Join our family friendly half-term Lunar New Year walking tour of London’s Chinatown. Our award winning trained volunteers are ready to welcome you to explore this fascinating part of London!
Did you know that the site of today’s Chinatown was converted into hunting grounds by Henry VIII in Tudor England? Or that Ronnie Scott’s world-famous jazz club started in Gerrard Street? Where are the oldest established businesses in the area and what do these places show us about the area’s development as Chinatown? What’s the story behind the first Chinese printing company in the UK? Or the first Chinese chef to be awarded a Michelin star? What does the area reveal about London and world history? And what can it teach us about racism and prejudice? On our Chinatown Stories walking tour, you will hear incredible stories of migration, entrepreneurship, family histories and transformation. The content of the tours is rich and all thoroughly researched and recorded by people who are passionate about the history of this area.
We recommend our 1.5-hour tours for young people aged 11+. Younger children who are interested in culture and history may also find the tour an adventure!
This tour is offered without lunch. Our guides are able to make recommendations for places to eat that meet your tastes and budget, or locations in the area where you can enjoy a packed lunch.
What makes our tours special?
- Chinatown Stories are led for the benefit of the community – all guides are trained volunteers and tickets include donations to three Chinatown charities supporting the neighbourhood.
- Tours are in-depth and thoroughly researched – you won’t hear these stories anywhere else!
- The China Exchange History Champions were presented with the Ecclesiastical Heritage Alliance Storyteller of the Year award 2022. Join our award-winning volunteers for this special experience.
Private tours and school tours are available. A 10% discount is available for five tickets or more booked in the same transaction. We can accommodate larger groups by request. Email us to find out more: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our tours are in English. We can also offer tours in Cantonese and Mandarin for groups of 2 or more. Contact us to make arrangements.
We can also provide gift vouchers for tour experiences. Contact us to find out more.
Chinatown Stories: Community-Led Walking Tours is a project led by China Exchange. The initial 2018 pilot was developed in partnership with the Museum of Soho and The Anglo Asiatic Arts and Heritage Alliance (AAAHA). The project has been supported by Chinatown London and Airbnb Experiences. The 2021 edition is supported through the Champion Chinatown Heritage crowdfunding campaign supported by members of the public.