Every city worth its salt has a Chinatown, and London is no exception. London’s Chinatown neighborhood mainly occupies the area around its main thoroughfare, Gerrard Street. It is a smaller area, but it packs a ton into that space. Throughout the year there are festivals, street parades, and even carnivals. This is an exciting and vibrant area, so there isn’t much peace and quiet.
You could live in Chinatown and never leave with all of the amenities it offers, from basic conveniences like hairdressers, grocery stores, and travel agents to more unique spots. Shopping in the area ranges from high end designs to street carts.
Most of the housing options are walk-up apartments above businesses, some of which will stay open well into the night. Your neighbors will likely change frequently as people move on or out, so don’t get too attached.
There are over 150 restaurants here, many that serve a variety of Asian dishes. New Loon Moon is an institution that has three full floors of food from all over the Asian world, including Japan, China, Vietnam, and more.
Much of the living, dining, and business quarters in Chinatown have a newer, edgier feel than much of the city.
The City: 2.4 miles / 15-35 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 15-20 minutes by bike
Canary Wharf: 5.7 miles / 25-50 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit
Southwark: 3.4 miles / 20-40 minutes by car / 20-25 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike
Westminster: 1.8 miles / 10-20 minutes by car / 20 minutes by transit / 10 minutes by bike
Shoreditch: 2.8 miles / 15-25 minutes by car / 30 minutes by transit / 20 minutes by bike