Do you have a restaurant you’d recommend? As I’ve not had that much luck really!
China Town London
Leicester Square, London
Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London W1
- Leicester Square Tube Station (0.1 km)
- Leicester Square Station (0.1 km)
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The main street is Gerrard Street - capped at each end with Chinese style gates and playing host to a parade of Chinese restaurants. Part of the challenge of the area can be picking from the plethora of eateries to find one that's a) good and b) not too pricey.
Also along Gerrard Street are a couple of grocery stores with fantastic ranges of stuff you'd never find in a Tesco, and a must-visit for keen cook-at-home types.
Moving south, you have the slightly muckier Lisle Street, home to further Chinese restaurants and dumpsters from Leicester Square businesses. Not one of London's more scenic streets, but there's some fine restaurants along here.
Wardour Street is home to further restaurants, including the infamous Wong Kei - although the sprinkling of other businesses such as Pizza Express, Ladbrokes, O'Neill's, a slot machines place and a Costa make it feel a little more like the fringes of Soho and Chinatown meeting.
The Eastern end (around Newport Place) is home to a couple of further (smaller) supermarkets, Chinese trinket shops, and (no surprises here) more restaurants. Newport Court, joining Newport Pl to Charing X Road, bats above its weight with a really nice little dumpling window, plus the Baozi Inn, some herbalist/massage places, and a random shop which appears to sell diet powder, plastic rabbits, and phone unlocking.
Definitely persevere with the restaurants - there are some excellent ones in amongst them (as well as a couple that seem to have broken out of the area over to the other side of Shaftesbury Ave). As for which ones to choose? Well, Qype's probably a handy place to start looking...
bexb-d, 18 July 2012:
mrfrisky, 18 July 2012:
Hi there Bex!
There’s a few options:
Wong Kei is fairly low price, and has famously rude waiters (although apparently not as rude as they used to be). Sort of a non-cheerful version of “cheap & cheerful”: http://www.qype.co.uk/place/78488-Wong-Kei-Restaurant-London
Super Star on Lisle St is my favourite reliable default place. Good food, varied menu, good all-rounder: http://www.qype.co.uk/place/preview/uk-4583785-super-star...
Imperial China on Lisle St has a nice setting, is good for dim-sum, and has loads of private karaoke rooms upstairs too. The food doesn’t set my heart racing, but it’s decent enough. http://www.qype.co.uk/place/80699-Imperial-China-Restaura...
Leong’s Legends is good for the adventurous – plenty of stuff on the menu that you might not have seen before, and all great quality: http://www.qype.co.uk/place/229480-Leongs-Legends-London
My favourite at the moment is Ba Shan, a Hunanese place across Shaftesbury Ave. It’s a little pricey, and spiciness is a key element of Hunanese food, but I absolutely love it in there. Can be tricky to get a table in popular timeslots. http://www.qype.co.uk/place/574595-Ba-Shan-London
Which ones have you tried?
bexb-d, 19 July 2012:
Wow!! Thanks so much MrFrisky!
I can’t wait, I’m taking my parents up to London in a couple of weeks and they love chinese so I’ll defiantly been frequenting one of those!
Thanks again for such a great reply!
Well if your looking to go for a dim sum, Chinese buffet, of chinese food then this is the place to be in london, there is so much to choose from.
Whether it be lunch, dinner, or snack then you will find it as reasonably priced.
i was in soho yesterday for lunch and could not resist but go to china town for some great food, always a great smell of oriental food in soho but mainly in china town (for obvious reasons). look forward to my next visit
Set in the heart of Soho near Leicester Square tube station and the hub of the West End. This is the place to go to eat authentic East Asian Food and to experience all that is good from restaurants and patiSseries specialising in Chinese delicacies,noodle bars and fine dining,and east Asian supermarkets. There is one supermarket that is set on various floors,each level dedicated to various genres from Chinese,Thai to Japanese and Indonesian food. You will also find chinese herbalists,reflexology massage centres and much more. There are beautiful pagodas to capture a photograph and you will see many locals and tourists enjoy this place-so well worth the visit. For japanese food take a short walk to Romilly Street and enjoy Kyoto Restaurant which is very popular and well priced.
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Chinatown is a great place to spend time hanging around . I love the grocery shops , you can get all kinds of Asian foods without a lot of price mark up . Look out for the wonderful cakes shaped like animals in the shop window – they are a delight , even if you can’t bring yourself to eat them .
I love shopping and eating in China Town. It is a must on every trip to London, for original Traditional Chinese Medicine, herbs, tea and fresh steam breads, Lychees, Pomello and other delicacies. The quality varies but I have my favourite places where i always find what I want.
This is one of the best part of London. I love China Town when its their New Year-there is so much fanfare and beautiful displays! The alleyways surrounding add to the charm and everyone is very welcoming. The amount of food choices available is astonishing. All of it seems authentic and most places are not too pricey.Definetly buy some White Rabbit sweets-they are devine!
It is a must to visit when you are in London especially for those who love Chinese culture.
In China Town you can experience different parts of China in one place. They are northern and southern part of China.
you can find the Chinese restaurants and Chinese food (including the raw materials and ingredients) at a relatively cheap price.
In the Chinese New Year, there would be some special events (Lion Dance) held which is also worth visiting but be careful, there would be a lot of people!!
this is a great place just to woner around. i felt very safe and secure here unlike some parts of the city it has a welcoming feel. of course there are a great many number of places to eat and we did so at a few of them. The restaurant quality and service varies wildly but that is the same as any restaurant lined street.
A visit to Chinatown is an absolute must if you are in London, particularly around this time of year when the New Year celebrations are in full swing and the area is decorated with red lanterns. There are some fabulous Chinese restaurants around here but you must look. Price is not always an indication on quality, be prepared to read the newspaper articles and award stickers on restaurant doors to find out which have won awards. I have had a great meal in Chinatown for £10 and similarly a very bad one for £40. Whatever you do, steer clear of the all you can eat buffets!
Chinatown is a fantastic concept, its like stepping into a different world for a while. However, the chinatown in london to me seemed surprisingly grotty, we could not decide where to go for ages as everywhere looked a bit run down, the place we opted for in the end was mediocre. The only plus being that it was not expensive, was about £50 for both of us with a bottle of wine.
Fantastic if you need chinese ingredients though, they have a few supermarkets for this, I would imagine they sell everything yuo could possible need for chinese cooking.
Chinatown in Manchester is more classy, I had better food there and in general I prefer it
I love Chinatown, I think its a great place to go either for a night out or if you are just passing through. I think its a very pretty place at night especially with all the lights and the atmosphere is great. I’ve been here a few times and I think its absolutely great, and I love the food from the restaurants and the restaurants that I’ve been in, the staff have been really friendly. You must go there at least once in your lifetime.
Chinatown in London is a place to get the best chinese food and cooking ingredients in London. It’s affordable, colourful, friendly, and comes with a wide variety of choices. It can get quite busy during the weekend so make sure you plan your visit.
If you’re a fan of Chinese food and Chinese shopping this is the place to be.
There is a wide range of Chinese retaurants to choose from - some very well priced and others slightly more premium. Personally I prefer the cheap and cheerful and there are some lovely little places to choose from. Although be aware that just because they are in Chinatown doesn’t mean they are authentic Chinese or of particularly good quality.
There are also plenty of Chinese shops including video shops and cash and carrys. If you’re a fan of authentic Chinese home cooking you can’t do better this.
The area is very well decorated and looks like a little slice of China in the West End. However, if you’re not in to Chinese shopping or Chinese food there’s not much to see. You’re better to wait for the Chinese New Year when the celebrations are spectacular - I’ve never seen anything quite like the show that they put on. However, if you’re afraid of crowds then I’d stay away, and if you want to go somewhere to eat you should book well in advance.
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