Black and minority ethnic activity and social groups
London is a very cosmopolitan city, and there are plenty of social and cultural groups for people of all cultures and ethnicities. Whether you're looking for art, music, history, sport or just a chance to spend time with people who share your background, there is bound to be something out there for you.
On this page we've gathered together details of just a few of the organisations which provide advice or arrange social activities for people from a particular minority ethnic group.
There are also a growing number of groups on such smartphone apps as Meetup which cater to members of diverse backgrounds or interests.
And you can go to our Events calendar to find out about all sorts of activities going on locally.
The British Chinese Society aims to bring together the members of the Chinese community in London through social events, sports and cultural activities. Activities include language classes, martial arts, sports, food and drink and theatre trips.
This is one of many open to all Japanese people and anyone who is learning Japanese or who is interested in Japanese culture, this group has regular social meets.
A website for people from the Phillipines, with details of local events, food and drink, and social networking.
Based in the heart of East London's Bengali and Bangladeshi community, the Bengali Cultural Association organises cultural, religious and social events.
Aiming to promote and improve the economic well being of the Bangladeshi community in the Church Street, Marylebone and St John's Wood areas of Westminster.
London's largest Indian society, organising cricket matches, live music, religious and cultural festivals and social activities.
The Pakistan Society runs a busy programme of talks, dinners and social events for Pakistani people and anyone with an interest in the history and culture of Pakistan.
From January 2015 - a new befriending service which is open to all individuals who are in need of extra help to improve their social circle. They will reach out to the most vulnerable individuals that live anywhere in London.
A day centre for Asian older people and people with physical disabilities in Hammersmith and Fulham and caters to residents in surrounding boroughs.
Address: 89 Askew Road, London W12 9AS
Tel: 020 8811 1501
The Arab British Centre organises events throughout the year, placing a particular emphasis on the arts, culture and society of the Arab world.
The Afghan Association of London exists to support and advise members of the Afghan community, and also organises cultural and social events that provide leisure and recreation opportunities for its members, including sports, a women's group and cookery demonstrations.
The IKWRO was set up in 2002 to provide advice and information on a range of topics. However they specialise in providing information and advice on 'honour' based violence, forced marriages, child marriages and femal genital mutilation.
This small community association provides advice and support to London's Somali community, and also runs social events, folk dance classes, language workshops and cultural activities.
Though mainly focussed on women's issues and education, Al-Hasaniya also organises a group for older Moroccan men and women, as well as cultural activities.
The Africa Centre is based in Soutwark, and has lively cultural activities as well as a cafe for informal social gatherings. It has a regular book club, film nights and a summer festival.
A new Jewish community and cultural centre in Finchley (formerly the JCC), hosting a wide range of social and cultural activities and classes.
Jewish Care operates a number of community centres around London for older Jewish people, offering art classes, card and board games, music, poetry and more.
London Irish Network was set up to provide Londoners with an Irish background, or those with an interest in Irish culture, an opportunity to meet up, socialize and enjoy a range of varied activities.
The Irish Chaplaincy in Britain provides befriending and other support for older Irish people living in London.
Scotscare provide all sorts of support, including a befriending service for older people, for Scottish people living in London.
POSK has a cinema, gallery, library and workshop space and runs art and history exhibitions, traditional music and dance workshops, poetry, book fairs and more.
This society for Portuguese people living in the UK aims to cater for all ages and interests and organises parties, musical events and talks with an active and lively annual program.
Latin American House (Casa Latinoamericana)
Casa Latinoamericana is based in North West London and offers support, advice, cultural events and social activities for people of all ages from Latin America.
The Anglo-Brazilian Society organises parties, talks, food festivals and music events and acts as a cultural hub for Brazilian people in the UK. It also promotes Brazilian culture and supports development charities in Brazil.
This society is open to anyone with an Argentinian background or an interest in Argentinian culture, and organises walks, art exhibitions, wine tastings and more.
Formerly the French Caribbean Association, MBMB aims to promote and share Creole culture while supporting Creole people in the UK. Their Culture and Traditions Team organises live music, arts and crafts demonstrations and cookery demonstrations, as well as social and fundraising events.
Pepperpot provides a comprehensive, high quality service to older people from the African and Caribbean community in Kensington and Chelsea and the neighbouring boroughs. They run a lunch club offering hot Caribbean food daily, plus classes and activities including gospel singing, chair aerobics, dominos, IT, bingo and arts and crafts.
Lunch and social activities for older African-Caribbean people in Westminster. Activities include concerts, outings, bingo, exercises, shopping trips, arts and crafts, meeting people and socialising.
Social activities, information and advice support, citizen advocacy, befriending schemes and learning opportunities including computer skills for the over 50s African-Carribean community in Hammersmith and Fulham.
Black History Walks offer guided Walking Tours London to include the African history of London, as well as a programme of talks and films.
KeshetUK works to ensure a world where no one has to choose between their LGBT+ and their Jewish identity.
Sarbat offers a platform for like-minded Sikhs from all walks of life and aims to promote the LGBT+ Sikh cause in a fair and courteous manner.
The Inclusive Mosque Initiative is dedicated to creating places of worship, particularly for marginalised communities, and the spiritual practice and promotion of inclusive Islamic principles.
The United Kingdom's First Zikir and Theology Group Run for and by Queer Muslims
Hidayah is a secular organisation, however its projects and activities are developed specifically for the needs of LGBTQI+ Muslims.