New lanterns shine a light on Chinatown London as the West End’s leading food hub

As part of the #LoveChinatown campaign, Shaftesbury has partnered with the London Chinatown Chinese Association (LCCA) to further revitalise Chinatown London as it welcomes back visitors. The bold multi-coloured lanterns replace the red lanterns that have been hanging for over 40 years. The new rows of special multi-coloured lanterns are a nod to the rainbow of hope thanking the amazing work of NHS staff and keyworkers throughout the pandemic.  As people continue to return to their favourite restaurants and search for new cuisines they have not been able to enjoy in lockdown, the lanterns serve as a positive symbol that adds to the vibrancy and character of Chinatown London. Chinatown’s tenants, community figures and other stakeholders, such as Kim Joy, Fuchsia Dunlop, Ping Coombes, Ching He Huang, Brendan Pang, Helen Goh and members of the LCCA and The China Exchange, have signed the lanterns. To coincide with the hanging of the lanterns, a virtual messaging screen has been installed in Newport Court where visitors can share messages with their loved ones or their favourite Chinatown London restaurant. Users scan a QR code and their message appears on the side of a virtual sky lantern floating on the digital screen. MasterChef finalist 2020 Sandy Tang, and contributor to the #BringingChinatownHome campaign, was the first to write a heartfelt poem as […]