"...extremely informative, interesting
and occasionally even very funny"

Stephen with his TripAdvisor award
Stephen with his TripAdvisor award

Stephen Burstin says: "Before reading below some of the Testimonials about my conducted tours, let me tell you a little about myself - I am a former journalist having worked on several national newspapers before joining my late father and brother in their hotel and tour operating business where I set up holidays and guided tours in various European capitals.

"I then spent three wonderful years as an independent guide in the eternal city of Rome where I conducted an assortment of different tours including the Jewish Ghetto and many iconic sites such as the Coliseum, Roman Forum and Ostia Antica (a mini Pompeii near Rome ).

Stephen on tour
Stephen on tour

"Having been born in the famous East End of London, I always knew I would return one day to my roots and eight years ago began researching Jewish London. My sources ranged from the frequent stories related by my parents to countless hours in the British Library, plus surfing the web and chatting to many elderly folk, gleaning from them much valued recollections of life in the 'good old/bad old days'. My own personal library of books on the subject was also invaluable.

"The result was my launch seven years ago of an exciting selection of Jewish-themed tours in London which is informative and entertaining for all ages ...and conducting them is not just my livelihood but also my passion, whether it be for a family from the United States exploring Jewish London, a class of school children learning about different cultures and religions, or synagogue social club members reminiscing on a group outing to the Old Jewish Quarter. Join me on tour and let me share with you my knowledge and enthusiasm for the fascinating history and rich heritage of Jewish London .

"And as well as tours, I also give lectures (see photo at the very top) on the fascinating story of Jewish London. I regularly give these talks (with slides and music) at London's Jewish Community Centre (JW3), Jewish Care and several Synagogues and social clubs."

"I am delighted and proud the much respected TripAdvisor organisation has selected me and my tours as Winner of the 2017 Certificate of Excellence ... and this is, uniquely, the fifth year in succession I have won this coveted award.

"And I have won the Cultural Tour Guide of the Year title in the prestigious Luxury Travel Guide's 2017 European Awards.

"Please read below what some clients said about my London tours...

"You enriched our holiday with your wonderful tour and we thank you for your valuable insights. We will recommend you to all who visit London and want to learn about Jewish life in London and know about their UK ancestry."
- ROBERTA and STEVEN BERGMAN, New City, New York

"Stephen has a fine knowledge of Jewish London. His fascination and enthusiasm for
the subject is infectious"
- SALLY and ALAN MARKOVITCH, Westcliff-on-Sea, England

"If I could give six circles for this tour on Trip Advisor I would (they only go up to five stars).  We and our grandchildren (aged 11 and 13) felt like we had taken a journey through time with Stephen Burstin's Old Jewish Quarter tour.  We learned so much and saw interesting areas of London we would never have seen otherwise.  We all voted this little-known side adventure one of the most interesting parts of our trip"
- ELAINE and MARTY LERMAN, Dallas, Texas

"Stephen Burstin's tour was a real treat. It expanded our mind, introduced us to new places and things we definitely would not have seen nor understood without him and we did it while being entertained with wonderful stories. From the first moment we found him engaging, informative and totally upbeat. He loves the history of Jewish London and it comes through loud and clear. We highly recommend Stephen and his Old Jewish Quarter tour - it was terrific, a real gem!"
- SUSAN W. TURNBULL, Chair, Jewish Women International (Bethesda, Maryland, USA)

"What an absolutely wonderful tour to Hampton Court Palace with Stephen. It was a truly incredible experience for all our family (young and not-so-young) with astonishing sights at every turn. And Stephen's well researched commentary and amazing anecdotes, including some Jewish surprises, made the tour extra special. I highly recommend Stephen's Hampton Court Palace"
- MAURICE and JOANNE SPELLER, Toronto, Canada

"The Old Jewish Quarter tour by Stephen was without doubt the highlight of our trip. His charming personality and vast knowledge have left a lasting positive impression. He will amaze you with his storytelling. A must do for any London visit"
- DIANT DIENER, Baltimore, MD, US

"Stephen Burstin gave our group a fantastic tour. His wealth of knowledge and passion for the subject are obvious. He showed us that Soho and Fitzrovia in London's West End are teeming with signs of a Jewish past, if you only know where to look. Stephen guided us expertly through all the stories and memories of the area, bringing them vividly to life. The walk was very clear, interesting and fun!"
- VERA LITVIN, Coordinator at the London Jewish Cultural Centre

"Thank you so much Stephen for a great tour for the pupils. You helped paint a really clear picture of a vibrant and flourishing Jewish community in the East End, a picture that really amazed the boys and they found it very interesting. Some of the boys even had grandparents who lived in the East End and they, along with the others, gained a lot from your incredible knowledge and experience."
- RABBI GARY LISS, Hasmonean School, Hendon, London

"Everyone in the group enjoyed the private tour and the fact that all 12 kids behaved themselves must prove they were all entertained. We would very much like to take another tour, perhaps your Jewish West End tour"
- VANESSA SPALTER, Radlett, Hertfordshire, England

"Loved the tour! Stephen is not only extremely knowledgeable, personable and witty, he also answered all questions about Judaism in London today with candor. Our 13-year-old granddaughter considered the tour one of the high points of our brief London trip and even exchanged some Hebrew conversation with Stephen"
- SHARON KNOPPOW, West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA

"Thank you so much Stephen for the fantastic tour on which you took our Year 5 and Year 6 students. You pitched the tour perfectly with humour and light-heartedness, keeping the children extremely engaged in a sometimes difficult topic. As part of our local history learning, this ticked all our boxes! We'll definitely be in touch for the next cohort"
- MIRIYAN TALBOT-SIKKENS, William Davis Primary School, Bethnal Green, London

"Having been to London several times and visited the usual tourist sites we wanted to see something different. Well, you really do not have to be Jewish (and we are not) to enjoy Stephen's excellent tours. It was a combination of seeing amazing places, hearing fascinating stories and learning the incredible history of a people's struggle against adversity, all presented in a most enthralling way that kept our attention throughout. This was not just a tour but a wonderful entertainment experience. Top marks and highly recommended"
- JOHN and KAREN TAYLOR, Manchester, England

"Stephen treated us to a most wonderful tour. I urge everyone to take up this opportunity to spend an exceedingly diverting few hours in Stephen's company. He reframed a familiar East End for us with new stories, elucidating a rich seam of Jewish history running through the streets like a golden thread. He regaled us with tales of the grand, the gruesome, the sad, the comical, the ordinary, the extraordinary. Stephen was especially gracious in explaining selected elements of Jewish life and worship to non-Jewish members of the tour so they could gain a better understanding of the places visited. Pure delight"
- MORWENNA BLEWETT, London, and JODY ABBOTT, Cornwall, England

"Stephen Burstin is not only very knowledgeable about the history of the immigrant Jews in the East End of London but also very eloquent in his presentation. Always the gentleman, his anecdotal references - some even from his family's personal background - are peppered with humor and pathos. Stephen has the capacity to homogenize the heart of a displaced people with his storytelling. Our time with him just flew by"
- DMR and AMR, New Jersey, USA

"A big thank you Stephen from all of us in the synagogue group for an excellent tour. It brought back fond memories for many as well as providing fascinating new insights for everyone - and your pleasant manner only added to our enjoyment. Your tour of the Jewish East End is a must for synagogue clubs and societies who want an enjoyable and informative outing"
- IRENE WALD, Ilford District Synagogue, Essex, England

"Stephen was very knowledgeable and funny. We could hear him well which is always a plus on a walking tour and we saw many places which we would not have seen on our own. With such interesting stories, we could tell he had done a tremendous amount of research"
- BOBBI and RICK FEIERTAG, together with BONNIE SAGER and MARITZA ALFONZO, Fort Pierce, Florida, USA

"Stephen was full of little-known facts and fascinating tidbits which he shared with us. An interesting and entertaining tour which we highly recommend. We are even planning on taking it again with our children"
- ARLENE and GEOFFREY GREENHOUSE, Hendon, north west London

"You made us laugh and you made us cry. The pupils are still excited about the entire experience and I have already obtained our school director's green light for taking your tour again next year"
- AYALA ALTMAN, Yabne Jewish Senior and High School, Paris, France

"With your help, learning something about my parents' roots was a most satisfying and, at times, exhilerating experience both for us and our children. My compliments and thanks to you Stephen"
- LOUISE and SHEILA ROSE, Brooklyn, New York

"I have lived in England, in particular London, for a long time but have never truly explored the streets of the capital. I decided to start with one of Stephen's Jewish London tours and what a start it was! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute listening to his profound knowledge, discovering interesting places and giggling at his funny stories. Stephen, please continue keeping people touched and moved"
- MRS KEI MIYAKITA, Japanese essayist of Purley, Surrey, England

"Our group from work had a great walking tour highlighting Jewish history in and around Spitalfields and Aldgate in the Old Jewish Quarter of London's East End. Stephen is a natural raconteur and the tour was both informative and lots of fun"
- RODERICK PALMER, Hill Dickinson LLP, London

Our party of four spent a delightful six hours with Stephen, combining both of his East End tours in what proved to be a memorable occasion. Each location had an interesting story and Stephen was able to bring to life the history of Jewish London and the current environment of each neighbourhood. Stephen's enthusiasm for the subject and his very well researched commentaries allowed us to learn while asking dozens of questions, an experience we would highly recommend to others"
- ABE and LINDA SCHEAR, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

"Stephen was great! We took two school groups of 30 children each (aged 10 - 11) for two 90 minute tours and all thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Informative and fun, it enabled the children to learn about the rich history of the East End and reflect on demographic changes in that part of London over the past 100 years. Stephen was punctual and well organised, with clear guidance and communication before the tour"
- SEBASTIAN CHAPLEAU, St Bernadette Junior School, Lambeth, London

“We have done many walking tours in London and this is by far our favorite. Stephen was able to educate us entertainingly not only on the area of the East End but about Jewish life in general. This tour is fantastic for Jewish people and also for people like us who are non-Jewish and are intrigued and curious about learning. We had been through the East End many times but had failed to see and appreciate lots of things until Stephen pointed them out. Wonderful!"
- JASMIN and MARK KARWACKI, Perth, Australia

"My entire family enjoyed learning about London's Jewish history as well as your wonderful stories. It was one of the highlights of our week long visit to London"
- BRAD BRESNER, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA

"We much enjoyed your Old Jewish Quarter tour. Thank you very much for making it so interesting and enjoyable"
- CATHERINE and MARION SHOARD, Highgate, north London

"We are not of the Jewish faith but, nonetheless, enjoyed immensely Stephen Burstin's Old Jewish Quarter tour. It was extremely informative, interesting and occasionally even very funny. I recommend Stephen to everyone"
- CHRISTINE and STEVE GOODSON, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London

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