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Joy King Lau

#3,338 of 17,570 Restaurants in London
#3,598 of 18,494 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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations

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    Very good
  • 52
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  • 16
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  • 21
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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
Reliable dim sum option

Reliable dim sum option - good prawn har kow, prawn and chive dumplings, shu mai, prawn cheung fun and pork buns. Not sure whether we'll be back as we like to try other options but Joy King Lau is very good. Service was attentive. Recommend.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
Wellie0810
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We called into the restaurant at around 5.30pm on a Monday. It was fairly quiet with just a few tables occupied. Service was reasonably efficient if brusque. The staff weren't rude, but they were not overly welcoming. There are the usual options on the menu, which is detailed in both Mandarin and English. A 10% surcharge is added to the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Reliable dim sum option - good prawn har kow, prawn and chive dumplings, shu mai, prawn cheung fun and pork buns. Not sure whether we'll be back as we like to try other options but Joy King Lau is very good. Service was attentive. Recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ate here this evening upon recommendation and really enjoyed it great food staff and right location on Leicester street just off Leicester sq. Menu is not difficult to follow great set menus our nut allergy understand and acted upon confidently So go and have some king Joy it is worth a visit we will return when in town

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Stumbled upon this place when I was in Chinatown. After 2 whole weeks of Western food. This place's "Heaven" :) It may seem chaotic but that's how most dim sum places in Hong Kong / Malaysia are. If you really want to sample tasty dim sum MINUS the noise and chaos this is the place.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015 via mobile

Came here for our anniversary dinner, we were seated quickly. However it quickly went down from there. The service was terrible! miserable waitresses really surly looking! The food was ok, nothing special & they couldn't wait to whip the plate away! Literally took the last bit of food off the plate, still chewing & they where there asking if you'd... More 

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Las Cruces, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

This is a good solid dim sum place with well prepared dishes. The atmosphere is somewhat chaotic because the seating is crowded and there is the constant squeaking of walkie talkies to place orders. While some here have complained about the service, we found it no less friendly or efficient than other dim sum places. So, you might ask, why... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This restaurant is wonderful if you're looking for some good food at very reasonable prices (well, I only saw the dim sum prices). However, you might want to purchase (in advance) a thick skin with the money that you're going to save on their affordable lunch. The reason being that the service is very cold, with only one of the... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Went to China town for dim sum lunch with couples of friend .wow surprised tastes good for most dim sum and reasonable price. Easy to order, staffs was so helpful. Good for tourists too. Nice environment not too noisy thank god. Enjoy!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

I am not a big fan of Chinese food but my friends insisted on trying joy king lau. I have to spread the word as there dim sum are very good value... Very good selection and very cheap. Highly recommended

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Its hard choosing the right place in Chinatown. Most are tourist traps but Joy King Lay hidden away on a side street is excellent. First class dim sum, but a great full chinese menu too. Always full of local chinese (many of whom I suspect own nearby restaurants) its a busy place but they always find a table - never... More 

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Additional Information about Joy King Lau

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

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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: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Doing business, Families with children
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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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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