The Old Jewish Quarter

Tower Hill underground station, London (meet by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stand)

Guided by Rachel or Shaughan or Steve

Walk Times

DayWalk TypeStart TimeEnd Time
Wednesday Weekly10.45 am12.45 pm Winter Summer
Friday Weekly10.45 am12.45 pm Winter Summer
Sunday Weekly10.15 am12.15 pm Winter Summer

Short read: “splinter-sharp guides, gripping history”

Click here for a review of the walk in the Canadian Jewish News

Medium read about the guiding:  “…the perfect blend – a font of knowledge, a diplomat and a comedian!!” That’s how one of Rachel’s walkers described her. Echoing another walker, who said: “This morning I had the great pleasure of being on Rachel’s Old Jewish Quarter walk. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. Her knowledge and joy in sharing it with us made the two hours very special. She is the perfect guide.” In short, don’t just take it from us. 

Long read: Traces the history of London’s Jewish community in the East End. A tale that embraces the poverty of the pogrom refugees and the glittering success of the Rothschilds; the eloquence of Prime Minister Disraeli and the spiel of the Petticoat Lane stallholder; the poetry of Isaac Rosenberg and the poetry-in-motion of Abe Saperstein’s Harlem Globetrotters. Set amid the alleys and back streets of colourful Spitalfields and Whitechapel, it’s a tale of synagogues and sweatshops, Sephardim and soup kitchens. Whenever possible we visit the historic Bevis Marks synagogue (for which there’s a small entrance fee). It’s one of the highlights of the tour. Maurice, who’s in charge there, lays on a fascinating talk, fields questions, etc. What’s not to like?  Guided by Shaughan, Steve, Rachel (the author of Jewish London, Secret Whitechapel and Whitechapel in 50 Buildings) or Judy (winner of the London Tourist Board’s Guide of the Year Award).

THE OLD JEWISH QUARTER  – THE PRACTICALS

The Old Jewish Quarter takes place every* Sunday, every** Wednesday and every Friday. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower HillTube. Meet your London Walks guide and fellow walkers by the Tower Hill Tram coffee stall.  N.B. the Walk ends at Spitalfields Market, a short walk from Aldgate, Aldgate East and Liverpool Street stations.

*Except Sunday, April 26     **Except Wednesday, Dec. 25 and Wednesday, Jan. 1

On Sunday The Old Jewish Quarter goes at 10.15 am and is guided by Judy or Shaughan.

On Wednesday The Old Jewish Quarter goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Shaughan or Steve.

On Friday The Old Jewish Quarter goes at 10.45 am and is guided by Rachel (author of Jewish London) or Steve.

 

N.B. this walk will not take place on the following dates:

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LONDON WALKS PRIVATE WALKS

If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, public Mountain Building & Meteorites in the City of London walks it can always be booked as a private tour. If you go private you can have the The Old Jewish Quarter walk – or any other London Walk – on a day and at a time that suits your convenience. We’ll tailor it to your requirements. Ring Fiona or Noel or Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at privatewalks@walks.com and we’ll set it up and make it happen for you. A private London Walk – they’re good value for an individual or couple and sensational value for a group – makes an ideal group or educational or birthday party or office (team-building) or club outing.

GIVE THE GIFT OF LONDON WALKS

A private London Walk makes a fab gift – be it a birthday or anniversary or Christmas present or whatever. Merchandise schmerchandise (gift wrapped or not) – but giving someone an experience, now that’s special. Memories make us rich.

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