The World in One City: Migration and the making of modern London
London was born and always has been a truly international City. Its first colonists were the men of the Roman legions drawn from all over the empire and it has ever since then been a global community making its living by global trade.
In 1904 when it was at the heart of the greatest empire the world had ever seen, Joseph Chamberlain called it “The clearing house of the world”, but as far back as the 7th Century the Venerable Bede had already described it as “…the mart of many nations resorting to it by sea and land”.
Fast forward to today’s London and over 270 different nationalities speaking more than 300 different languages call this great city home. And it wouldn’t be half the city it is without them.
Whilst it has never been without its tensions, London has nevertheless long prided itself on being a home for those with ambition and a haven for those facing danger or persecution elsewhere; join me to hear some of their stories.
Read a review of the walk here.