Shanghai Blues  

 
 
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193-197 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V 7BD
 
 
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12:00-0:00
 
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Main courses £7-£40
 

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Shanghai BluesCross the threshold of Shanghai Blues and plunge into its dimly lit innards where nattily dressed Oriental waitresses guide you through the solid lines of its dark, distinctive interior. Touches like the weighty blue stools and the elliptical tumblers demonstrate the lavish attention to detail, while a hypnotic trip into the dimly lit, mirrored toilets in the cellar is unforgettable.

Tastebud priming entrées including crunchy chick peas, pickled cucumbers and classic prawn crackers lead the way for the diverse and reputation-deserving Dim Sum. The dumplings, for example, range from the unremarkable vegetable to the quite exquisite steamed scallop variety. Main courses are no disappointment either. Dishes made from an assortment of meats, fish and seafood provide a fine balance and variety of flavours. The lightly flavoured, steamed sea bass was a notable favourite as was the accompanying Morning Glory, brittle to the bite, helping to clear the palate. Finish off with the refreshing green tea ice-cream.

It’s hardly surprising that Dim Sum has been a success across London. This Oriental twist on tapas (order a selection, every one dips in) appeals to everyone, especially at lunchtime, but Shanghai Blues carries on into the evening, supplying a great dining experience with efficient, unobtrusive service. Be warned though – don’t pig out too much on the Dim Sum and have no room for the rest.

 

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Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £115  29% off
61 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Lincoln's Inn Fields is the 4th Club Quarters hotel in London. The hotel is an ideal accommodation choice for business and leisure travellers with close links ... More
 
 
 
Rosewood London
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £391  24% off
252 High Holborn, WC1V | 4 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Located in High Holborn, Rosewood London is the most luxurious hotel in the area and is nearby to the capital's main business district and a number ... More
 
 
 
Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street Hotel
London > Hotels > Luxury Chain Hotel   from £122  25% off
9-13 Bloomsbury Street, WC1B | 4 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Elegant hotel in historic Bloomsbury offering comfortable, stylish rooms with cityscape views, and free high- speed W-iFi on unlimited devices. The exclusive 7th Floor gives extra ... More
 
 
 
 
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Cha Chaan Teng
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
36-38 Kingsway, WC2B | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
TV chef and creator of School of Wok, Jeremy Pang, brings a taste of Hong Kong to London with Cha Chaan ... More
 
 
 
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Red Farm
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
9 Russell Street, WC2B | 6 minutes from Shanghai Blues
London branch of the New York dumpling restaurant. ... More
 
 
 
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Hakkasan Hanway Place
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
8 Hanway Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T | 8 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Boasting the first Michelin Star ever awarded to a Chinese restaurant, Hakkasan can justly claim to be the best of its kind in London. The food ... More
 
 
 
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Gezellig Restaurant & Bar
London > Restaurants > Modern European restaurants
193-197 High Holborn, Holborn Town Hall, WC1V | Same location as Shanghai Blues
In the refurbished Grade II listed Holborn Town Hall, Gezellig Restaurant and Bar is a wine focused drinking den ... More
 
 
 
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My Old Dutch - Holborn
London > Restaurants > Cafes and Delis
131 High Holborn, Bloomsbury, London WC1V | 1 minute from Shanghai Blues
My Old Dutch is a cheap, cheerful pancake house serving sweet and savoury crepes from a company which has been established in London since 1958. Hugely ... More
 
 
 
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The Savoy Grill
London > Restaurants > British restaurants
The Savoy Hotel, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from Shanghai Blues
The Savoy Grill, along with The Savoy Hotel, reopened in 2010 following a three-year �220m refurbishment to reveal a "moodily lit" and "glamorous" dining room with ... More
 
 
 
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The Prince of Egypt
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 5th February to 31st October 2020
Shanghai Blues, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T | 6 minutes from Shanghai Blues
With new musical numbers and lavish sets, The Prince of Egypt brings a glittering production based on the Dreamworks film to the Dominion stage. Journey through ...More
 
 
 
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Matilda The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 18th October - 24th May 2020
Shanghai Blues, Earlham Street, Seven Dials, Soho, London WC2H | 6 minutes from Shanghai Blues
The Royal Shakespeare Company's multiple award-winning musical adaptation of Roald Dahl's celebrated children's book Matilda is a big hit at the Cambridge Theatre in London's West ...More
 
 
 
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Come From Away
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 30th January 2019 to 17th October 2020
Shanghai Blues, Charing Cross Road, WC2H | 7 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Christopher Ashley directs the UK premiere staging of the Tony Award-winning musical about the residents of a small Newfoundland community, who take in grounded plane passengers ...More
 
 
 
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Gillian Lynne Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
166 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Although this site has been an entertainment venue since at least the mid-19th century, the Gillian Lynne Theatre only opened its doors in 1973, making it ... More
 
 
 
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Top Secret Comedy Club @ The Africa Centre
London > Entertainment > Live Music
170 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
This new Covent Garden alternative to the West End tourist traps has welcomed the likes of filthy San Franciscan Scott Capurro and TV favourite Andi Osho. ... More
 
 
 
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Museum Of Comedy
London > Entertainment > Comedy Clubs
Bloomsbury Way, St Georges Church, WC1A | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Opened in spring 2014, the Museum of Comedy is "particularly strong on the history of British comedy" (Evening Standard). Combining live ... More
 
 
 
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Museum Of Freemasonry
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Freemasons Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Aimed at freemasons and non-freemasons alike, the Museum of Freemasonry provides the chances to learn all about freemasonry and its cultural richness. The museum is ... More
 
 
 
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The College
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
12-42 Southampton Row, Holborn, London WC1B | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Formerly home to Central Saint Martins and the Cochrane Theatre before the famous fashion college moved to a new home in King's Cross in 2011, The ... More
 
 
 
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The Cartoon Museum
London > Attractions > Museums
63 Wells Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Combining art with humour, The Cartoon Museum is a museum-cum-gallery with a refreshingly vibrant personality. After 13 years on Little Russell Street in Bloomsbury, ... More
 
 
 
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Charles Worthington
London > Shopping > Hair and Grooming
28 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Service is a watchword at this salon, where clients are guaranteed a first-class hairdressing experience. Celebrity coiffeur Worthington personally trains all his staff and standards are ... More
 
 
 
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Bloomsbury Flowers
London > Shopping > Florists
29 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Bloomsbury Flowers don't do off-the-peg, so if you want to be in and out in two minutes think again. However, if you want to impress with ... More
 
 
 
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London Review Bookshop
London > Shopping > Books
14 Bury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Opened in May 2003, with Alan Bennett cutting the ribbon, the London Review Bookshop is a welcome addition to the city's dwindling ranks of independent bookshops. ... More
 
 
 
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Le Cordon Bleu
London > Education > Adult Education
15 Bloomsbury Square, Marylebone, London WC1A | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
The London HQ of famed culinary institution Le Cordon Bleu , the cookery school widely considered as the guardian of French culinary techniques, trains ... More
 
 
 
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English [Out There!]
London > Education > English Language Courses
10 Coptic Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1A | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
English [Out There!] takes a very hands-on approach to learning English. The course places an emphasis on using what you have learned. Students are taken out ... More
 
 
 
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The Method Studio
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, Holborn, London WC1R | 5 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Learn to act by becoming the person you are portraying. Think yourself into the role... eat what they would eat, weigh what they would weigh, behave ... More
 
 
 
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All Star Lanes, Holborn
London > Leisure > Activities
Victoria House, Bloomsbury Place, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
This fun bowling alley and restaurant is a great place for a gang of you to spend a memorable night out trying to out-do each other. ... More
 
 
 
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h Club London
London > Leisure > Arts Centres
24 Endell Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
On the site of the old St Paul's Hospital in Covent Garden, hip private members' club h Club London has been designed specifically for the creative ... More
 
 
 
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Sense Spa at Rosewood London
London > Leisure > Health and Beauty
252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V | 4 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Launched in November 2013, the Sense Spa at Rosewood London is a sanctuary within central London. With Rosewood being an award-winning signature spa brand, visitors can ... More
 
 
 
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The Princess Louise
London > Nightlife > Pubs
208 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V | 1 minute from Shanghai Blues
The flagship London pub of Yorkshire's oldest brewery, Samuel Smith, the Princess Louise has been carefully restored to her original Victorian layout complete with snugs, removed ... More
 
 
 
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Philomena's Irish Bar
London > Nightlife > Pubs
40 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden, London WC2B | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Philomena's is an Irish themed bar and sports cafe on Great Queen Street, just two minutes walk from Covent Garden tube station. A great place to ... More
 
 
 
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The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 6 minutes from Shanghai Blues
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The American Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from Shanghai Blues
During The Savoy's �220million refit the American Bar was barely touched, ensuring it stayed true to its traditional, sleek design that is synonymous with the iconic ... More
 
 
 
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Beaufort Bar at The Savoy
London > Nightlife > Bars
The Savoy, Strand, Covent Garden, London WC2R | 1 minute from Shanghai Blues
The second of two bars in The Savoy, the Beaufort Bar is a glamorous affair. The bar continues the hotel's Art Deco theme with plush black ... More
 
 
 
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London Cocktail Week Pop Up
London > Nightlife > Bars
5-7 Grape Street, WC2H | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
A pop-up bar just for London Cocktail Week 2019, this Covent Garden subterranean speakeasy is the place to go for mixology demonstrations and masterclasses as well ... More
 
 
 
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Sir John Soane's Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A | 4 minutes from Shanghai Blues
An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, the extraordinary Sir John Soane's Museum elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking ... More
 
 
 
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British Museum
London > Business > Venue Hire
Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 4 minutes from Shanghai Blues
If you wanted to thoroughly explore the British Museum, it would take months, if not years. Over seven millions objects from all over the world are ... More
 
 
 
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The Congress Centre
London > Business > Venue Hire
23-28 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 5 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Based at Congress House, the headquarters of the Trades Union Congress, the Congress Centre offers several meeting and conference rooms for hire within an architecturally-renowned Grade ... More
 
 
 
 

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