When your belly starts to rumble… the question on every Londoner’s mind is: where to eat now?
Our much-loved capital offers the widest variety of cuisine on the planet. Have you tried some our cosmopolitan favourites?
LONDON AS A HISTORIC MELTING POT
London has always experienced waves of migration right from her earliest period with the Romans and the Germanic tribes building out proud city. Jumping to the modern period, the sixteenth and seventeenth century saw London become a global trading power and therefore a melting pot of international merchants.
To name just one example, Huguenots fleeing France found refuge in London and set up shop in the City Fringes. Along with the Jewish community, these expert silk traders transformed the economy of this area which became known as “weaver town” and grew into a booming textile hub.
Post-second world war, the Empire Windrush brought workers from Jamaica, Trinidad, Tobago and other Carribean islands to rebuild a devasted city. Their legacy lives in not just in the infrastructure of the capital but through Nottinghill Carnival, a proud disaplay of colourful multi-culturalism.
London now benefits from the most diverse and exciting menu of the twenty-first century - so take a culinary trip around the world with 5 our favourite London restaurants!
Mostly from Hong-Kong, a former british colony until 1997, a vibrant Chinese community came to settle in Central London, particularly in colourful Soho. Due to its cheap rent, a community gathered at Gerard street and began building up today’s bustling streets . With British soldiers’ nostalgia of Far Eastern food, Chinatown was born!
At the front of this cosy bakery, a curious machine is cooking fish… Indeed, Chinatown bakery offers delicious fish-shaped waffles - 4 for only £2. Inside, a large range of sweet but also salted cakes are on offer to satisy all tastes. From pork buns to black sesame rolls or moon cakes, everything is priced affordably with snacks from £1.30!
During the second half of the twentieth century, three waves of migration motivated by political events such as the Cyprus conflict of 1974 led to the departure of a large number of turkish citizens. Today, over 90,000 turkish people live in London.
Surrounded by beautiful decorations, a meal here is a picturesque immersion into Turkish materiel culture. Home-made turkish-bread is served with all set meals – and prices start at £12.95. Grab a meze, hot or cold, and experience their vast selection of specialities.
Since Poland joined the EU in 2004, Polish migrants have flocked to the UK, overtaking Indian migration to become the largest migrant ethnic group with over 950,000 Polish citizens living in the UK in 2016 and 177,000 living in London. And now their glorious Polish cuisine has graces the streets of London
Perfect for feasting on a shoe-string, every meal is prepared in less than 10 minutes! Special lunch deals during the week offer starters or soup for £3 and main courses for just £5. Think big portions for small prices - and you will still have plenty of change left to sample their large range of beers and flavored vodkas.
At the end of the seventeenth century, the first organised flow of Greek migrants arrived in the capital city for political and religious reasons.They built a small community in the district of Soho and started in the twenties and thirties, opening cafes and restaurants.
You’ve never been to Athens ? Then try the souvlakis-pita wrap with grilled meat. This is a Greek favourite to eat in a hurry. More fresh and healthy than traditional fast-food and with a price tag of £5.50 – this is the place to go on your lunch hour. Sign up to their newsletter and enjoy free events including tasting sessions of their delicious homemade loukoumade with chocolate or honey sauce.
London’s second largest foreign community, Indian citizes were given the right to freely enter Britain in 1948 with the British Nationality Act. From Bollywood films to Bhangra music, Indian culture has enjoyed great success in distant lands and Indian curry quickly became the nation’s favourite!
Heading to the theatre but want to avoid the pub crowds? Check out this newly-renoved restaurant serving traditional indian food for reasonable prices. Watch the Ragasthani puppets dangling from the colourful ceiling as you feast on a Thali.