Welsh in London
Are you an Welsh person in London or someone looking to experience Welsh culture in the capital? If so here is where you will find everything related to Wales in London.
Estimated Welsh population in London: 60-70,000
Main areas: Various
Main celebration days: St Davids Day, March 1st
Famous/Inspirational London Stranger: Catherine Zeta-Jones was born and raised in Swansea, the Welsh beauty moved to London (Chiswick) when she was 18 to study musical theatre and further her acting career that had already experienced some success in a variety of Welsh theatre productions including Annie. Since 1990, Catherine Zeta-Jones has starred in over 20 movies with the list growing and with it her legend. She came to London to make a career out of acting and has done so at the highest level making her our inspirational London stranger, the highest award you can get in the world of acting!
Welsh in London: London is home to the biggest Welsh community outside Wales and could actually be the 4th largest Welsh settlement in the world competing with Rhonnda and Barry. As part of the UK, the Welsh community blends into the London culture and you would not notice that they are there except on Rugby days (particularly when the Welsh have won) when can be easily identified by there red Rugby jerseys and later in the evening drunken singing. The community has a number of sports and musical groups which are listed below.
Welsh Bars in London
Famous Three Kings (West Kensington) This is not a Welsh pub however it is a sports bar that usually has a reasonable Welsh following when the team is playing football or rugby. The pub is easy to find all you need to do is get off at West Kensington tube station. They also show Welsh club rugby games and are known to offer traditional Welsh food and beverages including Brains beer on tap.
London Welsh Centre Public Bar (King's Cross) Open Mon-Fri 5.30-11.30 and on special occasions such as rugby days. They have Welsh beer and lager on tap and a selection of Welsh spirits.
Welsh Restaurants in London
O'Dettes (Primrose Hill) is an acclaimed bar and restaurant owned by Chef Bryn Williams, serving traditional British cuisine with a Welsh influence and with Welsh produce.
Mootown Sell the best of welsh Cheese and can be found on a Saturday or Sunday at North Cross Road market in East Dulwich or you can purchase from them directly, by going to the link highlighted.
Morgan's Dairy Is a 60 year old plus (est 1947) Welsh business based in the heart of Fulham that provides a range of quality dairy and grocery products delivered to your door direct.
Welsh Shops in London
Jessie and Buddug the Shop A Welsh Village arts & crafts shop in the heart of London with home made gifts and homeware designed by two Snowdonian natives.
Welsh Community Groups/Associations in London
The London Welsh Male Voice Choir: Men's choir that rehearses at the Welsh Centre in Kings Cross.
The London Welsh Chorale: For contact details and performance information click on the link.
London Welsh Association: The Welsh Centre in London with a facility and bar based in Kings Cross. Join other expats watching sporting events, embracing Welsh culture and generally socialising.
Welsh Churches in London: Information for those seeking a Baptist or Presbyterian church service in London.
The Borough Welsh Congregational Chapel: Welsh church based in Southwark, London.
Welsh Sporting Clubs in London
London Welsh Rugby Club: Professional rugby club based at Deer park in Richmond that is now in the English Premiership! They also have numerous amateur teams. All Welsh expats living in London get on board.
London Welsh Cricket Club: Cricket club based in West Ewell Surrey that markets itself to all cricketers but particularly Welsh expats of all ability levels.
London Welsh Football Club: Football club for Welsh expats based in Chiswick.
London Welsh Supporters Club: Join other Welsh expats to help support your country and local London Welsh Rugby Club.
Where to watch Welsh Rugby?
London Welsh Rugby Club (Richmond), The Famous Three Kings (West Kensington), London Welsh Centre (Kings Cross), Twickenham Centre (there are various pubs such as the Cabbage Patch where you should get some other Welsh expats to help you support).