Indian people have made many remarkable contributions to the various aspects of London life. Today Indian descendents live right across the capital. They can be seen in areas like Brent, Ealing, Hounslow, Newham, Southall and parts of the East End. According to the 2001 census, just under 440,000 Londoners are Indian or of Indian descent, representing the capitals largest minority ethnic group. Indian people have made their mark on many aspects of London life, participating in all levels of politics, business, medicine, law and culture.
Indian Food Indian cuisine is so popular in England that Chicken Tikka Masala has been considered as Britain's national dish. Indian food at Indian restaurants in London tends to be a representation of the curries you would eat in India. Indian food fans should head to Brick Lane, also known as the Curry Mile. There isn't a high street in the entire city (or country) which doesn't have at least one 'Indian' restaurant on it.
The largest Hindu temple outside of India, the Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, is located in Neasden, London. The number of Hindus in London is around 450,000, of which most are of Indian descent. Hinduism
London is beside Toronto in the largest and wealthiest Sikh community outside of India. Sikhs are the UK most successful ethnic group. They live mostly in West London, Southall being the heart of the community. Sikhism
Around 20% of Indians in London are Muslims. They are a very successful community, much wealthier and better established than other Muslim groups in London, like the Somali or Bangladeshi community. Islam
Did You Know? The current Asian Rich List is made up of 300 Asian billionaires and millionaires in Britain, 187 of who live in London and the South East. And the wealthiest person in Britain is Indian-born steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal, whose net worth is valued at around £13bn. The first Indian writer to publish a book in English was Sake Dean Mahomed ( ). Sake Dean Mahomed was also the first to open an Indian restaurant and takeaway – the Hindustani Coffee House in 1809 in London's Portman Square. He went on to have an extraordinary and varied career, and became UK's first Indian celebrity.
Bustling with people who come here to buy everything from glittery fabrics to make bespoke salwar kameez to 24-carat gold jewellery to wear at Indian weddings, Green Street is almost like being in India. Dozens and dozens of food shops, sari shops, restaurants and cafes line the long, snaking street, and unlike other Indian neighbourhoods, the crowd is a real mixture of Muslims, Bangladeshis, Gujaratis, Punjabis, Sikhs, the local African-Caribbean community, and tourists from abroad. What's more, everything is very cheap.
Home to the capital's Punjabi, Sikh and Sindhi communities, Southall is as loud, bold, colourful and extroverted as a Bollywood movie. The main reason to visit the area is to eat in one of the many north Indian cafes that sell delicious samosas, curries and naans. Do try Southall's 2 signature dishes: naan kebabs (meaty kebabs wrapped in hot, freshly made naan breads with pickles and relishes), and makki di roti aur sarson ka saag (cornmeal flatbreads with mustard leaf curry) – rustic, home-style Punjabi dishes that are widely available in the area, and rarely found elsewhere in London. Southall, Middlesex
Ayurveda- an ancient medical treatise on the art of healing and prolonging life, sometimes regarded as a fifth Veda
Very popular in India, carom is a board game played by 2-4 players, and involves flicking stones in the 4 corners of the board. At this free session, held on Sundays between 10-5pm, you can have a game while sipping masala tea. Carrom
Kalarippayyat is a form of Keralan martial art that combines north and south Indian fighting forms with yoga influences. Keralan Martial Art
a Hindu system of philosophy aiming at the mystical union of the self with the Supreme Being in a state of complete awareness and tranquillity through certain physical and mental exercises Yoga
In recent times Indian culture has made an impact on the British entertainment industry. Western pop culture has borrowed musical elements from Bollywood films such as Missy Elliott's music video "Ching-A-Ling" where dancers dressed in colorful Harajuku street style, combine a hint of Indian influenced Bollywood-style movement. Johnny Khalsi, was one of the musicians that teamed up to inspire the UK to become involved with Beat This, part of BBC Music Live..
Artists Anish Kapoor Anish Kapoor, Sculptor Dancers Shobna Gulati Jasmine Simhalan Jasmine Simhalan, Also Martial Artist Madhu Singh Madhu Singh, dancer; member of Signature ; runner-up on Britain's Got Talent Signature Britain's Got Talent
Businesspeople Anurag Dikshit Anurag Dikshit, Billionaire co-founder of PartyGaming PartyGaming Vikrant Bhargava Vikrant Bhargava, Entrepreneur - former Group Marketing Director of PartyGaming PartyGaming Firoz Kassam Firoz Kassam, Former owner of Oxford United F.C. Oxford United F.C. Nina Bracewell-Smith Nina Bracewell-Smith, Non-executive director of Arsenal F.C. Arsenal F.C Lakshmi Mittal Lakshmi Mittal, Billionaire Industrialist Hindujas Hindujas, A Family of multi Billionaire Business people. Billionaire Jatania brothers Jatania brothers, Mega Millionaire brothers who run one of England's oldest toiletries and cosmetics brands .  Tom Singh Tom Singh, Founder of the New Look New Look Avtar Lit Avtar Lit, Founder Sunrise Radio. Sunrise Radio Karan Bilimoria Karan Bilimoria, Founder Cobra Beer Cobra Beer Gulu Lalvani Gulu Lalvani, Founder and Chairman of Binatone, the worlds second largest manufacturer of digital cordless phones. Binatone Gulam Noon Gulam Noon, Founder of food product companies specialising in Indian cuisine Jamal Hirani Jamal Hirani, Founder of Tiffinbites, an Indian restaurant chain . Tiffinbites  LORD Vic Sethi, President and Founder Hyundai Corp. Electronics. Vic Sethi Hyundai Neetu Sharma Neetu Sharma, Lloyds Register of Shipping Lloyds
Journalists Sunny Hundal Hari Kunzru Kamala Markandaya Sangita Myska Anita Rani Pallab Ghosh Shiulie Ghosh Medicine Dr. Heenal Raichura, MBBS,BSc. - Britain's Youngest medical student at 16 (2002) and the Youngest Doctor at 22 (2008) Heenal Raichura Sake Dean Mahomet
Political figures Manjula Sood Manjula Sood, Lord Mayor of Leicester Lord Mayor Leicester Claude Moraes Claude Moraes, Member of European Parliament representing the Labour Party in London Member of European Parliament Labour Party Dadabhai Naoroji Dadabhai Naoroji, MP Mancherjee Bhownagree Mancherjee Bhownagree, MP Shapurji Saklatvala Shapurji Saklatvala, MP Keith Vaz Keith Vaz, MP Piara Khabra Piara Khabra, MP Niranjan Deva Niranjan Deva, MP Virendra Sharma Virendra Sharma, MP Parmjit Dhanda Parmjit Dhanda, MP Swaraj Paul Swaraj Paul, MP Parmjit Singh Gill Parmjit Singh Gill, MP Lord Desai Lord Desai, House of Lords House of Lords Baron Alli Baron Alli, House of Lords House of Lords Baron Bilimoria Baron Bilimoria, House of Lords House of Lords Baron Dholakia Baron Dholakia, House of Lords House of Lords Baroness Vadera Baroness Vadera, House of Lords, Secretary of State for the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform. House of Lords Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Harpal Brar Harpal Brar, Communist politican and writer Rajani Palme Dutt Rajani Palme Dutt, Leading figure in the Communist Party of Great Britain Ramesh Kallidai Ramesh Kallidai, Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain Atma Singh Atma Singh, Policy Advisor Udham Singh Udham Singh, Indian Independence activist Indian Independence
Music Amar Amar, Singer Freddie Mercury Freddie Mercury, Lead Singer of Queen (Band) Queen (Band) Apache Indian Apache Indian, Singer, Songwriter Reena Bhardwaj Reena Bhardwaj, Singer Sheila Chandra Sheila Chandra, Singer DCS DCS, Bhangra band DJ Kayper DJ Kayper, DJ Jay Sean Jay Sean, Singer Dr Zeus Dr Zeus, Music Director Juggy D Juggy D, Bhangra Singer Johnny Kalsi Johnny Kalsi, Dhol Drummer Anya Lahiri Anya Lahiri, Singer Mentor Kolektiv Mentor Kolektiv, Bhangra Group Daljit Neer Daljit Neer, Founder of Neer Productions DJ Nihal DJ Nihal, DJ Nerina Pallot Nerina Pallot, Singer Bally Sagoo Bally Sagoo, DJ Nitin Sawhney Nitin Sawhney, Musician, Producer and Composer Ms Scandalous Ms Scandalous, Bhangra/ Rap Artist S-Endz S-Endz, Rapper Anoushka Shankar Anoushka Shankar, Sitar Player Sukshinder Shinda Sukshinder Shinda, Bhangra Producer and Artist Shri Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji, Composer DJ Swami DJ Swami, DJ, Producer, Guitarist
Writers V.S. Naipaul V.S. Naipaul, Nobel Prize for Literature Nobel Prize for Literature Salman Rushdie Salman Rushdie, Novelist and winner of Man Booker Prize Man Booker Prize Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti Gurpreet Kaur Bhatti, Playwright Shobna Gulati Pico Iyer Pico Iyer, Novelist Venika Kingsland Edmund Kingsley Hari Kunzru Hari Kunzru, Novelist and Journalist Manish Patel Simon Singh Simon Singh, author Kamala Markandaya Kamala Markandaya, Novelist Jamila Massey Raman Mundair Raman Mundair, Poet Preethi Nair Saira Shah Navjot Singh (Author) Navjot Singh (Author), Author of Books on China Meera Syal Meera Syal, Comedian, Actress