Vindhya Balannavar

London – A city of Global Citizens


London is one of the most ethnically diverse cities, and home to many global citizens from all over the world. People of different cultures and origins across the entire world have settled in London for ages. The number of non-British people residing in London is comparatively increasing every year. Experts believe that by 2030 the number of foreign-born people living in London will outnumber the native Britons- based on the 2011 Census. London’s Population has reached an all-time high of 8.6 Million. More than 2 Million people have moved to the city in the past two decades. Out of the 3 million non-British residents, 40% are from Europe, 30% from the Middle East and Asia, 20% from Africa, and the rest 10% from America and the Caribbean. The Immigrant population is expected to increase to 5 Million by 2030.

Immigration in London

Immigrating and settling in London has been going on since the 17th century. Since then, the tide of migration has never stopped. London was always a city of foreigners. However, the elderly population of traditional Londoners are not very accepting of this mosaic of races, colours, languages and people. But this massive migration has given rise to new lifestyles, food, art and music. There are many reasons for London being the best Cosmopolitan city today Education, Infrastructure, Culture, Job opportunities, Growth and health. It’s a Dynamic city and is also voted as the best and greatest city in the world to live in, beating the likes of New York, Paris and Berlin.

Once you land in London stay there for a few days and travel in and around the city, you shall notice people from different cultures, communities and races. These communities are concentrated in particular areas, suburbs or even boroughs of London. There are Indians, Turks, Ghanaians, Koreans, Arabs, Pakistanis, Jamaicans and Africans all over London. So here, we give you a round-up of the nationalities /communities and cultures that you’ll easily come across in London.


We have known London as popularised by movies like Bend It Like Beckham, Bride and Prejudice. And of course through the history of 200 years of British Raj in India. Indians form about 7.5% of London’s population. Though the British Indian population could be found throughout London, the majority are concentrated in West London. You’ll find Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism, Catholicism, Jainism and Anglo-Indians too all over London.

Most of the Indian population could be found in Greater London, Harrow, Hounslow, Brent, Ealing and Redbridge. Apart from Hinduism, Sikhism is also another Indian religion that is widely concentrated in West London, Southall being the thriving Punjabi community. Talk about Southall and you can only think of all things glitzy and blingy, very colourful and vibrant. Southall Broadway is very famous. It’s like a Little India there, with fantastic food shops, Indian restaurants, clothing, a Cinema hall etc. You’ll wonder if you are really in London once you visit Southall. After Vancouver, Canada, London/UK is the only place where you’ll find the wealthiest Sikhs. Then there are Gujaratis and Muslims in east London.20% of Indians in London are Muslims who mostly come from Gujarat and Mumbai. The Indian Christians in London are mostly from Kerala and Goa. Indians form the largest ethnonational community in London.


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The earliest Jewish settlement in London was recorded in 1070. Under Cromwell Oliver Cromwell Judaism was brought back to England in 1656. Jews are one of the oldest minority groups in the Country. It’s a known fact that the Jews were always subjected to discrimination and anti-Semitic attacks over the centuries. Despite that, they have made a significant contribution in the form of commerce and philanthropy to the country. The Jewish people are settled in Greater London, parts of South Hertfordshire, south-west Essex, Glasgow and Liverpool. There is a large concentration of Hasidic Jews in Stamford Hill district in North London. Due to their high fertility rate, the Hasidic community increases by 5% each year. They are the orthodox Jewish community.

The Jews could be easily spotted wearing kippot/kippah on their heads, some with black hats and some prefer wearing black suits. A Rabbi (Jewish religious leader/Scholar) will be seen wearing a kippah, a tallit and a prayer shawl. Women will mostly be seen wearing modest attires with some covering their heads with a scarf (tichel). The British-Jewish culture is quite strong in London with more than 400 Synagogues (in the country), Jewish Museums, and Kosher/Jewish Restaurants in the city. Try their famous Bagels (a bread product)when around in Jewish restaurants.

Jews wearing kippot/kippah on their heads
Jews wearing kippot/kippah on their heads

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Jamaica was a British colony for 300 years. After World War II, The British economy suffered great losses with a shortage of labour. The government looked for help from the British colonies abroad, during that time many Jamaicans, landed in London and found jobs in London Transport and British Rail. The second largest Jamaican population resides in London, living outside of the USA, Jamaica. The significant Jamaican population are settled in Greater London, Brixton, Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Leeds, and Newcastle. Brixton is known as Little Jamaica. For the Jamaicans, it’s a home away from home.

Jamaicans love their food and music very much; They love their jams,(music) so they can find everything from their spices, food, music and culture, in the Brixton. Fresh Ackee, Bay Rum, Breadfruit and some back home food are easily available here. The Caribbean culture could be easily experienced in the Brixton Market, with vendors belting out the latest from Jamaica. Highlights/ must visit The Brixton Market, Ultimate Jerk Centre a 24-hour Shack (popular with youngsters).


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The Turks landed here in the 17th Century when they were freed from slavery on Spanish ships by the English Pirates. They worked as tailors, solicitors and shoemakers, but in the later 1600s a Turkish servant along with the help of an English merchant introduced Turkish Coffee. After that, the first coffee house was opened in London with many more flourishing in the city within a decade. London is home to more than 200,000 people of Turkish or Turkish Cypriots (from Cyprus) origin. Mostly they are settled in Tottenham, Hackney, Islington and Haringey, not evenly distributed.

You’ll find many Turkish Kebab shops, cafes and restaurants and also the famous Turkish steam baths in the city. Turkish Community is very gracious and believes in strong family bonds. Among the community Turkish language is commonly spoken with a Turkish Cypriot dialect, but many in the community are constrained by the English language. There are few Turkish schools where the young Turks are encouraged to attend so that they can learn about their culture, food and art.


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The London-Pakistanis are emigrants from Pakistan who settled in London in the 1960s. They are a diverse mix of Sindhis, Balochis, Pashtuns and Punjabis. They form about 2.7 % of London’s population. The Pakistani community are mostly self-employed with businesses in grocery and retail stores. Newham, Waltham Forest, Ealing, Brent, Harrow, Croydon, Hounslow, and Redbridge are the regions with significant Pakistani populations. There are many popular Pakistani restaurants and food stalls in the city known to serve delicious food. More than 20000 British Pakistanis commute to Birmingham to celebrate Pakistani culture, food and art at the Birmingham Annual Eid Mela.


British – British-Bangladeshis are popularly known as Bengalis/ British Bengalis. Many Bangladeshis migrated during the 1970s. The majority of them have settled around the East London Boroughs. They are one of the Country’s fastest and youngest-growing populations. But along with it, there are issues like high rates of unemployment, overcrowding, and health problems. The relative poverty rate is quite high among British Bangladeshis. 65% of them are living in low-income households. Apart from the Bangladeshi demographics, there are many events celebrated by the community annually like Boishakhi Mela (Bengali New Year) to keep their culture alive and bring the community closer. British Bangladeshis are mostly in the restaurant industry. 95% of all Indian restaurants are run by Bangladeshis. Brick Lane in East London is famous for curry houses. There is a thriving local street market in Whitechapel offering many low-priced goods for the local Bengali community.

There are many other nationalities like the British – Africans, Chinese, Koreans, Japanese, Australians, Germans and the French who have made London their home. It’s certainly overwhelming to see so many cultures thriving and coming together in the beautiful city of London which has been welcoming immigrants since time immemorial. London is an international city and the best place to live in.

London’s 10 Best Vegan Restaurants


Veganism is compassionate living and giving up on dairy, meat and other products derived from animals. There has been a rise of 360% in the number of vegans in the United Kingdom, over the past decade. Many Londoners are going vegan, being vegan is a new punk. According to the UN, there are three main factors: the environment, health and concerns about animal welfare that has led to many Londoners adopting the vegan lifestyle. Campaigns and festivals like Veganuary and Vevolution have been started to make non-vegans aware of the benefits of being a vegan.

When it comes to eating Vegan-only food in London, fret not, this amazing city is a host to many vegan-only and vegan-friendly restaurants. With People moving from Steak to Seitan and many fancy vegan restaurants coming up in the city, London is an exciting place to live in 2017. Check out our list of the 10 best Vegan Restaurants in London. We have picked up the restaurants considering global Cuisine.

Tofu Tacos
Tofu Tacos Image Source: Flickr

1. 222 Veggie Vegan

222 veggie vegan is a Low-Fat, Low-salt, Non-GM and Organic 100 % Vegan restaurant, also their website says they never deep-fry or microwave. Lunch is served as a buffet and dinner is A la Carte. Dishes range from organic tofu burgers served with oven-baked chips and homemade ketchup, raw asparagus spears, and stroganoff to desserts like tofu cheesecakes, vegan ice cream and raw chocolate tortes.

Where: 222 North End Road, West Kensington London W14 9NU

Tofu Vegan Burger at Mildreds, 45 Lexington St, Carnaby, London
Tofu Vegan Burger at Mildreds, 45 Lexington St, Carnaby, London Image Source: Mildred

2. Mildreds

Mildred is a very popular vegetarian restaurant. The atmosphere is lively and informal. It has got three branches across the city Soho, Camden and Kings Cross. It’s often crowded at the peak hours and also they have a no booking policy, so arrive early, you may grab a few drinks at the bar when there is a queue. You may reserve a private dining room for around 10-15 guests. Vegan dishes are marked with signs. Veggie burgers, salads, stir-fries and vegan desserts are worth trying.

Where: 45 Lexington Street, Soho London WLF 9AN

Tofu Cheesecake with blackcurrants at Mildreds, 45 Lexington St, Carnaby, London
Tofu Cheesecake with blackcurrants at Mildreds, 45 Lexington St, Carnaby, London

3. Vantra Vitao

This bustling buffet restaurant in Oxford Street serves food and drinks that are vegan, gluten-free and free from refined sugar. It’s almost next to Tottenham Court Road tube station. There is a separate raw menu and a juice bar. There’s an appealing range of dairy-free desserts one of them being very interesting and refreshing, cheesecake made from coconut oil, mango and macadamia nuts. Do try their zesty salads, soups and stews. Go visit this restaurant to experience healthy and organic vegan food.

Where: 25-27 Oxford Street, London W1D 2DW

4. Amico Bio

This one is a vegetarian, Italian restaurant on the new Oxford Street. Amico Bio offers classic and gluten-free Italian dishes. Head Chef and owner Pasquale Amico sources many of the ingredients from his family’s farm in Capua, Italy. There’s another branch of this restaurant in Barbican.

Where: 43 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BH

Ten Don at Itadaki zen, 139 King's cross Road London
Ten Don at Itadaki zen, 139 King’s cross Road London Image Source: Itadaki Zen

5. Itadaki Zen

A Japanese Vegan Restaurant Yes it is one of a kind in the entire of Europe. Dishes made out of Tofu, Noodles and Seaweed are very impressive. Try out their Sasou tea made from bamboo leaf and buckwheat (soothing for a weak stomach) pumpkin cake with tofu cream. It’s a little on the pricey side. Students can avail of a discount of 10%. Itadaki Zen is London’s First and only vegan Japanese restaurant.

Where: 139 Kings Cross Road, London WC1X 9BJ

6. Fed By Water

Fed by Water is a 100% authentic and plant-based Italian cuisine in the heart of Dalston. They promote a Mediterranean vegan lifestyle. They use pure filtered water for the preparations. It’s London’s first and only vegan pizza restaurant. The vegan menu boasts options ranging from pizzas and pasta to salads and soups, homemade cashew mozzarella-style cheese, gluten-free pasta, soy ham, and soy sausage to name a few. The menu is extensive. Highly recommended.

Where: Unit 1B, Dalston Cross Shopping Centre 64, Kingsland High Street, London E8 2LX

7. Vanilla Black

This one is Michelin recommended. Non-meat cuisine is done by experimenting with original flavours and modern techniques. Delicious gourmet vegetarian food is served in the art-deco-inspired dining room. Book in advance. You may have to call in advance to let them know you are vegan.

Where: 17-18 Tooks Court, London EC4A 1LB

8. Redemption

Redemption is an alcohol-free restaurant. They have a health-centric menu. They have an amazing range of mocktails like Apple Mock-Jito and Lettuce Spray. They also serve Non- alcoholic beer. The food here is very authentic and stands out. Do not forget to relish beetroot and barley Risotto when at Redemption, Notting Hill. There’s one more sister restaurant in Old Street London.

Where: 6 Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London W2 5BH

9. Wild Food Cafe

It’s a veggie cafe with airy interiors. With their ever-changing seasonal menu, they have an array of ingredients handpicked from small organic farmers and local suppliers. The Cafe owner believes in retaining the natural goodness of the ingredients used for creating dishes. They do not use over-processed foods such as wheat, peanuts and soy.

Where: 1st Floor, Neal’s yard, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9DP

Tibits, Heddon St, Mayfair, London
Tibits, Heddon St, Mayfair, London Image Source: Tidbits

10. Tibits

Tibits is a stylish self-service diner. The restaurant is owned by three Swiss brothers, the Frei Brothers. Their website says Tibits is all about- fresh, delicious and easygoing. The food here is 80% vegan every other day, except for Tuesdays when it is 100% Vegan. All the items are labelled to indicate if Vegan. You pay here according to the weight of your plate, so you can take as much or as little as you want. There is a large seating area downstairs. Great decor and Worth visiting!

Where:12-14 Heddon Street, Mayfair London, W1B 4DA

Many other restaurants serve good vegan food like Pharmacy, Yorica, Black Cat, The Gate, Ethos etc., but we have chosen the restaurants as on their ratings and popularity. (Our version of the best) With our list of the best, it’s very easy to be a vegan in London So, Go explore!

(All the images have been sourced from under the creative commons license)

Check out our restaurants and pubs section for you to plan your breakfast, lunch, and dinner for any occasion.

Top 10 Things to do in Winter/Christmas in London 2016


It’s the most beautiful and magical time of the year, winter has already set in and people are gearing up for Christmas celebrations. Here in this article, we have covered the Top 10 Things to do in Winter/Christmas in London in 2016. The city is magnificently decked out for Christmas and other winter events. London is the place to be to check out the spectacular Christmas lights. All the famous streets of London are transformed into a winter wonderland over the festive period.

There are many events lined up as the city has geared up for the colder weather. So if you want to spend your winter and Christmas time in London, we provide you with a helpful guide to some of the best events and places to go. Here is our list of the top 10 things to do in winter in London.

1. Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park hosts a massive winter event like every year. This is the 10th year in 2016. Visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park to experience the best Christmas Spirit in London. This one is on most people?s winter hit lists. This year Winter Wonderland runs from November 18 2016 – until January 2 2017. Entry to Winter Wonderland is free, however, Tickets for Ice Skating, The Giant Wheel, Magical Ice Kingdom and other shows could be booked in advance. Activities like Ice Skating, a Ferris wheel, a Fairground ride, and stalls and stands brimming with sweets and toys make Winter Wonderland a real treat for kids.

Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park
Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park

Source: Flickr Winter Wonderland- Hyde Park

2. Go Christmas Shopping

Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time to shop for yourself and your loved ones. Whether you plan to shop early or like to make it till the last minute you’ll find everything you need in these stores. If you are looking for original and interesting gifting ideas pretty baubles and spectacular decorations then shop till you drop at the very famous Harrods (For Decadent Decoration), Selfridges (for Stylish stocking fillers), Fortnum & Mason (for luxury food hampers), The Conran Shop( for designer home trimmings). Also, do not forget to visit London’s Christmas market and fairs. A few of the best annual Christmas markets are at The Leicester Square, the South Bank Centre Christmas Market, and The Swedish Church Christmas Fair.

Christmas Shopping at Harrods
Christmas Shopping at Harrods

Source: Flickr Christmas Shopping at Harrods

3. Trafalgar Square’s Christmas tree

This 20 Metres high tree is stunningly decorated every year at the very famous Trafalgar Square. Norway gifted it to London in 1947, and ever since then this place majorly attracted tourists. The glistening Christmas tree gifted every year by Oslo, Norway is a focal point of Christmas in London. Carol Services are held throughout the month around the tree, go check out this beautiful place on one of your beautiful winter evenings in London.

Trafalgar Square, London
Trafalgar Square, London

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4. Ice Skating

A trip to an Ice rink is a must-do for every Londoner and tourist during winter. Pretty Christmas trees and lights set to the backdrop make it quite a view. So head on and twirl around with your pair of skates at some of the best Ice skating rinks in London.

Locations: Broad Gate Ice Rink, Canary Wharf Ice Rink, Somerset House Ice Rink (18th Century Courtyard Ice Rink) Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, and Hyde Park- Winter Wonderland.

Ice Skating Rink at Somerset House
Ice Skating Rink at Somerset House

Source: Flickr Ice Skating Rink at Somerset House

5. London Illustration Fair

This year, 2016, marks the fourth anniversary of this fair. It? is a three-day illustration extravaganza. Over 65 designers, illustrators and publishers will showcase their work/art. The fair also will host a programme of workshops, talks, Live DJs and a Bar.

Dates: From 1 December 2016 to 4th December 2016.

Address: Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, Barge House Street, London, SE1 9PH.

6. The Chocolate Festival

You simply cannot miss this event; as it’s a delight for chocolate lovers. This event hosts an array of chocolatiers and artisan delights, demonstrations, tastings and conversations, also there will be a Choco/ Cocoa Spa where the guests can try some cocoa beauty treatments, a health zone where guests will be provided information about the health benefits of chocolate. You also can pick up goodies for Christmas from their Chocolate market. So you know where to go if you are a Chocoholic.

Dates: From 1 December 2016 to 4 December 2016.

Address: Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, London, N10QH.

7. Dazzling London Christmas Lights

The Capital’s streets are beautifully lit every year. Christmas lights shimmer in the skies. Plan an evening to gaze upon the glittering London streets. You can spend your evenings just strolling around and watching the lights glitter. Visit these twinkling streets of Oxford, Carnaby, Covent Garden Illuminations, Bond Street, Regent Street, Duke of York Square, and South Bank.

Regents Street decorated during Christmas, London
Regents Street decorated during Christmas, London

Source?: Flickr Regent Street, London

8. Geffrye Museum:

This is a great place to discover and learn how X-Mas was celebrated in English middle-class homes in the past like around 400 years ago. The living room is authentically decorated. The rooms of the museum are transformed for Christmas using lighting, greenery, and music. Discover the origins and meaning of Christmas traditions such as sending cards, tree decorating, hanging stockings, and Christmas lunch to name a few. You may also pick up gifts and decorations for Christmas at the Museum shop.

Address: 136, Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2 8EA

9. Go on a Haunted Pub Tour

This one sounds a little weird to be mentioned in this list since Halloween is over and we are talking about the haunted tour again, but yes, why not do something different and spooky this winter? Go along with a group of friends to explore all the ghostly things. This tour is conducted by London Walking Tours and it includes a visit to three haunted historic pubs, which are kind of dark and Quirky. The tour happens only on selected Wednesdays at 7 pm.

Starting Point: Temple Station (watch out for boards and balloons)

Finishing Point: Fleet Street.

10. Christmas at Kew

This famous Royal Botanical Garden is lit up with more than 60,000 lights. Get your family and friends along and follow the long illuminated trail around the gardens. Sing along to the classic Christmas Tunes with Karaoke, admire the crystal flowers and colour-changing reed, enjoy a ride on the Victorian Carousel, and Pass through the shimmering tunnel of dancing lights, also delicious Christmas treats and warming winter drinks could be enjoyed which will lift your festive spirit.

Dates: From 23 November 2016 to 2 January 2017. Between 5 pm to 10 Pm.

Address: Kew, Richmond, TW9 3 AB.

In case you have missed visiting Kew Gardens during Christmas you can always visit Kew 365 days a year. Check out our Kew with us


And lastly, If you wish to witness the spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks, at the London Eye, then book your tickets in advance to secure your spot.

Eat and Drink merry and catch the best of London this winter with our list of best events.

Things to do on Halloween 2016 In London


Halloween, also known as All Hallows (Saints) Eve is celebrated to remember the dead and all the faithful departed. Halloween has snuck up on us again and it’s going to be downright gruesome. Halloween falls on October 31 2016 this year. Get tricked or treated on and around London’s Best events and parties. The city is bursting with plethora of events for everybody from kids to adults. Witch Hunting, creepy Pumpkin carving and making Jack-o-lanterns out of it, costume parties, visiting haunted attractions, Watching horror films, movie marathons, Zombie walk, visiting Night Museums, Playing pranks, Readings of Ghost stories/storytelling at midnight in the scariest cemeteries. The Londoners and tourists can witness these absolutely bone chilling activities this Halloween in London. Dig into our ultimate guide for celebrating Halloween in London.

Things to Do/Events/Parties Halloween London 2016


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1.Charles Dickens Museum:

Celebrate your Halloween weekend with Dickens’s 3 most horrifying ghost stories. Charles Dickens wrote world’s best loved ghost stories. The. Spend your Halloween at this Museum with spookiest stories.The Signal-man, The Ghost in the Bride’s Chamber and Captain Murderer. Readings by Dominic Gerrard. Ticket: 12 (Inclusive of Museum Entrance), Sunday 30th October, Charles Dickens Museum, 48 Doughty St, Holborn London WC1N 2LX


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2.Medieval Banquet London:

Wear your spookiest costume and head on to experience some 500 year old scary stories, unlimited wine and beer, a four-course medieval style banquet and dinner show with Knights, Minstrels and Magicians. Get Haunted at the Medieval Banquet. Resurrecting King Henry VIII at this medieval banquet Halloween bash ,experience the medieval era of Witches and Knights.Ticket: From 25 on wards, From 26th October to 30th October, Medieval Banquet, Ivory House, St. Katherine’s Dock, London, E1W 1BP



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3.Horror Movies at the Rivoli Ballroom:

The Rivoli ballroom is the only 1950’s intact ballroom remaining in London. This year Crofton Park Pictures will host cinema nights (for two nights) at the Rivoli Ballroom. On October 27th: audiences will be treated to Jamie Lee Curtis starrer Halloween (1978) and on October 28th: Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. Two Bar Counters will be open. They will be serving Booze, Popcorn, Hot dogs and Ice cream. Do not walk in alone!Ticket: 12, 27th October Thursday – 28th October Friday, 350 Brockley Rd, Lewisham, London SE4 2BY



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4. Abney Park- Fear in the Dark:

An evening of thrilling tales, suitable for over 18 age only. A storytelling event in the cemetery that’ll give you nightmares. Some performances happen in total darkness.Its Surely not for the faint hearted. The stories are inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Pie, HP Lovecraft and MR James. Ticket: From 12th Wednesday 26th October Monday 31st October, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High St. London N16 0LN.


5.Sky Garden:

Party all night at this Halloween till 3 am, at the walkie talkie, Level 35 (155 meters up with amazing view of the city). Don your spookiest fancy dress and celebrate your night. You’ll get to experience the live soul. Tickets range from all-night access to VIP table bookings. Delicious food and Wine and spirits will be available throughout the evening; their website says it’s going to be a Spooktacular event.

Ticket: $40 per person to $95 per person, Saturday October 29th,

Address: Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London EC3M 3BY


6.The Garage

Stranger Things themed Halloween: This one is fast selling out across the UK. Dedicated to the popular Sci-Fi Netflix show The Stranger Things this year. This event is the most sorted out for. October 30th has already sold out; you can grab your tickets quickly for the 31st Monday Night. 30th October-31st October,

Address: 20-22, Highbury Corner, London N5 1RD


Interesting Halloween Events for Kids:


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  1. Brixton Windmill:

Brixton Windmill is 200 years old ! its also known as Ashby’s Mill. Its friendly-family event, activities like storytelling, scary face painting, Creepy Pumpkin carving take place within the windmill. Kids are surely going to have fun here. 30th October Sunday, Windmill Gardens, West end Of Blenheim Gardens, London SW2 5EU


2. Horniman Museum:

Dress up in the spookiest outfits and get going to Horniman Halloween Fair for a fun-filled day of activities and games. Kids can take part in animal handling, there’s a lot to explore in this Halloween market, and you also get delicious food and drinks from a variety of stalls. Ticket: £3, free for kids under 3.Saturday 29th October, Sunday 30th October, 100 London Road, London SE23 3PQ Website:

3.Education Center, Hyde Park:

Creating magical potions using herbs and plants from the garden, Hair- raising nature trail, discovering fascinating facts, Bat-mask making, building a bat box to take home. (15, limited availability).Free Entry. Wednesday 26th October,

Address: Knightsbridge, London W2 2UH


4. Kidzania Theme Park:

Kids at Kidzania can take on real-life role play activities and career paths. Kidzania is a huge success in other countries around the world. This Year at Kidzania there is a tricky treasure trail, Ghost tours, face-painting and various activities are going to be held for kids.Activities available from 15th October to 30th October, Ticket: $ 10- $ 28,

Address: Westfield London, Ariel Way, London W12 7GA


5. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo:

Enjoy the spectacular range of Halloween themed activities like animal handling, hand on craft and art.Carving the Pumpkins, Making mysterious masks, the kids can also dress up as their favourite Halloween character at the Zoo’s Ghoul school. Ticket: Free, Until Monday 31st October,

Address: Dunstable, London LU6 2LF.


So head on to one of the spookiest events of your choice, given above to get tricked or treated this Halloween in London.



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Best Indian Restaurants In London 2016




Best Indian Restaurants In London

London is one of the most visited and iconic cities in the world. London has a lot to offer everyone from history and culture to good music and extraordinary cuisines. The city is deeply multicultural and diverse. So many cultures have infused it, that one can sense the culinary aromas around the streets of London. The Cuisines that you get to eat in London, like the Italian, Mexican, Indian, French, etcetera, are simply impeccable. Indian food is the most loved food in the UK Capital. We all know Britain’s love for Indian Spices and Curries. The first-ever curry house in London was opened in 1809. It was called The Hindoostane Coffee House. The people in Britain knew nothing about Indian Cuisine beyond curry. The Indian Cuisine was only restricted to curries in the beginning, but the field widened with new restaurants that came up post 80’s, the British were introduced to a more intricate Indian Cuisine with the introduction of regional delicacies and gradually got the taste of Indo-British fusion food.

Indian Restaurants in London are no more confined to the ubiquitous curries of Brick lane. They have come a long way, some of the Top Chefs and Restaurateurs have Michelined their names among the Top Fine-Dines in the city. No one does the best Indian Food in the west the way London does it. It’s particularly very tricky to pick the Best Indian Restaurants, as many of them are at par. Keeping in mind the taste and popularity here are a list of the Best Indian Restaurants in London.


Benares is an upscale and exclusive Michelin Starred restaurant in the Mayfair area of central London, owned and managed by Chef Atul Kochhar. He is the first Indian Chef to be awarded the highly coveted Michelin Star (Twice). The Interiors are nicely done; the food is exquisite and really unique. Benares is quite expensive, but a favourite among food lovers. Benares is all about modern Indian cuisine with a contemporary British twist. It has been rightly raising the culinary bar to extraordinary heights. Check their website to get a 360-degree view of their restaurant.

Where: 12 A, Berkeley Square House, London, W1J 6BS


If you have a penchant for fine dining then Amaya is the place to be. With Stunning interiors, an open grill kitchen and sophisticated grilled Indian cuisine, Amaya, is one of the best Indian Restaurants in London. Their menu is not fixed as it keeps on changing with the Chef’s Innovations. Amaya serves Indian food with an Oriental or Pan-Asian twist, thus making it very unique.

Where: Halkin Arcade, Motcomb Street, London, SW1 8JT



Dishoom (Various Locations)

Dishoom is an ode to Bombay’s fading elegance of Irani Cafes. It’s a bustling restaurant with vintage decor, its interiors are very similar to the Bombay cafes- the bentwood chairs, sepia portraits, a big clock- resembling the one that is on the tower of Chattrapati Shivaji Terminus. (CST station, Bombay). With a unique name and sumptuous food menu, Dishoom has grown very popular in London. It has four branches at Kings Cross, Shoreditch, Covent Garden, and Carnaby. You may visit Dishoom any time of the day either for Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks or Dinner. Bun Maska, Chaijito, Bhelpuri, Pau Bhaji, deep flavoured House black daal, Lamb Raan Bun, Bacon & Egg Naan Roll and Keema Per Eedu, are signatures worth trying, when at Dishoom.

Where: 7 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London, E27 JE


Source: The very famous and Delicious Keema Pau at Dishoom, London
gymkhana london
Gymkhana London


Gymkhana is a restaurant designed with the Indian clubs/Gymkhanas concept, with British- Raj Colonial-style interiors. It’s a Michelin Starred since 2014 Restaurant that serves classic and contemporary Indian cuisine. The food is cooked using Tandoor and Sigri charcoal grill. The food here is rightly spiced and also reasonably priced. The restaurant is very nicely designed. Throughout the restaurant, the interiors are elevated by an array of original Gymkhana features including hunting trophies from the Maharaja of Jodhpur and Grandmother Sethi’s barometer.

Where: 42 Albemarle Street, London, W1S 4JH





If you would like to experience royal cuisine and something that is a fusion of two traditional cooking techniques, then Zaika in Kensington is the place you should head to. Zaika offers Awadhi style cuisine; they use Mughlai and Nawabi cooking techniques. Zaika has a majestic dining room overlooking Hyde Park. Great value for money and also it’s a sister concern restaurant of Michelin Starred Restaurant Tamarind which also makes it to this list.

Where: 1 Kensington High Street, London, W8 5NP

The Cinnamon Club

Cinnamon Club is set in grade II old Victorian Westminster library; it serves Indo-British fusion cuisine. The Cinnamon Club is a fine-Dining Indian Restaurant. The food is intricately spiced with high-quality ingredients. The updated food menu by head Chef Rakesh Nair, the subtle way of food presentation/plating and the terrific wine list, truly make it an epicurean experience. Chef Vivek Singh is the Executive Chef and CEO of the restaurant. He owns two other restaurants under the name Cinnamon Kitchen and Cinnamon Soho. (Carnaby).

Where: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32, Great Smith Street, London, SW1P 3BU



Tamarind opened its doors first in 1995, as the first Indian fine-dining Restaurant in London. It is also the first Indian Restaurant in the world to win a Michelin Star in 2001. Tamarind serves traditional North Indian Cuisine. It is as welcoming as ever with refined interiors, service and carefully spiced food. The prices are quite high as most of the other Michelin restaurants.

Where: 20, Queen Street, London, W1J 5PR

Chutney Mary

Chutney Mary was established in 1990 in Chelsea by the Panjabi sisters Namita and Camellia Panjabi; they have added a contemporary touch to the unique and exceptional Indian recipes. They relocated to St. James Street in 2015. The restaurant is glamorously decked and the stylish Pukka Bar the restaurant offers all-day dining from a lighter menu. Dining here is expensive, but the food is delicious, you get to choose from a la carte or a tasting menu inclusive of seafood, game and meat to a host of scrumptious vegetarian dishes.

Where: 73 St. James Street, London, SW1A 1PH


Quilon was established in 1999 and is popular with Lords, Ladies and Ministers of Parliament. Quilon is another Michelin starred restaurant specialising in South-West Coastal Indian Cuisine. Quilon offers progressive delicacies. Seafood is the main peculiarity, dishes like Goan fish curry with appams, baked black cod are popular with sea-food lovers and then they also serve meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant also offers a private dining area where you can watch the Chef create your favourite savouries- Indeed a unique culinary experience.

Where: 41 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF


Masala Zone (Various Locations)

Another chain of restaurants owned by the Panjabi sisters, the Masala zone is not just another curry house. All the Masala Zone branches are visually unique with interesting art and decor. Masala zone’s menu has an array of street food starters or Grazing as they have named it, and then they have the Thalis (A large platter with several bowls of different food). Indian street foods like Gol Gappas, Dahi Puri and Pav Bhaji are very tasty and reasonably priced.

Where: Masala Zone Soho, 9 Marshall Street, London, W1F 7ER,

Other Outlets are at Fulham Road, Earls Court Road, Covent Garden, Islington, Bayswater and Camden town.

These were the round-up of the best Indian Restaurants in London. We are sure these restaurants will definitely make it to your bucket list. To check out the mouth-watering food tours in London click here: Food Tours