Slowly but surely London is starting to open. The heart of the city is starting to pump again and I couldn’t be happier about it. Chinatown has always been at the heart of London. It’s located in the centre of the city and has a recognisable and infectious buzz. You’ll be pleased to know the area is ready to welcome you back with open arms and I’m here to help you with that.
Below you’ll find an itinerary of a fun day out in Chinatown. It will take you past all the iconic Chinatown landmarks, have you eating amazing food and even getting your name in lights … I’ll explain more about that later.
First, you’ll want to see all the iconic features of the area.
The Chinatown Gate is a historic landmark of the area. The gate that you’ll see in the area today was opened by Prince Andrew, the Duke of York in 2016. London’s original Chinatown was at Limehouse in the East End but moved here after heavy bombing in World War II.
Chinatown is known for its signature red Chinese lanterns. Thousands of them hang above the area and you’ll see both tourists and locals getting a snap to put on Instagram or show to their friends and family back home. In a move that has never been done before, the iconic red lanterns have been switched to an abundance of rainbow lanterns making the area even more colourful and vibrant than it was before – if that’s even possible.
After you walk around Chinatown, you will have worked up an appetite right? Good, because there are so many great places to eat.
Throughout September, 10 different restaurants in Chinatown are offering what they call ‘Take-Put’ boxes for only £8 or £10. The ‘Take-Put’ boxes are takeaway style boxes filled with your Chinatown favourites. Here’s a list of all the restaurants you can get them from and you can click here to see what dishes each of them are offering.
- Bun House
- C&R Cafe
- Dumplings’ Legend
- Leongs’ Legend
- Old Tree Daiwan Bee
- Plum Valley
- Shanghai Modern
- Shu Xiangge
- Viet Food
- Guo C 100
Wait, why are they called ‘Take-Put’ Boxes? I can hear you asking that question. All will be revealed soon!
Of course, you can’t have a day out in Chinatown without trying the desserts they have on offer. Chinatown is an absolute dessert paradise. Cakes, ice cream, bubble tea, waffles – you name it, they have it.
Throughout September they are offering £5 snack deals from some of the best sweet places in Chinatown. Here’s a list of all the places taking part and you can click here to see what dishes they have on offer.
Remember I said I’d reveal why the boxes are called ‘Take-Put’ boxes? Well, I won’t keep you waiting any longer.
The best part of Chinatown is the energy, the colour and the vibrancy of the area. You want to be immersed in it as long as possible, right? Even though these ‘take-away’ boxes are to be enjoyed outside of the restaurants, a large area of outdoor seating has been set up in Newport Place so you can ‘stay-put’ with your boxes and get the full Chinatown experience.
Before you head home, you can send well wishes to family and friends via a digital lantern that will display in Chinatown!
The screen is just off Newport Place in Newport Court.
Click here to send yours from anywhere in the world!
I hope you enjoyed the tour of Chinatown. Make sure you go out and recreate it yourself. It’s a really fun day out and you’ll come back with a happy belly and a happy heart. Why do you #LoveChinatown?
Disclaimer: This article was written as part of a paid partnership with Chinatown London. All thoughts and opinions are my own.