10 Restaurants in London: Dim Sum

The tradition of dim sum restaurants in London

There are many restaurants across London serving dim sum, and most are building on traditions that started many years ago in Canton. This type of food was originally offered as a snack in roadside diners to accompany a cup of tea, but gradually these snacks became more sophisticated, resulting in the food we know today. Look outside the best of London's dim sum restaurants on weekend mornings and you might see queues forming. That is because it is traditional to enjoy this type of Chinese food in the morning. Don't worry, though, you can enjoy these tasty delicacies in the capital at any time of day.

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Ping Pong Covent Garden

Covent Garden
Chinese££££
4.1/68
Ping Pong Covent Garden

Ping Pong Southbank

Waterloo
Chinese££££
5.1/69
Ping Pong Southbank

Ping Pong Soho

Oxford Circus
Chinese££££
5.5/62
Ping Pong Soho
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Ping Pong Bow Bells House

Bank
Chinese££££
5.0/61
Ping Pong Bow Bells House

Ping Pong St Christopher's Place

Marylebone
Chinese££££
Ping Pong St Christopher's Place

Ping Pong Wembley

Wembley
Chinese££££
Ping Pong Wembley

Ping Pong Shepherd's Bush

Shepherd's Bush
Chinese££££
Ping Pong Shepherd's Bush

Ping Pong St Katharine Docks

St Katherines Dock
Chinese££££
Ping Pong St Katharine Docks

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New Cross
Dim Sum££££
3.8/617
New Hong Kong City

Oriental Garden Restaurant

City Centre
Chinese££££
5.0/65
Oriental Garden Restaurant
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    How to order dim sum in London restaurants

    The first thing to do is choose your tea. Most of London's dim sum restaurants will take your order as soon as you sit down. Serve others before yourself and, if you finish the pot, turn the lid upside down or leave the pot open to let the waiting staff know that you are ready for a refill. It is also traditional to tap the table to thank someone who fills your glass. Now it's on to the food.
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    Etiquette in London dim sum restaurants

    You can enjoy dim sum in London restaurants without worrying too much about the etiquette. Often the food will come on carts and it is normal to just point at the dishes you like the look of and order a few. Different carts will have different dishes, so don't be too disappointed if you don't see your favourite – it's bound to come around in a moment. In fact, it's not unknown for diners to chase a cart that has a dish they like. If the restaurant uses menus instead, just order a couple of dishes each to start with. You can also order steamed rice to accompany your food.
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    The different types of dim sum restaurants in London

    London's dim sum restaurants offer a huge variety of dishes. You can try dumplings, steamed buns and Chinese pastries, usually a combination of all three. Some are sweet and some are savoury but all are hugely tasty. It is normal to use chopsticks, but don't be concerned if you feel unsure about this – it's perfectly acceptable to request a knife and fork. Enjoy!