> Read Craig’s review of Chinatown Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos and a video
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, it’s got the best Chinese restaurants in town.
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.
> Craig’s review of Chinatown – “I wonder if the whole of China looks like Chinatown? It looks like one of those themed zones you find at amusement parks. A big stone dragon? check! A huge wooden pagoda with green roof tiles? check! Red paper lanterns hanging from the lampposts? check! Watercolour paintings of waterfalls and blossom trees? check! Golden cats and pottery Buddhas? check! Wizened old l… continued”
If you enjoy this then try: Gerrard Street (you can walk there in less than 1 min); Leicester Square (you can walk it in less than 2 mins); Piccadilly Circus (you can walk it in 4 mins) and Soho (you can walk it in 6 mins).
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