It's a wonderful experience for individuals,
social club outings, school trips, family adventures
or just groups of friends out together
Take your pick from my varied and fascinating conducted tours, highlights of which are detailed below and each tour is informative and entertaining. They can be taken as reasonably-priced private tours any day of the week (early evenings too) and I conduct regular public tours from just £10 (see below in red). Click on the next page too for Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle. For more details on public tours and information about private tours, please click below on Dates, Times & Contact Me. All my walking tours are also available as a combination of short strolls and riding in a comfortable minivan for up to six people ...so please enquire about this extra service if of interest to you.
I am delighted my passion for the rich heritage and fascinating story of Jewish London has been recognised by the much respected TripAdvisor travel organisation whose panel of judges has chosen me yet again as Winner of the Certificate of Excellence... and 2016 is the fourth year in succession I have won this coveted award (see the badge on the top right of this page). And I have just won the Cultural Tour Guide of the Year title in the Luxury Travel Guide's 2017 European Awards.
See dates of public tours below in red and click below on Dates, Times & Contact Me
Old Jewish Quarter ...with a visit to to the oldest synagogue in Britain
Magnificent sights and incredible stories as we tread the narrow alleyways and backstreets of the Old Jewish Quarter in London's famous East End and explore the enthralling history and rich heritage of the Jewish community. See highlights below.
Public Old Jewish Quarter tours for £10 most Sunday mornings throughout the year ...and, of course, reasonably-priced private tours any morning, afternoon or early evening ...ideal for individuals such as tourists, social activities for friends and relatives, synagogue groups and clubs.
- Visit inside Britain's oldest synagogue dating back over 300 years and boasting several famous sons. Discover why there was a staggering 156 synagogues in just two square miles of the East End
- See the legendary Jewish Soup Kitchen, lifesaver to thousands every day; the first Yiddish theatre in England which was the scene of a real life tragedy; learn how the London Blitz devastated parts of the East End; and other enthralling tales
- Hear heartwarming and heartbreaking stories, from the hilarious spiel of Petticoat Lane market traders to impoverished immigrants escaping East European oppression only to face wretched living conditions here and a life of toil in the notorious clothing sweatshops (we touch on other immigrant cultures too). You will also learn about the infamous Jewish Catwalk where unsuspecting Jewish immigrant girls were lured into a tragic life of prostitution
- Meet colourful characters from the past including the real-life 19th century Fagin; England's Chief rabbi who urged Russia: "DON'T let my people go!"; and the secret Jew who became the Queen's physician. I will even tell you the incredible Jewish connection with the infamous Jack the Ripper
See Grand Tour Extravaganza below for another way to enjoy the Old Jewish Quarter - it's with a vehicle!
London's Famous Attractions …with a touch of Jewish flavour!
Here's a tour that delights visitors and locals alike ...and there are two ways to enjoy it. It can be as a walking only tour or as a tour that combines short strolls and riding in a comfortable minivan. We visit many well known London landmarks, but as well as relating their fascinating stories I also reveal extremely interesting (and sometimes astonishing) Jewish connections.
- At Buckingham Palace you will discover the amazing Jewish blood line into which the Queen's grandson and heir to the throne, Prince William, is said to have married in 2011 when he wed Kate Middleton
- In the shadow of the dreaded Tower of London I will recall the cruel fate of 18 prominent Jews on false charges
- As we stand before 10 Downing Street, learn about the little-known Jewish ancestry of our former Prime Minister David Cameron; beside Westminster Abbey hear how the Church has 13th century Jewish leaders to thank for the building of this most notable place of worship; in Trafalgar Square I relate the story of billionaire Jewish cousins supporting opposing sides in the Napoleonic Wars; and there's the incident that dented Winston Churchill's long and sympathetic attachment to the Jewish people and Zionism
- In the heart of cinemaland, as we admire the statue of a London-born Hollywood screen star, I will tell you about his secret wish to have been Jewish; and there's the 19th century multimillionaire (and swindler!) who rescued one of London's most famous landmarks. There are even more tales to hear and sites to see including Big Ben, Piccadilly Circus, the Houses of Parliament, Whitehall, Horseguards, the winding River Thames and the magnificent Tower Bridge
Grand Tour Extravaganza ...a feast of the very best sites and stories!
Spoil yourself with this sumptuous four hour presentation commencing with collecting you from your accommodation in a comfortable saloon car or minivan and then it's a series of short strolls and travelling in the vehicle as I combine the very best sites and stories of my Old Jewish Quarter tour AND London's Famous Attractions. Among the many highlights are:
- A visit to the historic and enthralling Old Jewish Quarter in London's East End with awesome sights to behold including a visit inside the oldest synagogue in Britain; the legendary Jewish Soup Kitchen that served a staggering 6000 meals a day; famous Petticoat Lane Street Market, the hub of early Jewish life; the Jewish school that boasted an amazing 4,2500 pupils; the first Yiddish theatre in England and scene of a real-life tragedy
- Be saddened by tales of desperate immigrants; laugh at the spiel of market traders; meet a whole host of colourful Jewish characters from the past; and be enthralled by numerous other intriguing stories and places along the way
- See iconic sites of London and hear their fascinating legends as well as lots of incredible Jewish connections that visitors are rarely told (see the Jewish connections above in London's Famous Attractions). We see Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, 10 Downing Street, Big Ben, the River Thames, Whitehall, Horseguards, Piccadilly Circus and other famous landmarks
Jewish West End ...and its remarkable hidden history
London's West End is renowned today as one of the city's most fashionable areas and the centre for entertainment and shopping. But two particular districts in the heart of the West End - Soho and Fitzrovia - are also steeped in a fascinating hidden history of a vast Jewish community that lived there as recently as 75 years ago. See highlights below. (Enthralling early evening private Jewish West End tours also available 6.00pm - 8.00pm):
- Be shocked at the abject poverty in the West End among Jews living just yards 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
Stepney and Whitechapel ...with a host of East End treasures
Here in another engrossing part of the Jewish East End is a multitude of fascinating sights and stories. See highlights below.
SPECIAL PUBLIC STEPNEY AND WHITECHAPEL TOUR: Conducted for JW3 on Wednesday, June 21st, 10.30am. £15. See the highlights below here and for further details and to book CLICK HERE
- See the secret 300-year-old Jewish cemetery hidden within an astonishing modern setting; a tiny synagogue dwarfed on all sides by a Mosque; and the remnants of a major synagogue concealed in a luxury apartment block
- Meet colourful characters from yesteryear ...the British boxing champion whose finest match was outside the ring; the world famous hairdresser and his East End apprenticeship; the non-Jewish refugee who learned Yiddish to liberate the Jewish sweatshop workers; the young synagogue cantor who charmed the world; and the wedding photographer who brought Hollywood to the East End
- Come across erstwhile Yiddish theatres and their former stars; a pub where a pint and a potato latke were the usual fayre; the much loved Jewish Hospital; and treasure-filled Whitechapel Road, Mile End, Commercial Road and what was aptly named the Jewish Market of Hessel Street
- Visit the spot where a young Winston Churchill directed the 1911 Siege of Sidney Street against Jewish anarchists and the area where Jewish activists fought Oswald Mosley's hated fascists during the celebrated Battle of Cable Street in 1936
Jewish Heroes and Villains ...tales of the good, the bad and the ugly!
It’s a stroll along the centuries-old East End streets to discover the marvellous achievements of some wonderful people and the diabolical (sometimes hilarious) antics of several unsavoury characters. See highlights below.
- the first Jew to win Britain's highest military award - the Victoria Cross - for his lone actions against the enemy; the female spy who sacrificed her life fighting the Nazis; and England's very own Oskar Schindler
- the Kosher Nostra of London featuring the shocking behaviour of several notorious Jewish gangsters throughout the 20th century ...and two top Jewish barristers who defended mobster bosses; also the mischievous Jewish anarchists who laid siege upon their ultra religious brothers
- the billionaire saviour of London’s impoverished Jews...but he had a dark side too!; the selfless doctor earning herself the title Angel of Cable Street; the world-renowned hairdresser downing scissors to fight for Israel; and the Yiddish actress who insisted the show must go on ...despite the German bombs falling on London!
- the miracle-performing Rabbi who was accused of sorcery in Germany and escaped execution by finding refuge in London’s East End …and there are lots more Jewish goodies and baddies to meet on this entertaining tour
Willesden Jewish Cemetery …legends in Jewish history!
We visit the last resting place of both the famous and the unknown whose varied lives produce for us stories that are enthralling, inspiring, tragic and even humorous. See highlights below.
SPECIAL PUBLIC WILLESDEN JEWISH CEMETERY TOUR on Wednesday, May 24th, 10.30am. £13 including £3 contribution to cemetery restoration. See highlights below here and to book this tour please complete the short form you will see after clicking below on Dates, Times & Contact Me
- Strolling through this 140-year-old cemetery we come across the scientist, robbed of the glory for one of the 20th century's greatest discoveries; four chief rabbis each with revealing stories; the father and son Rothschilds who could not have been more different; the London teenager who emigrated to the other side of the world and became a Prime Minister; the royal illusionist, inventor of the incredible saw-the-lady-in-half trick; two business giants, one in groceries and one in furniture; Lady Chutzpah who stunned the world with her flamboyance; the son of an East End second hand clothes dealer who literally went from rags to riches; and there are many other fascinating lives to celebrate and tragic young deaths to lament on this enthralling tour