Japanese Presence in London

The Japanese community in London includes business professionals and their dependents staying on a limited term employment visas, trainees and young people involved in UK government schemes, students and Japanese emigrants and their descendants who have settled in London. Ever since the early 1860s, Japanese people have been coming to London and living here and the Japanese Embassy was set up in 1862. The first students who studied at University College London arrived here in 1863. The community grew steadily and by 1935, the Japanese population stood at 1,871.

In the 1970s and 1980s, many Japanese firms decided to set up European manufacturing and operational hubs in the UK and a majority of their corporate offices were located in London. Gradually Japanese schools and social facilities were also established to support the community. 38,000 Japanese nationals were living in the Greater London area in 1994, out of a total of 54,415 in the UK. Traditionally, the Japanese community’s residential centres have been areas such as Acton, Finchley and Croydon where Japanese language based grade school and weekend language programmes are also based.

In the early 1990s, the Japanese expats tended to stay in North London and West London while lower-ranked Japanese workers preferred to live in Croydon. Japanese middle managers started living in Ealing, Finchley and Golders Green whereas the bosses lived in Hampstead and St John’s Wood. There is a greater density of Japanese restaurants and shops in the areas where there is a greater concentration of Japanese residents.

The Japanese have set up many insurance companies, banks, security houses, job agencies, interpretation and translation companies and restaurants in the City of London making it the most important centre of the London Japanese community. With such a large professional diversity and a varied cultural scenario, London attracts many Japanese expats who find that it is an exciting and accessible place to settle in. Because of its various offerings and its flair and multicultural society, London is the preferred destination of many Japanese expats. There are plenty of professional opportunities in the city because there has been a revival of the financial sector as well as the resurgence of creative industries.

Many visitors to London prefer to stay in a London Heathrow Hotel as they like to be located close to Heathrow Airport so that they can reach the comfort of their hotel room within minutes of landing after a gruelling and long flight. They can also relax until the last moment if they have an early morning flight to catch and avoid the traffic snarls that characterise London roads. Moreover, there are different categories of hotels in this area making it easy to choose the one that would meet their needs and budget.

However, before moving to London, a Japanese expat should be aware of the conditions prevalent in the city in various fields especially with regard to accommodation, how to get around the city, London’s exciting nightlife, leisure opportunities and the various attractions that have made the city so famous and desirable.

Top Attractions of London: London is a vast metropolis and a cosmopolitan city being home to many different communities and immigrants from different countries. The city also offers a plethora of attractions such as museums, art galleries, theatres, cinemas, nightclubs, bars, pubs, restaurants of different kinds, street foods, different shopping options of all categories from boutique fashion shops to the street markets and large department stores such as Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and many more. The various historic landmarks and other attractions that have made the city one of the most desired tourist attractions include Buckingham Palace, London Eye, Madame Tussauds, Westminster Abbey, Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, British Museum, Kyoto Gardens and many more.

Accommodation: London is visited by more people than any other tourist destination in the world and as such the city offers all types of hotels and other types of accommodation to suit the needs of different visitors having different budgets and requirements, such as Bed & Breakfast, Travel Inns, hostels, dormitories and serviced apartments. The city also offers different types of hotels ranging from the most luxurious 5-star and boutique hotels to the cheapest hotels that provide at least a comfortable room with all basic facilities in a clean and hygienic environment.

One of the best places to stay in London is the Park Grand Paddington Hotel which is a contemporary 4 star hotel offering an excellent location that is easily accessible by public transport and is situated at a few minutes’ walk from Paddington and Lancaster Gate stations. As such, guests staying at the hotel can reach all parts of the city easily, especially Heathrow Airport which is just 15 minutes away via Heathrow Express. The best feature of the hotel is that it is ideal both for leisure and business travellers because besides its wonderful room facilities and hotel amenities, it also offers business-friendly facilities such as meeting rooms, business centre and conference facilities.

The rooms of this hotel are well-appointed and beautifully designed to provide the right style and comfort. The bedrooms are chic and contemporary and are furnished with state-of-the-art amenities that include complimentary broadband and Wi-Fi, LCD TV with satellite channels, tea/coffee making facilities, in-room safe and a lot more. Guests desiring more luxuries can opt for staying in Club Rooms that provide pampering extras like complimentary fruit and mineral water on arrival, bathrobes and slippers, local newspaper, complimentary access to the fitness centre, and access to the Club Lounge where they can relax, unwind and enjoy complimentary beverages as well as ease to get connected as it offers a computer with complimentary internet access. The hotel also provides a charming in-house restaurant where guests can enjoy a daily freshly prepared breakfast with a choice of full-English or Continental. It also offers The Atlantic bar with a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The hotel, though being located in a happening part of London, offers a quiet and relaxing stay where guests can relax after a tiring day of hectic activities.

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