Visit London Blog » jewish culture Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:05:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 17-19 May 2013 Mon, 13 May 2013 09:00:50 +0000 This weekend really highlights the incredible cultural diversity to be found in London. Not only can you enjoy large-scale festivals that celebrate the best of the city’s museums and traditions, but there are also many smaller events which epitomise the myriad interests that you can explore in the capital.

The Chelsea Fringe

Commencing on Saturday, the Chelsea Fringe celebrates the forthcoming RHS Chelsea Flower Show with an extended programme of horticultural events around London. There is a huge variety of events – most of which are free – on offer: visitors can enjoy everything from treasure hunts to floral-themed cocktails. See the Chelsea Fringe website for full programme details. 18 May-9 Jun

Museums at Night

An inspirational festival for those of a nocturnal persuasion, Museums at Night opens up most of London’s cultural institutions for three evenings of learning, exploration and fun. Whatever your interests, there should be something for you; whether that’s a pyjama party at Hampton Court Palace, a 1940s-themed event at the RAF Museum or a tour of the magnificent Banqueting House. For a full list of events, times and ticket prices, visit the Museums at Night website. 16-18 May 

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion at the British Library 

A must for anyone who is curious about how governments communicate with and influence their citizens, the British Library’s new exhibition promises to be a fascinating insight into international state propaganda. Concentrating on the 20th and 21st centuries, the exhibition uses posters, films, cartoons and texts to illustrate the sometimes surprising ways in which people can be informed, mis-informed or persuaded. Entry is free for under 18s or £9 for adults.. 17 May-17 Sep

Curiosities and Quirky Fans at the Fan Museum

Celebrate the quirkier side of fan-making at this wonderful small museum in Greenwich. At this new exhibition you can explore the history of ‘alternative’ fan-making and see how craftsmen have incorporated both unusual objects and designs into their beautiful creations. Admission is £4 for adults. 15 May-1 Sep


Get the best challah, falafels and bagels in town at the Gefiltefest London Jewish Food Festival. Taking place at Ivy House, the former home of ballerina Anna Pavlova, the festival will offer a mix of food stalls, cooking demonstrations, lectures, tastings and workshops. Highlights include talks by award-winning Jewish authors, a chance to find out who won the 2013 Jewish Food awards, and a debate on the merits of eating locust. Adult tickets are £25. 19 May

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Jewish Museum Prepares to Re-Open After £10m Revamp Tue, 23 Feb 2010 15:58:47 +0000

London’s Jewish Museum is getting ready to re-open following a £10 million transformation. I took a look around the building this morning, as the builders and curators put finishing touches to the displays.

Located in Camden, the revamped museum will be great for school groups, families, and anyone that wants to find out more about Jewish culture in London. Highlights of the permanent exhibition include:

  • a Medieval mikveh (Jewish ritual bath) built into the floor
  • the stories of Jewish people in Britain today, from a marathon-running grandmother to a smoked salmon producer
  • a grand 17th-century ark made from carved wood, which was used to hold torah scrolls in a synagogue
  • a recreation of a family table set for Sabbath dinner, complete with sound effects and the smell of chicken soup
  • a section on Yiddish theatre, including an opportunity to dress up and try Yiddish theatre karaoke
  • a room dedicated to the memories of a holocaust survivor

Temporary exhibitions and special events such as music, performance, comedy and film will kick off shortly after the opening. There’s also a café, gift shop and 100-seat auditorium.

The ground floor gallery is free to visit, including the mikveh bath and stories of contemporary Jewish people in Britain. You’ll need to buy a ticket (£7, concessions available) to if you want to explore the rest of the museum.

The Jewish Museum opens on 17 March

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