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Multicultural London!

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Did you know?

New York is often called a “melting pot” because of the many nationalities found in the city. Amsterdam, Toronto and Sydney are very cosmopolitan too, with around 200 languages spoken in Sydney! Have you ever been to a very cosmopolitan city?

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Sadiq Khan, a bus driver's son

In June 2016, Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London. He is the first ever Muslim mayor of a major European city, reflecting London’s image as one of the world’s most multicultural places. His father was a bus driver from Pakistan and he grew up on a council estate. In his election speech, he said “back then, I never dreamt that someone like me could be elected as Mayor of London”. His election reflects the melting pot culture of the city, which becomes more obvious when you take a walk around East London. Spitalfields and Brick Lane are well known for their Asian markets and restaurants, and London has had Afro-Caribbean communities since the 18th century. For example, Brixton Market is the centre of the black British community, dating back to the arrival of SS Empire Windrush in 1948 and its passengers from Jamaica and the West Indies.