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Chinatown, Around Gerrard Street and Lisle Street, Soho
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A typical visit to Chinatown lasts 15 mins (approx)

Getting to Chinatown

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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
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Photo: Freepenguin / Wikipedia Gerrard 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, 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.”
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  • Admin – “About sixty seconds.. You just head down lisle street and turn into gerrard street.”

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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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