We Brits love dabbling in the foods of other nations, and London is the capital of all things cuisine. However, Chinatown isn’t the only place you can get a great Chinese meal, and we’ve made a list of 20 of the best Chinese restaurants in London, both in and out of Chinatown. So, regardless of your location in London, you can tuck your chopsticks into some top-notch Chinese dishes without having to stray too far away from your local area.
Tucked away amongst the glitz and glamour of The Grosvenor Hotel is the Grand Imperial Chinese restaurant. Head Chef Rand Cheung will present you with his classic Cantonese cuisine and you can fill your boots because this restaurant is known for its generous portion sizes.
Despite its location, the Grand Imperial can be budget friendly, so there’s no need to break the bank to eat here.
Where: 101 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0SJ
2. A. Wong
Are three courses not enough to satiate your appetite? How about ten courses? A. Wong offers you a ten course ‘Taste of China’ menu, where you can experience an array of flavours from all over the country, with highlights including a Xinjiang pomegranate salad, fermented fish belly and dumplings with ginger infused vinegar.
This restaurant is also known for it’s ‘cookery school’, where the head chef invites his customers to step into his kitchen to learn some traditional Chinese cooking techniques, including noodle pulling, Dim Sum and cocktail experimentation.
Where: 70 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE
The Michelin Star restaurant Hakkasan Hanway Place opened in 2001 and has been going strong ever since. With its signature dishes including Peking duck with caviar and Wagyu beef with King soy sauce, you won’t be short of high class options. Hakkasan’s open plan kitchen is what gives this restaurant its theatrical charm, as you can watch the chefs cook your food while you sip your drinks.
Where: 8 Hanway Place, London, W1T 1HD
Looking for romance? Look no further. The Feng Shang Princess is a floating Chinese restaurant on Cumberland Basin, part of Regent’s Canal. It is conveniently located next to Primrose Hill, so you can soak up the view of the London skyline as you walk off your meal.
It’s not just the location that makes the Feng Shang Princess stand out: the top quality food and extensive wine list makes this restaurant the perfect place to wine and dine that special someone.
Where: Prince Albert Road, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 7SS
Many, many moons ago, a Chinese emperor threw a banquet for his 66th birthday and it lasted for a whopping three days. He sent his subjects to scour the country for the finest foods and the feast itself consisted of over 300 delicious dishes. Voilà! HKK’s ‘Emperor’s Feast Menu’ was born. For £93.88 you can feast like the emperor and his guests at HKK. You may need to bring a doggy bag, though!
Where: 88 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BE
The Good Earth, which also offers a delivery service, prides itself on on being both classic and contemporary, bringing you dishes that replicate the progression of Chinese food in London. The decor in this restaurant is both elegant and authentic, so you can really step out of London and into China if you choose to dine here.
Where: 233 Brompton Road, London, SW3 2EP
7. Ping Pong
The family friendly Ping Pong, located in Soho, is one of the more modern restaurants on our list, specialising in Dim Sum and authentic Chinese tea. If you want a relaxed atmosphere, this is definitely the Chinese restaurant for you.
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Where: 45 Great Marlborough Street, London, W1F 7JL
What really makes this restaurant stand out is that it also doubles up as a teahouse. With the Chinese being connoisseurs of tea, you probably won’t get a better cuppa in Soho. Probably.
Where: 15-17 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DL
9. Min Jiang
The classy Min Jiang fits right in with its Kensington surroundings. It claims to be the ‘most authentic Chinese restaurant in London’ and is best known for its delicious wood-fired Beijing duck. True to in its location, this restaurant is on the pricier end of the scale, so be sure to not forget your wallet!
Where: 2-24 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4PT
10. Silk Road
Silk Road bring you Northern Chinese cuisine, which is known for being packed with flavour. With that said, there’s no wonder why this restaurant is renowned for being busy, but you may need to book in advance to get a table!
Where: 49 Camberwell Church Street, London, SE5 8TR
11. Rice Republic
With its original menu and its Dim Sum menu, you’ll be spoilt for choice at Rice Republic. It can be difficult to get a table here without a reservation though, so we don’t recommend that you go there on a whim. This modern Chinese restaurant is perfect for you if you want a laid back evening for a reasonable price.
Where: 161 Streatham High Road, London, SW16 6EG
You’ll find it difficult to walk past New Fortune Cookie in Notting Hill without stopping by for a bite to eat, as its window display of food will tantalise you. It’s authentic Cantonese menu means that you won’t have to go to Chinatown to fulfil your world food cravings.
Where: 1 Queensway, London, W2 4QJ
Bashan Restaurant specialises in Sichuan cuisine, which is best known for intense flavour and spice. If you think you can handle the heat, why not try one of their ‘numbing-and-hot’ dishes? We dare you!
Where: 24 Romilly Street, London, W1D 5AH
14. Bai Wei
Bai Wei is one of Chinatown’s most affordable restaurants. The dishes here are small but mighty, mainly consisting of flavoursome street food. If you fancy something a bit quirky, you’ll feel right at home at Bai Wei, with unusual but tasty options such as the spicy pig’s ear salad.
Where: 8 Little Newport Street, London, WC2H 7JJ
This isn’t just your bog standard Chinese restaurant. Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice as you walk in is the lively atmosphere… then the aroma of the many spices coming from Dumplings’ Legend’s open plan kitchen. With an innovative menu and on-site karaoke facilities, this is not a restaurant to miss.
Where: 15-16 Gerrard Street, London, W1D 6JE
16. Tao Tao Ju
Fancy a home away from home? Then this is the restaurant for you. Tao Tao Ju specialises in Sichuan and Cantonese foods with the aim to replicate home style cooking. You’ll find it hard to not feel comfortable with Tao Tao Ju’s quaint interior and friendly atmosphere!
Where: 15 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BE
17. Kai Mayfair
Situated in Mayfair, it’s unsurprising that Kai has an extravagant interior. This restaurant is beautifully authentic and not just because of its classic Chinese aesthetics. Head Chef Alex Chow presents you with traditional Chinese dishes that will make your mouth water.
The food at Kai Mayfair is definitely worth the price, so why not treat yourself?
Where: 65 S Audley Street, London, W1K 2QU
18. Imperial China
If you want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busy Chinatown streets, whilst still enjoying the classic Chinese experience, Imperial China is the place for you. Situated just outside of Chinatown, Imperial China has all the qualities of an intimate restaurant, but uses its size to its advantage as it’s the perfect venue for large groups and parties.
Where: 25A Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA
19. Hong Kong Buffet
Dining in London doesn’t always have to be expensive. Even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still enjoy the Chinese delicacies that the big city has to offer. At the Hong Kong Buffet, you can help yourself to both the traditional Chinese cuisine and the more experimental dishes. At the lower end of our price range, you can get high quality food for a reasonable price at Hong Kong Buffet.
Where: 14 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BE
20. Baozi Inn
The Baozi Inn is a hidden gem amongst the bigger restaurants in Chinatown. This small venue is best known for bringing heat to Chinese food, so if you want to get hot and spicy, the Baozi Inn will not disappoint your palate.
Where: 26 Newport Ct, London, WC2H 7JS
If you’re interested in the other cuisines that London has to offer, read our blog post on 10 Of The Best Japanese/Sushi Restaurants In London.