With around 200,000 Latin Americans estimated to be living in London, it’s no big surprise that the city has its fair share of Latino culture. For us Spanish speakers, there’s no better place to impress the natives with our brand spanking new expressions than at London’s very best Latino dance classes, film festivals, concerts, performances and conferences, just to name a few. Whatever you’re into, there’s sure to be something going on that is right up your street and gets you in the mood for some serious Spanish practice and an experience you won’t forget. So, if you’re wondering how to keep up to date with the latest and greatest Latino events that London has to offer, keep reading.
Latinos in London
This website has it all (http://www.latinosinlondon.com) – Latino events, magazines, videos and radios. Keep an eye on this page and you won’t miss a thing. Currently promoting Colombia Day on the 6th of September, A Taste of Brazil on the 4th of September and Día de los Muertos on November 1st, it’s a hard one to call. You’ll be kept up to date with the hottest Latin American albums release dates and film premieres, artists who are coming to town as well as articles about politicians and celebs. Sounds and Colours is another great one: http://soundsandcolours.com/event/
Latino Cultral Clubs and Organisations
London is jam-packed with fantastic Latino or Spanish cultural organisations. Why not check out London Latin Film Festival’s website, or how about CASA Latin American Theatre Festival, which is organised and performed by volunteers? Likewise, restaurants such as Tito’s Peruvian in London Bridge and La Bodeguita in Elephant and Castle offer authentic and delicious cuisines as well as dance classes with not bad looking instructors….! So stick around after your dinner to master your Bachata or Salsa Caleña steps and try a Peruvian Pisco Sour or two (made with raw egg whites) or if you’re feeling daring, some super strong anise flavoured Aguardiente from Colombia! While we’re on the subject of food and drink, if you ever fancy cooking up your own latino-style comida but you’re not sure where you can find all the ingredients, rest assured – Tiendas del Sur will not let you down. Just a 5 minute walk from Elephant and Castle tube station you’ll find London’s one and only Latin American shopping centre, including supermarkets, phone shops, hairdressers and more…make sure you go with Spanish on the tip of your tongue as the moment you step in the building it’s as if you landed right in Latin America itself.
Estudiantes in London
Most London universities have Latin American societies, which are full of people who are just as crazy about Spanish and Latino culture as you. Yet, it’s not just a great chance to meet people who have similar interests, but also you’ll have the opportunity to take part in meals in Latin American restaurants, learn to “mover la cadera” in dance classes, take Spanish classes, enjoy film screenings and theatre productions and maybe even take part in a trip to a Spanish-speaking country! Likewise, if you’re ever interested in taking on a volunteer position at a charity related to Latin America, such as Latin American House and Children of the Andes among many others, they are just a phone call away!
So, while London may not have Colombia’s Amazonian rainforest, Brazil’s Copacabana beach or Chile’s Atacama Desert, we’ve certainly got the food, film and fiestas down to a T. ¡Disfrútenlo!