An interesting mix of the Chinese community who live and work in the area, other locals passing through Soho and curious tourists, the atmosphere alone makes Chinatown worth a visit.
There is central London rubbish to step around on the pavement, roasted ducks hanging in windows and the occasional waft of polluted air from dirty alleyways, but there’s also an amazing array of Chinese, Korean, Thai and other Asian goodies in the local supermarkets and corner shops, restaurants with dim sum and buffets galore. Like Banglatown in the East End, the street signs in Chinatown are written in two languages.
I passed through the other day and thought I’d share a few photos from an ordinary Chinatown day.
Last week, we had a great night at the Assembly Hall in Islington stuffing ourselves with African and Caribbean food and drinks, listening to some storytellig, watching some African drumming by a very cool woman with amazingly big hair, some energetic bhangra dancing and, of course, the fashion show.
There were designers from Indonesia, Romania, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Sri Lanka, China, France, Algeria, Eritrea and more. I wasn’t sitting in the best spot for photos, but caught the top half of a bunch of them so you get the general idea!