Strand And Charing Cross Area Guide And Tourist Information
The Strand and Charing Cross covers an area just north of the River Thames, and is a popular area with theatres, Trafalgar Square, and Chinatown.
The Strand runs from Trafalgar Square past Charing Cross up to Fleet Street and the City. To the north is Covent Garden, whilst to the west is Charing Cross Road and Trafalgar Square. Besides Trafalgar Square is two famous art galleries, the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery.
|Chinatown, west of Charing Cross Road, is concentrated around Gerrard Street and Lisle Street. It was established in the 19th century around the East End docks at Limehouse, but in the 1950s Chinese from Hong Kong and the original Chinatown moved to the area, attracted by the low rents.
Although the majority of London’s Chinese live elsewhere, Chinatown remains is a closeknit residential and working enclave. There are Chinese restaurants and shops selling oriental produce, including the New Loon Fung supermarket on Gerrard Street. Chinatown is marked by oriental gates in Gerrard Street and look for stone lions and telephone booths disguised as pagodas. The Chinese New Year (late January/early February) is when Gerrard Street hosts a street festival featuring dancing dragons.