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Joy King Lau

#3,723 of 18,268 Restaurants in London
#3,980 of 19,207 Places to Eat in London
Chinese, Noodle, Asian
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3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, England
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Table for 11 at 2pm - kids and 6 adults. Duck, dry ribs, loads of of steamed dumplings, rice, noodles and choi sum. The adults predominantly came for dim sum but the duck, ribs and noodles were for the kids. All the food was superb. Definitely try the dry ribs and of course the steamed dumplings... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Martin W
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Poor dinner in a very shabby environment. Service was quite fast, but very unfriendly. I must admit I am not a big fan of Chinese food, but this was really disappointing and accompanying beer was equally bad, actually very bad. The only good thing that comes to my mind is its location, so close to Picadilly and Leicester Sq.

Thank Dr_cooke
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Table for 11 at 2pm - kids and 6 adults. Duck, dry ribs, loads of of steamed dumplings, rice, noodles and choi sum. The adults predominantly came for dim sum but the duck, ribs and noodles were for the kids. All the food was superb. Definitely try the dry ribs and of course the steamed dumplings. Service was efficient, patient... More 

Thank Martin W
Walton-on-Thames, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Amazing little place just of Leicester Square . We had chicken feet, many different dumplings! I don't want to give the game away but everything we had was awesome

Thank Alex S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we've been to the King Joy Lau many times and think it's both reasonably priced and its food is good. as to portions, you may have a second meal next day...

Thank suesli
Poole, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in London for the Dr Who exhibition with my two sons, and my wife came up to see the lights and have dinner. We were heading to Soho Chinatown when we passed this restaurant, saw a plethora of stickers in the window, and a quick check of Trip Advisor suggested this was a good restaurant. I was disappointed... More 

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Totnes, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived early afternoon on a Sunday and all three floors full, but waited only a couple of minutes for table. Very buzzy atmosphere, and tables quite close to one another, and fairly high level of noise with very few windows, so you have to be in the mood for that, but did make for a good atmosphere. Lots of Chinese... More 

Thank Faith639
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been here a few times and it is consistently good, authentic dim sum. Service it swift, chinese style. It's functional not overly friendly however it attracts Chinese people as well as tourists or Londoners, which is a good sign in my book. I always go for the chinese tea as a drink. I'd recommend trying a range of dishes,... More 

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Alton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really looked forward to an authentic Chinese meal and chose this after reading the reviews. Ambiance is not a key feature! The food - a seafood noodle dish, sizzling chicken, pak choi and a portion of rice was less appetizing and noteworthy than my local Chinese which dishes up meals which I happily tuck in to. The noodles were bland... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family and I have been here in 40 years. We have tried so many dim sum places but the quality and taste of this place never disappoints. The prices is cheap here and the staff are friendly. I hope the chef never retires.

Thank S H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went early on a Sunday for dim sum lunch. We sat on the second floor, had a lovely waiter greet and serve us. The food was fantastic from start to end. We will be returning for sure.

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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, Noodle, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Dining on a budget, Families with children, Large groups


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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Staying in Soho

Neighborhood Profile
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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