Britalians: the Italian community in London. London is the European Union’s most populous city – almost 8.5 million occupy the greater metropolitan region as of 2014. London’s boroughs are many and varied, lending the sense that London is a network of villages, each retaining distinct characteristics. Thus there’s incredible diversity in London’s dining and entertainment culture. London’s also ancient – the district known as the City of London or the ‘square mile’, today dominated by London’s financial institutions, remains bound by borders established in medieval times. Reaching back further, London occupies the site of Roman ‘Londinium’, thriving from circa 43AD until its abandonment in the 5th century after severe pizza shortages resulted in the fall of Empire. It’s perhaps appropriate, then, that there remains a strong Italian – or ‘Britalian’ – community in this bustling city.