About China Town London (a bit of history)

Yesterday, we travelled to London and had a great day scurrying around the underground and then going to a folk concert. To find out more about my day in general click here!

During the day, we quickly visited Soho and then went into China Town, which we walked through before going to have supper. I wanted to find out a little bit about China Town since we didn’t have much of a chance to have a good look around. This is what I found…

Chinatown was first located in the East End of London, where, in the 1900s, a large percentage of Chinese communities were situated. Many set up businesses to cater for Chinese sailors, however, many of these establishments were bombed during the Blitz of World War 2.

After this, the increasing popularity of Chinese cuisine along with the stream of immigrants from Hong Kong, led to a rise in the number of Chinese restaurants being opened elsewhere in London.

The Chinatown area is now home to 80 restaurants, which provide some of the finest Asian cuisine in London, as well as bakeries, supermarkets and souvenir shops.


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