Walk: Spitalfields & Aldgate
Thursday 6 September, 10.30am start
£12 (advance bookings only)
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Among the fascinating places we visit are:
• the magnificent Bevis Marks, oldest synagogue in England dating back more than 300 years and spawning several internationally famous sons
• the site of the legendary Soup Kitchen for the Jewish Poor, serving a staggering 5,000 meals a day during the Depression years
• the first (but short-lived) Yiddish theatre in England, scene of a real life tragedy
• the very spot where a fatal gun battle took place between police and Jewish anarchists leading to the legendary Siege of Sidney Street.
On this 2½ hour tour (with plenty of pauses) you will meet colourful characters from the past including the real-life 19th century Fagin; also the secret Jew who became the Queen’s physician; plus the Chief Rabbi who told Russia: “Don’t let my people go!” You will also discover the incredible Jewish connection with Jack the Ripper.
Stephen Burstin has been conducting guided tours for 25 years and specialises in the fascinating history and rich heritage of London’s Jewish community. He provides an informative and entertaining variety of tours in different districts of the capital and delights in sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for Jewish London.
You may also be interested in Stephen's two other walks - Soho & Fitzrovia in the West End on 20 September and Stepney & Whitechapel in the East End on 3 October. Click on the title names for details.