If you are intrested in oriental stuffs and if you are a fan of bollywood, definitely Southall indian area is the right choice for you. It is very colorful and there are a lot of people from Asia, especially from India. And one other advantage is you can bargain the items price. I mean when you want to buy a saree and the price is like 300 pounds, you can negotiate with the shop staff or owner and bring down the price up to 150 pounds. You know, when we compare it with Switzerland prices, it is very very really very cheap. And also there you can buy lovely bangles and necklaces for 10 pounds only. So all the bollywood lovers you must see this.
45 The Green, Southall, (formerly Iccon or Three Tuns Hotel), , Middlesex, UB2 4AR, United Kingdom
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I know it's strange to be recommending Indian food for visitors to London, but Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most popular dishes ordered in Britain. So if you fancy some GENUINE Indian food try and get yourself to a town called Southall in Middlesex.
It is in West London and only about 20 mins direct local train ride from Paddington Station, or a No.105 bus ride from Heathrow. Or take the Underground to Ealing Broadway and then a No. 207 bus to Southall.
Just try one of the MANY Indian cafes, most of which serve food and at very reasonable prices. The cooks/chefs are local Indian people who, at the end of the day, go home and cook for their own families. You're not going to get much more authentic than that!!!(Not outside India anyway. LOL). Apart from the food, Southall in itself is a tourist attraction. You can buy almost anything there from costume jewellery, fine silks (much cheaper than anywhere else in London I'd say), any kind of spices, fruit/veg or just window shop the numerous shops selling 22 carat gold jewellery.
It has been called Little India due to many of the residents originally coming from the Indian sub-continent. It is a totally unique experience, I know, I've lived here for over 40 years! Enjoy.