Vibrant, diverse, unforgettable Southall
West London's Southall has strong Indian and Pakistani roots mixed with communities from all over the world.
You'll find women in colourful saris, street food stalls selling samosas and Indian sweets, and bright fabrics hanging in shop fronts.
Bhangra music fills the air and the streets bustle with activity from the thriving local economy, making for an unforgettable visit.
Travel to Southall
Take a train to Southall train station or use the London bus network.
If you're going to be in London for more than a day, it's worth buying a Visitor Oyster Card in advance. The Visitor Oyster Card is delivered to your home before you arrive in London. It is one of the easiest ways to get around London.
If you do not have a Visitor Oyster Card, but still plan to travel around London for more than a day, buy an Oyster card. Learn more about Oyster Cards.
Diwali in Southall
There's no better time to visit Southall than around the Festival of Lights or Diwali. It is generally celebrated in late October or early November, at which time Southall becomes a hive of activity as the local community prepares for one of the biggest festivals of the year.
Diwali is celebrated by the Hindu, Sikh and Jain communities and represents the victory of light over darkness.
To learn more about the Sikh community in Southall, pay a visit to the spectacular Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara
Diwali is a great time to take advantage of special offers on silk and jewellery. You can also treat yourself to an Indian Head massage or a henna tattoo.
Shopping in Southall
The main shopping area is along Southall Broadway on Uxbridge Road. Southall Market on the high street, opposite Southall police station, is open on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday (by far the busiest day).
There are lots of different things on offer, ranging from food stalls, clothes (both Asian and European), antiques and electronics.
Eating out in Southall
Try Jelabis, traditional sweets made of deep-fried batter soaked in syrup
There's a huge range of places to eat and drink in Southall, particularly Punjabi, Sri Lankan, Pakistani and South Indian restaurants. Vegetarians have plenty of options to choose from.
If you have a sweet tooth, you can try a traditional snack from one of the many bakeries, or head to Creams for Italian gelati, Belgian waffles and milkshakes.
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara
Sri Guru Singh Sabha Gurdwara, on Havelock Road, Southall is one of the largest Sikh Temples outside India and welcomes visitors.
It's a stunning building finished in marble and granite with a gilded dome and stained glass windows. Well worth a visit.