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Joy King Lau

3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, England (Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue)
(020)-7437-2629
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Ranked #3,120 of 17,213 Restaurants in London
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
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London, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

A friend of ours went outside for a cigarette then was refused entry - he's not the smartest looking of chaps but he was mistaken for a lay-about and was not allowed back in. Absolutely awful.

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We have been enjoying many dim sum restaurant over the years but we keep coming back to Joy King Lau. Always busy and nearly always more Chinese than others - a great sign of good quality! Do try the glutinous rice which is lovely with any of the dishes.

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Ashford
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This was one of my favourite restaurants such that I would choose it for birthday treats on trips to London. However, my visit yesterday was unusually very disappointing. The staff were did not make an effort to make me and my husband feel welcome. We were seated between two other tables and I mean less than 18 inches clearance between... More

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London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

Definitely not the cheapest in the area but worth a visit. This restaurant has been a family favorite for years the dim sum we really like and there is a lot of variety. The rest of the menu is typical of what you would normally find and I have never had a bad dish over the years Last meal I... More

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Morpeth, United Kingdom
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36 reviews 36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Excellent restaurant just off Leicester Square . I have been going for years but this year took my family when in London for a few days . Not quite as attentive as usual but incredibly busy so probably understandable as it was full of tourists. The Dim sum was excellent . The service though was not to its usual excellent... More

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Canterbury, United Kingdom
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137 reviews 137 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
275 helpful votes 275 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It started well enough, with the dim sum of which there is a large variety to choose from. The main courses were tasteless and full of bones. Our party had beef with ginger & noodles, duck & crispy pork with rice. The duck and pork slices contained bones, lots of fat, and were evidently only partially re-heated; much of it... More

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London, United Kingdom
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66 reviews 66 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I've been here previously for dinner and ordered the Singapore meehoon which was a mistake. I came back this time around with some friends for dim sum and it wasn't out of this world but it was very good for the price you pay. Compared to some other restaurants in the area that can be really rude, this place is... More

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Not a very luxurious dining room but the food was excellent. Service very attentive. Very busy, but we where not rushed. Excellent value!!

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

back again after a year and it re affirmed our view this is the best Chinese in central London by miles

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Great quality Dim Sum - comparable to the standards you would expect in Hong Kong. Great bustling atmosphere. Come for the full experience!

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