Sunday, November 09, 2008

Not a view of Chinatown you see everyday

The views you see here of the south-western edge of London's Chinatown probably have not been seen for decades and in a few years' time (when all the work is done) might not be seen again for decades more.




What used to be the Swiss Centre has been totally demolished and enormous building works are now going on on the site. The work has created a vast, temporary open space allowing sunlight to fill parts of Wardour, Lisle and Leicester Streets that are normally shrouded in dingy shadow.

To see it for yourself, get a lunchtime table at the front of the top floor of Joy King Lau restaurant, Leicester Street. It's the best view to be had in Chinatown right now.

4 comments:

K.W.Wan said...

have you seen lee ho fuk is now also gone? the face of chinatown is changing...

burntbreadboy said...

Yes, I saw it was all boarded up today! Chinatown is definitely changing.

cecilie said...

Wow, it almost looks like ... every corner of every city in China itself!

Madam Miaow said...

Holy cow! What happened to that great Swiss clock? I loved that.

Lee Ho Fook's gone? I remember (just) being taken there by my parents and their work outing when I was little.