How the Vietnam war proliferated the number of Vietnamese restaurants in London. In 1975 the world was undergoing a massive paradigm shift with the ending of the Vietnam war, or American war depending on who you’re speaking to. This war resulted in approximately two million Vietnamese nationals fleeing as refugees to all corners of the globe, with a large number migrating to the United Kingdom and in turn ending up in London. Once in the UK, these new residents found challenges relating to employment opportunities, housing, language and culture. While initially clothing factories offered employment, after a period of decline, the vast majority – eager to foster a sense of culture and home – forged new paths by opening Vietnamese restaurants in London, and so began the London love affair with Vietnamese restaurants and cuisine.