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Chinatown - What to See and Where to Eat and Drink (0.7 Km)

Updated: May 30

Start at Leicester Square Station

Finish at Leicester Square Station


Chinatown is a thriving hub of Oriental cuisine and entertainment.

Chinatown is the heart of London's West End entertainment area, nestling between Covent Garden, Leicester Square and Soho. It is an area of bright lights, delicious smells, and Chinese culture lined with beautiful red hanging lanterns. This circular 0.7 Km eat, drink and be merry route explores all it has to offer along its main streets – Newport Place, Gerrard Street, Wardour Street and Lisle Street.

It is great for bright lights, atmosphere, crowds, everything Chinese and lots of places to eat, drink and be merry.



Morning - Most of the route will be reasonably quiet in the morning. The best time to explore the route is early morning when the lighting is at its best and few people are around. It is also a great way to discover places to have a Chinese breakfast.

Day -This route will get busier during the day, and there are plenty of places to stop for a light snack or a long lunch.

Evenings - This route will get busy in the evening, and there are plenty of places to stop for a drink or an evening meal.


This 0.7 km food, drink, and entertainment route starts outside Leicester Square Station on Charing Cross Road and heads north before taking the second small turn on the left into Chinatown's Newport Court that leads to the large square on Newport Place with its many restaurants. The route then bears left and does a square following the other main streets of Chinatown: Gerrard Street, Wardour Street, and Lisle Street. At the Hippodrome, it turns right into Leicester Square via Leicester Court before finishing off where it started at Leicester Square Station.

See the route at speed (1:20)

Use this to see what the route looks like as if you were doing it at speed and to make you more familiar with what you will see along the way.



Use the 'My Google Maps' to explore this route's venues. If you are using a mobile device, the map can help you find the start point for the route, navigate to places of interest, and show your position on the map.


What to see and places to eat, drink and be merry.

What to See List

Chinatown Route - Pubs and Bars

Chinatown Route - Places to Eat

Chinatown Route - Things to Do



This gallery provides a descriptive and visual reference to many sights along this route. Double-click to see the image in full size.



Chinatown Facts

 Nearby Areas



Click on the picture below to go on a 360 virtual tour of the shopping areas and look around.

Use the route to explore this location by looking around in 360, taking in the sights and sounds, listening to an audio recording about the area and going on a virtual tour.

This gallery provides more information on each of the areas shown in the virtual tour, using their 360 images.




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