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London Excursions

London - The Jewish East End

 

The city of London is only 2 hours away from Southampton cruise ship port and is easily accessible by train or car. Today, this thriving metropolis sees a generous assortment of synagogues and Jewish cultural centers throughout its myriad boroughs. None, however, has seen the proliferation of Jewish daily life quite like in London’s East End

 

Mainly due to economic hardship and ever-frequent Russian pogroms, the period between the years 1881 - 1914 saw a massive influx (over two million) of predominately Eastern European Ashkenazi Jews into London’s eastern boroughs.  Concentrated around the Spitalfields parish area in London’s East, the burgeoning Jewish community rapidly established itself in a tight-knit array of schuls, yeshive, soup kitchens, Yiddish theaters and local kosher shops. By 1900, Jews accounted for 95% of the East End’s Wentworth Street residents. 

 

Though many of the old Jewish community have moved on, London’s modern-day East End continues to have a multi-cultural vibe with a large Bengali having taken up residence there.  Despite this, the area around Spitalfields leaves behind a wealth of Jewish heritage, waiting to be discovered in the multitudinous Georgian-era buildings

 
Our guides at Milk and Honey Tours would be delighted to take you on an engaging tour around the diverse monuments that make up Jewish London. Immerse yourself in the history of Jewish communities that have left their indelible mark on the cultural heritage of the ever-happening English capital.

 
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  • All of our cruise tours include transfers from the port to the touring area and back. Please inform us in the event that you will not require transfers.
  • Our tours are fully customizable according to the time at your disposal. When making your request, kindly let us know how many hours you will be available for touring; if you know your exact docking times, even better!
  • In case you have already been to this destination previously, we can ensure that you will not be repeating sites which you have already visited.  If you have other specific requests, just let us know, and we will happily accommodate your particular preferences.