It seems that every large city has a "Chinatown", we took a quick tuk-tuk ride to this one in the UK. The sights and smells are not exactly like being in China. But it is a fun way to spend an afternoon and you can find certain items, like tea, that are more authentic. #happynewyear
London Chinatown is a street where Chinese people live in London. London Chinatown, or Chinatown, London, is located in Soho, Westminster, London, UK, with Chinese restaurants, Chinese merchandise stores and souvenir shops. It has also appeared in the book of Charles IX's "Ghost Princess's Wedding Dress".
The earliest Chinese settlement in London was Limehouse. As early as the early 1800s, some laborers and sailors from South China were in London and settled in the shipyard. By the beginning of the 20th century, more and more Chinese living in the area mainly depended on Chinese sailors in neighboring shipyards as customers. Later, the local area became famous for its legal opium smokehouses and slums, compared to the famous restaurants and supermarkets in Chinatown today. It was not until 1934 that the area was demolished, but there are still young Chinese living there.
Chinatown London is an ethnic enclave in the city of London containing number of Chinese restaurants, shops, bakeries and many other Chinese-run enterprises. The area is crowded, vibrant, lively and always bustling with activity. Depending on their time of visit, tourists can enjoy myriad of activities in the area. For lovers of Chinese cuisine, there are over 70 authentic Chinese restaurants where every type of Chinese food is available ranging from Sushi to Szechaun. For those desirous of cooking their own dishes, there are several food shops in the local markets in the area. Visitors can gulp hard or soft drinks in one of the several pubs and bars located in the neighborhood. Shopping enthusiasts can buy hundreds of items of their choice from nearly 50 shops in the locality.