The Old Jewish Quarter

(3 customer reviews)

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

Guided by Isabelle or Shaughan or Steve F.

Walk Times

Day Walk Type Start Time End Time
Sunday Weekly 10.15 am 12.30 pm Winter Summer Reserve Online

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

28-07-2024 04-08-2024 15-09-2024 29-09-2024

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

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

Don’t want to read up about the walk? Have a listen. Here’s a wonderful “podcast” overview and introduction to the walk given by guide Shaughan. Lots of information about the walk brilliantly delivered (the human voice can be so nourishing). Want a recommendation? Download the podcast and listen to it on your way over to Tower Hill. It’s a perfect warm-up act for the walk.

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.

Guided by Shaughan, Steve, Rachel (the author of Jewish London, Secret Whitechapel and Whitechapel in 50 Buildings) or Isabelle.  


In our Winter programme – which kicks in on November 1 and runs through April 30 The Old Jewish Quarter takes place every Sunday at 10.15 am. The meeting point is just outside the exit of Tower Hill Tube. 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.



If you can’t make one of the regularly scheduled, just-turn-up, The Old Jewish Quarter 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 Mary on 020 7624 3978 or email us at [email protected] 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.


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.


Don’t just take it from us.


3 reviews for The Old Jewish Quarter

  1. Sharon and Andrea

    Thank you to Steve for a most fascinating talk and walk.Steve has a wealth of knowledge and stories and we absolutely loved it!

  2. Christine Notley

    A very good trip as always and made all the more interesting by our guide David Gollancz. He made sure we could all hear him and even came back for a group of us when we lost him in Petticoat Lane.

  3. Reva

    Russell was great. Very informative and interesting and friendly. Loved the history

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