You Win Some You Dim Sum
“Within a century it was one of London’s hotspots – a haunt for artists, authors and politicos who put the world to rights at the Turk’s Head Inn over many-a boozy tipple.”
I was in London at the end of 2020, beginning of 2021 (during lockdown).
I walked and walked and walked all around that fair city, a favorite destination of mine.
Because of lockdown I as able to experience this usually lively city at rest…
It was surreal for sure!
Chinatown was part of my walking tour of holiday lights and here are a couple of shots. As you can see, I had the place practically to myself. 📷 perfect…..I was really disappointed not to be able to grab me some dim sum though.
Where’s your go to place for Dim Sum in London?
🧧Chinatown’s colourful history stretches back long before the Chinese community of restaurants and businesses popped up in the 1950s. It was the birthplace of the Post Office, Ronnie Scott’s and the playground of the literary elite.
Today’s Chinatown’s story begins with the Great Fire of London. In the panic to rebuild, attention turned to a military training ground on farmland. The area’s owner, Lord Gerrard gave permission for houses to be built. #GerrardStreet was completed in 1685, then later a market hall and slaughterhouse. Voila, #Soho was born.
Within a century it was one of London’s hotspots – a haunt for artists, authors and politicos who put the world to rights at the Turk’s Head Inn over many-a boozy tipple. Not just popular with London’s intelligentsia, the area was a magnet for immigrant communities like the French Huguenots.
In the 1980s the area got the full Chinatown treatment; Chinese gates, street furniture and a pavilion were added, plus Gerrard Street, parts of Newport Place and Macclesfield Street became pedestrianised.
From #bakeries to #bars and restaurants to reflexology, today #Chinatown is a thriving hub of #Oriental wonder. Souvenir shops, health clinics, barbers, travel agents – it really does have everything. Lord Gerrard would be proud.
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