Chinatown

Chinatown information

Location
London
Getting there
Tube: Leicester Sq
More information
www.chinatownlondon.org
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Immediately north of Leicester Sq – but a world away in atmosphere – are Lisle and Gerrard Sts, a focal point for London’s Chinese community. Although not as big as Chinatowns in many other cities – it’s just two streets really – this is a lively quarter with fake oriental gates, Chinese street signs, red lanterns, restaurants, great Asian supermarkets and shops. Do be aware that the quality of food here varies enormously.

To see it at its effervescent best, time your visit for Chinese New Year in late January/early February. London’s original Chinatown was further east at Limehouse but moved here after heavy bombardments in WWII.