Ola, and welcome to London! Our city is a hub for a large number of European communities, and the Portuguese community is no less important in the capital. (In London alone, Portuguese is the fourteenth most common language.) We’re happy to welcome you to the English capital, whether you are visiting for a short while, or you’re aiming for a longer stay. We at Staywimi want you to enjoy London to the fullest, so we’ve gathered a few pointers to help you when you visit.
Though it may be daunting at first, the first thing you need to do is know how to get around town. Travel in London is not as difficult as it seems. Everywhere you want to go in London is connected by the Underground train lines. Although there are a number of lines to use, they are all colour-coded in the stations and on the Underground maps. It doesn’t take long to learn how to travel in London, and soon you can hop around the city with ease. If you’d prefer to travel above the ground, however, there’s also a good bus service that you can catch.
There are many places to visit in London, and as a Portuguese visitor, you may simply want to do the normal tourist attractions. You might want to visit the famous sights of London: Trafalgar Square, Big Ben at Westminster, or the London Eye. However, if you want to try a change of pace, there are wide open spaces all over the city – like Hyde Park. Or maybe you’d like to see the busy side of London, in places like Piccadilly Circus, where people gather around the statue of Eros under the iconic electronic displays.
If you’re looking for something that relates a little better to your culture, though, you don’t have to go far. There are Portuguese communities around Kensington, Chelsea, Lambeth and Westminster. There are also a number of Portuguese restaurants around the city. There’s Pico Bar and Grill on Embankment, which serves a good bacalhau. Or if you just want to grab some coffee and meet with some ex-pats, Cafe Oporto in the North Kensington area is a decent spot. If you’re looking for a larger gathering, I would suggest Little Portugal. Based in the Stockwell area, it’s one of the oldest Portuguese communities. It is also the largest community, boasting around 27,000 inhabitants. If you want to connect to other Portuguese people in the London area, head to South Lambert Road, and pay Little Portugal a visit! A beautiful little spot to check out.
When you’re away from home and want a bit of Portuguese culture, there’s so much more to check out. We’ve identified the top 10 restaurants and hang-outs for you to enjoy. Do download it for free here.