It’s the fans that make professional sport tick, and it’s people that make London what it is. So during the first stages of Euro 2020, we set out to capture and befriend some of London’s multinational fans as they cheered on their teams. We ate gözleme in Green Lanes with British Turks, drank pear schnapps in the garden of an Austrian chef and struggled through a bottle of Buckfast with 10,000 Scots in Leicester Square. We commiserated with Danes, swapped numbers with Swedes and defended cheddar in the face of a proud French postman.
We had a great time and met some lovely people, but what did we learn? Generally, that Londoners of all nations appreciate the city’s diversity, energy and attitude, that London is an ongoing collection of stories and journeys, and that people (for the most part) are happy and willing to tell these stories and share these journeys, and that, despite its blemishes and imperfections, London is a city that’s truly loved.
And we learned about fika, the Swedish custom of pressing pause a few times each day to drink coffee and eat pastries – a custom we have adopted to an unproductive degree. It might be time for a fika break now, as it happens…
Follow Richard on Instagram at @richardmorganstreetphotography and Ben at @benaitken85. He's the author of 'The Gran Tour: Travels with my Elders', and 'A Chip Shop in Poznan'.
Where to watch the 2021 Euros in London this week