Tradition Meets the Twenty First Century in Central London
For centuries, London has been the kind of city which drawers visitors from all over the world. Many of these people are persuaded to come to London by the opportunity it offers to make a life for themselves and seek employment, business opportunities or education. These are the people who end up staying in London and helping to turn it into one of the most cosmopolitan and ethnically diverse cities in the world. This is why London can boast thriving and well established communities comprised of nationalities from virtually every country in the world, and why it is one of the best places in Europe for anyone who wishes to sample the best Italian, Chinese and Indian food, as well as treats such as Middle Eastern street food. It also accounts for a large part of the city's appeal to more short term visitors, those just wishing to sample life in London for a week or so. The vibrant immigrant presence blends seamlessly with centuries of tradition to create a place which offers the best of both worlds - an encapsulation of history which also shows how we might all live together more harmoniously in future.
The Edgeware road is a part of London which typifies this phenomenon. It's officially known as the A5, but like most roads in central London it is referred to on signs and guides by its' name rather than its' official title.
Unusually, for a road in central London, it is almost completely straight, a legacy of the fact that the first road to follow this route was in fact laid down during Roman times. Edgeware road starts at Marble Arch and then heads in a North Westerly direction towards the district of Edgeware, and the shops, bars and restaurants you'll find scattered along its length are indicative of the cosmopolitan nature of the city as outlined above. The area has been nicknamed 'Little Beirut' and 'Little Cypress' such is the influence of other cultures, and it is the ideal part of London to head for if you wish to experience the finest Middle Eastern cuisine or enjoy a traditional shisha bar or even a restaurant which serves up music and belly dancing alongside the food and drink.
Book into one of the many Edgeware road hotels and you'll be perfect placed to take advantage of all of this, but the good news is that many of the more traditional London attractions are equally close at hand. The area is well served by bus routes and boasts several Tube stations, meaning you can travel across the rest of London, but it's also true that landmarks such as Buckingham Palace and Pall Mall, where you can witness the traditional 'changing of the guard', are merely a pleasant walk across Hyde Park away. Other traditional London attractions within easy walking distance include Kensington Palace and Gardens, the Albert Memorial and the exclusive shops and boutiques to be found in the upmarket enclave of Mayfair. From the exotic Middle East to the most famous royal residence in the world, the area around Edgeware Road offers a taste of every aspect of London.