Over 12,000 Chinese people live in London ensuring that there is a vibrant sense of Chinese culture in the capital.
There are many Chinese community centres across the city, they can be found in: Chinatown, Barnet, Camden, Hackney, Islington, Lambeth, Haringey and Tower Hamlets. In addition, there are large organisations such as the London Chinese Community Centre, London Chinatown Chinese Association and the London Cultural Centre which all organise regular community events that you can attend.
Chinatown plays a large part in London’s Chinese community and can be found on Gerrard Street, near Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square underground stations.
Here is where you can find a large range of Chinese restaurants and supermarkets, including:
- Four Seasons – known for Hong Kong-style Cantonese roast duck and their specials menu
- Barshu – spicy Sichuan specialities (on nearby Frith Street)
- Feng Wei Shi Tang – authentic Sichuan food
- Little Lamb Hotpot – cook meat, seafood and veg in hot stock (on nearby Shaftesbury Avenue)
- New Loon Fung
- New Loon Moon
- SeeWoo Supermarket
For those avid karaoke fans, London has lots of places to choose from, including:
- Kirin Chinese Restaurant – near Cannon St station
- JinLi KTV – near Chinatown
- Sanxia Renjia Chinese Restaurant and Karaoke – Goodge Street
- Sichuan Restaurant – Greenwich
London also has the Westminster Chinese Library in the Charing Cross Library. The Library is home to one of the UK’s biggest public collections of Chinese materials. Users of the library can choose from the collection of over 50,000 Chinese books available, music and films.