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28 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 5LF
 
 
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Mon-Thu, Sun: 12noon-11pm; Fri-Sat: 12noon-11.30pm
 

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Bar ShuIt may be nestled among the 'Chinese' restaurants of Chinatown but Bar Shu is no ordinary Chinese restaurant tempered to suit British tastes. Instead it specialises in spicy Sichuanese food as it's meant to be - with photos on the menu the only nod to non-Chinese speaking diners. When it first opened in 2006, the critics called it, "the most exciting restaurant to open in London in an age" (Jan Moir in the Saturday Telegraph) and Evening Standard writer Fay Maschler said that it had changed the face of Chinese restaurants in the capital. That same year Bar Shu won Time Out's best new restaurant and it has continued to impress in the intervening years. It's the authenticity that makes Bar Shu stand out with dishes like shredded chicken (bang bang jiding), bean curd with spring onion oil (foo jook), and spicey prawns appealing to the adventurous diner. Soup pots, kang pao chicken and mapo tofu with rice come highly recommended while the spicy noodles (tantanmien) offer a good smoky yet spicey flavour. One word of advice: look out for their spice ratings - which are given in the number of peppers next to a dish - Sichuan food takes its spicing seriously.

 

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Leicester Square Tube Station
 
3 minutes walk
 
Piccadilly Circus Tube Station
 
5 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
9 minutes walk
 
Euston Railway Station
 
21 minutes walk
 
 
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China Town Masterpark
 
1 minutes walk
 
Upper St Martins Lane NCP
 
3 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £117  36% off
Coventry Street, W1D | 3 minutes from Bar Shu
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10 Carlisle Street, W1D | 4 minutes from Bar Shu
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Yming
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35 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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1 Gerrard Place Chinatown, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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27 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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21 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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19-21 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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Bar Shu, 29 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D | 3 minutes from Bar Shu
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Bar Shu, St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Bar Shu
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Bar Shu, St Martin's Lane, WC2N | 5 minutes from Bar Shu
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93-107 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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Ronnie Scott's
London > Entertainment > Jazz Clubs
47 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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Prince Edward Theatre
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Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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19 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Bar Shu
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London > Shopping > Food and Drink Shops
28 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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London > Shopping > Clothing
40 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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Loon Fung Supermarket
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42-44 Gerrard Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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16-17 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Bar Shu
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Venues across London, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Bar Shu
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London > Education > Business Faculties
4 Ching Court, Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Bar Shu
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Polpo at Ape and Bird
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Waxy's Little Sister
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20 Wardour Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Bar Shu
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Kettner's Champagne Bar
London > Nightlife > Bars
29 Romilly Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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54 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour
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The Jade Door, 15-16 Gerrard Street, Soho, London W1D | 1 minute from Bar Shu
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68 Dean Street
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68 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D | 2 minutes from Bar Shu
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Odeon, Leicester Square
London > Business > Venue Hire
24-26 Leicester Square, Soho, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Bar Shu
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St Martins Lane Hotel
London > Business > Venue Hire
45 St. Martin's Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N | 5 minutes from Bar Shu
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Royal Opera: Il Barbiere Di Siviglia
Concerts | Until 11th October 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Bar Shu

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Royal Opera: Norma
Concerts | Until 8th October 2016 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Bar Shu

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Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina
Exhibitions | Until 19th June 2017 

Royal Opera House 1 minute walk from Bar Shu

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Foodie Events | Until 29th September 2016 

Balthazar 2 minutes walk from Bar Shu

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Exhibitions | On 26th September 2016 

Stanford's 3 minutes walk from Bar Shu

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Theatre | Until 7th January 2017 

Theatre Royal Drury Lane 3 minutes walk from Bar Shu

Nominated for a staggering seven gongs in the 2014 Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory ...More

 
Kinky Boots
Kinky Boots
Theatre | Until 14th January 2017 

Adelphi Theatre 3 minutes walk from Bar Shu

Inspired by a true story and based on the 2005 British film of the same name, Cyndi Lauper and Harvey ...More

 
David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom
David Baddiel: My Family: Not The Sitcom
Theatre | Until 15th October 2016 

Vaudeville Theatre 3 minutes walk from Bar Shu

Following a critically acclaimed, sell-out run at the Menier Chocolate Factory, My Family: Not The Sitcom comes to the Vaudeville ...More

 
Matilda The Musical
Matilda The Musical
Theatre | Until 28th May 2017 

Cambridge Theatre 3 minutes walk from Bar Shu

The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at ...More

 
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Strand Palace Hotel 3 minutes walk from Bar Shu

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