Chinatown is a vibrant enclave where East meets West, nestled between Soho, Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden. A captivating oasis of Asian cuisine and culture, adorned with ornate Chinese gates and colorful lanterns.
Where Far East meets West End
From dim sum delights and hidden tea houses, to the lively bars and clubs of Lisle Street, Chinatown offers a genuine taste of the Far East in the centre of our cosmopolitan city, where heritage and culture combine to create a sensory escape that has long been woven into London’s rich and diverse tapestry.
Centred around the main artery of Gerrard Street and encompassing Lisle Street to the south, parts of Shaftesbury Avenue to the north, Newport Court and Little Newport Street to the east and lower Wardour Street to the West, Chinatown is home to almost 100 different restaurants serving a dazzling mix of cuisine from across east Asia.
Neighbourhoods don’t come more central than this. Perfectly positioned between Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Soho, Chinatown is literally at the centre of it all, a 24/7 melting pot of culture and diversity. With so many sounds, sights and scents, Chinatown is a treat for the senses, but also one of the West End’s most well connected enclaves.
From Original, to Oriental
Soho came into being after the Great Fire of London, the first houses of the post-fire regeneration being built along the newly created Gerrard Street around 1685, so the street really was the birth of Soho. However it wasn’t until the 1950’s that the Chinese community started to populate the area, relocating after the war from London’s original Chinatown in the East End.
All That Jazz
Ronnie Scott’s eponymous jazz club originally opened in a basement on Gerrard Street before crossing over to Frith Street
Walk The Walk
One of Chinatown’s major benefits is that most of the streets are pedestrianised, keeping the London traffic to a minimum
The First Post
Westminster’s first office for ‘Penny Post and Two-Penny Post’ was located at 39 Gerrard Street and set the template for the modern post office
Open The Gates
Chinatown’s famous gates were only erected in the 1980’s, despite the area being home to mainly Chinese immigrants since the 1950’s
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