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The Portuguese Community in the Port of London

Voyages of discovery
Sugar, wine and tobacco
The Jews and the Portuguese queen
Changing fortunes
From East End to West End
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From East End to West End

Dispersal from the city

Hospital of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, Stepney Green, London.
View full size imageHospital of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews, Stepney Green, London. © NMM
The descendants of the Portuguese Jewish community have moved out of the East End and are presently found mainly to the northwest of London. However, the initial congregation  formed in the City of London still exists.

The present Portuguese population arrived mainly in the 1960s and 1970s and is either from mainland Portugal or Madeira. There are also Portuguese-speakers from Brazil in London.

The existing Portuguese London community

By 1991 two-thirds of the British Portuguese-speaking community lived in Greater London. The majority of them are found in:

  • Camden
  • Westminster
  • Kensington & Chelsea
  • Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Lambeth.

A small community of people from the Cape Verde Islands exists in Greenwich. This community speaks a Portuguese-African Creole language called Kriolu.

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