Walk: Soho and Fitzrovia
Thursday, September 20, 10:30am start
£12 (advance bookings only)
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On this 2½ hour tour (with plenty of pauses) you will:
• Be shocked to learn of the abject poverty that existed in the West End among Jews living just a stone's throw from the luxury homes of the ultra rich
• Hear about larger than life personalities including the billionaire's daughter who devoted her life to creating happiness among working class girls; the tailor with 10 daughters who turned in desperation to running a pub; the London boy winning the highest civilian gallantry medal during World War Two; and the Hebrew school pupils studying alongside red light ladies of the street.
• Discover how bitter rivalries split Synagogue congregations and led to a new religious movement
• Stroll along famous Berwick Street, Dean Street and Frith Street, each offering a host of wonderful stories such as the comical antics of market traders; a kosher restaurant whose most enthusiastic diners were Hollywood stars; the school that was Jewish in all but name; and where the Great Tailors' Strike began 100 years ago involving thousands of Jewish workers. Learn also why a tiny synagogue boasted an astonishing 1,000 congregants.
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 – Spitalfields & Aldgate on 6 September and Stepney & Whitechapel on 3 October. Click on the title names for details.