Discover London's Latino Spots with Desta French

Travel Guide to London England by Desta French
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Discover London's Latino Spots with Desta French

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Singer, Desta French, was born and raised in a London where there is still no box but “other” to check for Latina/Latino/Hispanic members. The half-Colombian and half-Italian is now on a mission to find a voice for the UK's Latin population. She shares some of her favourite Latino spots across London with us.

Costa Azul

Whenever I’m in the mood for Ecuadorian food, this is the spot. You have to try the ceviche there.

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Pueblito Paisa

Latin village is like stepping into an actual indoor market in Colombia. I love it. It's filled with small local Latin businesses currently In litigations with the council who are trying to close it down so they build flats there. What’s new.

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Champs Barbers

Where I go to get my eyebrows slit when I’m in the mood. It's run by a pillar in the Latin community here, Ian (CHAMP) Hoyos.

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Stephanie's Multicentre

Where I go for hair/nails. Really good empanadas and gossip. Run by my friend, STEPHANIE SANTIAGO, who is also a very talented Colombian, London-based Soul Artist.

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Latin Groove

Nice cocktails, food and a place to pick up a @LATINOLIFE magazine with all the latest news on Latin culture in the city.

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La Caleñita

Every Latino In London knows La Caleñita. It's a famous bakery where you can find all kinds of cheesy breads and yumminess.

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Brixton Village

There are a bunch of places to eat here and really feel the culture living alongside other ethnic communities which is so nice to see. You have to have a cholada from Brixton Village. It's tropical fruity icey buffness, you have to try it to understand.

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La Vida Loca

La Vida Loca is another mini Latin Mall consisting of hairdressers, barber shop, nail parlour and masseuse on one floor and a Colombian bakery/restaurant along with other multi services for the community.

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