Jewish East End Tour
Follow in the footsteps of Jewish immigrants through the ages with your own exclusive tour guide in a private London taxi tour that will give you an insight into the struggles new arrivals were faced with as they tried to integrate into British life. The primary focus of this experience is the arrival and integration of Jewish people and their influence on British culture, food and society.
This unique bespoke London taxi tour has been devised by David the 'Capital Cabbie' and begins with the backdrop of the 15th Century Guildhall and the magnificent Wren designed church of St Lawrence Jewry; we discover that we are in the midst of the first London Jewish ghetto. From here, the Jewish East End Tour plots the route of Jewish people’s arrival in Britain from medieval times through to the vibrant multicultural street scene of Brick Lane. Along the way, you will find out about the persecution and expulsion of Jewish people under King Edward I and the later readmission under Oliver Cromwell. We will follow the path of the Eastern European Jews escaping from the pogroms of the 1800’s and their integration into British society and culture. We also encounter the horrors of the 20th Century holocaust and the stories of ingenuity and sacrifice behind the Kindertransport memorial.
We celebrate the Battle of Cable Street of 1936 when the local community stood shoulder to shoulder with Jewish people to prevent the fascist movement from marching through the Jewish East End. We will visit some of the nooks, crannies and alleyways of London’s Jewish Quarter, discovering some of Britain’s oldest synagogues, Bevis Marks and Sandys Row. We stroll down Petticoat Lane, site of a vibrant street market and the centre of the garment industry and sweatshops of the 19th Century.
On this heritage sight-seeing London cab tour, we will visit Spitalfields and Brick Lane which was the hub of the Jewish Quarter of the 20th Century and has also played a vital role in welcoming other immigrants to our shores, namely the Huguenots, Irish and Bangladeshis. Of late, Brick Lane has become the centre of London’s street art scene, featuring work work by Banksy, Stik and Roa, as well as hosting some of London’s finest curry houses, beigles and beer.
Duration: 4 hours (can be extended)
Price: £300 (for 1 to 5 passengers)
Additional hours are £60 per hour
£50 deposit to secure the booking after confirmation of tour and date. Balance to be paid by cash, card or PayPal on the day.
Pick-up & drop off: The price includes one pick up and drop off from a central London hotel or station.
Taxi is wheelchair accessible.
Benjamin Disraeli’s workplace
Kindertransport memorial statue
Sandys Row Synagogue
Bevis Marks Synagogue
Jewish Refugee Soup Kitchen
Plus much more!