Are you from the Caribbean or looking for Caribbean culture in London? Here you will find everything you need to know about the Caribbean in London.
Caribbean Embassies in London: Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts & Nevis, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago, Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Turks & Caicos Islands.
Estimated Caribbean Population in London: 378,000
Main Areas: Hackney, Harlesden, Peckham, Tottenham, Brixton, Ladbroke Grove, Shepherds Bush.
Famous Caribbean London Stranger: Mr Keith Graham... better known as Levi Roots; musician, chef and occasional dragon slayer. Originating from a little village in Jamaica, Levi arrived in Brixton (South London) in 1969 at the tender age of 11. Today Levi remains in Brixton... as a successful business entrepreneur and celebrity chef worth 30 million. Levi was originally a musician and has taken the stage alongside artists such as James Brown whilst famous faces such as Nelson Mandela have attended his performances. After appearing on the UK TV show dragons den to gain funding for the now famous ‘reggae reggae sauce’, Levi transformed into a household name with a number of successful cook books. Alongside these seriously impressive accomplishments Levi was also a friend of the legendary Bob Marley... what a Londoner!
Major Celebrations & Events: Notting Hill Carnival (Last Sunday + Monday in August), Numerous Independence Day Celebrations, Acton Carnival (July), Brixton Splash (First Sunday in August), Hackney Carnival (August), Tottenham Carnival (June).
Caribbean Community & London: 1948 was the year the Windrush arrived bringing, what many consider the first wave of Caribbean migrants. So began the long relationship between London and the Caribbean Islands. By the 70s the Caribbean community had been fully established, there were ups and downs, riots and carnivals, but the children of the Windrush migrants changed what it means to be a Londoner. London is now a place where people of all nationalities are proud to represent it. The Caribbean community has brought with it vibrancy, carnival, businesses and cultural fireworks. For Caribbean migrants arriving in London today, the Caribbean community provides a bit of ‘home’, it offers Caribbean food, music and the exciting clubbing/events take place all over the capital. London Stranger can also assist Caribbean migrants in their discovery of the many cultures and communities that make London unique.
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