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21 January 2015

Tour the Jewish East End

Between 1881 and 1914, more than two million Jewish people fled the poverty and pogroms of the Russian Empire, with more than 100,000 of them choosing to make Britain their home, with London's Jewish community establishing itself in the in the East End and up to 150 synagogues established to serve them.

As they became more affluent, many Jewish families chose to move to more upmarket areas of the city, and in the second half of the 20th century so many did so that the area that had changed so markedly less than 100 years ago changed again. Despite this, many echoes of the Jewish East End remain and every Wednesday at 10.45am London Walks leads a tour of the area, exploring a fascinating period in the history of London via the alleyways and back streets of Spitalfields and Whitechapel.

For more, see http://www.walks.com/London_Walks_Home/Wednesdays_Walks/default.aspx#12859

^Picture © Jim Linwood used under a Creative Commons license^


  1. On a personal level, this became my favourite part of London because my paternal grandmother lived in the East End. I visited a few times.

    But your timing is perfect. I am giving a conference paper in February about the East End, Oswald Mosley and the BUF, Cable St riots etc. Many thanks.

    1. Great stuff. Is the conference open to the public?