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London Chinatown
London Chinatown

London Chinatown

Chinatown, Westminster, England, W1D

The Basics

London’s Chinatown dates back to the early 20th century, but it was originally based in Limehouse in the East End. Chinatown moved to its current location in the 1970s, and today, Gerrard Street is at the center of a neighborhood where dozens of Asian restaurants can be found. The area is home to Japanese sushi bars, Korean eateries, and traditional teahouses, as well as Chinese supermarkets, reflexology and massage parlors, and Chinese medicine practitioners.

Chinatown is a stop on many London tours, including small-group and private walking tours around Soho, city sightseeing bicycle tours, and photography-focused walking tours. A great way to absorb Chinatown culture is to join an international food-focused tour of Soho and its surroundings; you’ll discover unusual eateries that are missed by most visitors.

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London’s Chinatown Food Experience
London’s Chinatown Food Experience
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$133.69 per adult
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Great for families with teens!
Surprised by an extra two days in England before my husband arrived, my 13-year-old son and I took a chance on a new Viator offering – a three hour private walking tour of Chinatown offered by City Unscripted - London’s Chinatown Food Experience. Our guide Tom W., a UK/US dual citizen, was amazing! He took our special requests and circumstances communicated prior to the tour to heart, including our request to meet at the end point of our early morning Harry Potter-themed walking tour and to eat immediately as my son would likely be super hangry. Tom also did something none of the three other tour guides we worked with during this trip accomplished – he ENGAGED my teenage son for three hours after we had participated in a disappointingly lackluster 2.5-hour Harry Potter-themed tour. While I might have preferred dim sum to the buffet and a trip to a grocery store, I understood why Tom made his choices and Tom was absolutely my son (and my) favorite tour guide of our entire UK & IT trip. I cannot stress how important it was that Tom asked my son direct questions and modified his approach and presentation based on my son’s answers and interests, giving us a tour that included but went beyond Chinatown. Bottom line, while the tour may be in its growing stages, Tom is an amazing tour guide for the very challenging demographic of families with teenagers!
Rachel_P, Jul 2022

Things to Know Before You Go

  • London Chinatown is a must-visit for those with an interest in diverse London culture and history.

  • Many Chinatown dining establishments stay open into the wee hours, so check them out after a show, or post-bar hopping around Leicester Square and Soho.

  • Chinatown’s new fourth gate (on Wardour Street) is the biggest in the UK. It was completed in 2016 and built in traditional Qing Dynasty style.

  • New Loon Moon and SeeWoo supermarkets carry unique ingredients for Asian cooking.

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How to Get There

The nearest Underground stations are Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus, both within a 5-minute walk of Chinatown and served by the Piccadilly, Northern, and Bakerloo Lines. Numerous bus routes serve the area, and taxis are always easy to find.

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When to Get There

This district is most lively after dark, when warm lights glow from the windows of busy restaurants. The best time of year to visit is during the Lunar New Year celebrations, when colorful decorations and street entertainment add to the atmosphere.

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Unique Celebrations

Lunar New Year is an exciting time to visit Chinatown, especially the 15th day when the Lantern Festival takes place. This neighborhood also hosts other events throughout the year, such as Moon Fest, a weeklong harvest festival held in mid-fall, when celebrants eat mooncakes and watch traditional performances.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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