Multi-Cultural Tours 

Ideal for student/study groups. Tours cover social issues such as immigration, integration, racism, unemployment, poverty and housing matters.  

 

Has 'multi-culturalism' (the UK approach) been a success or would 'integration' (European style) be a better solution to the challenges of immigration? Explore this and other issues on a MultiCultural Tour.

 

We offer 2 tours: a full day tour by coach which includes a visit to a Hindu Temple or a 2 1/2 hour walking tour. 

 

Tour Suggestions:

 

Multi Cultural London - by coach

incl. temple visit and coach hire 

Duration: 6 hours 

Time: 09.30-15.30 hrs

Start: Your Central London hotel 

Finish: Liverpool Street Station 

Max participants: 34 

We depart from Central London 09.30 hrs. and travel by private coach to the Neasden Hindu Temple.  During the journey your guide will tell your group all about the history of UK immigration, social conditions and integration issues and seek to explain all those Hindu Gods!  The Neasden Temple will welcome us with a short film in the Haveli (hall) about the construction of this magnificent structure followed by and Questions & Answer session. This is your opportunity to interact with members of the Anglo-Indian community and get to know more about their experience as immigrants in the UK. We will then have an opportunity to visit the Mandir (temple) and participate in the day's third service 'The Prayer of Light'.

Next stop is London's East End.  Our journey takes us through three distinct neighbourhoods - right next to each other.  The view from the coach provides an interesting visual backdrop to your guide's commentary. This is multi-culturalism at its best.  Firstly Stamford Hill which is home to London's Orthodox Jewish community in their traditional 18th century clothing. Then the same street suddenly becomes Turkish and mosques dot the landscape.  Again the street changes and finally turns Vietnamese before hitting the glitzy skyscrapers in the City of London.

The third and final part of our tour is a 1 hour guided walk around historic Spitalfields. Huguenots, the Irish, Jews and Bangladeshis have left their marks.  Today the main street, Brick Lane, smells of curry at one end - and Jewish 'beigels' at the other.  Now the area is predominantly occupied by Bangladeshi Muslims and we will explore their community, housing and the recent controversy about minarets (mosque towers). 

The East End of London has always been poorer than the rest of London and problems remain to this day. 70% of local Bangladeshi women are unemployed and 70% of all children do not speak English at home with their parents. How do these statistics affect the local community? Find out on our MultiCultural Tour. 

Cost, incl. guide & coach:

Up to 34 pers.      £625.00            + £2.00 pp. entrance to temple exhibition

 

 

Multi Cultural London - walking tour

Duration: 2 1/2 hours 

Start: Tottenham Court Road Station - in front of the

Dominion Theatre/We Will Rock You Musical

Finish: Liverpool Street Station

Max participants: 34 

London is a city of contrast - rich and poor, black and white. This tour seeks to illuminate issues such as immigration and social conditions by visiting multi-cultural areas in the centre of town and in the East End.

The first part of our tour is a walking tour of Soho. This part of London has long been home to immigrants, artists, gays and lesbian as well as political dissidents like Karl Marx. In fact anyone slightly different have for hundreds of years been attracted to Soho's tolerant attitude.

In the 1960s Soho became known for strip clubs and the sex trade but now things are changing. Soho is a prime example of what can be achieved when residents, prostitutes and the authorities work together. Seedy bars have given way to trendy coffee shops. Prostitution has become less visible but continues - and always will - but now in a safer and policed environment.

We then continue our walk to nearby China Town which has become a very visible manifestation of immigration. The local community working together with the authorities have created a vibrant destination for tourists and Londoners alike. China Town is a prime example of the economic benefits of immigration.

The second part of our tour, after a short journey by tube, is a 1 hour guided walk around historic Spitalfields in the East End which has been a haven for immigrants for centuries.  Huguenots, the Irish and Jews and have left their marks.  Today the area is predominantly occupied by Bangladeshi Muslims and we will explore their community, housing and the recent controversy about minarets (mosque towers). 

The East End of London has always been poorer than the rest of London and problems remain to this day. 70% of local Bangladeshi women are unemployed and 70% of all children do not speak English at home with their parents. How do these statistics affect the local community? Find out on a MultiCultural Tour.

Cost:      £210.00