Shreena Soomarah is a copywriter whose parents emigrated from Mauritius more than 30 years ago.
There is no one race, religion, cuisine, or way of life that defines Mauritius. Much like London, life there is a cosmopolitan existence. No wonder the two cultures get on so well, and so many Mauritians choose London as their second home.
There are a few places you can find Mauritian culture in London:
- The Mauritian Open Air Festival takes place each July in Down Lane Park, Tottenham, and offers Mauritian cuisine and performances by some of the biggest names in Mauritian music
- Tune into Spectrum Radio, a radio station based in Clapham, to hear Mauritian sega and soca music, plus programmes dedicated to the Mauritian community in the UK
- The first Mauritian post office stamps are among the rarest in the world and can be viewed as part of the Tapling Collection at the British Library. Dating back to 1847, only 500 of each value were produced
- At the Natural History Museum, you can see a native Dodo. These are a Mauritian emblem, having been made extinct when the country was colonised
Where else can you find Mauritian culture in London? Let us know in the comments below.