We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book a Stay + Win a Getaway Book your hotel on TripAdvisor and you could win a great trip!

Joy King Lau

$$ - $$$
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
3 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7BL, England
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

659 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 584: English reviews
Level Contributor
24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Having eaten here once before, with reasonable service we didn't give it too much thought and went in at 7:45PM planning to go for a show at 9:30PM. Saturday and the place was very crowded. Quickly given seats, they took the wine order. We selected the set menu item. Boy, we had to wait. The starters came at 8:50 and... More 

Thank Vasu G
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an authentic Chinese restaurant. But from the outside you may be put off as it does not look plush but trust us - looks are deceiving. The staff can be upfront but that is part of the charm - real cultural experience. The crispy duck is unbelievable, and we always go for the sizzling plates of steak and... More 

Thank B0B808
Level Contributor
17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The service is very rude, the food it takes hours to arrive at the table. But the flavors are very good. A little pricy.

Thank Vito C
Level Contributor
7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Having lived in London my whole life, I can't believe I've missed this spot. My usual go-to is Royal China, but over the years it seems to have gone down hill tremendously. I searched online for a good dim sum spot and came across Joy King Lau. Amazing! The dim sum here tastes fresh and really delicious! Beancurd and prawn... More 

Thank SammyDodge
Level Contributor
218 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

In a grubby building with a lift that sometimes just stops working temporarily (with people inside!), this always used to be our go-to Chinese in Soho, ever since it opened over 30 years ago. Then we stopped going for about a decade, no idea why, but for the last few years it has again become our first choice. There are... More 

Thank exotissima1
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

The food, tea and service is excellent. The environment is very pleasant. It's a couple of blocks away from Leicester Square station as well, so it's easy to find.

Thank Tony C
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
52 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here after walking around China Town with a friend, we were looking for something quick to eat as we had a show to catch. We ran into this place and didn't require a booking. The place is 3 floors and has a massive menu, we went for the set menu to save time. The food was alright, it... More 

Thank Sandra K
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Having been recommended to try this Chinese restaurant by friends, I booked a table for 10 pm (after the theatre). When we arrived a very surly sour faced manageress/waitress showed us to our table. When she came to take our order I asked for recommendations and she just told us to eat the set menu for 2. I was not... More 

1 Thank Linda C
Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
334 reviews
215 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Very convenient for Leicester Square. We were going to the cinema for a three o’clock show; it was Sunday lunchtime and, initially, there was quite a queue outside but, as we were about to go elsewhere, everyone disappeared upstairs and we managed to immediately get seated at a table downstairs. Not many tables free and soon a queue was building... More 

Thank Sennockian55
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
55 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I find in Chinese restaurants you only go for the food and definitely not for the service. I have been to many and find that the majority aren't polite, attentive and care about the customer. We were seated quickly and that was as about as a good service we got. Trying to get the waiters attentive or asking them for... More 

Thank WestLondonDiner

Travelers who viewed Joy King Lau also viewed


Been to Joy King Lau? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, 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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7BL, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighborhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: (020)-7437-1132

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Joy King Lau and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Joy King Lau staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • 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.
Explore this neighborhood