If you are going to UK, much much cheaper to go to Leicester- fly to Luton or East Midlands via EasyJet. The Golden Mile has several Indian cinemas and there are many DVD shops, restaurants, jewellery and clothing, food and spices stores. And of course the best Diwali celebrations in the whole of Europe.
The Golden Mile
is a name given to a stretch of the Belgrave Road in Leicester
, United Kingdom
. The origin of the name is often, mistakenly attributed to the many shops selling gold jewellery. In fact, the name was first used in the late 1960s and early 1970s when a proliferation of yellow-amber traffic lights appeared along a short stretch of road (one mile to be exact). While commonplace now, at the time it was unique in Leicester. It is renowned for its authentic Indian restaurants, sari
shops, and jewellers
and has been described as "the closest that Britain comes to an Indian bazaar".
This area of the city is also famous for its seasonal lights which combine to celebrate winter festivals including Diwali
. The Diwali celebrations in Leicester are focused on this area and are the largest outside India
From Leicester City Council website: Diwali - The Festival of Light Diwali Lights Switch-On 20th October 2013
Diwali Day 3rd November 2013
Diwali Celebrations in Leicester are one of the biggest outside of India, with up to 35,000 people attending the switch on of the lights on Belgrave Road and even more attending Diwali day itself in the heart of the city's Asian community. Enjoy the fireworks display and live cultural entertainment on stage as the festival of light marks the start of the Hindu New Year.
For further information visit www.visitleicester.info/diwali
Google Golden Mile Leicester for pictures. The sales for clothing and jewellery after Diwali celebrations are just amazing.