Cecilia Lam POON

Cecilia Lam POON

“We Chinese have a saying — ‘learn as long as we live’. I am still learning because there is so much to learn about.”


Cecilia Lam POON
Retired Restaurant Business Owner/ Charity Work

Origin - Hong Kong


Thanks to the generous ancestral estates, Mrs. Cecilia Poon lived a comfortable life when she was in Hong Kong. Yet, a younger Cecilia wanted to strive and challenge herself, so she came over to the UK to study as well as working part-time. Life was tough in the UK, working in various restaurants washing dishes and making teas were her daily routines. In 1973 she and her husband established the Poon’s Restaurant in London Chinatown. The Poon’s was one of the oldest time-honoured restaurants in Chinatown which stayed successful until 2003, when the couple decided to call it a day. During 30 odd years, Poon’s has served an extensive amount of celebrities, yet Cecilia feels the proudest of all is that they have served three generation of the same families throughout the decades.