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Chinatown offers Chinese culture and authentic Chinese food in the centre of London. The area is situated in the heart of the West End and is easy to access via Piccadilly Circus or Leicester Square .

The streets of Chinatown in London are always vibrant and colourful. The buildings are adorned with colourful decorations or paper lanterns, and the streets are often full of people. It’s a great place to soak up some culture and explore the sights and sounds of London.

Many restaurants in Chinatown in London serve delicious Asian cuisine, dim sum, noodles, and dumplings, serving food from different regions, such as Cantonese or Sichuan-style. But, of course, there are also plenty of other Asian restaurants to choose from. So whether you’re in the mood for dumplings or steaming bowls of ramen, Chinatown has something to satisfy your taste buds. The restaurants can get busy, especially on weekends and in the evenings. There are also various places for drinks, from bars to cafes to bubble tea places.

The main event during the year in Chinatown is the Chinese New Year. It is celebrated in January or February, depending on the year, and features a parade, captivating live performances, and a lively festival atmosphere. The event includes traditional lion and dragon dances, marching bands, and diverse live performances showcasing martial arts, dance, and music.

Chinatown in London is a great place to visit for a unique grocery shopping experience. Various Chinese supermarkets offer a range of produce, meat, and seafood, including Loon Fung supermarket, which has been open for over 50 years and SeeWoo, which opened in 1975. In addition, you’ll find a variety of traditional Chinese herbs and spices that can be used to add flavour to your dishes. So, if you’re looking for a different grocery shopping experience, check out the Chinese supermarkets in Chinatown. Some bakeries offer bread, cakes and buns if you prefer something sweet. Our favourites include a custard bun from one of the bakeries, a Bubblewrap from Bubblewrap on Wardour Street or a Bilog from Mamasons on Newport Court.

How to get to Chinatown?

The nearest underground stations are Piccadilly Circus , Leicester Square and Covent Garden .

What is near Chinatown?

Chinatown is located in West End , so is a wide variety of places to visit, nearest of which is Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus .

Nearest Stations

Piccadilly Circus - 4 min

Bakerloo Piccadilly London Underground Zone: 1

Leicester Square - 5 min

Piccadilly Northern London Underground Zone: 1

Tottenham Court Road - 7 min

Central Northern Elizabeth Line London Underground Zone: 1

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