Chinatown

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

Pubs and restaurants

Pubs and restaurants near Chinatown

Getting to Chinatown

Driving:
Service stations and parking near Chinatown
Taxis:
Minicab firms close to Chinatown
Buses:
14, 15, 19, 22, 24, 29, 38, 94, 176 – London bus prices
Trains:
Charing Cross BKL NRN, Covent Garden PCL, Leicester Square NRN PCL, Piccadilly Circus BKL PCL, Tottenham Court Road CNT NRN
The nearest train station to Chinatown is Leicester Square
Plan your journey from Earl’s Court, Euston, King’s Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Marylebone, Paddington, Victoria, Waterloo or another London Underground station:
Train journey to Chinatown
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Hotels:
Accommodation near Chinatown
Photo: Freepenguin / Wikipedia Gerrard Street, Chinatown

Craig’s London blog> Read Craig’s review of Chinatown  Check out my London blog for a full review, with photos and a video

Good for kids? Value for money? n/a Worth a visit?

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.

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.”
 
  •  Guest – “How far to walk from leicester square,station to china town.”
  • Admin – “About sixty seconds.. You just head down lisle street and turn into gerrard street.”

> Talk about this attraction

> 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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