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Chinatown, London Overview

A colourful and flavoursome mix of the offerings of authentic Chinese culture, London’s Chinatown, located in the West End part of London in Soho, is a busy and bustling marketplace with a high concentration of East Asian diaspora.

While the place saw a surge in footfall 1960’s onwards, it started around the 1950s with a few Chinese restaurants around the block. It is now a congregation of Chinese history and culture, with 80+ businesses, and with the streets decorated in Chinese symbols and signs, making it one of the most touristy places in the city.

Meander around the place, spotting lanterns, decorator dragons, and also the country’s biggest Chinese Gate, made in Great Qing dynasty style, the last dynasty to exist in China. The biggest event of the year is the Chinese New Year celebrations.

Enjoy the Chinese culture in the streets on London and don’t forget to pick up gifts for your loved ones back home from this place. And oh! Don’t forget to have a hearty meal of your favourite East Asian cuisine from this place either!

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Main Yearly Events

- International Lion & Dragon Dance Festival, New Year’s Day

- Lantern Festival, 15th day of the Chinese New Year

- Dragon Boat Festival

Eat and Shop

The place has authentic Chinese delicacies, food joints, and mementoes to take back home. There are shops after shops full of souvenirs. When you are done shopping, treat your taste buds to the best to offer cuisines from Korean, Malaysian, Burmese, and European to Japanese, Sichuan and Taiwanese.

Golden Dragon, Imperial China, Ichibuns, Plum Valley, Shu Xiangge, Leong’s Legend, Hot Pot and Olle are some of the famous eating places around the area.

If you want to grab a quick and cheap meal, you won’t have to compromise on the quality at Chinatown. Little Newport Street has such joints like Chinese Tapas House which make fresh food in front of you.


Gerrard Street and Lisle Street, London W1D 6JW, England

How To Reach Chinatown, London

Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly, Northern and Bakerloo lines)

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