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Discover ethnic London

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A travel journal to London by stuart

Quote: What makes London so special is not the native ethnic English with bowler hats and umbrellas, it's the exciting mix of cultures that make up the vibrant city.

Discover ethnic London

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Overview

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At every point of the compass you'll find an ethnic community in London. Very famous is Chinatown, easy to find near the theatres and Soho. Brick Lane is the most celebrated place in London to eat a curry; the area is home to a large population originating from the Indian subcontinent. Green Lanes, in North London has Greek and Turkish restaurants as far as the eye can see and you shouldn't miss the world-famous Notting Hill Carnival bringing the Carribbean to West London in August.Quick Tips: Make the most of the ethnic diversity in London; almost all small cafes are the real thing, run by Italians, Greek, Chinese, Thai and all kinds of curries can be found from aound India. If you...Read More

Grecia Restaurant - Green Lanes Greek

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Restaurant

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There are many, many Greek restaurants in this area of London, and it's very difficult to recommend where you should go. Whatever you choose though, the experience is phenomenal. You get a tube or a bus up to Green Lanes in North London and wander along the street to realise that the whole community is Greek or Turkish. From the tiny kebab shops to the palatial cabaret-restaurants everything is covered. I recommend finding a smallish restaurant, such as the Grecia, with live music advertised (easiest at weekends) and the Meze (at least four course meal at one price - often available with a vegetarian option). Drink house wine by the carafe and don't eat too much early on. There's always...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 23, 2000

Grecia Restaurant - Green Lanes Greek
4 Queens Parade Green Lanes
London, England
(020) 8348-6945

Coach and Horses

Attraction | "The Coach and Horses"

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This is the only pub in London which sells draught Guinness imported from Dublin. And the staff are imported from Ireland as well, which means that every time you go here you're guaranteed a warm welcome (as long as you behave).

You can watch the world go by or read the paper here, or simply chat to your fellow customers and barstaff - in fact, it's just like a real Irish pub.

It IS a real Irish pub.....

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 24, 2000

Coach and Horses
42 Wellington Street
London, England WC2
+44 (0)20 7240 0553

Oriental City

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Attraction

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This is the kind of crazy place that only London can offer. A massive shopping centre out in the (relative) wilderness of NW9 completely given over to Oriental stuff. Much of what's there is Japanese, but there are also lots of Chinese shops. You can eat in a huge choice of restaurants and there's also an authentic feeling food court with noodles, ramen and sushi. For buying food and other bits there is one large supermarket and lots of smaller shops. There is also a large Japanese language bookshop (if you're an anime/manga fan), plenty of places selling very good value oriental homeware goods and lots of shops selling 'Hello Kitty' and other little Japanese toys. It's w...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Oriental City
399 Edgware Road
London, England NW9
+44 20 8200 0009

Brick Lane Market

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Attraction | "Brick Lane Market (and curry)"

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You'll be amazed by Brick Lane market, whether you want a bike for £30 or a bath towel you will find someone trying to sell it to you here. It's a maze of household goods, junk and jumble. But it's only open on Sunday mornings. Every day in Brick Lane there's another major attraction as well, the area is one of London's vibrant ethnic communities: it is the ideal place to come for anything 'Indian' (which covers several countries in the Indian subcontinent). The shops around here sell spices, cloth, jewelry, Bollywood videos and music. But you came here for the curry, and the curry you shall have. Everything from sumptuous pricey restaurants to the plastic and chrom...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 29, 2000

Brick Lane Market
Brick Lane
London, England E1

Chinatown London

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Attraction | "Chinatown"

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London's Chinatown is not the biggest in the world, nor the most decorated - but it's certainly authentic.

Food is clearly a big draw here and you can get anything that has ever been imagined in the mind of a Chinese chef. I always enjoy the Chinese supermarket and the chance to pick up a cheap Wok or just a new ingredient that you can't find anywhere else.

The most striking thing is the Chinatown variant on the famous London red telephone box; here they have roofs like pagodas and along with the noise, the hustle, the bustle and the pervading smell of crispy duck bring something special to the heart of London.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 23, 2000

Chinatown London
Gerrard Street & Lisle Street
London, England