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If you're looking for Vietnamese food in the capital, your best bet is the East London borough of Hackney, home to a considerable proportion of the city's Vietnamese community. Vietnamese people first settled here in any significant numbers following the reunification of Vietnam in 1975. It is thought that there are around 33,000 Vietnamese in London today.
Kingsland Road is home to dozens of Vietnamese eateries catering mainly to revellers on their way to the bars and clubs of nearby Shoreditch. The most popular among them have queues out the door on Friday and Saturday nights, but turnover is so fast that you rarely need to wait very long for a table. Many of them are bring-your-own-bottle affairs, though most are also licensed to serve alcohol too.
Three to try are Sông Quê (134 Kingsland Road, E2 8DY; 020 7613 3222), famous for its grumpy staff and enormous menu; Viet Grill, a classy option offering more innovative meat, salad and fish dishes; and Huong-Viet (An Viet House, 12-14 Englefield Road, N1 4LS; 020 7249 0877), a cheap and cheerful restaurant in a community centre a few minutes north of the main Shoreditch drag.