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  • 5.0 star rating
    17/8/2014
    1 check-in
    Listed in London

    Chinatown was prob was one the highlights during my time in london. As a Chinese, you can't go to london without stopping by Chinatown. From the Chinese bakeries, to the hand pulled noodles, street food (baozi and ji dan zai), face mask shop, groceries stores with mangosteen!, chatime, dim sum, HK food, etc. The list goes on. I had a blast here and tried a lot of different places here and all were pretty good (from 3 stars to 5 stars on yelp, nothing lower). If your Chinese def stop by, its a decent Chinatown with good things to offer. Make sure you bring cash and not all places are open to 3 am so keep that in mind :).

    • Qype User Ramm…
    • London
    • 53 friends
    • 22 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    23/7/2008

    My 'home from home' in London; I know Chinatown like the back of my hand. It's an interesting place, and you can meet all sorts of characters there, from tourists looking for a taste of China to drunk Chinese men pissing against the wall (yes, I have seen this!). If you look vaguely Chinese in this area - I'm Thai - be prepared to have random people trying to sell you stuff and talking very fast in Cantonese to you. However, Chinatown is great for supplies! Supermarkets such as New Loon Moon, See Woo and Loon Fung import goods from a variety of Southeast Asian countries such as China (obviously), Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines.
    I personally wouldn't recommend Chinatown if you want amazing Chinese food, but the 'London Chinatown' (confusing name, I know) and 'Canton' restaurants are my favourites when I want decent food that doesn't cost an arm and a leg.

    • Qype User peterb…
    • London
    • 27 friends
    • 73 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    China Town is located just north of Leicster Square and basically does exactly what is says on the tin. It's full of Chinese restaurants as well as a number of pubs and bars, plus some chinese grocery stores. Certainly the place to head if your looking for an authentic chinese meal whatever your budget.

    Also a great place to go during Chinese New Year as the whole place is decorated with Chinese Lanterns and ecents are often organised.

    • Qype User ra0212…
    • London
    • 34 friends
    • 122 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I am not a frequent visitor to this area, but I am usually presently suprised. I would have to say that the quality of food is excellent, but I am sure a few people have had very bad experiences. One thing that upsets me is the lack of staff in some restaurants and also the knowledge that some of the staff are not being paid minimum wage. One restaurant I was in had one waiter serving at least ten tables and it was very very busy. The guy on the table next to me was served a pint of beer and half of the beer was head. Before he could complain the waiter wa gone.
    It is an excellent place to be on Chinese New Year, but forget about eating in the restaurants as every one was completely packed out last year. Try Mcdonalds!

    • Qype User karin…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 74 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/4/2008

    It is not quite the American China Town but nevertheless the oriental aromas of the place really draw you in. Shop next to shop is true Chinese cuisine, their raw materials, their fun chocolates and other foods. There is everything as you walk on, and I've discovered new stick chocolates!
    Its nice culturally discovering china town as you are not so ignorant to all the flavours and ingredients of china so that is what I would recommend the most

    • Qype User madbo…
    • Helmsdale, Highland
    • 3 friends
    • 61 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    Worth a visit as its culturally different from the rest of London, the Chinese signed street names add to the charm.

    As far as I could make out it was just one street and a side street marked by chinese gates, so nothing like the massive Chinatown in New York.

    It's still a very cool place to visit with all the chinese goods on offer. Not sure i'd eat in Chinatown though, i've heard too many stories from Chinese friends about the reliability of the food.

    Definitely don't just stumble into the nearest restaurant - do a bit of research!

    You can get to Chinatown from either Shaftesbury Avenue or cutting through from Leicester Square.

    You absolutely must also play the game of 'dodge the menu' - if you can get in or out of chinatown without being handed a written menu you deserve a medal!

    • Qype User tfidon…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 52 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    For some reason, this is a place I prefer to visit in the evening. I think there is much more of an atmosphere at this time, despite being less busy than on a weekend. As I work close by, I often pop down for some food in the many restaurants. It is worth a note of caution, though, that the quality of food can be very hit or miss. I tend to avoid the buffet places, or anywhere that only has an upstairs that you can't see. I like to know what I'm getting myself in to. Because of this, I haven't had a really bad meal there.

    Obviously, it's great to visit on Chinese New Year, or anytime when there's going to be a bit more bustle, such as Christmas.

    You will also find some excellent Chinese Supermarkets there. The quality of the food in these places is great, and it's always good to buy some strange cuts of meat that you would not normally think of getting, not to mention all the veg and sauces that aren't available in a lot of other places. Make the most of it and try something new.

  • 5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Whilst it's not the biggest of the Chinatown's I've visited around the world, it certainly ranks as one of my favourites (probably because I visit it so often!). Its close proximity to Theatreland makes it a great place to go after or before seeing a West End show, and the prices of the food can be as little or as much as you want them to be, depending on the restaurant you choose!

    Chinese supermarkets are also useful for picking up some of those hard-to-find items for use in cooking at home, and the yearly dragon dances for chinese new year are great to visit!

    • Qype User Joe_Ro…
    • Leeds, West Yorkshire
    • 2 friends
    • 51 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    My wife and I love spending time in Chinatown. It is so different from the rest of London. It has just a great atmosphere. It is always interesting to look in all the windows and look at what fantastic food they have to offer.

    There are so many restaurants to choose from, you cannot really go wrong, We have eaten at 23 of them and they are always of a high standard. And the menus at these restaurants are pretty much the same, so I guess it does'nt really matter which one you choose.

    The area does get really busy in the evening but I think this just adds charm to the place.

    • Qype User chan2…
    • Crawley, West Sussex
    • 1 friend
    • 60 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    Definitely a place to visit if you're in London. It has a buzzing atmosphere with tourists and locals mingling. It has a variety of restuarants for you to choose from, traditional chinese bakery and supermarkets. The chinese supermarkets are worth a visit even if you are just browsing.

    If you fancy a bit of dim sum for lunch then i would recommend Laurette Restaurant (opposite Theatre Land) for a light lunch. The place can get quite busy during the lunch hour but it is worth the wait. The restaurant itself is clean though the toilet facilities could be improved. Worth a visit here though

    • Qype User mdanie…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 47 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    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.

    • Qype User Frank_…
    • Cologne, Germany
    • 0 friends
    • 208 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    27/6/2013

    Vor über 30 Jahren war ich in Chinatown in London und damals waren es kleine dunkle Straßen mit Restaurants, in denen 70 % Chinesen aßen. Wir  als Touristen  fielen direkt auf.
    Heute ist Chinatown eine Fußgängerzone als ausschließliche Attraktion für Touisten. In den Restaurants sind 90 % Touristen und es ist teuer und nicht mehr authentisch.

    • Qype User Ladisl…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    28/12/2007

    A multitude of chinese stuff is waiting for you there. To be honest I was expecting to find the things to be cheaper, but I was deceived.So I bought nothing.
    If you love meat, you'll find there plenty of restaurants, serving you with all sorts of meat disheswith rice, of course. If you are a vegan, there is a good place to spend some time and money on all sorts of exotic fruits and vegetables.
    If you're going to buy presents or something like this, ...don't go.
    In a market I found a BIG fruit that I was impressed of.

    • Qype User bholta…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 39 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    23/1/2008

    China Town is just around the corner from Soho. It's a bustling area with a wide choice of Chinese restuarants and shops.

    You enter a street through chinese 'gates' and you've arrived. You can browse through the chinese and japanese shops at your leisure. There are some very interesting types of food and it may inspire you to widen your horizons on the cooking front.

    The food is cheap and the restuarants are the best of the best for Chinese in London.

    Take a stroll down the side streets for cheap clothing and nick nacks.

    • Qype User Rydwin…
    • Wrexham
    • 0 friends
    • 100 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    30/11/2008

    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

  • 5.0 star rating
    23/1/2008
    First to Review

    I'm hardly an expert and this isn't a part of London that I've explored all that much. Love it when I'm around on the early side of lunch. Hate it late on a weekend night. I have a couple of particular restaurants that I always keep in mind and enjoy meandering around in search of buns and other treats. It seems rather mild and tiny compared with New York's Chinatown but it is a wonderful bit of London nonetheless.

    • Qype User mrfris…
    • London
    • 46 friends
    • 84 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    6/7/2012

    I'm never fully convinced I know where Chinatown starts and ends  probably broadly defined as everything North of Leicester Square up to Shaftesbury Avenue, between Charing Cross Road and Wardour Street.
    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

    • Qype User lyndse…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 148 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    This is a great place to visit on an evening, the shops are worth a look and there are some great places to eat. HOWEVER, there are also some not so great places to eat so be careful! I once went to a restaurant in Chinatown where the floor was covered in carpet, a man was passed out on one of the tables and he made us pay for the food before we even sat down. Basically, if a deal sounds too good to be true (eg. 50 courses for £4) if probably is. Do yourself a favour and spend the extra money on a decent meal.

  • 5.0 star rating
    30/10/2011

    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.

    • Qype User Batter…
    • London
    • 23 friends
    • 105 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/1/2008

    China town is a complicated place. You could find yourself eating one of the tastiest meals you have ever had or you could find a coackroach scuttling accross your feet when you go to the loo (I'm not been overly mean gere, I am speaking from experince!!). There are the famous places - like wonkies who have made their name from having the rudest waiters. Personally I just think it's dull old bad service and mediocre food, but you have to take your hat off to them for making the most out of it!! There is one small place that has a cheap and cheerful set menu that includes crispy duck - £8 per head or something, I'm afraid the name escapes me but it is the 1st road parallel to leicester sq before you get to the main China town street and it is the one with the oriental watercolours of running horses - vague?? nah, you'll know it when you see it!!
    Something I would recommend is heading into ne of the little cafes and trying the steamed pork dumplings, they are quite large and cost about a quid, but very good. The cafes can be a little intimidating as they are pretty authentic - but that's why the food is good. Also, Dim Sum on Sunday mornings is a China town tradition.

    • Qype User Akira2…
    • London
    • 57 friends
    • 48 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/7/2008

    Chinatown is a big place is the West End. The colours and lights make the place look like Chinese new year all the time. The restaurants are great some modern some old, which is great because it shows different chinese cultures. No matter what restaurant you go to you are guarenteed to get an excellent meal.
    There are always people around you, tourists and others.
    Everyone there is so welcoming and warm.
    There are buffets all at great prices too.
    Its a great place to have dinner/lunch and i suggest you do.

    • Qype User Gothic…
    • London
    • 11 friends
    • 80 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    Fun place to hang out in. Good food but look out for the all you can eats for under a tenner the food is dire.

    • Qype User Buzzbo…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 131 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    16/11/2008

    China Town is definately a good addition to the Soho area and makes the area so much more interesting. It feels like a little China in the middle of London and you can really get a feel for China without leaving the M25. Walking down the streets you can see the ducks in the windows. A few doors down you can munch as much as you like from a buffet for less than £5 per person which is not bad considering the location. There is a vibrant and cultural feel to the area which is great and a definate must visit when in London.

    • Qype User Harou…
    • London
    • 62 friends
    • 101 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    25/8/2008

    A Very sudden change is thrown on you as you take the short walk from trafalar square and walk into this place. All of a sudden EVERYONE is chinese. It is incredible, there is no need to go to china just go to chinatown. a lovely touch i noticed was the HSBC there is written in chinese script.

    • Qype User iamabo…
    • Perth
    • 10 friends
    • 124 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    14/11/2008

    The first thing i thought when i saw this is , where should i eat . There is so many lovely eating places in China town. This is such a nice area of London , everything is Chinese and it looks very pretty you don't even feel like your in London any more. the food is great. There is also many chinese shops which are worth a lookin.

    • Qype User pluk8…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 107 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    Chinatown is a great place to visit especially if you are a tourist to London. Here you can try authentic Chinese cuisine! My advice would be to stay away from buffets as this will not really give you the real Chinese experience. I would advise visiting a proper Chinese restaurant, such as the Golden Dragon, London Chinatown, Crispy Duck/Hung's. The place also does great Dim Sum and I would have a look around on the weekdays during the afternoon, as many places run a 50% off promotion of dim sum during this time. There is also a great cake shop called Wonderful Patisseries which has really yummy treats! There are also a couple of supermarkets for those interested in buying some Chinese ingredients!

    • Qype User Purcha…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 113 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    I love Chinatown in London - fantastically central - it's surrounded by Soho, Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus. Great place to head for a chinese fix - like dim sum/yum cha especially - & all competitively priced. Some of the restaurants are well decorated (with slightly higher prices to match) whilst others are looking a bit run down - so there's something available to all sorts of budgets. It's also good to note that on the periphery there are a number of nice japanese restaurants also available to eat at too - again well priced. It's worthwhile trying out a variety of different restaurants on offer, as a lot of them serve dim sum differently & this way you can find out which place you prefer to settle on a favourite to frequent.
    There used to be a number of cheap chinese supermarkets also present - where you could buy groceries / crockery, but they seem to have diminshed over the years to just a few now - which is a shame.
    And although I suspect the all you can eat buffets for £5 might've slightly improved over the years - I'd still advise to avoid them - or at the very least - examine what the menu for the buffet is offering - you'd be surprised what they craftily consider a 'dish'! Fried onions anyone?!
    Good place to take visiting friends / family when they arrive to the big bad city that is London. Then walk through Soho for a laugh ;)

    • Qype User vietjo…
    • Peterlee, Durham
    • 1 friend
    • 64 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/11/2008

    A real feel of the Orient with out the hassle of Air travel and no carbon footprint. The range of food is superb and there are a couple of very cheap eating places, with some the oddest of choices Condensed Milk on toast an old childhood favourite brought back some fond memories. You can stock up on some of the less easy to find ingredients to recreate some of your eastern favourites at home. Try the Durians when available, a smell to forget but a taste to remember.

    • Qype User Bapend…
    • Sheffield, South Yorkshire
    • 3 friends
    • 113 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/11/2008

    not the best chinatown ive been to in my opinion. i think manchester is better
    the SIZE is bigger.
    however. the thing that is a let down is it is really dirty. and when your walking u get a wiff of polluted air. not nice.
    the restuarants there u have to pay tax at the end aswell. or is it just a BIG tips. i have no idea.
    its not that nice.
    althought at nights it does look pretty.
    suppose its worth a visit.

    • Qype User rich…
    • Poole
    • 2 friends
    • 51 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    One of my favourite places in London. The only time this place seems to be remotely quiet is at aound 8.30am (apart from the people on their way to work and odd delivery vehicle!) You can get a meal here pretty much any time of the day or night. My favourite restaurant is the Royal Dragon - awesome hot and sour soup! Often there are Chinese street musicians playing outside in the main street, using traditional instruments, which adds to the atmosphere of China Town. Pop into one of the chinese supermarkets and pretend you are in Asia! With enough restaurants here for you to enjoy a try a different one every night of the week, there is plenty to keep you going here in China Town!

    • Qype User Flatst…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 84 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    An interesting part of town to walk around, children love to see the street names written in Chinese, the little pagodas on the telephones boxes, the big red gates and the strange fruit and vegetables on show outside the many shops. Some of the grocers shops are good places to get ingredients that are harder to find elsewhere.

    • Qype User Cat…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 55 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    24/11/2008

    China town is a lovely area of London. It has a great selection of authentic Chinese food at very reasonable prices.

    Whenever I'm in the area around lunch time I have lunch in one of the many Chinese restaurants. I find that egg fried rice for £2 is much nicer than a bag of McDonalds chips for lunch! Many of the restaurants also do lunch time buffets for a set price meaning you can eat as much as you like quite cheaply - yummy!

    I go with my Chinese friend quite often and she can vouch for the fact that the food is very authentic and tasty too!

    Would definitely recommend a visit for lunch if you're in the area! Refreshingly cheap for central London too!

    • Qype User zara7…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 109 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    2/6/2009

    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!

  • 5.0 star rating
    12/2/2012

    China Town is the best part of London, when you want to eat some great asian food not only chinese food also japanese and korean stuff you can find there.

    • Qype User polari…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 37 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    21/5/2009

    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!!

    • Qype User deenac…
    • Nottingham
    • 8 friends
    • 128 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/9/2011

    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 .

    • Qype User bradle…
    • London
    • 31 friends
    • 66 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    2/11/2011

    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

    • Qype User svince…
    • London
    • 4 friends
    • 88 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    17/1/2009

    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!

    • Qype User Aiping…
    • London
    • 6 friends
    • 32 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    17/2/2010

    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.

    • Qype User kosher…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 16 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    7/10/2007

    The present Chinatown, off Shaftesbury Avenue in London, did not start to be established until the 1970s. Up until then, it was a regular Soho area, run-down, with Gerrard Street the main thoroughfare. In 2005, property developers has proposed a plan to redevelop the eastern part of Chinatown. The plan is opposed by many of the existing retailers in Chinatown, on the basis that they believe that the redevelopment will drive out the traditional Chinese retail stores from the area and change the ethnic characteristic of Chinatown. Despitante all eefords it still remains as the basic for the chinese community. With all the restaurants, travel agencies, chinese supermarkets, chinese cake shops and 2 genuine chinese banks. The streets are visited by many tourists and ofcoarse the chinese from all over London come to chat, dine and meet. A lively area, worth to visit. The closest underground: Leister square. Have a look at the menu before entering, some restaurants charge an arm and a legg, others are human friendly, but overall the food is excellent and fresh.

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