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Friendly Inn

#12,950 of 17,833 Restaurants in London
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Soho
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47 Gerrard St, London, England
+44 20 7437 4170
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15:30 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 15:30 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 15:30 - 02:00
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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670 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2015

Nice cheap meal. Food is hot and good quality and the change in staff is a welcome. Since the refurb it's improved 100% well worth a visit.

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Thank Nick N
UK
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47 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

I've been visiting this fab Chinese restaurant for well over 20 years now, and although I no longer live in London, I still go back to the Friendly Inn when I have a chance. The food is superb, without a doubt the best Chinese I've ever eaten at. It's still owned by the same lady, who yes, has a very... More 

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Thank jillypuma
Greenville, North Carolina
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199 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

If you've been to London you know that the town is expensive in almost every way--and especially eating out. We were in the show area and decided to have Chinese. After walking up and down Gerrard Street twice (and around the corner), we went in here because it was less busy and had the best prices. The food was good,... More 

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Thank RRRice
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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670 reviews
385 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2014

Let's face it unless you want to pay and arm and a leg getting a meal in China Town of Leicester sq is going to cost you big time bucks. But this place serves great food and good value for money. Ok no frills not the Ritz but good honest Chinese food.

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Thank Nick N
London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

My boyfriend and I were looking for a Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, we found this one just off of it and went in. The waitress was rude and threatening, we were scared to ask for anything. The meal wasn't exactly satisfactory and after about 3 hours of eating there it's safe to say it all came back up. DO NOT... More 

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Thank Yasmin B
Derby, United Kingdom
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246 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

Family break so took in Chinatown on a Saturday night , every where seemed packed so found this place at the end of gerrard st.. Have to say the food was plentiful and served quickly and was very tasty , menu d for 3 shared between 4 of us was fine, bottle of wine and a drink each for the... More 

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Thank martin1967ad
London
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69 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2014

This small restaurant at one end of Chinatown has been a favourite of mine for a few years now. The menu is long, the choices excellent and the food top notch. The service is fast and low key too which makes it an ideal place to dine before seeing a show.

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Thank MaliaLondon
Barrow-in-Furness, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2014

The restaurant was quiet when i visited but I would recommend if your are looking for reasonably priced food with quick and efficient service. I selected the set meal for two with a colleauge at only £14 this was a great choice with prawn crackers then cripsy duck as intro's. There was three main courses and an abundance of egg... More 

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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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111 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2013 via mobile

Without a doubt my favourite place to visit. The owner is an amazing character who gives great banter (other reviewers mistaking this for rudeness)! Open very late and generally pretty busy, but have always been found a table in the past. Reasonably priced, and great Chinese food with fresh ingredients rather than the usual sticky sauces. Hopefully will use for... More 

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Thank jollymuncher
London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2013

I never usually write reviews but this was one of the worst dining experiences of my life. The female waitress is the rudest woman I have ever encountered in my life. Clearly she and her staff care very little about their customers. The food was average and after all that SHE expects 10% tip. Horrible woman. Friendly Inn? Hardly..

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Steakhouse, Asian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
15:30 - 01:00
Monday
15:30 - 01:00
Tuesday
15:30 - 01:00
Wednesday
15:30 - 01:00
Thursday
15:30 - 01:00
Friday
15:30 - 02:00
Saturday
15:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 47 Gerrard St, London, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London>  > Soho
  • Neighbourhood: Soho
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7437 4170

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Soho

Neighbourhood Profile
Soho
The go-to district for a good time in London, Soho hosts a wealth of world-class theatres and a compelling lineup of cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars, and clubs. At Soho's core is London's original Red Light District and the epicenter of the LGBT scene – and thus the city's hottest nightlife. For shopping enthusiasts, Soho is not only the home of London's greatest concentration of boutique shops, but also the most strategic place to set off on a tour of the world's most celebrated department stores. In the southern part of the neighbourhood lies Chinatown, with its multitude of delicious and affordable restaurants. Closer to the Thames, Chinatown's narrow and teeming lantern-lit lanes spill onto the expansive hub of glitzy Leicester Square.
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