China Town-A symbol of London’s multicultural communities. Most popular visit by travellers.
China Town is located in the heart of the West End. It’s symbolic of London’s multicultural communities. You are not bound to eat while in the area, a sightseeing stroll around Chinatown is one of the most popular visits by Travellers.
It’s a home of more than incredible eighty Chinese restaurants, a Chinese supermarket, a Far Eastern travel agency and other services set up to cater for the ever-increasing number of restaurant workers in the area. Families were reunited as wives and children arrived from Hong Kong to join their husbands; and as the community grew, so did the area’s reputation for world-class Chinese cuisine.
London’s original Chinatown was in the East End, particularly in Lime house. In the 18th Century, some of the Chinese employees of East India Company chose to leave their ships and settle in the docks at Limehouse. By 1914, there were a few hundred Chinese running some 30 Chinese businesses in Limehouse: mostly small shops and restaurants which were catered for Chinese seamen. However, the post-war years posed a major threat to the small community; Limehouse had been destroyed during the London Blitz, and the decline of the British shipping industry resulted in new union rules that made it virtually impossible for non-British seamen to find work on British ships.
By 1950, a few restaurateurs set up business in Gerrard Street in the West End to meet a new appetite for Chinese cuisine by British soldiers returned from the Far East. The popularity of the new Chinese establishments attracted more Chinese entrepreneurs away from the East End to seek their fortunes, and the Chinatown of today was born. By the late 1960s, Chinatown was truly established as a centre for London’s Chinese community.
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square (Northern Line, Piccadilly Line) Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly Line, Bakerloo Line)
Address: Gerrard Street, Soho, London W1D 6JN.
(A short way from key shopping streets of Oxford Street, Regent Street and Bond Street or a trip to a West End theatre show)
Visit the website for more information. You may also visit other places like Little India , Arabs in London, Bangla Town – Brick lane etc.