UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES)



Welcome to Ukrainian London online!

Through these pages you can follow London’s Ukrainian language and culture trail, find out about the Ukrainian community and browse Ukraine-related events.

There have been Ukrainians (or their predecessors) in this country since the Middle Ages. The first documented migrant to these shores was Isa of Chernihiv, who is mentioned in English exchequer records of 1180-82. There were various Ukrainian visitors over the ages, but the first sizeable group to settle arrived in the UK (in Manchester) at the end of the 19th century.

Although a number of individuals visited London and lived here over the centuries, it was only after the Second World War that the first large wave of migration took place, and a Ukrainian community arose in London.

On the map below you can see various places in London which are associated with the Ukrainian language, culture and community. And you can read about all this in more detail by clicking on the links below and the right-hand menu.