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Neighbourhood: Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
How to get there
  • Leicester Square • 3 min walk
  • Piccadilly Circus • 4 min walk
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  • Sarah Grace
    London, United Kingdom7,380 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Vibrant, Lively, Lovely
    In Chinatown London last Friday, 18/8/23 and it has changed somewhat with outdoor seatings alfresco style that wasn’t there before but offering much more customer space though clearly the restaurants here are still as busy! Definitely very lively and vibrant with visitors from all over the world. Sad to find my favourite Joyluck Hot Pot place has closed down but I found my favourite Four Season Chinese five spice roasted duck and roasted pork as well as my favourite fried chicken snitzel Taiwanese style, Good Friend 😋 On a foodie trail that day with my son and partner 🥰💛
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 August 2023
  • Too Poor 2
    Baltimore, Maryland329 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chinatown London
    One of the more colorful and definitely more crowded Chinatowns I have been to. Lots of restaurants, bakeries, little bubble tea shops and gift stores are found in this 6 block area. And most of the streets are devoid of traffic so you have an easier time wandering and checking out the stores and restaurants. Color balloons criss cross the street and the arch is your entry point near the W hotel. Good way to grab a quick bite since it is located near the downtown shopping, SOHO, Trafalgar square, theatre and movie districts. And many of the Hop On buses have a stop nearby.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 October 2023
  • Sam & Jason L
    191 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    London weekend trip for daughters birthday, sight seeing and plenty of fun. Husband and I had never been to Chinatown so we decided to go. We all loved it! The atmosphere was epic - never felt like that before. Everyone was happy, felt really safe. The streets look good, smell great. Very very pleased we went there!!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 October 2023
  • Mr. Fisher
    Tampa, Florida477 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to eat
    We were walking around central and found Chinatown. It is small but very colorful and entertaining. We ended having a great dinner in one of their restaurants. The food is really authentic and competes with the food of any other Chinatown in the world (eg New York).
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 October 2023
  • Josue C
    New Haven, Connecticut509 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Chinatown London
    Chinatown in London, is a very fun place to visit. I really liked the entrance to the area, adorned with traditional Chinese tiles. As I walked through the neighborhood, I noticed streamers hanging all over, dozens of shops, and restaurants, there is a way different vibe in here and in the rest of London. Great place to find souvenirs at marked down prices, and good authentic Chinese food. Chinatown is located near Picadilly Circus and Leicester Square. Overall if you want to add a different experience, do a little shopping, or craving for Chinese food then this is the place to visit when in London.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 October 2023
  • The_Concierge_8
    Trinidad and Tobago3,722 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Made modernly popular by Tiktokers! The popular have longest lines. Chinatown is Social Media heaven for young visiters!
    Chinatown is a must-visit for all visitors to London. It's part and parcel of the unique experience of visiting the city. Located in the fashionable, restaurant-laden area of SOHO, it's very easy to get to by bus and train. There are tons of options for meals. Some in our party were driven to find recommended establishments for bubble-tea, pastries, baos, roast meats and other Asian foods based on popular tiktok videos. We could instantly tell those food places as the lines were longest there including places like Sakurado, Yunique, Good Friend Chicken, Bun House, Bunsik, Chinatown Bakery and so many others. Everyone has their fave places and bucket list as a young visitor that you can tick and then post to social media. Such is the way it is these days. You can easily spend half a day here if eating and social media if your thing!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 April 2024
  • Bon viveur
    London, United Kingdom2,361 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots to see and smell
    We enjoy strolling through China Town when in the Soho vicinity. It’s busy and noisy and vibrant, full of unusual sights and smells. We were pleased to see that the refuse/ street hygiene was much better than on our last visit.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 May 2024
  • Deanosaur89
    Edmonton, Canada7,818 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Food and Plenty to See
    The China Town is located near the theatres and Piccadilly Circus areas. There are many Asian food offerings here like Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean. When we visited we tried a Haidilao near the main gate but would be open to trying more in the area if we got a specific craving for Asian food. There are lots of lanterns and it would probably be very cool to visit during Chinese New Year! Closest metros are Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 June 2024
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Carla M
United Kingdom719 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Best Chinese food is in Chinatown! This is a place full of live, sound and colours! There’s always something happening.
Lots of different Chinese food restaurants/ options, I will not recommend a specific one because I always try to vary and until now I was never disappointed on the taste and food quality!
I love dumplings 🥟 so every chance I get I will go to Chinatown!
There are plenty of good Chinese food restaurants in London.. but the food taste can’t be compared, even the duck is absolutely delicious (and I don’t like duck).

The fun and colour and decoration of the street is beautiful. Is not as big as NY Chinatown, but Is not the size that matters, so I recommend the visit .
The restaurants are not too expensive.
6 dumplings (veggies, duck, prawn) 2 main ditches drinks and coffee.
£23 per person.
Written 5 January 2020
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thara r
Epsom, UK401 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
All of it is good. We were here on a day trip two years ago now. Come by car, taste some great Chinese food as part of the whole experience in a restaurant, then either look at the nearby shops or just simply make new lifelong friends whilst eating. Recommended. You also must check out the interesting shops that sell you all kinds of things. Call the restaurant ahead to book a seat however. After a hearty meal, take a slow walk around the area on foot to see the shops as well and visit the market stalls. A trip to Chinatown is not the same without wonton noodles and lanterns.
Written 25 November 2021
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western87
London, UK194 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
It is nice back to China town after long lockdown, we went lunch time on sunday. All restaurant set up outside seat, so it is little bit different this time eating outside. It is busy and some restaurant need to wait for seat. Some part hang up a lot of red lantan for declaration.
Written 27 September 2021
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Paul Legate
United Kingdom21,908 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Friends
Chinatown in London is located in the City of Westminster with Gerrard Street being the main focal point of the area but originally Chinatown was situated in Limehouse in the East End. I have been visiting Chinatown since I was young and it is such a vibrant place with a range of restaurants, supermarkets and businesses but unfortunately it has taken a huge blow due to Covid-19 and during recent visits it has clearly been affected. Chinatown is definitely somewhere to visit whilst in the West End and hopefully it will be soon back to its former self.
Written 16 January 2021
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Roberts69
Northampton, UK18,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Most cosmopolitan cities have a Chinatown and London is no exception. Established in this area in the 1970's the main attraction is the Chinese Gateway on Wardour Street. Opened on 25 July 2016 by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York, it was made by Chinese artisans and assembled in London. The gate is in the style of the Qing dynasty and is a lovely sight. With Chinese Lanterns strung between houses on Lisle Street it really has a great ambiance. With circa 80 restaurants as well it is a dream for any lover of Chinese cuisine. We ate at 'Er Mei' restaurant and the food was amazing (see my separate review of the restaurant). An area well worth a visit.
Written 17 June 2021
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henry r
London, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Solo
Hi there people, I will not recommend to have a massage anywhere here in London Chinatown. Not professional and expensive with no health benefits, plus they would want to feed you with medicinal herbs.
40minutes and came out with more pain and not the first time. I tried few places in Chinatown.
Just think you could save money, doing it at a non Tourist area made a huge difference.
Well that's just my experience, when people do with passionate experience, it goes a long way.
Written 15 March 2022
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Traveltx0002
7 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
This is probably the only place in London that you will need cash. Why? I think because they can unfortunately.
We were here before Christmas and during Christmas Day. If you are in London during Christmas Day and everyone tells you to go to Chinatown because that’s all that is open then please find something else.
They have a Christmas “menu” made just for the day which is double the price, extra 20% service charge, cash only, and then portions are smaller. I completely understand the menu being the holiday but portion size, cash, and extra 20% are ridiculous. Purely taking advantage of people on the holidays.
Avoid at all cost. Food was not even great. The only thing I recommend are the bobas.
Stay away from all the dim sums and Chinese foods. There are plenty of Asian foods not in Chinatown that are absolutely great and takes cards. Give others outside of Chinatown a try before heading here for dinner.
Written 7 January 2023
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Too Poor 2
Baltimore, MD329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
One of the more colorful and definitely more crowded Chinatowns I have been to. Lots of restaurants, bakeries, little bubble tea shops and gift stores are found in this 6 block area. And most of the streets are devoid of traffic so you have an easier time wandering and checking out the stores and restaurants. Color balloons criss cross the street and the arch is your entry point near the W hotel. Good way to grab a quick bite since it is located near the downtown shopping, SOHO, Trafalgar square, theatre and movie districts. And many of the Hop On buses have a stop nearby.
Written 5 October 2023
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tharshini
Denmark2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
I went to Chinatown, and for an emergency, I needed to exchange some cash because some of the shops only accepted cash. I found an exchanger nearby to exchange my 100 euros. However, she only gave me a very low amount of exchange, which was 20 pounds short. I felt really cheated and asked for my hundred euros back, but she ignored me and smiled. I showed her the exchange rate, but she continued to ignore me. So, please be cautious and avoid exchanging money at money exchangers in Chinatown.
Written 15 April 2024
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mcmonScotland
Girvan, UK807 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I came through late in the morning (but early for Chinatown). The streets were crowded with delivery lorries and people wheeling trolleys full of stuff into the restaurants. It was a beautiful, sunny and warm day in January so nice for a stroll and a couple pictures. It is compact but plenty of restaurants and shops. I’m not sure how busy it would be now with current events but, otherwise a good place for a meal.
Written 28 February 2020
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