London is known for its vibrant diversity and representation of cultures, cuisines and traditions from across the world. Amongst the most vibrant are the Indian influences are seen across the capital, from sports to music, film to food. Here are some ways to enjoy some Indian culture this summer in and around London.
Britain as a whole has embraced Indian cuisine and made it integral to the British character. A wide range of delicacies from India, as well as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Vietnam and many other Asian countries, are easily available across the UK’s capital. Come and visit us at Grand Trunk Road for delicious, authentic Indian and South-East Asian fare. Choose from our menu of traditional curries with succulent rice, breads, dips and side dishes before enjoying a refreshing dessert, ice cream or selection of sweets from across Asia. All washed down with a delicious Indian beer, cordial or scented tea.
While the annual London Indian Film Festival has already taken place in June this year, plans are already underway for a repeat performance next summer. In the meantime, why not embrace your colourful side with some Bollywood screen magic? Check out Entertainment Times’ list of the top twenty Bollywood films of 2018 so far: www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/top-20-best-bollywood-movies-of-2018.
Cricket lovers will be all too aware of the adrenaline rush that a lively match between England and India can bring, so check out BBC Sport online to find out where and when the Indian cricket team are playing in London this summer. From One-Day Internationals to the Test Series, make a date to be at Lord’s this summer to watch some unmissable cricket. Why not go for a curry after the match to carry on the Indian summer?
This autumn, enjoy the delights of the thirteenth annual Darbar Festival, taking place on selected dates in September, October and November at Southbank Centre, Barbican Centre and Sadler’s Wells. Classical Indian music and dance will combine with poetry and song in this perfect event for saying goodbye to summer and moving towards the ultimate festival of Diwali in early November. Event listings and details of tickets, venues and times are available online: www.darbar.org/DarbarFestival2018.
Finally, pay a visit to Southall for deeper immersion into Indian culture in London. Here, in the area colloquially known as ‘Little India’, you can sample samosas and Indian sweets at street stalls and shop for Indian fashions along the high street. See how Punjabi culture has enriched this part of London, from the shops to the street signs. Drop into the Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara to explore one of the largest
Sikh Temples outside India and admire its gilded dome and stunning stained-glass windows.