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Joy King Lau

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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: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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recommended by Chinese!

We visited this restaurant for a business dinner during the Chinese new year's festivities and we were really delighted by the quality of the food. It was recommended and arranged by some of our Chinese colleagues therefore I am sure it is one of the restaurants in Chinatown where you can get a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Thessaloniki, Greece
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We visited this place a few days ago after staying with friends in London. I had heard good reviews on here about Joy King Lau so me and my partner tried it out. We visited on a Thursday and it was very good value for money with amazing and friendly service. The food was quick and fresh with a high... More 

Thank Rosa H
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Went here for a pre-theatre dinner. We made a reservation, which was good as it was almost full early on a Friday evening. I chose this for the dim sum--but they didn't really have any! There were two pre-set dim sum appetizer platters, neither of which were great; you couldn't order as individual items, so the vegetarian in our group... More 

Thank 713kathrynj
Thessaloniki, Greece
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We visited this restaurant for a business dinner during the Chinese new year's festivities and we were really delighted by the quality of the food. It was recommended and arranged by some of our Chinese colleagues therefore I am sure it is one of the restaurants in Chinatown where you can get a good quality for the price and as... More 

Thank douniko
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Years ago the best restaurant in Gerrard Street was Lee Ho Fook (1970's & 1980's). Everybody knew it and the difficulty in getting a table was proof positive of that. They then closed a few years ago, so I decamped to Golden Dragon (opposite). I thought I'd be eating there until I shuffled off my mortal coil. Then quite by... More 

Thank ChrisNLondon
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is my go-to place in London for dim sum as it's authentic and reasonably priced. Good range of items on the menu and service is usually fast. Gets busy on weekends - get there early to avoid waiting for a table! I have only ever had dim sum here so can't comment on the dinner menu.

Thank Laura W
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We ate here at 5 pm on a Saturday, we had no problem getting table but the place had filled up by the time we left. Overall it was an average/OK Chinese food experience with little to recommend to others or that would lead us to return. he place itself is not that fancy but that wasn't an issue for... More 

Thank kdnystn
Evesham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were a group of 20 people for a work night out and enjoyed a set meal spread across 2 large tables. This worked really well as although split in 2 it was more sociable than being on 1 long table. Having a set menu for all made it really simple and efficient. Menu P3 offered great choice and the... More 

Thank Lwatson1970
London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to go regularly to Joy King Lau but stopped about 4 years ago. Now that my fave dim sum place has shut down I thought I'd try it again. Oh dear. Very, very ordinary. Tasteless dim sum generally speaking, cool service and not very clean overall. The female toilets downstairs stink. Not recommended.

Thank Peter H
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Sunday Yum Cha. Super popular and busy. Be prepared to queue outside. We have been to a number of Chinatown restaurants for yum cha and this is definitely the best. Juicy, tasty dumplings; crispy fried seafood treats; great range of items. Well worth the wait. Will return!

Thank A G
North Wootton, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What food we ate was good. We had to wait so long for our mains that once we complained they tried to give us a bottle of wine which we refused.....lack of interest in the smaller parties just focused on the large ones! Such a shame...... Would we go back again.......No!!!

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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, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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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