Your community in London
London has many diverse communities with specialist shops, restaurants, markets and places of worship.
Our overseas students have kindly given us their recommendations of their favourite shops and services in London - it should help you find useful information about things from your home country that will help you settle in once you get here!
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Societies, Culture, Shopping, Restaurants, Worship & Wellbeing, Sports, Events & activities, Useful links
The Brazilian and Portuguese Society at King's meets every week to celebrate Brazilian and Portuguese culture. Their range of social and cultural events goes from dance lessons to film festivals, gourmet experiences in many Brazilian and Portuguese restaurants across the city, camping trips outside London and charity fundraising for a NGO called Action for Brazil's Children, ABC.
The Spanish and Portuguese Latin American Studies department holds more information about this society as well as the Hispanic one and you can visit their webpages at SPLAS and KCLSU for more information about the latest activities.
The KCLSU (King's College London Student Union) Hispanic Society will expose students to the fascinating Spanish and Latin American cultures, allowing them to learn more about hispanic traditions as well as having an amazing time by socializing and meeting new people in a friendly and lively society.
The University of London, School of Advanced Studies, is home of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, which occupies a unique position at the core of academic study of the region in the UK, promoting, coordinating and providing a focus for research and postrgaduate teaching on the Americas.
The Anglo-Brazilian Society was established in London to promote close and friendly relations between Brazil and Britain, and to increase British people’s knowledge of Brazil and its culture. The Society welcomes the participation of anyone with an interest in or love for Brazil, regardless of their nationality. The Society’s president is the Ambassador of Brazil to the United Kingdom, and the Embassy, where the Society has its offices, gives the organisation its full support.
The ABEP - UK is the Association of Brazilian Post-Graduate Students and Researchers in the United Kingdom. Some of their many interests are to promote cultural activities and intellectual debates as well as the welfare of its members. The 1° Congresso Europeu de Pós-Graduandos e Pesquisadores Brasileiros e 4° Congresso da ABEP-UK is going to take place at King's College London on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15, 2011. More information about this event can be found here.
ABRIR is a Brazilian Association for Educational Projects in the UK. It provides information (free of cost) about educational projects for the Brazilian community in the UK.
The King's Brazil Institute offers information on its website regarding various cultural events and activities, such as those promoted by the Brazilian Embassy in London and independent Brazilian organizations and artists; as well as information about King's Brazilian academic partners, funding oportunities and news.
Canal Londres :: A TV dos Brasileiros em Londres - Is a web channel presenting videos about different interesting London features for Brazilians, like places to visit, people, music, arts, and food. Includes a newsletter and a classified section.
Brazilian News - A periodic compliation of Brazilian and British news, with entertainment, sports and classifieds sections.
Jungle Drums - Monthly magazine in Portuguese and English, aimed at younger end of market. Articles on Brazilian popular culture, society and politics, plus comparisons between life in the UK and Brazil.
Leros - Monthly magazine on Brazilian affairs. Also contains information for Brazilians living in the UK.
Carnaval del Pueblo - An annual event that brings people from all walks of life and culture in one big day of celebration, food and arts wich involves people from all ages and likes.
London Latin American Film Festival - A non profit organisation with 20 years of experience and a Cuban origin, the festival is a launching plataform for Latin American filmmakers.
Como No! - The biggest 'promoter of live Latin events and other things we like' in London.
Latinos in London - Your one-stop source for everything Latin American/Hispanic in the UK since 2006. The UK media body, online source, event listing site and current affairs magazine for Latinos living in London or planning to come to London, and Londoners in general interested in Latin American culture. Includes Latinos in London Radio.
Casa Festival - This organisation aims to encourage the Lantin American community in the UK to come to the theatre, and to create opportunities for inter-cultural exchange and collaboration between Latin American and UK based theatre artists.
Canning House - An opportunity to broaden the knowledge of the politics, economics and diverse cultures of the Latin American and Iberian regions in London. Network with like-minded people at regular events ranging from business receptions to academic seminars, concerts, and exhibitions.
Vamos! - Londons guide to the Latin summer!
Latino Music/Colombia - A complete source about Latin American music and cultural activities in London. A separate section dedicated to Colombian artists is included.
Latino Life - A complete magazine on line with all the information about Latin American cultural events and news in London.
Latino Meet Up / London - Lists some of the current cultural Latin American activities taking place in London.
This section covers all you need to know about where to shop in and around London.
London has a wide variety of specialist shops selling Brazilian food & drinks.
Casa Brasil - Your Brazilian shop in London
Supermercado Portugal - Portuguese and Brazilian Supermarket
Brazilian shops and butchers in London - A list provided by Lista Brasil.
Brazilian Artists - The A-Z of Brazilian arts, entertainment and cultural events in the UK.
As a multicultural city London has a wide variety of restaurants serving cuisine from across the world. Many restaurants also offer set menus and theatre packages.
For special deals or to search for a particular style of food, you can use a restaurant finder website such as Top Table or Square Meal. Latinos in London has compiled a very complete list of Latin American restaurants in their Facebook group page.
Brazilian restaurants, discos and cafes in London
Below is a small selection of restaurants, cafes and party venues serving Brazilian cuisine.
Sabor Mineiro Cafe (63 Station Road, London NW10 4UX)
Tel: 020 8965 2050
Barraco Café (10 Kingsgate Place, London - Kilburn, NW6 4TA)
Tel: 020 7604 4664
Canela (33 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LS)
Tel: 020 72406926
Casa Brasil (289 Regent's Park Road, London N3 3JY)
Tel: 020 83711999
Favela Chic (91-93 Great Eastern Street, London EC2 3HZ)
Tel: 020 76135228
Iguazu (400 Oxford Street, London W1C 1JS)
Tel: 020 73183937
Made in Brasil (12 Inverness Street, London NW1 7HJ)
Tel: 020 74820777
Guanabara (Parker Street, London WC2B 5PW)
Tel: 020 72428600
Las Iguanas, Eat Latin, Drink Latin (London Spitlafields, London Royal Festival Hall, The O2 and Lakeside)
Tel: 020 7620 1328 - Royal Festival House (The nearest to King's College Strand Campus)
Worship & Wellbeing
Many different faiths are practised across London and you will find churches, mosques, synagogues and temples in every neighbourhood.
The Chaplaincy team at King's can help you to locate places of worship for all major religions in London as well as places of worship that offer services in Portuguese.
Places of Worship
A list of Christian Faith Oganisations in Lamberth Bourough (London), close to some of the majority of the College student residences.
Here you can find a list of some Brazilian places of worship in London compiled by Lista Brasil.
Roman Catholic Church - Diocese of Westminster parrishes list.
Catholic Portuguese Mission Our Lady of Hal Church (165 Arlington Road, London, NW1 7EX)
Tel: 020 7587 0881 and 020 7587 0881 (Portuguese Chaplaincy)
St Mary Moorfields Roman Catholic Church (4-5 Eldon Street, London, EC2M 7LS)
St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church (26 Cornwall Rd. Waterloo, LONDON SE1 8TW). Very close to Stamford Street Apartments residence.
St. Francis de Sales - Roman Catholic Church (26 Larkhall Lane, Stockwell, London, SW4 6SP)
Portuguese mass: Sundays 5pm. (At Christ Church, Union Grove)
Portuguese Church - Christ Church Hall (Union Grove, London SW8 2QJ)
Contact: Mr Joseph Pino
East London Portuguese Speaking: The Methodist Church (1-3 Herbert Road, Manor Park, London E12 6AY)
Sabbath School: 09.00 and Divine Service: 11.30
Igreja Evangelica Assembleia De Deus No Reino Unido (First Floor Flat 4 Tritton Road, West Dulwich, London, SE21 8DE)
Assembléia de Deus de Londres (155, Acton Lane, Park Royal, London NW10 7NJ)
Tel: 020 8838-6621
Igleja Presbiteriana do Brasil (1 Lloyd-Jones Court, 104 Hendon Lane, London N3 3SQ)
Comunidade Cristã Internacional (Westbourne Park Baptist Church
Porchester Road, London W2 5DX)
Medical & Health
You are eligible for NHS healthcare if you are enrolled on a full time course lasting six months or longer. Please ensure you register with the college GP located at the Strand campus. Your GP will be your first point of contact for any medical advice or referrals to specialist doctors that you may need.
If you require urgent medical attention, you should attend the nearest hospital A&E department. (Please note: Guy’s Hospital does not have an A&E.)
NAZ Project London - HIV/AIDS and sexual health support service for BME - Black and Minority Ethnic communities (South Asian, Middle Eastern, North African, Horn of Africa and Latin American).
Community services for Brazilian and Portuguese people
Associação Brasileira no Reino Unisdo ABRAS - offers several services to help the life of the community who speaks the Portuguese language in the United Kingdom.
Casa do Brasil em Londres is a limited company that operates in form of association and provides special services to its affiliates like legal advice, psychological counceling, interpreters, social services, British English lessons, assitance for accommodation, opening banck accounts, migration, work and schools, agreements with Brazilian doctors and specialists among others.
Carila - Latin American Welfare Group. (Manor Gardens Centre, 6-9 Manor Gardens, London, N7 6LA)
Phone: 020 7561 1931
Information, signposting and referral: Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-12noon
LARWS - Latin American Women Rights Service.
LAWA - Latin American Women's Aid.
Also, there is a Latin American Golden Years association based in Westminster that runs a day centre for eldery people.
The Latin American House is a registered Charity that aims to provide space and support for Latin Americans, Spanish and Portuguese speakers and local communities in their multicultural Kilburn.
Sports, events & activities
London offers many different types of activities for people at all levels and abilities. Visit London has searchable listings of sports and events, as does Time Out London.
Below are some suggestions of sports clubs you may find interesting.
Please note that King's College London has no relationship with this establishments and cannot take responsibility for any actions taken by these companies or their representatives.
King's College London Students' Union Societies
Besides the Hispanic Society, the KCLSU provides a wide range of social, cultural, artistic and sporty spaces to interact with other students and enrich the experience of studying aboard. Here you can find a complete list of all student societies like the Dance Society, the Coffee & Tea, the Catholic Society and the Christian Union to name but a few. Find a group!
Sports & Dance
Here are some links to Capoeira Schools and Societies, as well as Samba Dance Classes among other Brazilian traditional activities available to lovers of Brazilian culture:
London School of Capoeira
Cordão de Ouro Capoeira London
East London Capoeira
London School of Samba, Carnival and competition.
Paraiso School of Samba
UK and Irish Samba Association
Events & activities
Action For Brazil's Children - The ABC Trust is dedicated to help the most vulnerable children and young people of Brazil. By raising awareness and funding, they support the work of local, community-led organisations who give children the education, support and inspiration they need to transform their lives.
Children of Latin America
Latin News - Latin American Newsletters. The world's leading source of economic and political information on Latin America since 1967.
El Ibérico - El periódico en Español de Londres. The newspaper in Spanish for London.
LAB - Latin American Bureau. A London based independent research and publishing organisation. Your gateway to the exciting politics and vibrant culture of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Express News - Latin American news on line.
More information - Guides
Oi Londres :: Guia de Londres para Brazileiros - An interesting compilation of useful liks and resources with information about studies, accommodation, money and visa issues, art, travel and other useful contacts.
Londres Brasil :: O Portal dos Brasileiros em Londres - A website with videos and helpful tips related to how to study in the UK, visa processes, acess to a radio-web station, a miscelaneous advert/classified section among other services for the Brazilian community.
e-Londres :: London for Brazilians - This guide includes curious information from a history of London to tips and useful data for studying in the city, traveling Europe and the UK, news and other interesting facts.
Pra Ver em Londres - A couple of journalists relate everything is needed to know about the land of Queen Elizabeth II.
Achei Londres - A complete portal of adverts/classifieds and useful tips for Brazilians in London.
To Em Londres - A website that connects Brazilians in London, with a classified section, job advice and blogs about living in London.