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London's Best Chinese Restaurants

Chinese food is a must for any visitor to London. Be it a lunch of Dim Sum, a festive Cantonese dinner or some spicy Sichuanese noodles, this list guides you to all the best Chinese restaurants in London.

Updated on Jan 23, 2024 | World of Mouth team

This guide is the perfect companion for exploring London's Chinese culinary scene, featuring everything from traditional flavors to contemporary twists. With restaurants like MamaLan Brixton, known for its homestyle Beijing street food, dumpling classics like Baozi Inn, and the finest Chinese dining at China Tang at the Dorchester, this list covers most of the Chinese restaurant categories and regional cuisines of China.

The restaurants featured in this article have been carefully selected based on the recommendations of World of Mouth experts, like Matthew Burgess, Margaux Koopman, and David J Constable, alongside other chefs and food writers. This guide will lead you to some of the most exceptional Chinese dining experiences in London in all price ranges. Read on to discover the best Chinese restaurants that London has to offer.

Hakkasan Hanway Place

8 Hanway Pl

8 Hanway Pl, London W1T 1HD, UK

Hakkasan Hanway Place is a Michelin-starred restaurant that provides a modern take on Cantonese cuisine. The restaurant is known for its North-Chinese-European fusion dishes and attracts a trendy crowd. With a menu that balances signature dishes and exclusive creations for each location, Hakkasan offers a unique culinary experience.

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A path breaker in the North-Chinese-European fusion cuisine. Not gourmet but a trendy place with a very cool London crowd.

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Hakkasan Hanway Place

Hakkasan Hanway Place

8 Hanway Pl

8 Hanway Pl, London W1T 1HD, UK

A. Wong

70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico

70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE, UK

A. Wong is a bustling Chinese fine dining restaurant run by chef Andrew Wong. The restaurant offers top-class Chinese cooking, using incredible British ingredients, and is known for its exciting 'Taste of China' menu. With a diverse range of dishes showcasing the richness of China's culinary traditions, A. Wong is a must-visit for those seeking an authentic Chinese dining experience with a modern twist.

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What chef Andrew Wong has done in his modern Chinese 2 Michelin star restaurant in Pimlico is unique. It's almost impossible to get a table, and I’ve had many wonderful meals here. Such a beautiful place.

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A. Wong

A. Wong

70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico

70 Wilton Rd, Pimlico, London SW1V 1DE, UK

MamaLan Brixton | Chinese Street Food

Unit 18, Brixton Village

Unit 18, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR, UK

MamaLan Brixton offers authentic Chinese street food, with a menu featuring hand-rolled dim sum parcels and a variety of dumplings. Their beef noodle soup, prepared with high-quality free-range beef, fresh vegetables, and homemade noodles, is a must-try. With ingredients sourced locally, the restaurant ensures freshness and quality in every dish, providing a genuine taste of Beijing street food.

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The hand-rolled dim sun parcels at Mama Lan in Brixton Village are without question, list-worthy. Small parcel Beijing dumplings, or gyozas, are made onsite, and rolled into bitesize servings of five. Served alongside pickled vegetables they come in ‘beef and spring onion’, ‘pork with Chinese leaf and woodear mushrooms’ and ‘Chinese leaf and carrot’. All vegetables are sourced from the doorstep in Brixton Village Market and put to exquisite use.The beef noodle soup in its dark, rich broth with carrots, thinly-sliced leeks and red chilies is probably the best you’ll find anywhere outside of Beijing. The quality of the beef is exceptional; no surprise as the meat is free-range and supplied by swanky butchers, The Ginger Pig. Served liberally and in thick, greedy chunks, it’s the crown jewel in the bowl. The broth is steaming hot and heightened by the addition of lip-tingling red chilies. The noodles are prepared on-sight in front of you while you order. The pasta is rolled out, flowered and tossed; then cut into squares, flowered again before being cut into noodle-strands before boiling. The freshness and quality is evident immediately.

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MamaLan Brixton | Chinese Street Food

MamaLan Brixton | Chinese Street Food

Unit 18, Brixton Village

Unit 18, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR, UK

Din Tai Fung Covent Garden

5 Henrietta St

5 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PS, UK

Din Tai Fung Covent Garden is a well-known spot for fresh, on-site prepared dim sum, including popular items like dumplings, baos, and wontons. This affordable restaurant is a great choice for a casual dinner with friends, offering a rich culinary experience steeped in heritage, with their Xiao Long Bao dumplings being a standout, meticulously crafted with exactly 18 folds. The restaurant, located in the heart of Covent Garden, is a part of the Din Tai Fung UK chain, which has a history spanning over 60 years.

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Great place for dim sum.Everything is freshly made on site.All dumplings, baos and wontons are delicious. Cheap and cheerful place for dinner with friends in the heart of Covent Garden.

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Din Tai Fung Covent Garden

Din Tai Fung Covent Garden

5 Henrietta St

5 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8PS, UK

BaoziInn - Soho

24 Romilly St

24 Romilly St, London W1D 5AH, UK

BaoziInn - Soho is a Cantonese Dim Sum restaurant with a twist, featuring Sichuan and Hunan influences. The eatery is known for its delicious bao and dumplings, with the salt and pepper calamari and prawn wonton being highly recommended by customers. For efficiency, the restaurant incorporates a button system on the tables for ordering and payment, enhancing the dining experience.

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Delicious bao and dumplings restaurant in soho.Recommend the salt and pepper calamari and the prawn wonton.You have a button on the table to call for taking orders and to pay which is very efficient!

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BaoziInn - Soho

BaoziInn - Soho

24 Romilly St

24 Romilly St, London W1D 5AH, UK

China Tang at The Dorchester

53 Park Ln

53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA, UK

China Tang at The Dorchester offers deeply comforting Chinese favorites, ensuring a memorable dining experience. Renowned for its delicious array of pastel-colored parcels and shrimp-stuffed har gau, the restaurant also serves other standout dishes such as Dover sole dumplings and crab meat noodles. Guests should not miss out on their signature Peking duck with its dark, blistered crackling skin, and the nai wong bao, a must-try steamed custard bun.

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This restaurant has built its steadfast reputation on serving a selection of deeply comforting Chinese favourites.Located within the iconic Dorchester hotel, this Chinese restaurant has built its steadfast reputation on serving a selection of deeply comforting Chinese favourites. I enjoyed a brilliant array of pastel-coloured parcels and gelatinous, shrimp-stuffed har gau. The Dover sole dumplings, with that added chopped chilli garnish, was silky and luscious, and packed a pleasing punch. The crab meat noodles, umph! Great chunks of sweet crab meat, sumptuous and luxurious. The caviar and Wagyu beef taro puffs, like delicate, fine assembly clouds of buttery nivarna. The mushroom dumpling, light and airy and laced with truffle. Then a brilliant sliced (not shredded) Peking duck with its dark, blistered crackling skin. Oh, and the nai wong bao (steamed custard buns)… you gotta try these!

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China Tang at The Dorchester

China Tang at The Dorchester

53 Park Ln

53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA, UK

BaoziInn - London Bridge

34-36 Southwark St

34-36 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU, UK

BaoziInn - London Bridge is a restaurant specializing in Northern Chinese street food with a focus on handmade dumplings and bao buns. Known for their prawn and chive dumplings and pork bao buns, they offer an authentic taste of traditional Chinese cuisine. The restaurant also features a wide array of dishes, including dim sum, skewers, roast meat, noodles, and rice, making it a go-to spot for those craving diverse and flavorful Chinese food.

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Steamer baskets of joy! Nestled away just past the bustling Borough Market are London’s best dumplings. With classic flavours of prawn and chive and delicious pork bao buns, this place is well versed in the language of dumpling. Every dumpling is handmade in the window, you can taste the quality.

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BaoziInn - London Bridge

BaoziInn - London Bridge

34-36 Southwark St

34-36 Southwark St, London SE1 1TU, UK

Silk Road

47 Camberwell Church St

47 Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8TR, UK

Silk Road is a straightforward eatery offering local Xinjiang and Sichuan style dishes, including their well-known hand-pulled noodles. Known for its comforting, simple cooking without any gimmicks, the restaurant is favored for its hot, no-frills food that tastes like home-cooking, especially their dumplings and signature cabbage dish. With a taste of black vinegar, cumin, and chilli defining its dishes, Silk Road provides a satisfying meal for groups at an affordable price.

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Local Xinjiang and Sichuan style dishes in a simple restaurant in Camberwell, well known for hand-pulled noodles. I’ve been coming to Silk Road for over 10 years and it’s still my favourite spot in London. Hot, no frills food that tastes like home-cooking and the dumplings remind me of the kind i used to eat for lunch as a student in Beijing. I also like that you can have a feast with a group of friends and spend less than £20 a head. The food comes out instantly and is piping hot, you’re usually in and out in less than an hour too. There aren’t many other places that do this kind of comforting, simple cooking so well with no gimmicks. The taste of black vinegar, cumin and chilli is what I taste when I think of Silk Road. Their cabbage dish has to be one of the greatest cabbage dishes of all time.

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Silk Road

Silk Road

47 Camberwell Church St

47 Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8TR, UK

Dim Sum Duck

124 King's Cross Rd

124 King's Cross Rd, London WC1X 9DS, UK

Dim Sum Duck is a restaurant known for its Cantonese cooking and particularly for its dim sum and roast duck. The dishes are served in a traditional Asian dining atmosphere, with a menu that includes classic dim sum, noodles, rice, congee, and vegetable sides. Please note, due to its popularity, the restaurant often has a queue, but the wait is considered worthwhile for the quality and portion sizes of the meals.

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Arguably the best Cantonese cooking in LondonSome serious lunchtime gorging at Dim Sum Duck in King’s Cross, what the UK restaurant critic Fay Maschler (of the Evening Standard and Tatler) has called “arguably the best Cantonese cooking in London” (the peerless Marina O'Loughlin lauds it too). Please excuse the low-quality photos, but dim sum baskets were steaming and arrived thick and fast - and I was ravenous. Plus, who has the patience for a Vogue-style photoshoot - this is food to be eaten, not stage designed. A whopper won ton soup with noodles was plentiful and would have been sufficient, but on we went… piping hot xiao long bao with a deliciously soupy mixture and shredded ginger, then prawn dim sum with chopped chives, crystal shrimp dumplings, pork & shrimp siu mai, shao mai and a couple of fluffy char siu bao. And breathe.

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Dim Sum Duck

Dim Sum Duck

124 King's Cross Rd

124 King's Cross Rd, London WC1X 9DS, UK

Three Uncles

12 Devonshire Row

12 Devonshire Row, London EC2M 4RH, UK

Three Uncles is a Cantonese fast-food restaurant known for its simple menu, focusing on roasted meats, including Peking duck, and dumplings. The establishment has a reputation for avoiding greasy plastic containers and delivering great flavors, particularly through their star dishes, the roasted meats. However, due to its popularity and limited space, customers may need to be prepared to take their food to-go.

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Cantonese fast food with queues around the block. Simple menu - roasted meats including peking duck & dumplings. Three uncles is Cantonese fast food done well - no greasy plastic containers. A hipster small menu chinese, great flavours. Their stars of the menu are the roasted meats (can be done as a combo) with either noodles or rice. Very tight on space to sit inside so be prepared to collect your food and walk to a nearby bench.

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Three Uncles

Three Uncles

12 Devonshire Row

12 Devonshire Row, London EC2M 4RH, UK

Xi'an BiangBiang Noodles Aldgate East

62 Wentworth St

62 Wentworth St, London E1 7AL, UK

"Xi'an BiangBiang Noodles Aldgate East" is a casual spot that specializes in hand-pulled Chinese noodles from the Shaanxi region. Known for its savory, often spicy broths, guests can choose from a variety of noodle types and toppings, including beef, pork, and vegetables. Highlights include the hand-pulled noodles with braised beef and broth, and traditional pork burgers, making it a must-visit for lovers of authentic Chinese cuisine.

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Quick, casual, warm and tasty - the most perfect combo for a noodle spotNear Brick Lane, in London, you’ll find this hand-pulled chinese place that serves some very tasty specialties from the wheat filled region of Shaanxi, in northwestern China.Slurp your cares away with ultra savoury broths (almost always on the spicy side of life) with several combinations of beef, pork and vegetables. Choose between belt, thin or rice noodles and don’t skip instant classics like the hand-pulled noodles with braised beef and broth or the handmade traditional pork burgers. It’s not exactly the best place for a first date or for a fancy business meeting - the whole spot has a fast-food vibe in its decor and it’s very hard to avoid pesky stains - but it’s definitely a must.

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Xi'an BiangBiang Noodles Aldgate East

Xi'an BiangBiang Noodles Aldgate East

62 Wentworth St

62 Wentworth St, London E1 7AL, UK

Loon Fung Chinatown

G/F, 42-44 Gerrard St

G/F, 42-44 Gerrard St, London W1D 5QG, UK

Loon Fung Chinatown is a restaurant that provides an authentic Hong Kong dining experience. Known for its exquisite dim sum and egg tarts, the place is run by Mr. Lee, an experienced chef who shares his knowledge of traditional dim sum techniques with visitors. The atmosphere is welcoming, making guests feel like part of the family, and the restaurant is conveniently located above a Chinese supermarket.

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The one restaurant I always recommend is my friend's restaurant in Chinatown, called Loon Fung. It's above a Chinese supermarket and Mr. Lee who owns this restaurant has been a family friend of ours for over 40 years, and he's probably one of the only original Hong Kong restaurateurs left in Chinatown. When ever we go there, we’re welcomed like family and all the staff know us. Mr Lee is an incredible dim sum chef and we like to chat about about different techniques and he likes to teach me about older style dim sum which isn't available in the UK anymore. His food reminds me of the food of Hong Kong. My favourite dim sum here are the steamed whelks in a kind of a Malay curry sauce. I also love their egg tarts, because the art of making that laminated, crumbly enough pastry is such a wonderful skill. It's a truly special eating experience.
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Loon Fung Chinatown

Loon Fung Chinatown

G/F, 42-44 Gerrard St

G/F, 42-44 Gerrard St, London W1D 5QG, UK

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