London’s Jewish East End
Follow in the footsteps of London’s immigrant populations through the ages, charting their progress from new arrivals to fully integrated members of society. The Jewish population have made an important mark on everyday London life, influencing culture, food and society. This tour will cover several points of interest in the East End, where the Jewish population increased dramatically in the late 19th century when the Brick Lane church became a synagogue.
Between 1881 and 1914, more than 2 million Jews left Eastern Europe due to hardship and persecution. Many settled in the Spitalfields area and by 1900, 95% of the population in the Wentworth Street district was Jewish. It wasn’t an easy life by any stretch of the imagination – the area had terrible overcrowding and sanitation was poor.