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13 Best Restaurants in London’s Chinatown

13 Best Restaurants in London’s Chinatown

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I recently visited London for the first time, and I was totally in awe when I came across Chinatown.

We loved Chinatown in London so much, that we actually visited 3 times during our week-long trip to try multiple restaurants and food spots!

The red lanterns hovering over the streets of Chinatown are so magical, and there are so many incredible restaurant and food spots in this little neighbourhood in London.

Here are some of the best restaurants and places to eat at in Chinatown London!

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Best restaurants in London’s Chinatown

Bun House in Chinatown London UK

Bun House

Bun House is a super popular spot in London’s Chinatown, and they specialize in buns (duh).

As someone from Toronto, where there’s no shortage of incredible Chinese food, I have to say that we had some of the best Chinese buns we’ve ever had at Bun House.

Bun House in Chinatown London UK

We got the Pig, Chick, Lamb, and Custard Buns, all of which were to die for.

The buns were perfectly fluffy, and the fillings of all of them were so flavourful and aromatic.

I love that they also stamp the Chinese names of all the buns directly onto the buns, and you can translate them by looking at the translations on the box.

They also have other snacks on the menu like Hot & Sour Waffle Fries and Fried Milk Ribs!

You can get 3 freshly-steamed buns at a discounted price of £11, or you can order a set of 6 to steam yourself at home for £21.

LOCATION: 26-27 Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA, United Kingdom

The Eight Restaurant

This contemporary Hong Kong-style café in Chinatown serves up an extensive menu of classic Cantonese comfort foods.

From their HK Style Prawn Toast to their Satay Beef Pineapple Bun, they’ve got plenty of delicious options to choose from.

Of course, you’ll also find classic Hong Kong-style baked rice dishes!

They also have set menus for two or more people if you’re looking to try a range of dishes.

LOCATION: 68-70 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LZ, United Kingdom

Dumplings' Legend in Chinatown London UK

Dumplings’ Legend

Satisfy your dumpling cravings at this Chinatown spot serving up pan-Asian inspired dumplings.

They’ve got a variety of xiao long bao options, including unique options like fresh crab roe!

Dumplings' Legend in London Chinatown, UK

You’ll also find all kinds of other interesting dumplings like their Black Truffle & Seafood Dumplings and Spicy Duck Dumplings.

And of course, if you just like it classic and simple, they’ve got those too!

LOCATION: 15-16 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE, United Kingdom


This cozy Japanese eatery serves up an extensive selection of home-style comfort foods from curry udon, to soba, to bento boxes.

They’ve even got sashimi and sushi options, albeit not a huge selection.

The prices are pretty affordable, especially for the portions!

LOCATION: 11 Wardour St, London W1D 6PG, United Kingdom

Tokyo Diner

If you can’t get enough of Japanese cuisine, stop into this homey restaurant that’s been in operation for over 30 years.

You’ll find a variety of simple yet satisfying Japanese comfort foods like donburi (rice bowls), bento boxes, and sushi.

They also have a no-tipping policy, and any tips left on tables go towards St. Martin-in-the-Fields’ unit for the Homeless.

If you dine here, you might also end up on the live webcam!

LOCATION: 2 Newport Pl, London WC2H 7JP, United Kingdom

Shu Xiang Ge Hot Pot

Shu Xiang Ge is London’s very first authentic Sichuan hotpot restaurant.

They serve up the famous spicy flavours of Sichuan, and you can order your perfect a la carte hotpot situation.

They also have premium cuts of meat like Japanese A5 Wagyu!

If you haven’t heard of Sichuan cuisine before, it’s known for its mouth-numbing spiciness, and it’s oh-so-delicious.

LOCATION: 10 Gerrard St, London W1D 5PW, United Kingdom

Jinli Chinese Restaurant

Jinli offers up Sichuan-style Chinese dishes, from dry pot to hotpot.

Of course, you’ll also find plenty of spicy dishes like their House Special Grilled Whole Seabass with Chilli Sauce and their Stir Fried Lamb with Szechuan Spicy Sauce.

They’ve actually got two locations in Chinatown, as well as locations in Birmingham and Uxbridge!

LOCATION: Various locations

Hankki London China Town

If you’ve got a craving for Korean food, pay a visit to this modern Korean restaurant located in Chinatown.

Enjoy classic Korean comfort foods like Kimchi Tofu Soup with Rice or Korean Army Stew.

You’ll also find more modern Korean bites like their Chuncheon Spicy Cheesy Chicken, Kimchi Seafood Crispy Cup, and Dalgona Coffee Puffs!

They’ve also got some pretty great lunch specials starting from £10.80.

They even make their own house-made soju, and you can enjoy signature cocktails made with it.

They’ve got chic nightclub-inspired decor with plenty of neon lighting, so it’s the perfect after-work or date night spot!

LOCATION: 7 Wardour St, London W1D 6PE, United Kingdom

Gold Mine

Stop into this no-frills Chinese restaurant for their signature roast duck and Cantonese classics.

They also offer up dim sum, with faves like Pork and Prawns Siu Mai and Steamed Pork Spare Ribs in Black Bean Sauce!

You can also enjoy Cantonese seafood dishes like Lobster with Ginger & Spring Onions.

And of course, Peking Duck is their specialty, so it’s a definite must-order.

LOCATION: 102 Queensway London W2 3RR United Kingdom

New Loon Fung Restaurant

Check out this Chinatown restaurant for traditional Cantonese classics and dim sum.

Find classic dim sum dishes like Siu Mai and Steamed Barbecue Pork Bun, as well as more unique dishes like Mock Shark’s Fin Dumpling with Pork & Prawn and Peking Ravioli with Chilli Oil.

You can either order a la carte or go for one of their set menus for multiple people!

LOCATION: 1/F-4/F, 42-43 Gerrard St, London W1D 5QG, United Kingdom

Barshu Restaurant

Spicy Sichuan specialities are served at this stylish restaurant in Chinatown.

You’ll definitely want to order multiple tapas to share – try the Mouthwatering Sichuan Chicken and the Barshu Smacked Cucumbers.

They also label how spicy dishes are on their menu, which is super helpful if you can’t handle too much spice!

The restaurant is adorned in Chinese lanterns and traditional wooden decorations, and the vibes are super nice.

LOCATION: 28 Frith St, London W1D 5LF, United Kingdom

Plum Valley

If you’re looking for more of an upscale spot in London’s Chinatown, stop into Plum Valley and dine in their contemporary space.

They dish up regional Chinese cuisine and all-day dim sum, with everything from delicate Cantonese dishes to spicy Sichuanese specialities.

Try unique dishes like their Chilli Shredded Beef with Mango in Crispy Vermicelli, Stir Fried King Prawns in Indonesian-Style Sauce, or Pan Grilled Black Cod with Champagne & Honey Sauce!

LOCATION: 20 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JQ, United Kingdom

Orient London

Orient London is another upscale Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, serving up dim sum, Sichuan cuisine, and seafood dishes.

Enjoy one of their set meals or order a la carte, with spicy dishes like Fried Soft Shell Crab with Chilli & Pepper and Poached Fish Fillet in Hot Chilli Oil.

They’ve also got some interesting dim sum options, like their Steamed Charcoal Lava Buns and Thai-Style Squid Cakes.

LOCATION: 20 Gerrard St, London W1D 6JQ, United Kingdom

London Chinatown UK

Best restaurants in London’s Chinatown:

  1. Bun House
  2. The Eight Restaurant
  3. Dumplings’ Legend
  4. Misato
  5. Tokyo Diner
  6. Shu Xiang Ge Hot Pot
  7. Jinli Chinese Restaurant
  8. Hankki London China Town
  9. Gold Mine
  10. New Loon Fung Restaurant
  11. Barshu Restaurant
  12. Plum Valley
  13. Orient London

If you’re a big foodie, Chinatown London is so worth visiting.

These are so many awesome spots to eat at in London’s Chinatown, and it’s so much fun to just stroll around and see all the sights!

Have you tried any of these Chinatown food spots before? What are the best restaurants to eat at in Chinatown London in your opinion? Let me know on Twitter or Instagram!

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