Tokyo Diner

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Tokyo Diner
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Tokyo Diner
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Location within Central London
Restaurant information
Established1992;31 years ago (1992)
Owner(s)Richard Hills
Food type Japanese
Street address2 Newport Place
Postal/ZIP CodeWC2H 7JP
CountryUnited Kingdom
Coordinates 51°30′43″N0°07′46″W / 51.51184°N 0.12934°W / 51.51184; -0.12934
Seating capacity101 [1]
Other informationNearest station:
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Tokyo Diner is a three-floor Japanese restaurant on the corner of Newport Place and Lisle Street in Chinatown, London. The restaurant opened to the public in December 1992. [1] [2]



In 1987, Richard Hills began taking Japanese evening classes, where he became interested in Japanese culture, considering it fascinating and beguiling. [2] [note 1] Two years later, he went to Japan to learn more about its culture.

When he returned to London, having known the delights of cheap, cheerful eateries in Japan, he transformed the vacant launderette below his own flat into Tokyo Diner and opened in December 1992. [1] [2] As the proprietor, he stated, "it seems that my conviction proved right, because we went into profit within the first month of trading and, despite numerous competitors opening (and closing), we have never been short of customers." [2]


Tokyo Diner has the policy of using sustainable sources for its service ever since its opening in 1992. According to the staff members of Tokyo Diner, to extend awareness of the need to reduce the consumption of tuna, the restaurant will not serve tuna-based food. [3] [note 2]

Another policy is the non-acceptance of tips. According to the menu, any money left on tables (regardless of the intention of the owners) will go to St. Martin-in-the-Fields’ charity for the homeless. [4] [note 3]

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Notes and references


  1. "Its language is as rewarding as it is challenging, and its people are charming, warm and enthusiastic. Their encouragement got me over the hardest part of learning the language." [2]
  2. Tuna is a vital food source for Japanese cuisine. Because of its importance, this led to serious over-fishing of tuna. According to the restaurant's staff members, its success has certainly been responsible for spreading the popularity of raw fish, yet customers have consistently told them that they do not want to be the cause of the extinction of tuna. [3]
  3. According to its menu, tipping is not part of the culture in Japan, where paying extra for service is a foreign concept. [4]

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  1. 1 2 3 "Company Info". Tokyo Diner. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Hills, Richard. "Tokyo Diner's History". Tokyo Diner. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  3. 1 2 "Why No Tuna?". Tokyo Diner. Retrieved 8 June 2022.
  4. 1 2 "Sample menu". Tokyo Diner. Retrieved 8 June 2022.