Having been located in London for the better part of ten years, the staff here at Unique Languages have an excellent knowledge of the greatest city in the world. It is a cosmopolitan city packed with great museums and galleries, fine restaurants representing every cuisine, superb sports stadia and entertaining pubs. It is a city of eight million inhabitants,, with approximately 50% or so having been born outside the United Kingdom. If you look across the city, you will find that some of these inhabitants focus on particular areas, which is great for language students as they can try out their new linguistic skills in these districts. In this blog post, we look at some of the areas of London where a foreign language is spoken widely.
Elephant and Castle (Latin America)
This is the unofficial Latin American capital of the UK. It is not the prettiest part of London, but it does have the excellent Imperial War Museum as well as a great university. Walk around and you will be able to hear Bolivian, Colombian, Ecuadorian and Brazilian voices to name a few. There are many shops and restaraunts catering to the various nationalities located around here too.
Stockwell (Little Portugal)
This is in the next borough to Elephant and Castle, with an estimated 27,000 Portuguese nationals living around here, as well as a small pocket of Brazilians. If you walk along the South Lambeth Road, you will find tons of Portuguese restaurants, cafes and bakeries. It is a great place to practise any Portuguese you have picked up.
Southall (South Asian)
If you arrive by train into Southall, you might be forgiven for thinking that you have actually left the UK. The sign on the railway station is in Punjabi and English. This is the area affectionately known as "Little India" and is one of two places in London where you know that you can have great Indian food (the other being Tooting - definitely not Brick Lane).
New Malden (Koreatown)
Unique Languages is on the doorstep of this town (which admittedly is not quite in London) and our staff never miss an opportunity to head down there for some delicious bibimbap or kimuchi. The high street has a great many Korean restaurants and at least one excellent bar with karaoke as well as a plethora of Korean-owned stores. If you are learning Korean, this is the place to be.
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by English Language Trainer