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1. Jewish East EndJewish East End - in and around Brick Lane (and beyond)
The key area for the Jewish immigrant community of the late 19th and early 20th century was concentrated in and around Brick Lane, but it extended much further east to Mile End and Stepney, south to Commercial Road and Cable Street and north to Bethnal Green and Shoreditch as well as back towards the City.
In Spitalfields you will find the 'classic' Jewish East End with memories evoking the street market of Petticoat Lane, small synagogues such as Sandys Row Synagogue (open for afternoon services and on request, see www.sandysrow.org.uk)and Princelet Street, tailoring and fur workshops, the former Russian Vapour Baths, the former Jewish Soup Kitchen, housing initiatives of Lord Rothschild and the site of the Jews' Free School, once the largest school in Europe and with many famous alumni. Today the streets are a buzzy creative hub of east London with the best of cafes, shops, street art and new fashion outlets and some of the best curry houses in England.
A wide variety of public and private tours operate in the East End throughout the year offered by a number of providers and a good time to access buildings is during official Heritage Open Days and during the annual 'Days of Jewish Heritage'.
For example private tours are available by arrangement with Go London Tours and the author of 'Jewish London' - one of the leading East End Jewish heritage guides. (see, firstname.lastname@example.org / www.golondontours.com)
Nearest stations: Liverpool Street / Aldgate / Aldgate East / Shoreditch High Street
2. Freud MuseumBest known for his theories on the subconscious, dreams and sexual desire, and as one of the founders of modern psycho-analysis, Austrian-born Sigmund Freud escaped Nazi Europe in 1938 and spent the last year of his life in Hampstead. Following the death of his daughter Anna, who preserved and continued his heritage, the family home has been transformed into a museum where visitors discover the many facets of Freud, his work, history family and his love of travel and antiquities.
Open Wednesday to Sunday. Entry Fee.
Check www.freudmuseum.org for details
Freud Museum, 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, London, NW3 5SX
Nearest tube: Finchley Road / Swiss Cottage