London is widely celebrated as one of the most culturally diverse areas in the world, a hot pot of different religions, ideas and nationalities, it’s no wonder that living in London feels different to the rest of the country. With so many job opportunities and languages needed in work in the city it’s no wonder that so many people have moved here over the years. And that’s also why it attracts so many tourists, not only is the city quintessentially British but it’s ultimately an international melting pot. Guests staying at Luxury Hotels in London can find more than enough to keep their appetite for the international satiated when in the UK capital. So where can tourists go to find the best multicultural and Grand Luxury Experiences in the city?
In the mid to late 20th century, many Bengali families began to migrate to London and the Brick Lane area looking for work, due to the promise of big city industrial employment in factories and shipping and dock work. The boost in Bengali workers led to the growth in curry houses set up to feed the work force and therefore nowadays there is a range of curry houses that have thrived in the area. Before the arrival of Bengalis into London however, the area was known for its Ashkenazi Jews who immigrated to East London up until the early 20th century, therefore leading to many synagogues and Jewish shops, including bagel sellers setting up in the area. Nowadays visitors to the area can find this rich mix of Bangladeshi and Jewish influences in the area.
With the farmers market and local market in Brixton’s Electric Avenue and beyond, people can still see the influences of the Afro Caribbean community on Brixton. Ever since the 1940’s, predominantly Jamaican immigrants have arrived in London from Tilbury Docks and due to the nearest Labour Exchange being in Coldharbour Lane in Brixton, many immigrants, or the “windrush generation” settled in the Brixton area. Visitors in the area can enjoy a range of Jamaican cuisine in market stalls and restaurants in the area as well as a thriving Reggae and Dub scene having evolved. Visitors will also notice that outside of the Tate Library in Brixton, the square has been renamed Windrush Square in commemoration of what was thought to be the spark of multicultural Britain.
China Town in Soho was in fact not the original China Town in London, which was located near the docks on the River Thames but has thrived into a major tourist attraction of the city. The area began as a trading area, where silks and porcelain as well as Opium was traded before the move to Soho in the 1950’s as a way to push away from the sex trade in the area, trying to replace it with Chinese Restaurants and businesses. Nowadays visitors will find a vast range of Chinese supermarkets and restaurants at very reasonable prices.
Notting Hill Carnival
One of the best multicultural celebrations in London is the Notting Hill Carnival, led by the British West Indian Community in the Kensington, Chelsea and Notting Hill area. As one of the largest street festivals, Notting Hill Carnival takes place on the last weekend of August and attracts over a million people each year.
Stoke Newington is known for its Hasidic Jewish community and therefore there are many shops and businesses which accommodate their faith. This means that many Jewish Bakeries, supermarkets and corner shops have opened up, leading to a wide range of different products that would not be found in British Supermarkets.