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Joy King Lau

#3,497 of 17,750 Restaurants in London
#3,765 of 18,675 Places to Eat in London
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3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, England
(020)-7437-1132
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations

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  • 54
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  • 19
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
What A Joy!

Since the excellent Chuen Cheng Ku in Wardour Street went bankrupt and was forced to close I have been looking for a good value for money Dim Sum restaurant in Soho. Now I think I have found it at Joy King Lau in Leicester Street. Four of us went for lunch mid-week and we all ordered different... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
BobTheWasp
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Dining on a budget
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Went to Joy King Lau after reading reviews on tripadvisor as looking for good places to eat in London. We weren't disappointed! It was busy and bustling with lots of chinese customers...always a good sign! Service was swift despite it being very busy and they could accommodate 10 of us without booking. Only down side of that was that sitting... More 

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Today was my first visit to this restaurant but it won't be the last! Good selection of vegetarian dim sum and the staff were careful to keep my food separate. On the subject of the staff they couldn't have been more friendly and attentive. They've restored my faith in Chinatown restaurants.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We were in a big hurry to get something to eat before the theatre. In 17 minutes we got a main course with rice and a beer each. Great service, great food. I've eaten there before and this is now my preferred Chinese Restaurant in London!

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Jensen Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

As an American I gave only 2 stars. This does have authentic Chinese food as I experienced in China. We entered the restaurant just as it opened. There were a steady stream of Chinese that quickly filled the tables. Service was fast, with immediate hot tea. There was a wide variety of Dim Sum. Unfortunately it was not as good... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I have been to this restaurant now on three occasions this year. I love Chinese food, and this has become my restaurant of choice if I'm around the Leicester Sq area to eat. I find the food tastes great, and the service is very good, also the restaurant is always busy, which is a good sign. Will keep returning

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I realized I've been coming here for 20 years, mainly for lunch but the occasional dinner. I don't live in London so it's always a treat. The dim sum are stunning, it's efficient service, and whichever floor you end up on you are often surrounded by Chinese families, which seems a good sign. If you want to try dim sum... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Since the excellent Chuen Cheng Ku in Wardour Street went bankrupt and was forced to close I have been looking for a good value for money Dim Sum restaurant in Soho. Now I think I have found it at Joy King Lau in Leicester Street. Four of us went for lunch mid-week and we all ordered different dishes. Unless you... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Stopped in for take away on my way back to our hotel on a rainy cold afternoon. Hostess took my order and offered me some hot tea while I waited.. Tried the roast pork noodle soup with baby bok choy. It hit the spot. Lots of families who appeared to be regulars. They couldn't have been nicer, good atmosphere, clean... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I tried this place twice. this is after I read raving reviews. the first time was very bad. the service was rude, and they seemed to be in a hurry. but this is Chinatown, they are always in a hurry, and I wanted to judge the place by the food. I ordered Dim Sum, all sorts. a few steamed choices,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have been eating here for well over 30 years. We usually have Dim Sum but decided to try their evening menu on our last visit. Big portions and great value for money.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: (020)-7437-1132

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Doing business, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Staying in Soho

Neighborhood Profile
Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighborhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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