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London Jewish Cultural Centre
Ivy House,
94-96 North End Road,
NW11 7SX

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020 8457 5000

Guided Walk: Jewish West End and its remarkable hidden history



with Stephen Burstin

Thursday 10 April, 10.30am-12.45pm
£14 (pre bookings only)
Join our award-winning guide Stephen Burstin on an enthralling walk of discovery through two districts in the heart of the West End - Soho and Fitzrovia – which are steeped in a hidden history of a vast Jewish community that once lived there:

• Be shocked to learn of the abject poverty that existed 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 to running a pub; the London boy winning the highest civilian gallantry medal during the Second World War; and the Hebrew school pupils studying alongside (and making friends with) Soho's red light ladies of the streets

• Discover how bitter rivalries split Synagogue congregations and led to new religious movements

• 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 is an award-winning guide and has been conducting guided tours for 25 years. He specialises in the fascinating history and rich heritage of London's Jewish community and provides an informative and entertaining variety of tours in different districts of the capital while delighting in sharing his knowledge and enthusiasm for Jewish London.

All the details, such as the meeting place, will be provided to the participants who have booked prior to the guided walk.

Click here to see our other guided walks with Stephen Burstin.