The term Chinatown has been used to describe a number of areas in London over the years, but the current area is in and around Gerrard Street.
It features an array of Chinese restaurants, souvenir shops, supermarkets, bakeries and other Chinese-run businesses. The street decor also helps to create an homage to some of China’s most famous cities, with lanterns and oriental gates featuring prominently.
The location can be reached easily from a number of key transport centres and acts as a bustling hub for London’s East Asian community. Whether you are looking for authentic Eastern ingredients at Chinese supermarkets, or want to find out more about traditional Chinese medicine, the area has it all. And, of course, there are over 80 restaurants selling sushi, satay, stir frys and much more.
Getting to Chinatown
The nearest Tube stations are Leicester Square, Piccadilly Circus and Covent Garden.
From Leicester Square, walk up Charing Cross Road, turn left on to Little Newport Street, then right on to Newport Place. Follow the road around and then turn left to get on to Gerrard Street, which is where Chinatown is based. The walk will take less than five minutes.
From Piccadilly Circus, head east towards Glasshouse Street and then turn left on to Shaftesbury Road. Next turn right on to Macclesfield Street and Gerrard Street will be on the right. The walk will take about five minutes.
From Covent Garden, head southwest on Long Acre and continue on to Great Newport Street. Next, turn right on to Charing Cross, turn left on to Little Newport Street, then right on to Newport Place. Follow the road around and then turn left to get on to Gerrard Street. The walk will take about seven minutes.
Parking near Chinatown
The following car parks are located in or nearby Chinatown.
Q-Park Chinatown (20 Newport Place, London, WC2H 7PR) – Has 306 parking spaces and is in the heart of Chinatown. Opened 24/7 with prices starting from £6.50 per hour.
NCP London St Martin’s Lane (St Martins Lane Hotel, London, WC2N 4HX) – Has 44 spaces, is staffed 24/7 and tariffs start at £11 for 2 hours. The car park is six minutes away.
NCP Brewer Street (Brewer Street, London, W1F 0LA) – Has 100 spaces and is open 24/7. Prices start from £12 for 1 hour. The car park is five minutes away.
Restaurants near Chinatown
Of course, you can’t go to Chinatown without checking out some of the cuisine that has made it so famous. Some of the most regularly recommended establishments are:
London Chinatown (27 Gerrard Street) – Well known for their dim sum.
New China Restaurant (48 Gerrard Street) – This place specialises in Sichuan food.
New Loon Fung (42-44 Gerrard Street) – Offers an authentic Cantonese menu.
Suki (39 Gerrard Street) – Cooks up distinct Japanese and Pan-Asian fare.
Oriental Dragon (31 Gerrard Street) – Known for their adventurous regional cuisine.
Cinemas Near Chinatown
Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY – 0.2 miles away
Odeon Leicester Square
(24-26 Leicester Square East, London WC2H 7LQ – 0.2 miles away)
(99 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5DY – 420 ft away)
Cineworld London Haymarket
(63-65 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4RL – 0.3 miles away)
Places to visit in Chinatown
Chinatown is ideally placed for visitors to London, as the area is close to a number of major landmarks. Among those are :
Leicester Square (less than one minute away)
The West End (less than one minute away)
Soho (two-minute walk from Chinatown)
Piccadilly Circus (two-minute walk from Chinatown)
National Portrait Gallery (four-minute walk from Chinatown)
Nelson’s Column (five-minute walk from Chinatown)
Institute of Contemporary Arts (six-minute walk from Chinatown)
British Museum (11-minute walk from Chinatown)
Somerset House (12-minute walk from Chinatown)
London Eye (14-minute walk from Chinatown)
Oxford Street (15-minute walk from Chinatown)
Montcalm hotels is on of the best hotel in London to see these points.
FAQs People Asked Related to This Post
- By TubeThe nearest Underground stations to Chinatown are Leicester Square (less than a minute walk away). Take exit two, turn the corner and you'll be smack dab in the middle of Chinatown.Other nearby underground stations are:Covent Garden (a 4 -minute walk away)Piccadilly Circus (a 7-minute walk away).
- By Train
The nearest train station is Charing Cross (an 11-minute walk away).
- By BusReach Chinatown by Bus via routes 14, 19, 38, N19, and N38. (the buses do not travel directly through Chinatown, but stop along the streets which border it)