It is situated south of Soho and north of Leicester Square, and mainly concentrated around Gerrard Street and Lisle street. Pagoda arches mark the boundaries.
Chinatown’s origins date back to the late 18th century when the first Chinese settled in London , having been employed on ships owned by the East India Company. Initially a small community was established around the docks at Limehouse in East London. But following the destruction of the area by World War II bombers, the Chinese community migrated to its present location attracted by the low property prices.
Visit Chinatown in late January and you will be able to see the Chinese New Year celebrations, with traditional dancing dragons and parties in the streets.