I almost didn't write this because so many people have already pointed out what makes this book great - it's the first guidebook to Jewish London for a long time, and it couldn't be better. Guided walks are accompanied by both very clear maps, as well as photos (so you know you're in the right place!). It's packed with information, covering historical issues and people (lots of blue plaques) as well as contemporary Jewish London. It also includes features on several specific places and things (the Jewish Museum, obviously, as well as an interesting synagogue, and Jewish London on Film).
It is primarily a guidebook, but there's definitely an attraction for the casual reader who's interested in that kind of thing!
A totally absorbing travel and history book with fascinating details about our capital city. The attention to detail is superb - pointing out that which could so easily be missed by an uninformed traveller. It also gives very specific instructions which, for someone as geographically challenged as me, is absolutely essential! The glossary at the back is very interesting for anyone not familiar with Jewish terminology. I defy anyone who likes history or exploring London not to be inspired by this book. The Jewish Museum is now top of my list of places to visit.
This excellent book is lively and readable with lots of pictures, and is also scholarly and well-researched. It will therefore appeal to a broad readership- those who are unfamiliar with the subject will find it an accessible introduction, while those who know about Jewish life and culture in London will be pleased to see so much information brought together in a compact book which can easily be carried around to the recommended walks and venues. It makes a perfect present for anyone interested in London and Jewish life.
This is the book for exploring or discovering Jewish London. It's got everything you need to know - the history, places, peoples, synagouges, kosher food restaurants, the lot. The authors must be commended for doing their in-depth research, and I've found it one hundred percent reliable. Absolutely excellent, I can't praise it enough - if you need one book to London and it's past and present Jewish culture make it this one!
I received this book as a gift and actually did not give it much thought until shortly before a recent business to London. The knowledge and historical erudition of the authors is remarkable, yet they succeed also to provide a very accessible source of essential tourist information for the Jewish visitor. But I think this book also should be of considerable interest not only to Jewish readers, given the wealth of interesting, often fascinating, facts concerning London's Jewish community, past and present, and its profound and beneficial impact on the development of the capital.
This book makes the perfect birthday or yom tov present. After buying a copy for ourselves & finding it packed with useful & interesting information about the city we have lived in for so long, we bought copies for friends as Pesach presents.
There are some great walking tours in here but what I loved best were the useful reference guide to Jewish related shops, museum exhibits, restaurants and other places around town that I didn't know where there.
I couldn't put this book down. The authors take you on a journey round London and reveal places one may have walked past countless times without knowing their history. The book is set out clearly and is very well written, with lovely walking tours to take the reader past the sites of interest mentioned in the chapter. Highly, highly recommended for anyone interested in Jewish London - fun to read, and very well researched with a great mix of historical and local knowledge
This is an easy-to-use guidebook to all facets of Jewish London, from the middle ages to the present day. The emphasis is on walking tours around the city, and it's very well illustrated. There are a lot of 'hidden gems' - the book will appeal to Londoners as well as visitors to the city. Also plenty of handy information - restaurants, cafes etc., - and well-suited to all visitors interested in Jewish heritage, from people of religion to those without.
We have long awaited a book on Jewish London which is not only a resource for visitors to London but is also a fantastic source for those of us who live here. I have already dipped into it several times and have made plans to visit some of the lesser known places mentioned. It is beautifully produced and enticing to the reader - whether you want food, places of interest, just anything to do with Jewish London. Well done!!
This is a beautifully presented book and perfect for wondering around town with. Bang up to date information, great pictures, clearly laid out and lots of interesting information. Well worth having for those that live in London and a great guide for visitors - just like a Time Out for Jewish London. Highly recommended.