Tours through radical times and places

East End Walks specialise in organising walks of London’s radical social history, especially in the East End – an area in which successive waves of immigrants have helped make London what it is today.

Our walks through the East End bring to life the people and places of the area from the 1880s when Jews arrived in large numbers from Eastern Europe to the 1930s when they united with non-Jewish East Enders to drive out Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists at the Battle of Cable Street.

We also lead walks on the people and movements beyond the East End that played a part in campaigning for radical change north and south of the River Thames

“Your walk was interesting, instructive, moving and funny! Every lover of London and every lover of freedom should take it.”

- Prof. Carlotta Fontana – Milan, Italy

Who? Your  East End walks guide is David Rosenberg. Find out about David’s experience and expertise here.

What do the tours cover? They are about ordinary people doing extraordinary things in the fight for better lives for all. Find out about the tours here.

When? To find out when the next walk is taking place, click here.

David is the author of Battle for The East End: Jewish Responses to Fascism in the 1930s, published by Five Leaves Publications. To find out about the book or purchase a copy, click here.

He is also the author of Rebel Footprints: a a guide to uncovering London’s Radical history (with a foreword by Billy Bragg, Pluto Press, to be published March 2015). To find out about the book or purchase a copy, click here.

East End Walks is part of the “History From Below” international network of historian-activists, artists and agitators:

NEW WALKS: Life on the Boundary and Radicals, Rioters and Rebels in the Fleet Street Precinct

“I cannot recommend David’s walk highly enough, they are informative, funny, lively and totally politically engaged.” (Phil B-J, Toronto)

East End Walks are just the right tours for you if you:

• an individual or group of friends interested in exploring London’s radical history

Photo: Robin Hatton-Gore

or if you are:

• a visitor from abroad wanting to discover the story of the East End

• an organisation with links to the East End or a special interest in radical history

• a  school class or college/ university course, learning about Jewish history, London’s history, or the story of immigration to London

• a company wanting to organise an interesting and exciting away-day activity for your employees

It is also the tour to take your friends on to mark a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary, or to remember someone special.

“We went on the Anti-Fascist Footprints walk for our staff’s summer ‘Away Day.’ The whole thing was fantastic: interesting and inspiring in equal measures. David’s knowledge, enthusiasm and connection to the issues, the area and the people who animate the story shine through.” Matthew Bramall, World Development Movement

Thanks to the People’s History Museum for the website banner photo from the Battle of Cable Street on October 4th 1936.

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