Soho's Bun House chooses Chinatown London for second site

Shaftesbury has today announced that Chinese steamed bun street café, Bun House, has signed for a 1,300 sq ft site at 26-27 Lisle Street, in the heart of Chinatown London. Bun House is due to open in February, coinciding with Chinese New Year celebrations. 

Spanning two floors and with space for 72 covers, the new site is a second, larger location for the brand following their debut site in Soho. Designed by co-founder Z He’s Five Line Projects, Bun House in Chinatown will reflect their colonial style, with dark wood highlighted by brass fixtures and comfortable rattan furniture. 

 The brand will continue their focus on traditional Cantonese steamed buns, with two new additions to the menu; beef brisket and a soft, brioche style pineapple bun. A small hatch serving traditional street food style snacks, such as curried fish balls and cheung fun, will be unique to the Chinatown London location, paying homage to Hong Kong’s dai pai dong food stalls. For the drinks offer, the brand will work closely with breweries such as Moonzen and Young Master to offer a range of craft beers, as well offering as a menu of tea-based cocktails and cold brewed tea. 

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 Julia Wilkinson, Head of Group Restaurant Strategy at Shaftesbury, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Z He and Alex Peffly’s Bun House to Lisle Street in Chinatown London. Their signature steamed bao include both hot and savoury traditional Cantonese flavours and also cult favourite sweet custard fillings, making them an exciting new addition to London’s leading destination for East Asian cuisine. Z and Alex’s design backgrounds will also add a fresh creative aesthetic to Lisle Street and a new twist to the evolving voyage of discovery in Chinatown London, where East meets the West.”

This follows the recent announcement that award-winning Sichuanese restaurant, JinLi, and casual noodle and dumpling concept, Modern Shanghai, will open new restaurants at the recent development on Newport Place this winter. Distinguished by the name ‘JinLi Chinatown’, this will be JinLi’s second restaurant in the area, taking a 4,300 sq ft unit with space for 150 covers. Modern Shanghai will launch a 4,000 sq ft restaurant designed by Habi Creative, featuring a display at the front with chefs preparing fresh dumplings and noodles. 

 CDG Leisure and Hanover Green Retail acted for Shaftesbury. 




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China is changing and traditional values are being complemented by new ideals and trends, inspired by other parts of the Far East and the West.  This is influencing what Chinese people and visitors expect in Chinatown.  Shaftesbury understands this and is experiencing directly the evolution of China, spending time in its cities to see, taste and hear what is happening first hand. 

Whilst inherently Chinese, under Shaftesbury’s long-term curation and partnership with the community, Chinatown is evolving to reflect the changes occurring in the Far East, creating is a mix of tradition and modernism that makes cities such as Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo and Seoul some of the most exciting places in the world. 





Shaftesbury PLC is a Real Estate Investment Trust, which invests exclusively in the liveliest parts of London's West End. Our objective is to deliver long-term growth in rental income, capital values and shareholder returns. 

 Focused on restaurants, leisure and retail, our exceptional portfolio extends to around 15 acres, clustered mainly in Carnaby, Seven Dials and Chinatown, with substantial ownerships in east and west Covent Garden, Soho and Fitzrovia. 

In addition, we have a 50% interest in the Longmartin joint venture with The Mercers' Company, which has a long leasehold interest, extending to 1.9 acres, in St Martin's Courtyard in Covent Garden. 

Our proven management strategy is to create and foster distinctive, attractive and prosperous locations. It is implemented by an experienced management team with an innovative approach to long-term, sustainable income and value creation, and a focus on shareholder returns. We have a strong balance sheet with conservative leverage. 


Shaftesbury是一个房地产投资信托基金,其主要的投资对象是伦敦倍受追捧、炙手可热的西区(West End)繁华地段。我们的目标是较长的一段时期内,提高租金收入、资本价值以及股东收益。 

 Shaftesbury专注于伦敦西区最有活力的区域发展零售、餐饮和娱乐业,我们的资产组合的总面积达到15英亩,集中在卡纳比大街(Carnaby)、七晷区(Seven Dials)和中国城(Chinatown)区域;同时,Shaftesbury在科文特花园(Covent Garden)东、西两侧、Soho区和菲茨罗维亚区(Fitzrovia)也拥有大量地产。 

 另外,我们和 The Mercers’ Company 共同拥有 Longmartin 项目50%的收益。Mercers’ Company 则拥有科文特花园(Covent Garden)里 St Martin’s Courtyard 区多达1.9英亩地产的长期租赁权益。