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10 reasons to visit Chinatown London this Christmas

The countdown to Christmas is on! With just under 4 weeks to go, here are ten things to do in Chinatown to celebrate the festivities!

1. Recharge with dim sum after a day of Christmas shopping

Set your shopping bags down, take a seat and tuck into juicy Xiao Long Bao, Har Gau and Sui Mai dumplings at the likes of Dumplings’ Legend, Haozhan and Orient.

2. Find the ideal gift for your Secret Santa

Whether you’re looking for a gift on a budget or buying for that someone who has everything, check out Miniso, Guanghwa Bookshop and Oseyo for inspiration.

3. Discover exciting new flavours from across ESEA

Chinatown London is the capital’s hub for East & Southeast Asian cuisine. Savour the culinary delights of Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Korea and more!

4. Step inside some of London’s best speakeasies and bars

For the late-night enthusiasts, Chinatown’s assortment of secret speakeasies and bars serve up some of London’s best cocktails in magical escapist settings. Order your drink of choice at Opium London or Speedboat Bar.

5. Grab fresh ingredients and spices for an alternative Christmas meal at home 

Ditching the turkey? Wander through Chinatown London’s specialist supermarkets like SeeWoo or New Loon Moon, and pick up fresh, authentic ingredients and cupboard staples to enjoy at home.

6. Snap the perfect photo-op with loved ones beside the Chinatown Gate

Capture Christmas memories from your visit to Chinatown at one of London’s most recognisable landmarks!

7. Impress guests from out of town with a traditional Chinese feast

If you’re looking to treat guests with a meal they won’t forget, you can’t go wrong with a delicious spread of Cantonese roast meats, stir fried vegetables and moreish noodles. Book yourself a table at, China Modern, Lotus Garden or Four Seasons.

8. Let your hair down and sing to your heart’s content!

Get the gang together for an evening of sing-alongs at one of Chinatown London’s much loved karaoke spots including Plum Valley and Wing Wing.

9. Escape the Winter chill and cosy up

Baby it’s cold outside… step inside and get toasty with some warm and comforting delicacies such as steamy Cantonese buns at Bun House or a piping cup of hot matcha at Tsujiri.

10. For a post theatre encore, enjoy a show-stopping dessert 

Let the show go on and indulge in a deliciously decadent dessert with 5 star presentation. Candy Cafe’s shaved ice dessert, also known as Crystal Snow Ice is a true winter wonder, and Sakurado’s delicate mille crêpe cakes make a sophisticated sweet treat.

Happy holidays from Chinatown London.

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