Local area guide

Living in Chinatown

Thinking about moving to Chinatown? Discover why it's a great place to live, fun things to do here, what the local schools are like, transport connections and so much more.

Your guide to moving to Chinatown

Why Chinatown is a good place to live

Chinatown is a vibrant and lively neighbourhood with a bustling atmosphere and a whole world of Asian cuisine to choose from.

On the edge of Leicester Square and Soho, it has fantastic transport links via tubes and buses, making it easy to reach other parts of the city.

And with festivals, carnivals and parades happening throughout the year, it has a lively and fun atmosphere.

What's Chinatown famous for?

Chinatown is famous for its excellent dining scene. With over 150 restaurants serving a variety of Asian dishes, it's truly a food lover's paradise.

Known for its authentic Chinese cuisine at well-loved establishments such as Leong’s Legends and Dumplings’ Legend, the area has an undeniable magnetism, attracting food enthusiasts, history buffs and those seeking a genuine cultural experience alike.

Chinatown's unique charm lies in its ability to provide authentic Asian experiences right in the heart of a global city.

Things to do in Chinatown

Chinatown offers several attractions and activities for both residents and tourists.

From exploring a wide range of Asian cuisine to engaging in cultural events such as festivals and carnivals, there is always something going on.

Home to some of London's famous landmarks, including the Four Gates and the colourful lanterns that light up the streets, there's also the historic Prince Charles Cinema at its heart.

Foodies can indulge in delights at places like Bubble Wrap, Chinatown Bakery, and Hefaure, while cocktail lovers can enjoy at the Experimental Cocktail Club.

And of course, you can soak up the joy of merely walking through the vibrant streets and absorbing the unique energy.

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Transport in Chinatown

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Local connections

Leicester Square
0.1 miles / 0.2 km
Piccadilly Circus
0.2 miles / 0.3 km
Covent Garden
0.3 miles / 0.5 km
Tottenham Court Road
0.3 miles / 0.5 km
Charing Cross
0.3 miles / 0.5 km
Tottenham Court Road
National Rail
0.3 miles / 0.5 km

Schools in Chinatown

Discover local primary schools, secondary schools and sixth form colleges in Chinatown.

Education in Chinatown

Soho Parish CofE Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2019)
The Royal Ballet School
Ages: 11 - 19 years old
Ecole Jeannine Manuel
Ages: 3 - 18 years old
St Josephs Catholic Primary School
Ages: 3 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
City Lit
Ages: 16 - 99 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2023)
St Clement Danes CofE Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Outstanding (2014)

Local pubs in Chinatown

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  • Ku Bar

    London WC2

    Ku Prides itself on high standards of service, quality brands at affordable prices......and did we mention the famed.....KU BAR BOYS. London's sexiest bar staff!. Best Bar and Ultimate Gay Brand for the last 20 years!

  • Zoo Too

    London WC2H

    Former Taylor Walker pub rebuilt in 1958. Having has numerous names, as ZOO TOO it is next door to the original Zoo Bar and just off Leicester Square. No real ale. Licensed in 1752 when the Coach & Horses was on this site.

  • French House Soho

    London W1

    The French offers a warm welcome to friends and newcomers alike, together with a choice of thirty superb champagnes and wines by the glass.