Walking into festival

By James Martin, March 5, 2009

Boris Johnson has welcomed the Jewish involvement in The Story of London, a major cultural festival taking place in June.

Launching the project this week, the London Mayor said: "The Story of London is about a city of 300 languages and many faiths and is aimed at all communities.

"There will be a superb opportunity to explore some of the sites that have been at the heart of the Jewish community's important place in the city's development."

As part of the project, walking tours of the East End and Hampstead will be organised by the Jewish Museum.

"We're delighted to be offering these walks for a major London event," said the museum's Sara Priem. "The Hampstead tour will include talks about refugees who came to NW3, like Sigmund Freud, and creative figures like Mark Gertler. The East End walk includes an extensive tour of Spitalfields and a visit to Sandys Row Synagogue.

Last updated: 2:40pm, March 5 2009