7 Different Communities in London | Multicultural London | With Tom EatSleepDreamEnglish

7 Different Communities in London | Multicultural London | With Tom EatSleepDreamEnglish

Hi I’m Joel and I’m Lia and I’m Tom and
this video is all about different communities in London so we get a lot of
comments from you lot asking about what are the different communities in London lots
of you are looking to move to London and while it’s important to integrate into
the culture here in the UK I think it’s also really important to have a
community that you belong to because London can be a really lonely place to
live so London is like a super multicultural City so there are so many
communities right around in London ok who wants to talk about the first community in London? okay I want to go with the first one
because I find this one the most fascinating okay and that’s the Korean
community ah amazing I only just really explored or found out about the
Korean community and it’s based in a little kind of area just almost on the
outskirts of South West London in New Malden and it’s like little Korea and
it’s like allegedly it’s 20,000 Koreans that live there
and it’s this whole community where there’s Korean signage shops it’s just it’s
amazing yeah that’s so awesome yeah I used live in Raynes Park which is just one stop
away from New Malden so I walk there occasionally um it’s just full of
Koreans so is there a Korean supermarket yeah that’s so good yeah so I led you the reason I researched the reason that you know the original Korean embassy was based in New Malden which is why a lot of people kind of went there in the seventies and eighties yeah because it is
an odd place – yeah yes it’s a really random place why would you ever go to New Malden? and most embassies are usually in very flashy areas and New Malden is just not flashy but I think it’s moved now into central London and then allegedly the the Samsung
headquarters of Europe yeah was originally based there as well so I mean
two great reasons if you’re Korean I really wanna go there allegedly there’s an
amazing that Korean fried chicken and beer place so fried chicken and beer? I mean if you’re not busy is that Korean? it sounds American it’s like Korean fried chicken and Korean beer oh yeah is there an American community in London? because I worked with students from NYU
but I didn’t know if I was just sort of in this spot where I was like oh there’s loads of Americans here whether there’s actually a hub for Americans in London I
don’t think there is and I think that’s because they speak English you find it easier to
integrate with British people whereas I think one of the big reasons for people
sticking with communities from the country that they’re from is the
language that’s a huge part of why yeah there was an American School in St John’s Wood so I think whether you’ve got like schools and institution that people kind
of congregate and I know that there’s like an American football teams based around
there as well so maybe there was or is and same with churches like there seems to
be lots of Greek Orthodox churches up in North London and that’s where a lot of
my family live that a Greek it tends to be where there’s already stuff to
do with that culture or that language or community but I actually went to a
meetup for Greeks it was called London Greek artists okay and I actually really
didn’t have a great time unfortunately I was the only sort of English born Greek
there and I felt not Greek enough to be there I guess that’s also the generational thing like if you are a few generations in yeah you’re the second or
third generation you feel like a local Londoner you don’t feel so Greek so it’s, how does your identity form within you? like it you do you feel Greek or do you feel
London? it’s really hard because like with my Greek family they would be like no she’s English but like with my English friends I like to think oh I’m the Greek one but i’m so not so it’s really hard identity problem around where I live yeah there’s a lot of like Greek Cypriot businesses
so the hairdresser I go is such a great barber I love going in there and hearing
like London Greek Radio all that kind of stuff the fish-and-chip shop is owned by Greek
people yeah but they tend to be from like my camden up yeah you’ll find Greeks yeah will will find them you can’t get rid of them i’m with one where I used to live in Clerkenwell was a huge
Italian community I think it used to be a lot more Italian back in the day yeah
it used to be known as like Little Italy but whenever I’d walk through Clerkenwell there’s like a massive Italian church there called St Peters and next to
it that’s like a Italian delicatessen and like whatever the Italian version is shops and everything and it’s just really lovely I remember on I want to
say Sunday because it was the church finishing but it might not have been Sunday but
anyway um all the Italians sort of being pushed out onto the street as
they’re leaving church and like it just looked like a really lovely community of
everyone just chatting Italian and like going to the shop and the cafe afterwards that’s just it’s just really nice if you did you really wanna be Italian yeah I did and I’m not sure what my heritage is it it could actually be Italian my family just
aren’t sure because my family from like Romany gypsies which means we could be from
anywhere Going on from that institution so there’s le lissage francais which
is a school in Kensington mmm yeah I’ve heard that there is a big French
committee that’s kind of built up around that school because a lot of the
people that are from France want their kids to go there and to speak
French every day but also kind of live within a bilingual sorry grow up
in a bilingual way and amazingly so there is an MP well so yeah an elected
representative of the French parliament in London so all the French people that
have moved abroad they get to vote for a representative to represent them in the
French parliament or whatever and there’s one based in London so anyone
like a French person who lives in Paris yeah sorry a French person that lives in
London can vote for a representative amazing
that’s a really cool perk of having your community yeah so you can live in
London you can but you can vote yeah have your own little French MP a Frempy a frempy – a French MP one of my
favourite things in London is the way you could kind of you can get on the bus and
you can go through loads of different communities so and there’s a bus called the 253 and you can get on at Euston and it goes to packing centering
it goes through some amazing communities I can go through Camden in this but it’s
like hipsters and what sort of rockers and stuff and then you go through
Holloway and then it goes on and then you get to Stamford Hill and Stanford
Hill is the most amazing place with a hasidic Jewish community yeah where
everyone is traditionally dressed it just feels like a totally different world yes
I went up there for a job and I had to sort of like do a double-take and it’s
really stark like you you’re going down one road and then suddenly you turn and you’re
like wow I’m in a totally different London this is yeah you know it’s kind
of like the traditional word of ghetto meaning like a separated community right yeah it’s really only people from that community yeah it’s amazing and it’s
amazing that until this point still it’s really strong since things get diluted so
early and like people often get priced out of areas and you hear of them not
being able to sort of stay near what they want to be near yeah but there’s
also a really huge sort of Caribbean influence going on in Brixton you know when you get out at Brixton and you’ve got so much sort of like Jamaican Caribbean
yeah vibes even just like the music that’s playing when you come out of
the station it’s electric it’s so cool yeah like we we’re saying pockets of London with these communities really exciting and definitely worth exploring when
you’re here yeah with that Caribbean culture is it’s the one I think about
most when I think about like a multicultural London I think about like
yeah Brixton and that kind of area of multicultural sort of Caribbean and then
also at Notting Hill I mean the Notting HIll carnival yeah there
isn’t a bigger representation of like multicultural London yeah it’s amazing
yeah if you guys do you ever go ? yes sometimes it can be like chaos it can also be really fun
yeah yeah yeah it’s not my sort of thing crowds but I like watching like videos and on telly
I like watching the recap of it oh that looks nice again Notting Hill that was a
very traditional Caribbean community that has development we see now it’s changed
it’s become very people even priced out so yeah I think
these communities are being pushed further and further out because I know
that I watched a documentary about cockneys who are like people that are
born in London who usually were in East London but now they’re being priced out
and pushed futher out so now you don’t really find that many cockneys in London
they’ve sort of moved over to Essex and they sort of reside over there now and then that’s changing their accent and their identity and then so they’re just sort
of fading out so it is sad about gentrification but yeah but then it’s kind of just evolving things so
like let’s say Brick Lane for example which is now a largely Bangladeshi area
with also hipsters as well yeah but that was traditionally a Jewish area so
a lot of the Jewish early settlers then left there and went off to Stanford Hill
and Golders Green and then the Bangladeshi community moved in so yeah these areas
just evolve no one really owns that area it’s just like on Brick Lane you’ve also got got signs written in Bengali so
it’s like you’ve got little Bangla town on Brick Lane and loads and loads and
loads of restaurants which is like it is literally like five steps later and
you’re in a different place yeah it’s mental amazing it’s amazing photo if you took
capture like Brick Lane and then the translation in Bengali yeah that’s what I think is
really nice though Brick Lane is that you’ve got all those cultures in one
place whereas I’m not a fan necessarily of communities that are purely one
section of society even if it’s just cockney or whatever it is I like when
people sort of integrate the cultures all together I think there’s a lot of
yeah a lot of integration yeah it’s one of the great things is
yeah do have that fluid movement of people yeah in fact if you’re into sort of food who isn’t there’s
an amazing market on a Saturday and Sunday and it’s on Brick Lane and it’s
got everything’s got like Malaysian food and and like just every sort of like
Caribbean food every sort of genre of food all under one sort of Street Market
it’s really nice try the Malaysian pancakes I’ve not been to Malaysia but I
know what they taste like and on that note guys I think we’ll
leave it there because you’ve already got so much on London communities this
is gonna be in part one we think yeah yeah, there could a part two I suspect yea if you’re up for it? definitely I love talking about London excellent and don’t forget to let us know down in
the comments what community you’re from and if you’ve experienced that coming to
London we’d love to hear your thoughts we also found a video over on Tom’s
channel that’s right yeah we looked at London accents right so the different
variations and these guys are amazing accents as you know so so yeah check
that out guys if you’re not already subscribed make sure you do that and
we’ll see you next time! Bye

100 thoughts on “7 Different Communities in London | Multicultural London | With Tom EatSleepDreamEnglish

  • Lia, your expressions are the cutest! Tom has a neat sound to his voice, its not a whistle but a really unique sound. Love it. I love your videos, just like I saw every time I comment…

  • is there a full american community where we can sit in the back of our trucks listening to johnny cash while sipping jack daniels and shooting cans?

  • Interesting description of the modern London made by younger generations.
    In the end the whole world is getting a big melting pot city and the "western" part is just like that already.
    For these reason IMHO "western" people should get complete freedom of movement through all the "western" world.

  • Love your videos guys! I don't live in London, but when I came to visit in December for the first time, I was really shocked how diverse and multicultural it was. At first I couldn't wrap my mind around it, I was just wandering there trying to get the full picture of London. And then I stepped into this really nice pub next to St James park and this guy behind the bar who was maybe in his late 20s was casually talking to two old grandpas that were sipping on their beers and the atmosphere was very relaxing and the camambert&beet pie I had there was so freaking delicious I didn't even know it could be so good and I thought this must what London is. And the next day I was having dinner at a Thai place in Shoreditch and it kinda smelled of stinky feet and it was very noisy and the waiter smelled funky but was super friendly and the chicken wings I ordered turned out to be amazing. And later I was in Hyde Park enjoying Winter Wonderland, mulled wine and German bratwurst. And then there were other stuff… But what I realized is that in London you've got tons of options, it's so versatile you can pick anything you like, BUT you gotta be adjustable and make it work out best for you, otherwise London is gonna overwhelm you with everything that's happening there so much, you won't be able to enjoy it at all. I really look forward to going back some time later. <3 from Ukraine.

  • Yeah! Not bad not bad guys. Pretty informative. Thanks!
    What about professions? Who tends to live where?
    It would be interesting to me, and I presume to some other people either.
    Always enjoy your videos! smile!

  • Am Tanzanian planning to move there in few days and am sorry to say I found the video not useful to me,sad!!Wish you could do the same thing even just for Africans,Congratulations by the way,i got something though.

  • In the US, most military communities have small pockets of foreign culture based on places that we military folk get stationed. Cities near Army posts often have Korean communities, sometimes German ones but not as often these days, towns with Air Force often have little Japanese areas, Filipinos in Navy areas, and many other variations. It's interesting because it drives multiculturalism even in modern times. Most US multiculturalism was driven by the industrial revolution in the 19th century but it's very cool that it's still going on if for different reasons. Over the years, I've found that I nearly always have a barber who is Korean because, for whatever reason, they give the best haircuts around.

    The last time I was in London, my wife had to check out handbags at a Boden (she loves their coats and handbags) near the Ealing Common (I think…) station. Anyway, while she was shopping, I walked around and the neighborhood seemed Polish to me. Interesting for sure.

    I think you're right about Americans not feeling the need to be in a certain area necessarily. Being in a place where the language is nearly the same as our own is a huge convenience. We also have so much shared culture that it makes being in the UK very interesting for we Americans. Hard to believe now that we started as adversaries.

    At any rate, different cultures adds color (or colour…ha ha ha!) to our world. Nice video and thanks for sharing!

  • Pretty interesting and cool video! I'm from Peru and I really enjoyed living in London for 6 months! It's been a magical mixture of cultures!

  • London has a very rich diversity, definitely! I'd like to know if there is any brazilian community there… haha
    Luv u guys!

  • Really cool video! I’m French but I’m kind of running away from my community in London 😷 There are so many French here (London would be the 5th biggest city of France, that’s insane 😂). I prefer to discover new cultures, new ways of thinking and to be 100% in English even though I love my country ❤️🇫🇷🇪🇺

  • Joe and Lia I have found out your channel few days ago and I can't keep my eyes off! Amazing how you give us the vibes of living in England. Appreciate this topic very much!

  • WW2 had a lot to do with people moving around and the rebuild of the East end due to it being the most bombed part of London, slum clearance and new housing and estates built on old knocked down streets etc. in the post-war era played a huge part.

  • I would love to know more about Brazilian communities.
    Is there one in London? Are they organized?
    Pleeeease, make a video talking about Brazil culture and how Londoners see it!
    Love your channel and the people you rec with!

  • Finally A Video cuming straight with the fact that England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is not countries/Nations. The UK is.

  • Thanks for making a video on the communities in London, I've been there twice but I haven't had the chance to see them! I wonder if there is a Japanese community?

  • I visited London twice and was astonished to see a large Turkish strip in Haringay between from Wood Green south past Turnpike Lane. Have you found the same as well?

  • You guys can easily increase your number of subscribers ! Just take the help of India… there are more than 300M people out there looking to improve in English.
    Just use some tags in some of your videos so that Indians who search for videos can get your channel quickly… luckily if your channel gets roots .. you'll have 1+M subscribers in no time. Goodluck!👍

  • The Brixton that Brixton is now, isn’t True Brixton… A lot has changed in the last 15 years with a lot of the Caribbean community being prised out of the area. Growing up here has been a learning process. Caribbean shops especially have been scooted off to the back streets, you see barely any Caribbean culture as soon as you come out of Brixton station.

  • Can we remember that the French community in Kensington is an extremely ÉLITE French expat community. It’s literally a recreation of Paris seizième – that part of London even looks identical to 16ème 😂 . You won’t find “ordinary” French people there, only the famous and very wealthy.

  • You forgot the huge Turkish and Kurdish community in North London; Haringey green lanes is the place for lots of restaurants, shops etc.

  • Ahhh yes our multicultural paradise, the acid attack capital of the world.
    You lot have your heads so far up your arses. Champagne socialists.

  • This isn’t a true reflection of today’s london. London is now officially minority white, majority ethnic black and Asian. Your coverage fleetingly mentioned Brixton and brick lane which is not enough to exemplify the real majority black and Asian london communities.

  • The communities you chose are small – there are there more prominent communities. Sounds like you chose to speak about the more appealing/appropriate communities for your international viewers. Disappointing.

  • Tell them about the sulphuric acid attack epidemic in London and the Pakistani grooming gangs molesting young girls all over the UK

  • Garbage, just say it how it is. 3 middle class twats trying to be so politically correct. You have no idea about culture. Learn your history before you spew shit….👎🏾

  • I'm Black British (Congolese descent) from the Congolese community in London in north London, my community is small in comparison to the Caribbean community in London, but yh I was born in London and raised there, in fact, I still live there, I live right in the middle Barbican, Moorgate, Shoreditch, Old Street(I live I right on the tip of Islington basically), north London(especially Islington) is a beautiful little small borough in Inner London. Also, you forgot about the British African Londoners(Nigerians, Ghanaians, Somalis and Congolese, Eritreans and many more. That also live in London.

  • It would be cool if there was an English community in London. I lived there for 8 years, mainly in Bengali Tower Hamles, and it is like some banana republic and gets worse all the time. Wouldn't go back if you gave me a million quid.

  • One thing I would like to clear is that Brick Lane is not a Bangladeshi area. Its basically the Hindu Bengali Community of Calcutta, India. Just letting you know.

  • Sounds familiar … ethnic communities/enclaves are a feature of most major American cities as well … little Italy … Chinatown … Greektown … etc.

  • I've been to London, but when I was there in '86, I didn't know about this subject. However, I know that New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles are like that, as well as many others. I'm by far closest to Chicago, and the whole city is a patchwork of cultures, now including a Hispanic culture near Wrigley (baseball) Field. Please don't think I'm trying to one-up you, but just letting you know that I've experienced that also, and it's quite an experience. The biggest enclave Chicago has is Polish; Chicago is the largest Polish city in the world outside of Poland.

  • No doubt you didn't mention it because you have no personal experience of it but I grew up in Southall, otherwise known as Little India. More specifically, the majority population there is Sikh – Southall has the largest Sikh gurdwara in the world outside India. So it has the only railway station in the UK with Panjabi subtitles. The Panjab (or Punjab) is on the border between India and Pakistan, to give you some geography, and that's where Sikhism started in the 1400s as a rebellion against the caste distinctions of Hinduism. As Guru Nanak said, surely we are all the same under God – why should what family you're born into make any difference? Anyway, visit Southall and you could easily wonder whether you're actually in India.

    So when I was at school I felt I was in an ethnic minority. This was a running joke in the sixth form where as the only white person doing A level sciences, I WAS the ethnic minority all by myself! Apart from the teacher. There would be school assemblies to reflect the different religions in the school and of course Guru Nanak's birthday would be a special one. Yeah, school assembly by law has to be "of a broadly Christian character" but once a year isn't going to get the school in trouble.

    It all added to my religious education. Sikhism is quite a nice religion – worship God, be nice to people, and that's about it. There are the "five k's" for men to wear which faithful baptised Sikhs will want to keep to, but I'm still not sure if they're actually compulsory. One of those is a dagger and the British government worked out a way of legalising that.

    Another one is uncut hair (a Sikh man undressed looks like a long-haired hippie) and thus the turban evolved as a way of keeping it bundled up and tidy. So go to Southall and you'll see a lot of bearded men in turbans. Again to accommodate Sikhs, British law has a special exemption for men wearing turbans not to wear helmets on motorbikes (my own MP in the 1970s got that one through as a Private Member's Bill) and from wearing hard hats on building sites. There was never any fuss – Sikhs don't want to make a fuss, just campaign for it nicely and they got what they wanted. Maybe there aren't actually many Sikhs who WANT to ride motorbikes but it was a bigger issue than that – what if Parliament had said no? It would have looked like a rejection of them being here. I remember what a big thing it was in the local newspaper.

    The thing that really strikes me, though, is nobody does hospitality like Sikhs. Any gurdwara MUST have its langar – the communal kitchen – where anyone is welcome for a free meal. It is where most of the gurdwara's money goes. What you will get is guaranteed to be a vegetable curry. Firstly, making a big pot of curry you can keep warm for anyone who wants some is easy to do, and so is a big pot of rice to go with it. But secondly, so many religions specify what animals you can't eat. Sikhism doesn't (though it objects to halal meat), it just recognises that other religions aren't like them. Serve up a vegetarian meal and there can be no possible religious objections to that. So how could you refuse?

  • There are a lot of brazilians living in Willesden area. You should try some typical brazilian food. 😋

  • haha loved it when you guys started talking about the Bangladeshi community in London. I'm actually a Bengali living in the Black Country 🙂 #ProudBengali

  • Don't know if you 2 have done a DNA test but it you haven't you should do it and make a video!!! Since you just confessed Joel that you didn't know your background.😁😁

  • Good god from the comments everyone acts as if you're meant to list every single group? Don't mind the 10 hr video! What a bunch of whining. Loved the video.

  • Joel should do a genetic test like 23&Me (or whatever the British equivalent is) to find out more about his heritage. It would also make a great video! I bet they would give you the test for free if you shared it on your channel.

  • I’ve wondered where I’d fit in if I were there. It seems that the divisions are more by language, so as soon as I speak I’d just be American. I’m biracial so it’s been tough for me here.

  • Is there an Australian community in London? I'm from Australia and am interested to know if and where London's Aussie communities are. Australia has so many diverse cultural communities as well!

  • What London excels in is mixing its communities – the highest number of foreign born and number of communities represented in the world (speaking 340 languages in one school alone).


    Despite the majority of Londoners hailing from a non-British background the highest single ethnic majority is only 80% (Central Slough Ward, made up of the Pakistani community), which would be below the norm for almost any neighbourhood in NYC where the census puts it that segregation levels are approaching Apartheid era South Africa or pre-Civil rights southern states – and worsening, where one can cross from say a 97% White area into a 90% Latino area by crossing the street:


    London by comparison (zoom in on the ethnic neighbourhoods):


    (This self segregation doesn't mean everyone just hates each other Stateside, despite a painful history, but that people can choose where they want to live and bring their kids and families up in a community relevant to their background. They still mix, work and socialise together, just residentially less so.).

    This lack of ghettoisation surprises Londoners themselves when they find out famous community foci like Brixton, Tower Hamlets, Southall, Hackney or even New Malden and Stamford Hill are actually majority White/ native/ mixed (and when you actually pay attention to the ethnic make up of the streets). Many community members may conspicuously shop or work in certain areas, but not actually live there. The truth is it's not just cultural/ community mixing or govt incentives that lead to this – but that periodic housing bubbles in London have ensured people don't have the luxury of choice in which area they want to live in, which has avoided the ghettos of US, Northern Britain or Paris. In short London enjoys the distinctive communities of multiculturalist policies yet without the isolationism or division. It also has a more gentle assimilation than the US/ French style 'melting pot' enforcement (which usually results in the opposite).

    This is why mixed race is the fastest growing ethnic group and intermarriage /mixed relationships outnumber inter-communal in almost all major groups except the South Asians (which still counts over a third of their relationships). – London though is no racial nirvana despite, its hate crimes are still the same level as any city its size, rising from 42 a day to 85 post-Brexit. Outright racism may be low-level, but subconscious bias is high – on the one hand the UK is one of the countries in the world where Black (women) earn more than White, immigrants more than natives, where foreign born occupy every class from SOBs to the Chinese, Italians, Qataris, Russians and Nigerians currently buying up the city's real estate – yet it's been found an African or Asian name still has to send out 8x more applications to reach interview than an anglicised name on an identical CV.

  • Every major US city has it "little China town" etc. Birds of a feather flock together. Jewish and Catholic parishes based on ethnicity.

  • Hello First I would like to say that I love y'all's channel and I am planning on coming to London some time this next year and was wondering is there a dedicated area for the LGBT community ? I would love to find a nice B-n-B to stay at !! Thanks for your help and again I love watching y'all !!!

  • Hey I just saw your video with Tom talking about many community in London & Tom meantion about a Korean town there so I'm wondering if there is a Japanese community there too, I would think that there is a lot of Japanese that lives in UK or working there or students studying English there too, please make another video about that subjects too & thank you for making all your videos I really love them!!!

  • When Lia said "Orthodox", I replayed to make sure I wasn't hearing things. LOL. I am half Greek, so I relate (even though I am from the U.S.) I didn't know Lia was Greek. Now I know if I ever get to go to London, I would probably want to visit north London first. 😅

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