Indian community of London

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Indian community of London
Total population
Estimated at around 542,857[1]
6.6% of London's population
(37% of the total Indian population in the UK)
Regions with significant populations
Southall, Wembley, Hounslow, Brent, Croydon, Redbridge, Ealing, Barnet, Tooting, Harrow
Related ethnic groups

British Indians form the largest ethno-national group in London with a population of around 542,857 or 6.6% of the population. The majority are concentrated in West London, home to London's Hindu community, though populations can be found throughout London.

Communities with significant
Indian populations
Community Percentage of
total population
Greater London 6.6%
Harrow 26.4%
Hounslow 19.0%
Brent 18.6%
Redbridge 16.4%
Ealing 14.3%
Newham 13.8%
Hillingdon 13.4%


Proportion stating that their ethnic group was Indian in the 2011 census in Greater London.

As at 2011, the Indian population of Greater London was 542,857 or 6.6% of the population, (including those of British Indian ethnic origin.[1]

Religious groups

Hinduism: Some of the largest Hindu temples in Europe, the Shree Swaminarayan Mandir, is located in North West London, London. The number of Hindus in London is around 350,000, of which most are of Indian descent, and Hindus compose nearly 64% of Indians in Greater London.

Sikhism: Most Sikhs in Greater London live in West London, Southall being the heart of the community. The largest Sikh organisation in the UK is the London based City Sikhs. The number of Sikhs in London is around 150,000, of which most are of Indian descent, and Sikhs compose over 27% of Indians in Greater London.

Islam: Around 20% of Indians in London are Muslims. They are located primarily in Newham in East London. Indian Muslims in London have strong connections to the Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim community of London. Most Indian Muslims came from East Africa, Jamaica, Gujarat and Mumbai.

Christianity: There are a significant number of Christian Indians in London. Most of them are from the states of Kerala and Goa. Denominations include Indian Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant. There is a Church in Wembley which offers Church services in the Gujarati language.

Parsi: The Parsi community, which mostly comes from the state of Gujarat or from Mumbai, is also present in London.

Jainism: In 2006 it was estimated that there were 25,000 Jains in the United Kingdom.[2]

Population spread

West London

In West London, close to Heathrow Airport, resides one of the UK's largest Indian communities. According to the 2001 Census, 39% of the people within the Ealing Southall constituency, comprising Southall and nearby areas, are of British Asian origin.[3] Southall is a thriving Punjabi community, with Southall Broadway being popular for its Indian shops, cinemas and restaurants. Another Indian residential area is the London Borough of Hounslow.

See also


  1. ^ a b 2011 Census: KS201EW Ethnic group: local authorities in England and Wales, Accessed 31 January 2015
  2. ^ "Religions - Jainism: Jainism at a glance". BBC. Retrieved 2013-09-14.
  3. ^ "Local statistics - Office for National Statistics".

External links

  • Indian London the Museum of London
  • Aden Mitra Mandal association of Indian community with historic connections to Aden, holds cultural and religious events
  • Live telecast from religious places from across india
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