Whether you’re desiring dim sum, in search of street-food dishes or are craving a full-on Cantonese feast, head to one of London’s best Chinese restaurants - and there’s not a Chinese buffet in sight!
Bringing traditional Chinese cookery into the modern age, Min Jiang is a great place to try diverse dishes from China’s various provinces; but many come simply for its wood-fired duck, which is served over two courses. Perched on the 10th floor of the Royal Garden Hotel, this stylish restaurant boasts far-reaching views of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens. Book now
Combining three floors, numerous karaoke rooms and even its own carp pond, Imperial China certainly knows how to impress. One of Chinatown’s largest restaurants, this long-standing locals’ favourite specialises in Cantonese dishes and a wide choice of dim sum, with a particular focus on seafood. Visit on a weekend and you'll be able to delve into a roast meat platter featuring roast duck and barbecued pork. Book now
You can also savour spectacular views of London from this plush Northern Chinese restaurant on level 33 of The Shard. Opt for dim sum such as Shanghai-style xiaolongbao or specialities ranging from sliced scallops with pomelo to aromatic beef rib braised in lotus leaf. Red lanterns, chunky wooden dividers and a Chinese wishing tree make the visuals in Hutong almost as impressive inside as through the full-height windows. Book now
Savour Chinese delicacies surrounded by original artwork, calligraphy and traditional artefacts at this elegant Cantonese restaurant within The Grosvenor hotel in Victoria. Handily adjacent to the station, the upscale Grand Imperial offers a contemporary twist on authentic food from the Guangdong province. Book now
Tuck into traditional street food from Northern China at this small, cash-only diner in Chinatown. Choose from light-as-air baozi (steamed buns), dumplings speckled with chilli oil or hearty noodle broths; all at an affordable price. The décor in Baozi Inn may be a little austere, but that’s part of its charm.
Hakkasan Hanway Place
The original restaurant of what is now a global brand (there is another in Mayfair), Hakkasan Hanway Place stands out with its sleek, dimly lit interiors with dark oak bar and latticed screens. You’ll discover a menu full of first-rate modern Cantonese fare from chef Tong Chee Hwee at this Michelin-starred venue – don’t miss the signature crispy duck salad with pomelo, pine nut and shallot. Book now
Feng Shang Princess
You could almost be lazing in a quiet backwater of Guangdong’s Pearl River in this handcrafted floating restaurant in leafy Regent’s Park, that’s attracted a host of celebrity diners over its 30 years. Cantonese flavours dominate at Feng Shang Princess, with traditional favourites such as soft shell crab, crispy shredded beef and sweet and sour pork on offer.
With locations in several of London’s hotspots, Ping Pong offers a lively stopover for a light bite during a busy day out in Soho, Southbank, Wembley, St Katharine Docks and more. Specialising in dim sum, Chinese teas and cocktails, the contemporary restaurants serve good value dishes designed to be shared with friends and family, in the true spirit of the dim sum culture.
This dim sum specialist from Alan Yau’s increasingly impressive stable is nestled in the heart of Soho. Alongside numerous dumplings and cheung fun (rice noodle rolls), you’ll find more substantial dishes at the relaxed all-day “tea house”. Yauatcha's Michelin-star may suggest formality, but that’s far from the case; making it a great place for grazing over a relaxing lunch or dinner with family or friends. Book now
Step into Plum Valley in Chinatown and you're stepping in to a calm escape from the madness of the city. Through their doors, you'll find a peaceful setting inspired by a Chinese garden, with a modern western twist. The menu here is a Chinese, Japanese and Thai fusion. Come for a dim sum feast and try pork buns, spring rolls and wasabi prawn dumplings. Or go a la carte and share a classic Peking crispy duck. Book now