Jewish London

(15 customer reviews)

Bank tube station, London (exit 1, on the corner of Poultry and Princes Street)

Guided by David G. or Ian or Isabelle

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Tuesday Weekly 2.15 pm 4.15 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

Shofar read: Lechaim! To life, to life!

We interrupt this read to say This walk is the other Jewish London!

We further interrupt this read to say: Guides Ian and David donate all of their fee to the World Jewish Relief’s Ukraine Crisis Appeal.

Short read: The other Jewish London. Most Jewish history tours – including our Old Jewish Quarter walk – focus on the East End, where penniless Jewish refugees settled in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. But the City – the original London, the oldest London – has a much older and richer Jewish heritage. A Millenium of Jewish History. That’s what you get – that’s where we go – on this Jewish London walk. Mazel tov.

Long read: A journey through the streets and alleys of London to discover the thousand-year history of the Jews in England. From the arrival of a Jewish community from Normandy in 1066/67 to the Kindertransport children of 1938/39, Jews have played important roles in the unfolding drama of British history. On our journey we will encounter the Jews of medieval London, the unfortunate Jewish doctor who inspired the creation of Shylock, Queen Victoria’s favourite Prime Minister, the Jewish stockbroker who saved the British government during the 1745 Jacobite rebellion, the Protestant rabble-rouser who became an Orthodox Jew, the Jewish prize-fighter who transformed the sport of boxing and other colourful characters. We will visit some of the most spectacular sites in the City. We will also reveal the little-known Jewish associations of some of London’s most famous landmarks.

JEWISH LONDON – THE PRACTICALS

 Jewish London takes place at  2:15p m on  Tuesdays. Meet Ian just outside exit 1 of Bank Tube Stop.* Ian will be on the corner of Poultry and Princes Street holding up copies of the distinctive white London Walks leaflet.

*Make sure you get off at Bank Tube Stop. Do NOT walk through the long tunnel to Monument Tube Stop

15 reviews for Jewish London

  1. Julie Baretz

    Ian is an outstanding guide. His tour was well researched, well constructed and expertly delivered. Not to be missed!

  2. Peter Dargue

    I go on London Walks to learn and expand my cultural horizons and this walk delivered on both these counts. Thanks Ian for condensing a history of the Jews in London from the Conquest to today in a couple of hours with interesting insights and humour.

  3. Stephen Lesley

    What a fantastic Journey through the centuries of British Jewry. Ian, our guide, made the tour both informative, relevant and we also had a bit of fun on the way.

  4. zion and shira iluz

    wonderful tour thanks to Ian – excellent guide

  5. Steve

    Having done many London Walks on visits to London, this was one of my favorites.
    Ian was a wonderful, knowledgeable and entertaining guide.

  6. Pam Berkley

    A fabulous tour, delivered in a very entertaining manner by Ian. Clearly very knowledgeable on the history, Ian interspersed the historical facts with plenty of fascinating and humorous stories. Would definitely recommend.

  7. Tali Chitaiad

    Ian is most knowledgeable, entertaining and indeed a wonderful guy(de)! Deserve all the complements! And the tour was super interesting and took us to a hidden Jewish London. 5 stars indeed.

  8. Michael Lynch

    This wonderful walking tour was very informative and also entertaining. It covered key aspects of and events in the history of Jews in England from the 11thC to the Kindertransport initiative of the 1930’s. The tour takes one along some notable thoroughfares and past some famous buildings in London and also through atmospheric alleyways, with stops at several places associated with Jewish history in London. Ian is a fabulous presenter. I highly recommend this tour (and any of Ian’s other tours).

  9. Jonathan Ross

    My son and I participated in Ian’s Jewish London tour, which was fantastic. He blends humour and information effortlessly, managing to produce a lively and fluent narrative, joining the dots in a very creative way. Thanks Ian!

  10. Buma

    Toured with David.
    Excellent history review of the past 1000 years. The tour participants hardly dispersed after the tour.
    Highly recommended.

  11. Ann D’Arcy

    The tour with David G this afternoon was fascinating as he had a wealth of knowledge of his topic which he shared in a very easy communicative style.

  12. Susan Baron

    I highly recommend this walking tour of Jewish London. The walk was just the right blend of interesting facts, amusing anecdotes, and moving stories. Ian was able to answer, with patience and grace, every question that we asked. He was the perfect guide for this fascinating aspect of London’s history.

  13. Eric Naiman

    Ian is a fantastic tour guide. He is extremely knowledge and has great stories. More importantly, he is a nice individual. His tour was one of the highlights of our trip and would highly recommend.

  14. Maria M.

    What a fabulous walk! Really interesting and well delivered by the wonderful Ian who can tell a good story and brings the Jewish history of the City of London to life. Highly recommended!

  15. Keith Lawson

    Terrific Guide
    “Ian was fantastic, knowledgable of course, and entertaining. We will look for him on other walks when we are next in London”

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