London: Side Trips


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It's not quite Chandni Chowk, but close your eyes, breathe in the smells and listen to the pulsing bhangra, and you could be in the famous Delhi market. There's always noise and color in Southall, but it reaches a crescendo on Saturday, when shoppers descend on this suburb in the far west of London (take the overground train from London Paddington to Southall station) to buy fabric and other goods from the subcontinent and to eat in the restaurants catering to the local Punjabi, Pakistani, Somali and Afghan communities. On Tuesday the market specializes in live fowl and caged birds; on Friday there's a flea market.

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