Where To Be Welsh In London

Will Noble
By Will Noble Last edited 43 months ago
Where To Be Welsh In London

Whether you're seeking honorary Welsh identity, or are a genuine Cymry looking for the occasional home comfort, here's where to find Cymru in London.

1. Munch whipped leek butter and Welsh lamb at Tom Simmons Tower Bridge

Welsh beef at Tom Simmons

Things get Welsh before you've even hit the starters at Pembrokeshire-born Tom Simmons' eatery. The sourdough bread comes with lashings of whipped leek butter. Other takes on Cymraeg classics include fillet of Welsh beef with mushrooms and spinach; and spring lamb loin with Jerusalem artichoke. Even the cheese selection's Welsh. No potato and leek soup, though. Note: the menu at Tom Simmons varies.

Tom Simmons Tower Bridge, 2 Still Walk, SE1 2RF

2. Cheer on the London Welsh rugby club

London Welsh Supporters Club

The Welsh may be fiercely proud of their national team, but there are plenty of Welsh players at London clubs — not to mention London Welsh itself. Based in Richmond's Old Deer Park, London Welsh includes teams such as London Welsh Women, Druids, Griffins, London Welsh Vets... oh yes, and the London Welsh first team. You can also rent out the Dragon Room for parties. Don a red jersey and get down there.

London Welsh, 187 Kew Road, Richmond TW9 2AZ

3. Seek out a pint of Tiny Rebel

Until a few years ago, Welsh beer meant supping on tepid pints of Brains. Then Newport-based Tiny Rebel rocked up in London, with its Day-Glo labelling, and brews-with-attitude to match. Our fave is exotic session beer, Clwb Tropicana, which we'd happily be drip-fed ad infinitum. Also look out for their marshmallow porter, and mojito sour. You'll now find TR on bars across London (we've supped it at The Hope in Carshalton, Beer Dispensary in Honor Oak and Radicals and Victuallers in Angel,  to name but a few). And if you're in any half-decent boozer, it's worth asking if they've got any TR stashed away in the fridge.

4. Learn Welsh at the London Welsh Centre

The London Welsh Male Voice Choir

Welsh is one of the 300-odd languages spoken in London — and you're most likely to hear it at the Welsh Centre. The thumping heart of Welsh London, this splendid building on Grays Inn Road offers evening classes and one-day courses in Welsh. That's just the start of it: they host everything from Welsh art exhibitions, to Welsh gin tastings. Plus the Welsh Centre is home to The London Welsh Chorale, The London Welsh Gwalia Male Choir and The London Welsh Male Voice Choir. Walk past at the right time, and you'll hear their dulcet tones wafting through the windows.

Or enjoy a Welsh beer and snacks at the Welsh Centre's bar, while watching the rugby. (They serve Tiny Rebel.)

London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Grays Inn Road, WC1X 8UE

5. Admire hosts of golden daffodils at Osterley Park

Image: Osterley House and Park

When spring is sprung in London, it's time to vacate the sofa, in search of that glimmering Welsh icon — the daffodil. Frankly, these aren't difficult to come by, but there are some spots worth travelling further to see. In particular, the gleaming hosts of daffodils in Osterley Park are rather spectacular. Plus it's way out west, so basically en route to Wales.  

Osterley House and Park, Jersey Road, Isleworth TW7 4RB

Last Updated 14 February 2020