Around The World Today

A Trip Around The Globe – 2007

Werewolves of London – Lee Ho Fook

Chinatown is in the Soho area of London… when you see the red lanterns you are in the main area.

London, chinatown


Yes, there still is a Lee Ho Fook chinese restautant in London, as written – and sung – about by Warren Zevon in his 1970’s song “Werewolves of London”. I ate there, but didn’t order the “big dish of beef chow mein”. Maybe next time.

Lee Ho Fook

Watch the song’s video:

Werewolves of London – Warren Zevon

October 30, 2007 - Posted by | Around The World, Food, London, Soho | , , , , , , ,


  1. There is also a “Lee How Fook” in Philadelphia’s chinatown, which has some of the best Chinese food outside of China! While the spelling is different, I wonder where the name’s came from? I don’t really know Chinese.

    Comment by John | September 9, 2008 | Reply

    • “Lee Ho Fook” & “Lee How Fook” are both translations of the same phrase which in Chinese meant “Joy (Luck) in Eating (sic) Good Food”. It’s quite a common, auspicious name for Chinese restaurants, so you do come across “Lee Ho Fook”s in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Guangzhou, etc.

      Comment by Pete | November 19, 2010 | Reply

  2. Hello – Not sure if you’re still active but I wonder if I could use your picture of Lee Ho Fook’s for my top 5 blog. Werewolves of London made my Top 5 Opening Lines and I’m looking for some different pictures to use with it. I’ll link back to here or elsewhere if you’d prefer. Thanks, Dave @ Chop’s Top Fives.

    Comment by chopper | May 4, 2011 | Reply

  3. Lee Ho Fook (Cantonese) or Li He Fu (Mandarin) is the name of a person, so it could be the owner or founder of the restaurant. The Chinese characters in Mandarin say “Li He Fu Jiu Jia” – jiu jia literally means “wine house” but is commonly translated as “restaurant”. Li is a common Chinese surname, and He Fu is the name (literal translation: he = harmony, fu = fortune).

    Comment by Wensley Ni | June 10, 2011 | Reply

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