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3 Leicester St, London WC2H 7BL, England
(020)-7437-2629
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Today
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Visitor rating
  • 99
    Excellent
  • 161
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Raw chicken - a Chinese delicacy?

If we had not have been served the raw chicken then I would have rated this average. Food was bland and lacked taste. The offending chicken was a lemon chicken dish which they took away immediately and offered to replace but we declined so they took it off the bill but frankly they should have... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed January 24, 2015
LJS-LondonSW6
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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332 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

If we had not have been served the raw chicken then I would have rated this average. Food was bland and lacked taste. The offending chicken was a lemon chicken dish which they took away immediately and offered to replace but we declined so they took it off the bill but frankly they should have offered something more than that.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Came here on a business dinner, food was marvellous, i highly recommend the Jellyfish with pork, the peking duck, and the lobster noodles. The service was fantastic throughout, we were made to feel at home. One thing i loved is the fact that you didn't feel you were being ripped off for drinks! would definitely go back!

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Derbyshire
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98 reviews 98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

Chose this from Trip Advisor reviews and as promised the Dim Sum was superb. We have recently returned from a holiday in China and the food at this restaurant was equal if not better than much of the food that we ate there. We ordered 8 dishes plus fried rice for 4 of us. Great variety, all beautifully cooked, hot... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Being Chinese and eating Dim Sum in Chinatown over the last 40 years I have noticed a general decline in standards over the years with many restaurants unable to find skilled staff. JKL is not without its faults, the standards have been variable in the past. Including its problems with Hygiene in November 2013 (0 Star rating!), hopefully these seem... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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75 reviews 75 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

After going to New World, forget it as Joy King Lau are way much better as the dim sum are made fresh and absolutely delicious! This will now be my dimsum place to go which I will take my family and friends there from now onwards. Thank goodness for this gem!

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It has been long time since I have been able to return to J.K.L. but a lunch/ shopping trip gave a chance to return for some Dim Sum, we have been going to this (arguably one of the best in London) for over 20yrs. we were in early just about 12 noon & the place very soon filled up on... More 

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We came just before closing time, but they kindly seated and fed us. The food was superb. Duck with orange sauce was incredible, #84 (chicken with peanuts etc.), chicken with lemon sauce. Vegetable spring rolls were not up to snuff, alas, but otherwise super. Our earlier visit two years ago was as good.

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Singapore
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

First time trying out this dim sum place in London, near chinatown area and was pleasantly delighted. The dishes were generally good, and the pork and century egg congee was comforting in the winter cold. However, the Shanghai Xiao long Bao we had was way too dry and the skin too thick - of which is not the usual if... More 

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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

A favourite amongst both locals and expats, has a full menu of delicious Chinese food. Just love the aromatic flavours and taste.

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Bucharest, Romania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Difficult to find in the hustle and bustle of Chinatown.Great tasty dim sum and variety of food...careful to check the bill (all in chinese).the desert caramelized banana was excellent be sure to ask them to make it extra crispy.chicken sizzlers were very good also lunch for 2 was 45 pounds w/o alcohol .If you are staying in London or uk... More 

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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>  > Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
  • Neighborhood: Leicester Square / Shaftesbury Avenue
  • Phone Number: (020)-7437-2629

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Entertaining clients, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?