London Chinatown - A Great Rendezvous For Mouth-Watering Chinese Food
London Chinatown is the hub of the Chinese community and is located in the heart of
London Theatreland. This is the area where locals as well as visitors come to enjoy a
wide variety of sumptuous Oriental cuisines at very affordable prices.
Gerrard Street is the main thoroughfare in London Chinatown. Note the bilingual English/Chinese street sign. Here is where the
bulk of the activities take place. There are lots of Chinese restaurants on both
sides of Gerrard Street serving delicious dim sum and other traditional cuisines and delicacies.
There are a few restaurants serving buffet foods and you can eat as much as you like for a set price. There are usually about 20 dishes or so, and this gives you the opportunity to try out as many of the lovely oriental dishes as you wish.
There are a couple of Chinese supermarkets selling oriental foods and spices. Fruits from the Far East like durians, rambutans and mangosteens are also popular but pricey.
There are also a couple of bakeries selling delicious Chinese pastries like egg tarts, barbecue pork buns and fresh fruit cakes.
Sundays are the busiest days in Chinatown as many local Chinese families and friends gather there for dim sum and catch-up on gossips. After lunch most of them go to the Chinese supermarkets to pick up fresh groceries and to replenish their larders.
Chinatown is a venue for celebrations. Each year more than 300,000 people join in the Chinese New Year celebrations.
The celebrations are held in various locations around Chinatown. Trafalgar Square is the place to go for stage performances including lion and dragon dances.
It is one of the highlights of the London events calendar and one not to miss!
Chinatown celebrated the Mid-Autumn Festival on Sunday, 11th October 2009. This event was organised by the London Chinatown Chinese Association to coincide with the first London Restaurant festival from 8th October - 13th October.
Gerrard Street, with its colourful Chinese lanterns, was packed with people from all walks of life. The festival saw the local Chinese community came together to eat festive mooncakes and pomelos. Thousands of local Chinese and visitors from all over the world joined in the fun and enjoyed the cultural performances, traditional dance and music in one of the biggest festival celebrations outside of China.
Located in the heart of heart of Theatreland, London Chinatown is also a place where theatre-goers enjoy having their evening meals before the shows start and also for late night supper after the theatre shows ended.
Next time you visit London make sure you include Chinatown in your list of places to see. With almost 80 restaurants in London Chinatown, you can sample cuisine from all over the Far East including Cantonese, Szechuan, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Malaysian and more.
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Celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival, Moon Festival, Lantern Festival in Chinatown
Enjoy Mid-Autumn Festival in London with mooncakes,pomelos and paper lanterns