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Night 'Out' in Chinatown - Eat, Drink and be Merry Venue Information

Updated: Dec 25, 2022

Chinatown

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 eat, drink and be merry Photorun explores all it has to offer.


This short 'Concierge styled' overview video is designed to give you a flavour of the area, whilst the rest of this blog is focused on providing you with guidance and a 'tasting menu




Eat, drink and be Merry Maps of Chinatown



Restaurant Search

Pubs and Bar Listings



Things To Do Listings

Eat, Drink and be Merry Theme Suggestions


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Food Links

Nothing brings people together like good food, so where do you go in this part of London that will cater to your taste and pocket and provide the ambience you want?


The art of finding and recommending the perfect place to eat can be tricky as there is so much variety in London, and tastes and budgets vary widely. To try and get around this, I have provided the most common links to help you find, select and book eating venues – just add the location into the search.


Open Table London – They pride themselves in bringing together people and the restaurants they love in the moments that matter, giving you dining options, experiences, and offers.

The Fork – This is a Tripadvisor company that relies as much on its communities of users as its communities of restaurateurs. You can search on price, cuisine, rating, and special offers.

Hardens – This is probably the UK's most comprehensive independent restaurant guide, with reviews written by its members. It ranks each place by its food, services and ambience and has extensive search capabilities.

Design My Night This site is designed to help you discover and unlock secret, new and unique city experiences, from events to bars and restaurants, but it is also a site to help plan and book online. It has categories for restaurants, bars, pubs, clubs, and 'what's on'.

Afternoon tea This is an Afternoon Tea guide to help you find the 'perfect venue for afternoon tea' in London and the UK. It provides descriptions, offers, booking facilities and an extensive search option.


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Drinking Locations



Special Google Maps



Chinatown and Leicester Square Google Maps link with a selection of pubs, bars and entertainment venues.

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Pubs


In and around Chinatown

The Imperial – 5 Leicester Street

Slug and Lettuce – (Sports bar and cocktails) – 5 Lisle Street

De Hems Dutch Café Bar – 11 Macclesfield Street

Waxy’s Little Sister – Irish bar Live music 20 Wardour Street

O’Neills 33-37 Wardour Street (live music and sports)

Waxy o’ Connor 14-16 RupertStreet


Near Soho

The French House – 49 Dean Street – serves beers in half pints

Golden Lion. 51 Dean Street

White Horse 45 Rupert Street

The Lyric Soho 37 Great Windmill Street – little Victorian pub

St James Tavern 45 Great Windmill Street

The Queen's Head Piccadilly – 15 Denman Street



In Leicester Square

Moon Under Water – JD Wetherspoon 28 Leicester Square

Joshua’s Tavern – Part of the Londoner 38 Leicester Square

All Bar One – 46 Leicester Square



Bars


Peony Bar @ Opium /Jade door Opium Bar – 15 Gerrard Street

Experimental Cocktail Club Chinatown 13a Gerrard Street

Ku Lounge 1 Newport street


Nearby Bars

Icon Balcony Bar – 5-6 Leicester Square _part of Empire Casino

LSQ Rooftop Hotel Indigo - 1 Leicester Square - cocktail bar and Kitchen

Heliot Cocktail Bar Hippodrome Leicester Square

Zoo Bar and Club – 13-17 Bear Streett – disco bar – 3.6 star

The Beau (Brummel) bar and restaurant – 3 Norris Streett -St James’s Market


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Things to do


Chinatown Theatres nearby

Leicester Square Theatre 6 Leicester Place

Sondheim Theatre 51 Shaftesbury Avenue

The Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue

The Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue

Lyric Theatre 29 Shaftesbury Avenue

Piccadilly Theatre 16 Denman Street

Criterion Theatre 218 -223 Piccadilly

The Price of Wales Theatre Coventry Street


The Crystal Maze Live Experience – 22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue

The London Palladium 8 Argyll Street

The Comedy Store 5 Great Newport Street

BODY WORLDS London 1 Piccadilly Circus


Others

The Crystal Maze Live Experience – 22-32 Shaftesbury Avenue

The London Palladium 8 Argyll Street

The Comedy Store 5 Great Newport Street

BODY WORLDS London 1 Piccadilly Circus



Casinos nearby

Empire Casino 5-6 Leicester Square

The Hippodrome Casino Cranbourn Street

Grosvenor Casino – The Rialto – 3-4 Coventry Street


Cinema nearby

Cineworld Leicester Square – 5-6 Leicester Square

Vue Cinema London 3 Cranbourn Street Leicester Square

ODEON Luxe – 24-26 Leicester Square

ODEON Luxe West End – 38a Leicester Square

The Prince Charles Cinema – 7 Leicester Place

Picturehouse Central – Corner of Shaftesbury Avenue and Windmill Street

Curzon Soho 99 Shaftesbury Avenue


Churches near Chinatown

St Anne’s Church 55 Dean St - 17th century Soho Parish Church

Our lady of the Assumption & St Gregory The Presbytery, 10 Warwick Street

Church of Notre Dame de France RC 5 Leicester Place

Chinese Church in London – 166a Shaftesbury Ave

St Martin-in-the-Fields. Trafalgar Square



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London Eat Drink and Be Merry Themes



Hello good times neon sign
Hello good times neon sign
The British celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal once said:
"To me, food is as much about the occasion, the location and the company as it is about the taste."

And since Photoruns is about exploring new things, you could also be adventurous and try new ways to discover menu items that are outside your comfort zone but will grow your palate.


So here are a few Photorun 'occasion' ideas that may help your 'eat, drink and be merry' London quest. Please let me know which one you like or if you have better ones.


Breakfast Lotto

When you do a photorun, seek out some breakfast locations and number them. Then select one at random and try it out. You can even do this with items on the breakfast menu and let chance dictate your selection - or some of them.


Foodie Vows

This is based on the victorian rhyme that symbolises luck for a bride on her wedding day, but in this version, it is to do with food and drink. You can do this for a whole meal or at a location or venue.

  • Something Old – have the food and drink that you know you will like.

  • Something New – try something that is new to you and that you want to try

  • Something Borrower – taste or drink something you have been recommended to try

  • Something Blue - Select something spontaneously - out of the blue. It's best to have a trigger for spontaneity, like a specific colour.


Tipple Tours

There are so many pubs and bars in London that you can easily create your tour based upon your favourite tipple, for example, a Negroni, Whisky or Guinness tour. The aim is to select a drink type, investigate the venues, and then have your favourite tipple in each of them. An alternative is to try out the different variations in just one venue!


Around the World in 8 Hours.

Phileas Fogg is the protagonist in the 1872 Jules Verne novel "Around the World in Eighty Days", where he visited eleven nations to complete his adventure. The aim is to map an 'around the world' route and have something to eat or drink that comes (or is connected to) each of your destinations - in the proper order. Top marks if you match Phileas Fogg's eleven places.


Letters from London

The objective is to choose a letter, word or name and visit venues with the letter(s) in the correct order. Alternatively, you can select based on your menu and drink choices.


Horses for courses

As the name suggests, this is about discovering the best place for each course for your perfect meal - which could be three courses or more if you include the drinks before, during and after.


Groundhog Food Tours

This is a take on the film Groundhog Day, but this time it is about having your favourite menu item each day at different venues, so you can compare and contrast the same dish and then rank them.


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