13 of the Best Chinese Restaurants in London

London 's vast array of restaurants caters to a multitude of palates. For those times when you just can't curb your cravings for Chinese food, we've found the restaurants serving divine dim sum and brilliant bao.

Carving Chinese food? There are London's most delectable restaurants

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Royal China Baker Street

Marylebone

This classic Cantonese restaurant is renowned for its dim sum. Don't be put off by the seemingly formal atmosphere - once the food arrives all pretension is thrown out the window as the room is filled with oohs and ahhs of content. Book ahead to avoid the queue that often snakes its way down Baker Street, and settle down to order plates of fried gyoza, soft dumplings, roast pork buns and crispy spring rolls.

Address

24-26 Baker Street W1U 3BZ

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Xi'an Impression

Highbury

Opposite Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, this no-frills restaurant serves Chinese food in unpretentious settings. Whitewashed interiors ensure that all focus is placed entirely on the food - and rightly so. Piled-up plates of sticky dumplings and thick udon noodles (the Xi'an Liang Pi Cold Noodles are a must-try) command all attention as they crowd the small tables, and disappear quicker than you can say bao bun.

Address

117 Bennell Road N7 7BW

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Duck and Rice

Soho

At face value, this stalwart pub in Soho seems an unlikely addition to this round-up. While drinks are served in the buzzy ground floor bar, head upstairs for the real deal. Chinese food is served in the intimate dining room - be sure to order the Cantonese-style roast duck, hand-reared at a local family-owned farm.

Address

90 Berwick Street W1F 0QB

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A Wong

Pimlico

Helmed by London-born chef Andrew Wong, this Chinese restaurant seamlessly switches between a delightful dim-sum menu during the day and heaped plates of authentic cuisine in the evening. Try the 10-course tasting menu, which showcases the best of Wong's culinary finesse.

Address

70 Wilton Road SW1V 1DE

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Park Chinois

Mayfair

This chinese restaurant brings Shanghai's 30s jazz lounges to London's Mayfair. Beyond its decadent red doors, the interiors pair rich velvets and fringed furnishings with sophisticated cocktails and raved-about food. Book into the Salon de Chine to sample the Asian menu in sophisticated surrounds, or slide into a booth downstairs at Club Chinois, where food is often served alongside curious entertainment.

Address

17 Berkeley Street W1J 8EA

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Yauatcha

Soho

Fragrant noodle dishes, meat-filled wontons and lip-smacking curries are served at Yauatcha on Soho's Broadwick Street, where dimly lit interiors are adorned with sleek furnishings. Be sure to save room for dessert - try the "Winter Sun", an exotic fruit mousse served with black-sesame cream and a banana-toffee compote, or the praline brownie topped with salted yuzu caramel.

Address

15-17 Broadwick Street W1F 0DL

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Bao

Fitzrovia

This trendy Chinese hotspot does what it says on the tin - but with style. Originally a food stall, this restaurant prioritises quality over quantity, with a relatively short menu consisting of popular dishes such as steamed baos packed with juicy meat and veg. Round off the meal with a fried bao filled with ice cream - you won't regret it.

Address

31 Windmill Street W1T 2JN

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My Neighbours the Dumplings

Lower Clapton

This popular Hackney dumpling restaurant often has queues out the door. Arrive early to nab a table, settle down in view of the kitchen and watch your dishes being skillfully prepared. Sample the restaurant's dim-sum menu - we're ordering the crispy wontons, steamed buns and fried potstickers.

Address

165 Lower Clapton Road E5 8EQ

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Hunan

Belgravia

If unnecessarily lengthy menus leave you sweaty-palmed and stressed, Hunan is the place for you. Leave the hard work to the experts at this menuless restaurant, which is tucked among Pimlico's galleries and antiques shops. Dine like an emperor on a series of small plates followed by heaps of hand-pulled noodles and fiery sauces.

Address

51 Pimlico Road SW1W 8NE

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Kym's

City of London

Another restaurant by Chinese master-of-all Andrew Wong, Kym's is one for the Instagrammers. Pink-hued interiors coupled with a cherry-blossom tree make a picture-perfect setting for your evening meal. Yet this isn't all style over substance - dishes such as Cantonese crispy pork belly or Iberico pork char siu steal the focus every time.

Address

19 Bloomberg Arcade EC4N 8AR

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Mamalan

Brixton

In bustling Brixton Village, Mamalan specialises in northern-Chinese street food inspired by the owner's experience of watching her mother run a market stall in Beijing - the restaurant is even named after her. Huddle into the crowded restaurant for beef and pork potstickers, veggie dumplings and hearty noodle soups.

Address

Unit 18, Brixton Village Coldharbour Lane SW9 8PR

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Silk Road

Camberwell

This cheerful restaurant in Camberwell serves food from China's Xinjiang province. Slide onto communal benches and peruse a refreshingly short menu before promptly deciding to order the lot. Hand-pulled noodles, fluffy dumplings and spicy stews prove that Chinese food is more than your typical sweet-and-sour chicken or beef in black bean sauce.

Address

49 Camberwell Church Street SE5 8TR

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Dumpling's Legend

Chinatown

Dumplings' Legend offers dim sum with a twist. Try the fried turnip cake (luóbo gāo), stuffed rice noodles (cheung fun) and, of course, plenty of meat-filled dumplings. A glass-fronted kitchen allows diners to gawp at the chefs' magic while it happens.

Address

15-16 Gerrard Street W1D 6JE