Tuesday 24 October 2017

David McWilliams: It's the 80s all over again as London heads for boomtime

The 328 bus from Golders Green to Notting Hill is as much a journey through the changing ethnicities of London as it is a route home. Last night I hopped on it and watched the unfolding of the ethnic map of Europe's biggest city and possibly the world's most cosmopolitan metropolis, as each tribe got on an off, as we moved from area to area, from High Road to High Street.

As the bus left the predominantly Jewish Golders Green so too did the Jews who were on the bus. Indians and Chinese embarked.

The bus moved towards Kilburn. At Kilburn High Road, the bus filled up with older Irish people, immigrants from the 1950s and 1960s. Through the window, I could see the corner shops sold the 'Limerick Leader', the 'Sligo Champion', the 'Leitrim Observer' and, of course, 'The Irish Post'.

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