London’s Chinatown is a bustling area known for its restaurants and shops. It is located in the West End, within the City of Westminster, between Shaftesbury Avenue and Leicester Square. Visitors can find Chinese cuisine here, including regional specialties from different parts of China.
In addition to food and shopping, Chinatown is also a popular venue for various cultural events, particularly the Chinese New Year celebrations. These usually include a parade, traditional Chinese music and dance performances, and other customs associated with the holiday.
The Chinese community in London originally centered around Limehouse in the East End. The current Chinatown was established in its present location in the 1970s. Many businesses and restaurants in Chinatown are family-owned and have been passed down from generation to generation.
Chinatown is also a place where you can eat to your heart’s content within the relatively broader center of London. The area has several establishments that offer a Chinese buffet in the form of “all-you-can-eat”, i.e., the guest pays a one-time fee and can then serve themselves whatever they fancy. The only limit is usually on the maximum amount of prawns that can be consumed in one visit, otherwise, there are no restrictions.
If you like the style of Chinese restaurants commonly found worldwide, you will leave feeling satisfied. However, if you are looking for an exceptional taste experience, it is advisable to head elsewhere for Chinese food.
One person can eat in the “all-you-can-eat” style for 14 GBP (approx. 16.10 EUR). If you want to take the food with you, a large bowl will cost 7 GBP (approx. 8 EUR), which is really very cheap for London. Chinese buffets usually do not accept cards, but you can easily withdraw cash from local banks’ ATMs directly on the street.
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