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The cosiest restaurants and bars in Chinatown

When the cold wind doth blow, and London’s streets are covered in snow, retreat to one of these wonderfully cosy Chinatown restaurants and bars.

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The Best Winter Warmer Soups to Seek out in Chinatown

From steaming bowls of fragrant Vietnamese pho to traditional Chinese winter melon soup, here’s where to get your soup-fix in Chinatown.

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The best dim sum restaurants in London’s West End

On the hunt for delectable dim sum? Make a beeline for these irresistible restaurants.

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Opium’s new cocktail menu is written in the stars

Look to your horoscope to discover which of Opium’s new Chinese zodiac cocktails you should sample.

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Xionghuang wine – a deadly Chinese custom

Would you drink a wine that’s been laced with arsenic? The Chinese do every Dragon Boat Festival…

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The best bars in Chinatown for summertime drinking

Head to one of these badass bars in Chinatown for a thirst-quenching summertime drink.

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Recipe: Sweet Lotus root slices stuffed with sticky rice

Healthy, tasty and lovely to look at, the lotus root is one hero ingredient. Cook this simple recipe featuring lotus root stuffed with sticky rice.

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RECIPE: Marvellous mooncakes

Filled with a sweet surprise, mooncakes are one of China’s most beloved treats for Autumn Festival. Discover how to cook this iconic Chinese bake with our recipe.

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RECIPE: Chicken & pork pot-sticker dumpling

Part steamed, part fried these delicious pot-sticker dumplings are both smooth, crispy and stuffed with a flavourful filling.

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News & Events

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Where to Spend Christmas Day in Chinatown

Tired of turkey? Sick of stuffing? Head to one of these restaurants in Chinatown London for an alternative Christmas Day dinner.

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Hawker Street brings a Holy Trinity of dining options to Chinatown

From soup dumplings to spicy Korean hot pot, Hawker Street has jump-starting Chinatown London’s street food scene with an almighty bang.

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Michelin starred dining arrives in Chinatown at Dumplings Legend

For delectable dumplings with a fine dining finesse this autumn, look to Dumplings Legend, who’ve launched a Michelin dumpling in partnership with Pied à Terre.

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Lifestyle & Culture

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Chinatown London on screen and in song

Discover what films, TV shows and songs have featured Chinatown London.

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Faces of Chinatown: Iris Ma of Plum Valley

Meet Iris Ma of the cool and contemporary Plum Valley restaurant and discover her husband’s family’s captivating rags-to-riches story.

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Chinatown London: A Student’s Guide

From tasty discounts to cool karaoke, discover the best student-friendly spots in Chinatown London.

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Winter Solstice Festival (Dongzhi Festival)

Discover these (but controversial) Chinese Winter Solstice treats which spark a nationwide social media war.

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Chinese New Year 2018

Hordes of merrymakers turned out to celebrate Chinese New Year across Chinatown in London.

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The magical myth behind Mid-Autumn Day

Discover the weird-and-wonderful legend behind the Chinese celebration, Mid-Autumn Festival.

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