Not, he says, because of the sheer numbers of Poles now using public transport, but because “10 or 15 years ago, you used to be able to sit on a bus and listen in on the most intimate conversations between Polish people.
They would share all sorts of indiscretions and talk in loud voices because they thought nobody else could understand them.
In my case, I was outbound from Warsaw, Poland to London. In my case, I was outbound from Warsaw, Poland to London.
Most major supermarkets, including Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Waitrose, now stock Polish food and drink.There are 10 Polish churches in London alone, in locations such as Balham and Ealing, and road signs are translated into Polish in villages around Cheshire.Since the launch of Tinder back in 2012, and with people bored of long drawn out profiles and endless messaging back and forth on traditional dating sites, there is no denying that dating apps are now the go-to method if you want to meet someone online these days.And whether it’s something deep and meaningful you’re after or a hassle-free hook up, there’s a dating app for you.The data, extracted from the 2011 census, confirmed the staggering numbers of Polish migrants who are now living, working and putting down roots in the UK.
Some 521,000 Polish-born people have made their homes here, a figure that has increased seven-fold since 2003, when just 75,000 were listed in the census.There are hundreds of Polish-owned clubs, pubs and bars, a hugely popular newspaper (founded in 1940) and cultural centres that regularly host sell-out Polish plays and exhibitions.According to figures from the Office for National Statistics, Poland is the most common country of birth for non-UK born mothers in Britain, with 20,495 babies born to Polish mothers in 2011.In addition to long-established Polish communities – in west London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Nottingham and Slough – smaller hubs have established themselves in rural areas, such as Carlisle in Cumbria (twinned with the Polish city of Slupsk) and the Scottish Highlands.During the past decade, Polish culture has ingrained itself in British society.In many parts of Britain, such statistics will come as no surprise.