​Norwegian Expats Adding To The “Spice Of Life” In London


Finding Norwegian creativity in London is quite easy. The country exports only their very best to the United Kingdom, and it comes in many shapes and sizes. From architecture to dance, from film to arts and from food to seasonal events, Norway is always present in London.

It’s Scandinavian music that is making it big in the world right now. You can enjoy an evening of Scandinavian pop by going to Anna of the North’s concert later this month at the Lexington. The electro-pop duo is composed of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith and they are taking the world by storm with their soft Scandinavian sounds (although one half is from New Zealand).

You can also enjoy Pixel, a Norway indie-jazz band at the Spice of Life in London. The band is dynamic, fun and full of improvisational flexibility. It isn’t the first time they perform in the British Capital, and it certainly won’t be the last.

If you’re looking for more active entertainment, you can visit the Sadler’s Wells Theatre to enjoy an evening with the Northern Lights. Not precisely the ones you can see in the sky during certain seasons, but these dancing performers from Scandinavia will delight your senses by presenting different artistic dances from the Nordic region, including Norway.

Exhibiting Norwegian Designing Talent

For those who are into design, the London Design Fair that will take place later this year is a perfect place to explore the variety of Norwegian creativity when it comes to design. The 100% Norway exposition will exhibit works from seventeen Norwegian designers who are challenging the typical techniques of their country’s design history.

Trafalgar Square and Norway’s Thank You Gift to England

Now, for a real Norwegian-British tradition, you’ll have to wait until Christmas time. Since 1947 Norway has presented, year after year, Great Britain with a tree brought straight from Oslo. As a thanks for their help during World War II and a token of the two nations’ friendship, it has now become tradition for Trafalgar Square’s Tree to be more of a Norwegian celebration. The Norwegian Embassy and Statoil light the tree every year following the event with a concert at St. Martin-in-the-Fields church. Although this year’s lineup has not been yet revealed, there will certainly be a great Norwegian vibe in the Square nearing Christmas.