London Chinatown
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Chinatown is located at: Around Gerrard Street and Lisle Street, Soho,
Time required:
A typical visit to Chinatown lasts 15 mins (approx)

How to get to Chinatown

When visiting Chinatown you can use the following:
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Charing Cross BKL NRN, Covent Garden PCL, Leicester Square NRN PCL, Piccadilly Circus BKL PCL, Tottenham Court Road CNT NRN
If you want to visit Chinatown by train then the nearest underground station to Chinatown is Leicester Square
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Photo: Freepenguin / WikipediaGerrard Street, Chinatown

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Chinatown centres around Gerrard Street, in the heart of London’s Soho. It is filled with red lanterns, dragons and Mandarin street signs.

It is particularly busy during the weekend, when the local Asian population flock to the shops to stock up on Chinese foodstuffs, not readily available elsewhere. And if you want a taste of China, its got the best Chinese restaurants in town.

Chinese New Year in Chinatown

The most colourful time to visit is during the Chinese New Year – at the end of January/early February. Huge papier-mâché dragons dance through the streets with fire-crackers banging on the pavement.

Edmund Burke – 37 Gerrard Street
“Author and statesman, lived here.”
John Dryden – 43 Gerrard Street
“Poet, lived here.”
  • mike – “They've got some fantastic restaurants in chinatown. If you want a real authentic chinese meal then go to mr kong. Its not too expensive for the middle of London and the menu is huge. They've got just about every chinese meal possible and I must have tried at least half of them by now. I just love it because its in the middle of chinatown and I swear that with all the authentic chinese stuff and people around it just makes it taste a lot better.”
  • Athena – “Agreed there's not much to see. There is of course the gates before you come into china town, the pagoda at the end of the "town" where old chinese men gather to play poker. Plenty of good restaurants, too mention my favourites; ikkyusan, gerrard's corner, rasa sayang and hk diner just outside official china town. Ikkyusan and rasa sayanga don't serve only chinese cuisine, the latter at all.. But still very good restaurants.”

If you like Chinatown, then you might also like…

> Soho Soho was once the seedier side of London, but now has plenty of pubs, clubs and Chinatown.
> Piccadilly Circus The bright lights of Piccadilly Circus and the statue of Eros have become London landmarks.
> Gerrard Street Gerrard Street in London’s Chinatown is filled with red lanterns, dragons and Chinese restaurants.
> Leicester Square Leicester Square at night buzzes with people in the pubs, clubs and three huge cinemas.

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