How To Spend A Night In Chinatown London
London might seem like it never stops, but one of the only true late night London destinations is Chinatown London, where you can eat, drink, dance and sing your night away from dusk till dawn.
Busy restaurants sit alongside some of London’s best cocktail bars, which are often hidden above and below the bustling streets, as well as Karaoke joints and dance floors open until the early hours.
Whatever you’re celebrating, we’ve pulled together a selection of the best Chinatown London locations to while away those late night hours.
6pm – After work drinks
Head to The Blue Posts, and work your way through a line-up of independently brewed cask ales. If you get peckish, choose from a seriously impressive selection of bar snacks. We’d recommend the Black Country ‘No Nonsense Pork Crunch’ – the king of pub snacking!
7pm – Pre-dinner mahjong
Pop next door to 1930s Taipei inspired tea house, XU, for a spot of pre-dinner entertainment. It’s home to two permanent mahjong rooms, available to hire for two hour slots (don’t worry – a short guide and cheat sheet is provided if you’ve never played before!). Make sure you sample the recently launched Winter cocktail menu, as well as XU’s famous Shou Pa Chicken.
8pm – Dinner
Chinatown London is bursting with interesting and delicious dinner options. From mind-blowingly delicious laksa at C&R Café to Korean BBQ joint Olle, as well as a collection of traditional Cantonese eateries and mouth-numbing Sichuan menus at JinLi and Shu Xiangge, a myriad of options awaits. Treat yourself to dinner wherever takes your fancy before you delve further into the delights of late night Chinatown London.
9pm – Dessert
Dinner is never truly complete without pudding, so be sure to save room for a walk along Newport Court. There’s a reason it’s known by some as ‘Dessert Alley’! Peruse the offering, which includes Filipino Mamason’s Dirty Ice Cream and matcha mastery at Tsujiri to innovative dessert specialists RORO (which is also one of the most instagrammable stops on this list).
10pm – Karaoke
No trip to Chinatown London is complete without a Karaoke experience. Head along Gerrard Street to Plum Valley and set up shop in one of their four private karaoke rooms. If you’re not normally the most confident of singers, a Lychee Martini should help to loosen your vocal chords!
11pm – Vietnamese cocktails and bar snacks
After belting out some classics you’ll be keen for a refreshing drink or two. Head to the newly opened art-deco bar Viet Lounge where a central bar takes pride of place, so you can pull up a stool and watch head bartender Alex Loois shake up cocktails with homemade Asian syrups.
12pm – ‘A Journey Through China’ at Opium Cocktail Bar
Continue your cocktail crawl by venturing behind Opium’s jade-green door, where you’ll find a decadent multi-story drinking den. The new drinks menu is well worth sampling – it features 10 different cocktails, each named after and taking inspiration from a Chinese city. Each one is less a drink, more a theatrical experience – another one for your Instagram!
1am – DJ
If your dancing feet are begging for an outing, dance till late at ICHIBUNS recently opened ICHIBAR, where a programme of house DJs runs every weekend. Open until 2am, they serve up an extensive list of Japanese whisky, gin, craft ale, and sake alongside an innovative new cocktail menu.
2am – Late night feasting
Every good night ends with a trip to your local takeaway! But forget kebabs or chicken nuggets – it’s time for late night dumplings, and Dumplings’ Legend is the only place to go. Open till 2.30am on a weekend, it offers an extensive menu of steamed delights, including its signature dumpling dish, ‘Xiao Long Bao’.
3am – Takeaway time
The final pit stop for hungry night owls in Chinatown London is late night favourite Hung’s. Open until 4am, it’s the perfect place to treat yourself to a satisfying (and sobering!) bowl of beef brisket noodles or Cantonese BBQ meat.
After an action-packed night out, make your way home using the 24-hour weekend night tube on the Piccadilly line, which has two stops minutes from the heart of Chinatown London: Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
If you make a night of it in Chinatown London, tag us in your Instagram photos using @chinatownlondon – we love to see and share your favourite spots!
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