A rich and distinctive culture and cuisine reached London in the ’70s as a result of the brutal Vietnam War. Refugees from the north who’d fled to Hong Kong found their way to the UK, and lots of them settled in London – particularly around Lewisham, Deptford, Hackney and Hoxton. Joined by further waves of Vietnamese workers and families, they’ve established a strong presence in the capital, especially on its food scene: Kingsland Road’s ‘Pho Mile’ rivals Chinatown and Brick Lane with its sheer concentration of Asian restaurants.
As part of our series celebrating the many different nationalities that call this city home, we want to know: what’s your favourite Vietnamese place in London? Leave a comment below with your top spot for pho, your banh mi mecca or your tip on where to buy the freshest noodles. We’ll use the best recommendations in Time Out London magazine.