Reserve this tour now on the Bookings & Enquiries page.Jews have lived in London since Roman times, but it hasn’t always been such a welcoming place. Exiled by King Edward I in the late 13th century, they were only allowed back 350 years later by the man who toppled the monarchy, Oliver Cromwell. Let Steve introduce you to what remains of the Jewish East End, as much a refuge for Jews escaping the pogroms of Eastern Europe in the 19th century as was New York City.

Bevis Marks Synagogue
This active synagogue, designed for the Sephardic community in 1701 by a Quaker, is the oldest and most beautiful Jewish house of worship in Britain. Creative Commons | Emmanuel Dyan
Brick Lane
The nerve centre of the Jewish East End, with an 18th-century mosque that has served as both a church and a synagogue. Two popular bagel shops are the last vestiges of this teeming Jewish neighbourhood. Creative Commons | chas B
Cable Street
This is where Oswald Mosley and his anti-Semitic British Union of Fascists attempted to march and terrorize the community in 1936 but were resisted by Jewish and Irish residents. Photo by David Wenk
Whitechapel Gallery
This avant-garde art gallery is partly housed in the Whitechapel Library where poor Jews, including the World War I poet, Isaac Rosenberg, studied and many learned English. Creative Commons | The People Speak!

Did You Know?

Prize fighter Daniel ‘Danny the Jew’ Mendoza (1764-1836), the originator of modern boxing, was born in nearby Bethnal Green and was the most celebrated athlete – the David Beckham – of his time?