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ADDRESS
193-197 High Holborn, Covent Garden, London WC1V 7BD
 
 
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12:00-0:00
 
PRICES
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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Underground Stations

Underground Stations

 
Holborn Tube Station
 
2 minutes walk
 
Covent Garden Tube Station
 
6 minutes walk
 
Railway Stations

Railway Stations

 
Charing Cross Railway Station
 
13 minutes walk
 
Farringdon Rail
 
15 minutes walk
 
 
Car Parks

Car Parks

 
Bloomsbury Square Car Park
 
1 minutes walk
 
Drury Lane NCP
 
2 minutes walk
 
 
 
 

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What to do in London throughout 2019

Discover what's on in London 2019 with our comprehensive guide to the best events. From theatre to art and music to sport, London 2019 has something for everyone - so read on to find out what London town has to offer.

 
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Thistle Holborn, The Kingsley
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £86  28% off
Bloomsbury Way, WC1A | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Set in the heart of the West End, Thistle Holborn - The Kingsley is well positioned with the British Museum very close by and the entertainments ... More
 
 
 
Club Quarters Lincoln's Inn Fields
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £108  24% 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
 
 
 
The Buckingham London
London > Hotels > Mid-Range Chain Hotel   from £69  23% off
39-40 Bedford Place, WC1B | 4 minutes from Shanghai Blues
A beautiful townhouse property located in London's peaceful Bloomsbury area, The Buckingham provides an intimate and comfortable setting with its luxury studios and suites. With all ... More
 
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Red Farm
London > Restaurants > Chinese restaurants
9 Russell Street, WC2B | 6 minutes from Shanghai Blues
London branch of the New York dumpling restaurant. ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Dining near Shanghai Blues

Near Shanghai Blues
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Events near Shanghai Blues

Near Shanghai Blues
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
School of Rock
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 24th October 2016 to 5th January 2020
Shanghai Blues, Drury Lane, WC2B | 2 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Students at a prestigious prep school "stick it to the man" with encouragement from their substitute teacher - wannabe rock star Dewey Finn - in the ...More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Secret Diary Of Adrian Mole Aged 13 3/4: The Musical
London > Events > Theatre  Dates: 15th June to 12th October 2019
Shanghai Blues, West Street, WC2H | 7 minutes from Shanghai Blues
The late Sue Townsend's best-selling comedy novel about a misunderstood, hapless teenager experiencing teen angst becomes a musical. Set in 1980s Leicester, this critically acclaimed stage ...More
 
 
 
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Near Shanghai Blues
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
New London Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
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 New London Theatre only opened its doors in 1973, making it ... More
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Shaftesbury Theatre
London > Entertainment > Theatres
210 Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
A large and appealingly shabby Edwardian theatre which has produced almost a century of successful popular theatre and musicals. The most notorious of these was probably ... More
 
 
 
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The best museums, galleries, attractions near Shanghai Blues
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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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
Victoria House
London > Attractions > Historic Buildings
Bloomsbury Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
This Grade II listed building, a stunning neoclassical landmark constructed in the 1920s, was extensively remodelled in 2003 to provide 300,000 square feet of prime office, ... More
 
 
 
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The best shops and markets near Shanghai Blues
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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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Near Shanghai Blues
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The London Film School
London > Education > Universities and Colleges
24 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, WC2H | 5 minutes from Shanghai Blues
The London Film School is the oldest-established international school of film technique in the world. The school has contributed significantly to ... More
 
 
 
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Shanghai Blues gyms, sporting activities, health & beauty and fitness.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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Pubs near Shanghai Blues

The best pubs near London Shanghai Blues.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The Marquess of Anglesey
London > Restaurants > Gastropub
39 Bow Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E | 6 minutes from Shanghai Blues
Gastropub ... More
 
 
 
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Shanghai Blues clubs, bars, cabaret nights, casinos and interesting nightlife.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
The London Cocktail Club - Shaftesbury Avenue
London > Nightlife > Bars
224a Shaftesbury Avenue, Covent Garden, London WC2H | 3 minutes from Shanghai Blues
The London Cocktail Club is a members bar but - luckily for us - it's not a very exclusive one; it's free ... More
 
 
 
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Where to have your meeting, conference, exhibition, private dining or training course near Shanghai Blues.
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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
 
 
 
Editor's Top Pick - Recommended
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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The Illusionists
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After a successful staging in the capital in 2015, The Illusionists went on to smash box office records around the ...More

 
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British Museum 4 minutes walk from Shanghai Blues

This exhibition explores the perspectives of the Pacific Islanders to Cook's voyages and displays the work of contemporary Pacific artists, ...More

Rembrandt: Thinking On Paper
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To mark 350 years since Rembrandt's death, the British Museum presents Rembrandt: Thinking on Paper. The museum holds one of ...More

 
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Exhibitions | Until 26th August 2019 

British Museum 4 minutes walk from Shanghai Blues

A recreation of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo comes to the British Museum as it stages the largest ...More

 
The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard: Artists' Postcards From 1960 To Now
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British Museum 4 minutes walk from Shanghai Blues

This collection of 300 postcards recently gifted to the British Museum by the artists' postcard expert Jeremy Cooper, shows the ...More

Austentatious: An Improvised Jane Austen Novel
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Fortune Theatre 5 minutes walk from Shanghai Blues

Each day, an all-star cast improvise a brand new Austen work based on audience suggestions. Full of swooning ladies, stolen ...More

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The Donmar Warehouse 5 minutes walk from Shanghai Blues

Michael Longhurst directs the 25th anniversary revival of David Greig's searing drama about two refugees from a war zone, who ...More

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